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German Grand Prix: Post-race press conference - Pt.1

Obviously not, because we didn't win it. I was stuck behind the Mercedes after the first stop for a little while until I got past them. It cost me some time. After the Safety Car we were pretty OK and the cars, three of us, had similar speed and it's very difficult to overtake anybody. I could run longer and we had a think about it, if we can try to run until the end but we had a massive problem with the radio. I could hear them but they could only hear me between two corners. So I'm wondering if we should have done it, take a gamble and try to go to the end because the tyres were pretty OK, my speed was pretty OK so it was hard to know what happens in the next ten laps. We decided to come in and put the soft tyres. We had good speed. Obviously I got some help from Romain to get past but that was… we would have had a big fight, anyhow. I could have probably passed him in a normal situation but obviously it would have cost me a lot of time. And as a team we try to win and I caught up with Seb but, like I said before, everybody was behind each other but we are too close on speeds and it's so difficult to overtake then. We tried everything that we had and failed to win but I think for the team we did a good race and got both cars on the podium, so as a team we're happy but obviously I lost some more points to Seb in the championship. We keep trying.

Romain, great to see you back here in the top three again. Fantastic first stint that really played you into contention for this grand prix. Tell us about your race, about how you felt and also a little bit of detail maybe about the radio traffic that was going on.

Romain Grosjean:
We had a good qualifying and the first stint has been amazing, seeing P1 on the board is always good. The car was working much better than what we thought on Option tyres. After the first pit stop Seb and myself were quite a long way ahead of everyone else and it was looking like we will try to see with strategy to adapt, to stop three stops depending on how we were going and then the Safety Car came. It made it easy for strategy but less good then for the traffic. Clearly then, as a team we had to put different eggs not in the same basket and change different strategy for Kimi and myself. It appears that Kimi's one worked better but it could have been the opposite. So, it's good to be back on the podium, good to score strong points. The summer is back on – which should help us to be more consistent at the front. But the first stint has been really good and finally getting car and tyres that work together, it's nice.

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07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, 1st position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21 and 3rd position Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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