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German Grand Prix: Post-race press conference - Pt.2

FIA post-race press conference from the Nurburgring in Germany with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Leonid Novozhilov – F1Life).
Sebastian, what to you think about the weather today? Maybe the weather help you make a win, or no?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well first of all it's German weather. It's always like this in Germany. I think we were just a little unlucky the last couple of years. I think it didn't help us today. I think it made it a little bit more tricky. I think it helped probably Lotus a little bit. They were taking care of their tyres probably a little bit better than the rest of the field. By the looks of it they were very strong at the end of the stints – but I say that now, I don't have a proper look. But in the end we won today so we had good speed – good enough to win the race so I'm very happy but I think we were a little bit stronger on Friday than today.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, when you came in for the third time, did you do it in order to cover Romain or did you come in anyway? Was it a plan to come in?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, I don't think it was the plan yet. Tyres were holding up OK and the gap to Romain was increasing a little bit again at that time. Just before the stop, a couple of laps, I lost KERS and I was able to switch it back on and pull away again. But obviously I think we try to cover him to make sure we stay ahead and we defend the lead because we saw that overtaking is quite tricky here. It's possible: I went through traffic pretty quickly but obviously there was a big delta in speed, in pace at that time. So, yeah, in order to make sure we stay ahead, we try to cover him.

Q: (Mark Ellerich – Sport1.de).
How intense is the relief to get this done, with this win now? Did you have a plan to get it here in Germany, right now, this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I made it in January! No, in the end it's just another race and we try to prepare as much as we can for every race. Surely winning here is very special and tastes very very sweet, especially the way we won today with a lot of pressure from behind, but I think we did our homework – as much as we could – on Friday, the conditions changed a little bit and it was quite close today but we succeeded, that's the most important thing. Very happy to take the win today and also it's good to score some points.

Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
Sebastian, Kimi is one of the men on the short list to replace Webber as your teammate next season. In the closing stages of the race, we saw him giving you quite a bit of challenge. How do you feel about the prospect of being challenged by a fellow World Champion in equal equipment for an entire season rather than just a few laps?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I wouldn't mind. I think he wasn't nice today to me because of that but in the end of the day, to be completely straight, it's not my decision. I think I have a good relationship with the team and to be honest, we spoke about that but not in detail yet. I think the team has no pressure to decide on anything, at least, that's what they communicated with me. I think I get along fairly well with Kimi; we never had a problem on track, even if one day we might have and crash into each other which can happen, then I think we deal with it as grown-ups and talk about it and sort it out amongst ourselves, at least, I think that's the relationship I have with him. I respect him a lot on and off track. But like I said, it's not my decision.

Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
Would you be excited by the challenge?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, definitely. I think it's strange in a way because I was looking up to Kimi when he was with McLaren for many years and trying to give Michael a very hard time but his McLaren broke down many times and now, since he's come back, I've raced him again and I think there's no doubt that when it comes to qualifying, to race, he does his job very well and gets the maximum out of the car, and that's what – at the end of the day – is our job. He's quite good at what he does. That's my opinion.

Kimi, give you an opportunity to respond to that.

Kimi Raikkonen:
He seems to be a bit better. I don't know what will happen in the future. Things will be decided at some point but until that happens there's nothing to talk about. I would definitely tell if I know something just so that all these follow-up rumours and nonsense stops straight away. But right now, there's absolutely nothing for next year and we will see. For sure, at some point, once we know we will tell but I don't have any pressure to make any decision right now. Obviously I try to make the right decision for myself but it depends on many things; next year there are rule changes, everything else, so it can be a right or wrong decision. Whatever it will be, I will live with it and I'm fine with it. We will see when it comes.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).

Related Pictures

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07.07.2013-  Race, Press conference, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
07.07.2013-  Race, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
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

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