24 March 2013
Post-race press conference - Malaysian GP - Pt.1
FIA post-race press conference from Sepang, Malaysia with Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Podium interviews (Conducted by Martin Brundle)
We're going to start with Sebastian. That's your 27th victory. You now match Sir Jackie Stewart with that but it looked pretty close out there on laps 43 and 44, take us through that.
Obviously it was very close wheel-to-wheel racing. I think there wasn't much room for either of us so obviously it was a tight battle. I think probably I was a little bit too keen too soon because I obviously in terms of strategy was on the soft tyre towards the end, on the softer compound, felt I had a little bit more, so yeah, obviously enjoyed the fight, had the upper hand in the end. Throughout the whole race it was very close. Mark was always a little bit ahead – I was stuck in traffic. In the middle of the race I wasn't quite sure about the strategy but towards the end it seems to work very well because we were able to save that extra set and it came off with a little bit more speed.
Obviously there is going to be a little bit of friction, we heard on your team radio “congratulations, but there is a some explaining to do”. How do you feel about the race itself in that respect?
I think obviously it's very hot today and I think if there is something to say then we need to talk internally. For sure we both enjoyed that. Of course, I'm standing in the middle now, so I probably enjoyed it a little bit more. But there is plenty of time to talk about.
Probably a good time for to walk across to Mark and see how he felt about. You had a great race Mark, the tyres worked well through the early part… you had a great start, that's not always your strongest suit but you were in good shape at the beginning of the race.
Yeah the first part of the grand prix went very well for us. I think very tricky conditions for all of us on the intermediates to start with. In the end, yeah I think we got the right strategy I think early in the race with the inters, getting the crossover quite nice. Then really it was just controlling the race and getting everything in place towards the back end of the race. Obviously I had to mark Lewis off a little bit in the middle there and then after the last stop obviously the team told me the race was over, we turned the engines down and we go to the end. I want to race as well, but in the end the team made a decision, which we always say before the race is probably how it's going to be – we look after the tyres, get the car to the end and in the end Seb made his own decisions today and will have protection and that's the way it goes.
So you were surprised when he went past you?
Yeah, well I turned my engine down and started cruising on the tyres and the fight was off. Anyway, we know he's a quick peddler but I was disappointed with the outcome of today's race. In the end the team did a good job, I had some good fans here from Australia, so thanks guys. I did my best.
Can you take any positives away from today?
Yeah I think there were a lot of things I did pretty well, from my driving, the start on the inters, there are a lot of areas where you can get that wrong, obviously like Fernando, that's unusual for him. So in the end you've got drive slow on these tyres, we're not pushing flat out as usual, all the leaders are driving very slow to save the tyres.
I'll move to Lewis Hamilton, our third-place finisher. Lewis, you similarly had a very tough fight with your team-mate but it seemed to be all about saving fuel for you at the end of the race.
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