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Post-race press conference - Indian GP - Pt.1

The other one is probably Fernando and there are other ones as well. So I think if we speak about the World Championship, obviously this was another good step for us but still a long way to go and we have seen this year how quickly things can change. As I said earlier, it feels fantastic to be up here and have a race like that where everything works the way you want it to. Yeah, very, very proud, very, very happy and enjoying it. That was today. Now we are focusing on Abu Dhabi next week. There's a lot more to come and we'll try to take things step by step.


Press conference

Q:
Sebastian well done, your fourth win in succession, which is amazing. And your thoughts on that.

Sebastian Vettel:
As you said, it's pretty amazing obviously. It's very hard to target those kind of things. I think they either happen or they don't happen. I think the secret, if there is any, is that we didn't approach the first of those four races thinking we can win four. We focussed on the first one, then on the second one, then on the third one, then on the fourth one. So, really step by step. I think, as I said on the radio and earlier, I think the whole team is working together fantastically well. I don't think there is one thing that stands out to make a difference. We can see that in every kind of area. We don't have any problems on Friday, we get through our programme, we get more or less the answers we want, we are able to improve the car from Friday to Saturday with support here on the track but also in the factory. Guys helping us to improve the car. We get the most out of it in qualifying. We had a fantastic race today. Great pitstops as well, obviously those things are easy to forget and easy to remember when they go wrong but I think the pitstops were fantastic – at least the one I had. It takes a lot of discipline, focus in the right moment, to be there, to be sharp and I think we were in the moment. Not thinking about yesterday or last week or last race and not thinking about the end of the race or next week. So, really tried to focus on the moment, which I think is the best thing we can do to maximise the result today. As I said, I'm very happy, I enjoyed the race a lot. I think it was crucial to open a gap in the first stint to break the DRS early to Mark, who had a very good start I think, and it was quite close in Turn One. But I was able to brake a little bit late and have quite a good exit out of Turn Three, which was important for the remainder of the race, and then was able to open a gap, not just to Mark but also to the cars behind and obviously control the race from there. I think we were very competitive on the soft tyres; on the hard tyres I think McLarens and Ferrari were pretty competitive. Unfortunately Mark lost KERS but as I said, I think we were probably not as competitive on the primes as on the soft tyres but all in all a fantastic race. And again a fantastic trophy this year in India. Just very, very happy.

Q:
A pretty amazing 33 laps on used soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel:
To be honest it's difficult to know when you start the race how long you can go – but I think we felt after a couple of laps that the tyres were holding up reasonably well and then when you cross around 15/16 to 20 laps with still something in the tyres left, you obviously know it goes more to the direction of one stop. I think it was anyway always going to be one or two stops. On Friday the tyres seemed to last fairly well and again they did today. So yeah, it's not always happening like that, sometimes we have a surprise on Sunday, so I think we prepared as much as we could but by that stage it was obviously clear to not split the 27 remaining laps in two bits: so to go with the prime stint and do the same as everyone else did. I think we all came the pits within five to ten laps.

Q:
Were you actually being pushed in by Mark at the end there, back into the pits? Had you ran out of fuel?

Sebastian Vettel:
Ah yes! I switched off the car. I was told to park the car under the podium but I didn't know how far away it was. I didn't remember that from last year. I think it's the only big mistake that happened to us this weekend. But it didn't really matter and Mark gave me a push. He's quite popular for those sort of things. I think he gave Fernando a lift last year in Nürburgring when he had to stop on track. Yeah, gave me a little bit of a push to make it to Park Ferme to stop the car. Thank You.

Q:
Fernando, as Martin was saying on the podium, we had a fairly good illustration of how good your DRS is on the straight. Two extraordinary overtaking manoeuvres, particularly at the start for example with the McLarens and then later with Mark.

Fernando Alonso:
The first lap we cannot use DRS anyway, it was just the slipstream and I was a nice run out of Turn Three and I could overtake both the McLarens. They were fighting but forgot I was there in Turn Four so they keep the fight by their own selves. We nearly touch each other but I was lucky to exit Turn Four without any damage and overtake one of them. Jenson was defending into Turn Six quite a lot so unfortunately we could overtake only one at the start. One after a few laps because I think we had a little bit more pace than Jenson and then with Mark it was a combination of KERS and DRS because I think Mark was running without KERS so that make a huge difference in terms of top speed and the overtaking was relatively easy.

Q:
You must be pretty encouraged by this second place today. To be so close to Sebastian today.

Fernando Alonso:
Yes, I think it's good news for us, seeing that we could fight Red Bull in the race. More or less we knew this. In qualifying we are not close enough to fight for pole position but in the race normally things improve for us. Today was another example but it was perfect for the strategy from the team: very good start, very good top speed and tyre management. Everything set up for the race, everything was fine and I push 120 per cent every lap so the combination was this second place.

Q:
So when you look at Abu Dhabi, what are your hopes there?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we need to bring some new parts to Abu Dhabi, hopefully improve a little bit more then competitiveness of the car, try to be a little bit closer to Red Bulls on Saturday and hopefully on Sunday as well. Obviously three races remaining; championship is the main target so we need to recover some points and will be nice to finish in front of Sebastian in Abu Dhabi, whatever the position it is. And if we can win the race it will be even better – but for that we need to make a step forward. At the moment we are not able to win.

Q:
Mark, a good start off the line.

Mark Webber:
It was good – just a shame it wasn't a long Barcelona or Malaysia: it would have been a bit nicer but I had the run, obviously, but then the radius into Turn One on the inside… I mean we were together but it's very, very tricky down in there and also I saw Fernando last year obviously if you brake on the limit it's very easy to go a bit too far. So, Seb come across, which is fair enough and then I was worried about the other guys obviously having a very good exit on not just me but both of us. Turn Three: was very important to get to there in good shape. So, the start was good, exit at Turn Three wasn't too bad. Obviously it's tricky for all of use to get off there on the first lap. I got off there not too bad, got a little bit of a tow off Seb and then settled into the race from there.

Q:
And then that first pitstop – you must have been longing to make that first pitstop and knowing you couldn't – because you were losing time obviously just before the end of the stint.

Mark Webber:



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28.10.2012- Race, Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
28.10.2012- Race, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8
28.10.2012- Race, Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8

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