22 September 2013
Singapore GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1
Luckily not too much but now afterwards it's not 100 per cent but it doesn't matter: we have two weeks' time to rest and get it right. I think we did the best that we could and finished third, so I don't think we could have achieved much more today.
You had to be patient through that race. You really had to believe that you could still be there at the end and take the places when they were there and not make mistakes.
Yeah, I think I had pretty OK speed and then I could overtake a few people and then in the end I was following Jenson and I could see that his tyres were going off so I just gave some pressure and then I have to get past him because obviously some people changed to new tyres and they were catching us quickly. I managed to pass him and pull away and luckily nobody managed to catch me in the end. So not too bad.
You say very calmly “I managed to pass him” but it was around the outside at Turn 14. It was at tricky one.
Yeah, maybe it looks more tricky. Obviously you have more grip when you brake on the line and you know more or less where you have to brake. Much easier than inside. So, not an easy one but we managed to get past and that's the main thing.
Sebastian, it's looking pretty good isn't it? But it's always this man [Alonso] who seems to be chasing you, up here on the podium with you.
Yeah, it's incredible but to be honest with you I'm not really looking at the championship too much. Obviously we're in a very good position, very strong position but I'm enjoying the moment. Days like today, like yesterday when you can feel the tension. I'm enjoying the moment. I love racing and the car's fantastic and it doesn't happen, as I said, by accident. Whilst there's a lot of people hanging their balls in the pool very early on Fridays, we're still here working very hard and pushing very hard so that we have a strong race. Days like this it's just a pleasure to be in the car. The guys are completely committed, fully behind us, so it's great.
Sebastian, as always, Singapore, a safety car features somewhere, it cut your lead early on, it obviously presented an opportunity in terms of strategy for others around you – but you used the word 'control' in your message to the team on the slow-down lap and I guess that's really what today was really all about. An incredible demonstration – the whole weekend – of control.
Yeah, well, I mean it doesn't happen just like that. It was surely not easy to get everything right all weekend. Extremely happy though. I think the whole team can be extremely proud. I know how much work is going in. Here obviously we have a funny rhythm. When it's nine o'clock the curfew kicks in. That's when our mechanics leave the track on Saturday morning. They are flat out checking everything on the car they can. Same with the engineers, late hours in the office here but also in the factory. So there's a lot of team effort going in. If we have results like today where we have the luxury to control the race at some stage, then it's because of those late hours, because of the commitment that goes in from everybody. It's just a privilege to be part of the team and be part of that. To enjoy the moment completely. It's one of my favourite races here. I've won here three times in a row – which is incredible – so I'm just extremely happy with that and extremely happy to be with the team at this stage.
Obviously the decisive moment of the race was the start. Rosberg initially got ahead of you but then you managed to come back around the back of him and get him into Turn Three. Can you give us that from your point of view in a little detail?
The lights went off, I thought I reacted pretty well but was a bit lazy to get off the line. I thought that Nico might still be there. He was and we were side-by-side, kind of, so I had to give him room. But fortunately he was braking quite deep into Turn One and I was able to come back on the inside to get the position. Fortunately the next corner was a left-hander so I got in front and from there we had a very, very strong pace. Safety car didn't help but also I think didn't hurt us. In the very end obviously we had a new set of Supersoft, compared to those guys, they were obviously on very old Primes so by then we could control the race. Don't forget there is 1.5s difference between the tyres.
Tagged as: Lotus , Marina Bay , Singapore Grand Prix , press conference , Singapore , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Red Bull Racing , Sebastian Vettel , Ferrari , FIA
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