F1 » 22 September 2013
Singapore GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1
The post-race FIA press conference from Singapore with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1).
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1).
(Conducted by Martin Brundle)
Sebastian, it looked pretty easy from where we were sitting. How did it look from your carbon fibre seat?
Obviously the start was quite hairy. Quite difficult with Nico having a good start, better than me. I didn't get going initially and then had to keep the inside clear to him but fortunately he went in a little bit too deep and I could get him back which was crucial because then we had some very good pace, controlled the first stint, with the safety car obviously it was difficult but then we seemed to come back. As soon as the safety car came in we had a very, very strong pace in the car. The car was incredible. I said to the team, you know this doesn't just happen like that, by accident or by luck. There's hard work behind, which I appreciate and it's just a pleasure to drive it around this crazy track.
You could just take off at will, whenever you wanted to. It seemed to be the only man who could beat you today had the slowest car on the track, the safety car. It was the only thing that was going to stop you.
Yeah, well I mean this is a long race, it seemed to go on forever, so there's a lot of things that can go wrong, the walls sometimes get really, really close, sometimes closer than you think. So you can't really afford to lean back. Obviously towards the end I was controlling the gap. It was helping that I was on fresh Options compared to these guys who were on very old Primes at the time, so we could control the gap to see the chequered flag.
And physical? You're looking pretty sweaty up here. Was it a tough race?
I think we're all sweating, not just the champagne men are wet, I think we all sweat a lot. As I said, it's hard work out there. It's quite hot but we like it. It's one of the toughest challenges all year and it's a very good feeling when you cross the line as a winner.
Fernando, you're there. As always, you're right there. You made a lot of fans very happy again. Tell us about your start, it was electric.
Yeah, it was a fantastic start. We knew that we didn't have the pace today so we have to invent something. The first possibility was the start, then different strategy compared to the others. We did both things: a very good start and a different strategy. I think it paid off at the end. A fantastic podium, a second place that tastes like a victory for us.
You pitted on lap 25 and put on the tyres that you ran to the end of the grand prix. When was that decision made? And how do you keep your tyres in when we saw the McLarens and many other drivers struggling with hopeless grip by the end?
Yeah, it was a risky move but as I said, we are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose. To finish second in the race or to finish fifth: it doesn't matter too much to be honest so we push, we take care of the tyres, the car was performing really well in the race. And the fans pushed us a little bit to gain some extra tenths today.
This man [Vettel] had some speed you just couldn't live with though.
Yeah, they were too fast all weekend and we have to congratulate them for a fantastic weekend and next time we will try to do better.
Kimi, you had a back problem in qualifying. Has that affected you during the race?
Tagged as: FIA , Ferrari , Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull Racing , Fernando Alonso , Kimi Raikkonen , Singapore , press conference , Singapore Grand Prix , Marina Bay , Lotus
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