Drivers: Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso
(Ferrari) and Mark Webber
(Red Bull Racing)
(Conducted by John Surtees and Jean Alesi)
Sebastian, you won your first grand prix, here at Monza, in an Italian team. So, it's very special coming back for you, isn't it?
Yeah, definitely. A fantastic race – but you can hear the difference, obviously, when you don't win here in a red suit, you get a lot of that but in the end it's very nice because it means you've done very good and beat the red guys. So we are very proud of that. Great job by the whole team today, very good job by Renault. Usually this is one of the toughest tracks we go to but this year the car's been absolutely fantastic, the race has been incredible. I think for both of us towards the end we were struggling a little bit with the gearbox so we had to pace ourselves but obviously for me it was not that bad because I had a little bit of a cushion but very great to win here, to see all the fans coming, it's the best podium of the season so very proud to be up here.
It's important that they come and the emotion is all about Italy, isn't it?
Yeah, for sure.
…Fernando did a very good drive and kept you honourable, so that was fantastic.
Yeah, definitely. Most people, you can see are dressed in red – but there's a lot of blue caps as well and I'm sure those guys are very happy. Thank you.
Fernando, you must explain how was the overtaking in the beginning of the race for you.
It was difficult obviously. The car was OK and we overtook Nico [Hülkenberg] but then we had to overtake Mark and Felipe later on. And then with Sebastian we were not able to close to the gap so we were fighting with Mark until the end. Second place is good, to have this podium ceremony that is the most spectacular podium of the year for sure and hopefully next one, next year, we come back here but in the top place.
And Fernando, when you make the pass, the whole public jump on the grandstand, it was amazing. Inside the car, how it was? It was very close.
It was close. Obviously we have to risk. There is nothing now to lose for us. We are second in the championship and we have to take some risk. We did it and that's OK.
You understand Ferrari
love you? You have to love Ferrari, we are all behind you…
Ah, of course. I always said the same thing, big thanks to the team for everything they do for me and huge support from all the fans from all Italy. Some people still try to create some tension between team and driver but here is the better symbol: zero tension and we fight for the championship always.
Mark, you had to fight very hard to be on the podium. From the middle of the race you had… it looked like from outside you had better speed, compared to the beginning. Can you explain how it was at the beginning of the grand prix?
Yeah, I felt a little bit better on the tyre at the end of the race. The hard tyre was not quite as comfortable for me but I felt very, very good at the end. So it was a good battle with Fernando. Great team result. Thank you to Monza, last time here in Formula One, so thank you very much. See you next time.