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Italian Grand Prix: Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1

FIA post-qualifying press conference from Monza in Italy with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber).

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber).



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Q:
Sebastian, you've got a long history here, how much do you love this place?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it's a special track for sure. It's always nice to come back here. Obviously the memories of 2008 are great. I had another victory in 2011 but I think the first victory is always special. Today I think, or generally this weekend, the car was fantastic so far. I think better than what we could expect. We had a very strong pace yesterday and we were able to take that into the qualifying today. I had two good runs in the end. In the end I think it's a bit of a surprise to have both cars on the front row at a place where historically we've had bad years. Yeah, this year it seems to work well and hopefully we'll have a good race from where we start tomorrow.

Q:
You mentioned historically. How much has the team targeted the performance here?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well we do target to have the optimum every year. Obviously, some years we were closer and other years we were quite far away. It seems that this year we're obviously in a very strong position. We're able to match other cars down the straight and we know that in corners we have a strong car. It's a nice place, a nice track, very challenging to get the lap right, because you have low downforce on the car, so the car is very light, sliding a little bit here and there. It doesn't cost us as much probably as in other places but yeah obviously if you try too often to go over the limit there is a big penalty, so, yeah, I think it was a tough session but we managed to get through and get a great result.

Q:
Mark, your best qualifying position here and presumably you're looking to follow it up with a good result as well, your best result here?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, exactly. I said to the boys before the session I was looking for a quali PB. It hasn't been the best track for me, so as your say it's a nice step towards a very, very good result tomorrow. I'm happy with qualifying, to be up there. It took the old boy a little bit of while to be ready for Q1 but I got there in end, in the sessions where it counted. Actually pretty happy with my laps. Jean-Eric [Vergne] went off in the Parabolica, in the last corner, so I didn't know if he'd dropped a wheel or if he was continuing on the circuit, so I couldn't really see with the dust. Obviously then when I got further round I could see he was in the gravel. So a little bit of a tricky finish to the lap but overall it wouldn't have been enough to get Seb, he did a very good lap. We have a few different people up here as well with us, which is good. It was a bit of a mixed-up session and that can happen at Monza, it's not an easy track to get right. Looking forward to the race tomorrow.

Q:
This is you last European Grand Prix. Is that an emotional moment for you?

Mark Webber:
Not really. I think Brazil will probably be a little bit more emotional of course, but if I've got the tissues out then I've made the wrong decision. It's good that I still enjoy my driving. I'm not too uncompetitive. Just look for a clean weekend and get some very good results in the future in the coming races and that's got to be my goal. I'm not retiring. I'm stopping from Formula One but of course there's a lot of people that can come and watch me in the Porsche next year at Le Mans and some other races.

Q:
Thanks very much. Nico, where did that come from?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I don't know either. Really a nice surprise to ourselves. I didn't expect it, especially after a very difficult Friday. Yesterday we struggled a lot with the car, we were trying some different bits and bobs, but the guys have done a fantastic job to turn the car around and give me such a competitive car today. It was just that Q1, Q2, Q3 the car just got better and better, I think with the track improvement and with the right decision just to go for one timed lap, fuelled for one timed lap, was the right call. Yeah a burning lap which made this nice surprise happen.

Q:
Of course it's a good circuit for Sauber. They finished second here last year, so what are your hopes for tomorrow?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Yeah, last year is a very different year. Obviously Sauber was very competitive very often last year in races. This year we have been struggling more, we've had a more difficult year, let's put it this way. So I hope that the long run pace is good. From what I could see yesterday it should be all right. I don't think we can challenge these guys but definitely points are now the target.


Press Conference


Q:
Sebastian, your third pole position here and 40th in your career. Tell us about the importance of pole position here. Is it an important pole?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think pole is always important. It's the best place to start the race from on Sunday. Especially here, I think it's important to manage to qualify in the top group, we know the first two chicanes are quite tricky. So, I'm looking forward to start the race from pole tomorrow, focus on the start and then we'll see where we get. But it's a long race, we've seen in the past that there's a lot of things that can happen. A good example of how quickly things can change last year, I think Sergio [Pérez] had a fantastic race and coming through with an opposite strategy so yeah, race pace is very important but surely today we did our homework with qualifying, P1 and P2.

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Related Pictures

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06.09.2013- Free Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
07.09.2013- Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
05.09.2013-  Thursday Press Conference, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
24.08.2013- Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
06.09.2013- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.09.2013- Qualifying celebration Pole Position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32

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