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.

Q:
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).
Kimi, your best ever result in Germany. Does it taste any better than the previous ones or is it only victory that makes the difference?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Obviously we are here to try and win races. We couldn't today because we were not fast enough but for the team it was a good result after a couple of quite difficult races, so obviously for my championship it was not ideal, we lost some more points but it's still a long season and if we keep putting ourselves in a position for at least fighting for first place then I think we can do it again but as I said, it's good for the team and not so good for my championship.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sebastian, your team was one of the teams that suggested to come back to 2012 tyres and it looked like your car behaved very well today. Is there any relationship between these two facts?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think no. Whenever I opened my mouth, it was purely targeted at safety, because it can't be the case that we go out and we have a race like at Silverstone. I think in the end of the day, we step into the car, we want to race, race at the limit and we cannot drive into the unknown. All sorts of criteria I think was targeted at that and I think people forget that at the end of the day, you have to do your maths, you don't have to be a genius. We are leading the team championship and the Drivers' championship and if anything, we are the ones that have most to lose. Nevertheless, we pushed very hard, at least I did, from the drivers' point of view. I wasn't shy of communicating as well. I think we are happier overall - all the drivers - with the tyres we raced this weekend. Whether it suits your car or not is secondary.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
And to Romain and Kimi, is the performance of your car also related to the new tyres?

Romain Grosjean:
I think when we tested it in Canada - well, personally, I quite liked them. They were more proper racing tyres with the different rear belt so I was sort of happy that they brought them here. I think the compounds - medium and soft - were better than hard and medium normally, so I am looking forward to using the full new tyres from Budapest onwards that I understood a little bit better last year than this year. The fronts are a bit strange sometimes but as Sebastian said I think the main thing was to have a safety issue. We all remember Felipe Massa in 2009 and we don't want to see the same thing with a piece of tyre so we were glad and happy that Pirelli did something and well done to them because it wasn't easy.

Kimi Raikkonen:
First of all, I don't think it's a 2012 tyre. The front tyre is exactly the same as all year. The rear belt is different but it's not the construction of 2012. We tried these tyres in Montreal and they were fine. It's not a very big difference to what we ran before so for us, I don't think it made any difference. They felt a little bit better tyre in Montreal. I think the biggest difference is on high downforce circuits but the weather is hot so that's probably what made the bigger difference for us.

Q: Heikki Kulta (Turun Sanomat).
Sebastian, Kimi has been chasing you for victory quite a few times. What this the tightest of them all or was Bahrain last year even tighter?

Sebastian Vettel:
It was a different race. I think Bahrain was tighter because he was right behind for more than a couple of laps. Obviously I had Romain pushing very hard before Kimi pushed at the end of the stint, because he came through, past Romain and he was a little bit quicker at the end. Yeah, but both races, in terms of race pace, were very even and if the cars are nearly the same pace then it's very tricky and very difficult to overtake, so obviously if you're ahead, it's your advantage but I'm sure that one day it will be the other way round and I will probably hate it as much as Kimi does right now.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, how confident are you about the next race because they will change the tyres again and they will be even more similar than 2012 tyres?

Sebastian Vettel:
First of all, I think we have to wait now. I think there's a test at Silverstone where race drivers are allowed to test and so we have a tyre test you can say, for at least a day and get a little bit more of an idea, and then I think Pirelli will make up their mind and decide to get together with the FIA - whether the teams like it or not, it doesn't matter. So I think at this point we don't know which tyres we are probably running in Hungary. The most important thing is that we learn the lesson from previous races, especially Silverstone, so for here, I think nothing happened which is good but it's good to have another proper look, especially around Silverstone and then decide for the remainder of the season.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Kimi, during the last laps, did you think about the opportunity of being with Red Bull and if that had an effect on your mood during the fight?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Absolutely not. I try to win and it doesn't matter if it's a teammate or some other team. As long as we give ourselves a chance, I try to make it happen and obviously if there is a good chance to try to overtake I will try it but we never got that close so there was nothing to do really.

Q: (Oana Popoiu - F1Zone.Net).
Romain, for the second race in a row, you were told you to let Kimi pass. Do you think you have any chance to fight for wins when you're ahead of Kimi?

Romain Grosjean:
When the opportunity comes, yes. Today, as I said, we didn't put our eggs in the same basket and Kimi was quicker and might have gained on Sebastian but it didn't work. I think it was the right thing to do. It is important for a team to score points and try to get the win. Without the safety car it would have been a different story, but we all got together and that was it.

Q: (Jan Kotulla - Mannheimer Morgen).
Sebastian, what about the support from the tribunes today?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it was great to receive so much support. I think it's unique for Germany to have a situation where the Grand Prix is coming and you have two drivers able to win the race. Obviously Michael was in a good position for many years so I think we are in a lucky position anyway, but I think it was exceptional this year with Nico winning in Monaco and at Silverstone last week. Yeah, I think it was great and nice to see, especially round turn seven where, for the second time around Nurburgring, there were a lot of people and guests and friends from Red Bull. They put a big banner up on the formation lap and also on the in lap so it was very special and I enjoyed every second, for sure, especially after the chequered flag.

Q: (Jan Kotulla - Mannheimer Morgen).
And to all of you, have you see the movie Rush and what's your opinion about the movie?

Sebastian Vettel:
I haven't seen it. I went to bed, so sorry Niki, he was very kind and invited me. I thought it was smarter to go to bed. So I have to wait.

Romain Grosjean:
I needed to sleep too so I went to bed as well.

Kimi Raikkonen:
No.

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