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Abu Dhabi GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1

Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
Podium interviews (conducted by David Coulthard)

Kimi – your first victory since the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix. Tell us about your emotions at this time.

Kimi Raikkonen:
Not much really.

People want to know how amazing it is to win a grand prix. Tell us.

Kimi Raikkonen:
Last time you guys was giving me shit because I didn't really smile enough, so maybe this time again but I mean I'm very happy for the team – and myself – but mainly for the team. It's really a hard season for the team and not an easy time. Hopefully this gives them more belief, not just for the guys making all the work but also for the guys who run the team. I hope this can turn around the tables and give us many more good races and wins. If not this year then next year.

Fernando, you never gave up, you were chasing Kimi down in the closing stages of the Grand Prix. You must be surprised to see your world title… well all three of you were technically in the world championship battle until this moment. Tell us about your race and how you felt it was going.

Fernando Alonso:
I'm very happy, I think we were not super competitive this weekend. We started seventh, sixth at the end with Sebastian's penalty so we have to fight all through the race, the first laps to do some good overtakings and then a very good strategy that gave us the ability to fight at the end for the victory. In the last couple of laps Kimi was a little bit slower, so we attack. But second, I think, was the maximum today, starting sixth, so a perfect Sunday again for us and we kept fighting until the end.

Sebastian, did you honestly believe you could be standing here today, starting from the end of the pitlane?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yes, I did, to be honest with you. After the first couple of laps obviously that target was drifting a little bit away. I had a messy start to the race, which is quite difficult at the back, to get through the cars as quickly as I could, damaged my front wing. And then to the safety car, yeah I had a little bit of a big mistake with Daniel [Ricciardo] I think, who was stopping his car on the straights and I was very surprised. Turned to the right and… if it would have been 50m earlier, 50m later I wouldn't have done damage to my front wing further but after that, I said to myself 'yeah, either we go full attack or nothing'. So that's what we did and I had a fantastic race. I enjoyed it a lot. Obviously the safety cars here and there was helping, the second one, and after that, at the end it was a nice fight with Jenson. He was difficult to pass. I expected to have a little bit easier time because obviously I was passing the slower cars before and with him I was a bit struggling. Then I just squeezed my way past into Turn 11 which was nice, it was very fair but for sure, it was a thrilling grand prix, up and down all the time. Yeah. Obviously it's very nice to stand here now, pick up a trophy and drink some champagne. It's not actually champagne, I don't know what it is but it tastes good.

Your name is up there as a double world champion. Do you now feel that you've got your hands on one side of the cup for a third world title?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it's still two races to go so obviously we see how quickly things can change. Yesterday was a surprise for us, I think would we have started from third it would have been a different race. But yeah, it was obviously a chance to fuck it up and we didn't do that. So I think we can be very proud today: we got the maximum. We lost only a very little bit, I think we have the momentum still, the car is bloody quick, so looking forward to the next two races. We are definitely believing in it and that's the target.

Kimi, you've won before, you've won the title before and standing here you sent a message to the team about how you hope this will motivate future success, but when it is moment going to sink in? That you've won a grand prix in your comeback year.

Kimi Raikkonen:
I mean like I said, I'm happy, but there's nothing to jump around about. Really we still have a few races to go, I'll try to do the same again, and for sure we're going to have a good party today and hopefully tomorrow, when we are feeling bad after a long night, we will remember how we feel so… I'm just happy for everybody in the team.

Press conference

Kimi, well done, congratulations. Fantastic win for you, you've really been waiting for this win, I think, all season and now it's happened. What are your feelings?

Kimi Raikkonen:

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03.09.2015 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
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