Drivers: Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber
(Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton
Questions from the floor:
(Peter Windsor – F1 Racing).
Sebastian, you said that you apologise; would you go so far as to say – without wanting to put words in your mouth – that if the situation arises, you feel that you owe Mark a win now?
We just came out of the cars a couple of minutes ago but surely I want to talk with him again later on without all of you. As I said before, I didn't mean to ignore the call, it's something we talk about many times in the year and yeah, I should have behaved better today.
(Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Lewis, we could hear at the end of the race while Nico was parking the car, 'remember this one,' he said to the team. Will you remember it too?
Of course, of course. How can I forget?
(Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
To all three of you, I understand the technical reasons why you have to pace yourselves at the end and why there are team orders, but let's say for the fan, is that the price we have to pay that the teams tell you in the last stint not to attack any more because everybody was excited about the fight between Mark and Seb and everybody was a bit disappointed when we heard that Rosberg was not allowed to attack you, Lewis.
I'm a huge sports fan and I think we want to see people give their best to the end. It's extremely unusual to have both cars at the end of a race together and I think the team's position is... we've gone through this many times with our own team and obviously now is a different situation for the future but... yeah, it's part of Formula One. I think that when you have 500 employees and it was nip and tuck for Sebastian and I to be in the fence in turn one, Michael Schmidt's happy but is the factory happy, are we happy? So when the blood is boiling and everyone is on the edge, then yeah, we are professionals, we are world class, we did the job today but it's not an easy situation for the team. It's always spoken about, always has been, always will be. If you had one car teams, it's not a problem. In some teams to have a one car team is the ideal scenario but three cars, four cars, it's always going to be the same thing, that contact between teammates is the worst scenario for a team.
Sebastian, your perspective?
If I take my race, obviously, as I said, I felt a little bit more comfortable because I had new tyres at the end, a new set of tyres which I think worked a little bit better today but yeah, it's very different racing to how it used to be in the past, even to last year, it's another step, so it's a bit more extreme, just trying to look after the tyres and driving into the unknown. I think you see on TV as well how pieces of rubber are flying off and how we suffer on those tyres and obviously the last thing you want is to risk a puncture and then therefore don't finish the race so I think we would all enjoy it if we had a tyre that was stronger we could race harder on it, but equally I think situations like that come up no matter what kind of tyres you have. Obviously, as Mark said, you have a certain responsibility for the team as well and a lot of people in the factory working all year and obviously you have two cars and I think you have to take that into account as well.
Lewis, your thoughts? Obviously this circuit is a fairly extreme one but do you see the picture continuing?
I probably do, yeah. These tyres make it very hard, very difficult to make them last and particularly for me today, I wasn't really able to make my tyres last as much as I wanted. I was fuel saving from an early point in the race which lost me a lot of time but generally these tyres make... it's not fun, I didn't enjoy the race. It's not the same as back in the day when you had stints where you are pushing to the maximum the whole time, you had tyres that would last. Now you're just... it's like you have a hundred dollars and you have to spend it wisely over a period of time. It makes racing a lot different. It's more strategic rather than pure speed racing.
(Matt Coch – pitpass.com).
Sebastian, you say you didn't ignore the instruction on purpose but I suggest that it was a deliberate move to pass Mark, so I wonder how you can say that you didn't ignore the instruction when clearly passing was a deliberate action.
I think it's not an easy situation for me. Obviously I'm the black sheep right now. Obviously I put myself in that position so, as I said, all I can say is apologies to Mark. I know that right now, obviously, having just come out of the car, it's probably difficult to explain everything but the pass was deliberate, obviously I wanted to pass him, you could see that, otherwise you wouldn't even try, but I didn't mean to ignore the strategy or the call. I made a mistake, simply.
(Kate Walker – Girl Racer).