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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Post-race press conference - Pt.2

FIA post-race press conference from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes).

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, in Singapore, everybody thought you were dominating that race very easily. Today, to me it was even more impressive. In the early laps you were going almost two seconds faster and Rocky must have been very worried on the radio, from what we were hearing.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I realised that we were pulling away from Nico and also from Mark. Obviously you make use of it because you don't know what's coming later on in the race. We had a very very strong pace on the option. We could even have stayed out a little bit longer. I was busy, for sure, I was pushing because I felt that I can take lap time, I can take a couple of seconds out of the guys behind so I was pushing but I was also trying to look after them to be flexible on strategy and help the guys on the pit wall to make the call. Also, I could then afford to take it a little bit easier in the pit lane which I think is one of the trickiest all year with a slippery entry and a very narrow exit. I think it just all came together, I think it was a perfect day for us.

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speedsport News).
Mark, early in the race you were on the radio talking to the team about the KERS; was there a problem? And later in the race, given the number of gremlins that have struck your car, were you hearing funny noises and worrying about that?

Mark Webber:
No, there was no issue with the KERS, it just got a bit warm at one point so we had to give it a chance to recover so that was fine, just a lap or so where we were a little bit out of sync with a better management so we recovered that. And at the end, not really. I can't do much more than obviously keep pushing the car and obviously I had to... couldn't relax completely. Nico was going reasonably well but obviously we were just maintaining... did a few laps at the end just to let him know that I had a bit in hand, but he was probably doing the same so in the end we were getting the car home, mate. It's always a surprise when the car stops on track obviously. Normally the ratio is that you finish so I was still confident that we could do that.

Q: (Joy Chakraverty – Sport 360).
Seb, in an interview just a few days ago, Adrian Newey said that two of your best races that he remembers actually came in Abu Dhabi and one of them was last year when, despite the problems with qualification, you came back and finished on the podium. But do you think that this is much better than every other race that you have had in Abu Dhabi?

Sebastian Vettel:
It's very difficult. Obviously I can remember all the races that I've had here, it's been a very, very good track for me, especially come Sundays, especially looking back to 2010 and obviously with five or four drivers going into the last race, being able to win the championship, yeah, it was a special day, special emotions when you look back. Also the race last year, a very crucial point in the championship to be forced to start last or indeed from the pit lane, was tough but we came back and managed to finish on the podium. So this year, for sure, stands out in a way that we had control over the race, very, very strong pace and could match the cars behind whenever we had to and were able to pull out a very, very big gap, so in a way, similar to – if you look at the time and the gaps – a little bit similar to the race in Singapore. It's a bit similar, if you look at the track layout, quite technical, quite challenging, obviously mostly low speed corners but important to get the balance right in the car and to look after the tyres which I think we did very well.

Q: (Khodr Rawi – Autosport Middle East).
My first question is for Sebastian: will you keep on doing your donuts celebration if you win the next two Grands Prix, even if you'll get a penalty today?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, it depends on what kind of penalty I get. If I get excluded from the next race then probably I won't be able to do them. Again, it was spontaneous. Obviously I had the experience last week but entering the sort of stadium, I thought it was a very, very good spot, I made sure there was nobody around and I was far away from the lines. I think if we are in a position to think about that then obviously it's very special because it means we had a very, very good result in the race. So I think there's a lot of work before we get to decide whether we can do it again or not.

Q: (Khodr Rawi – Autosport Middle East).
The second question is to Mark: you have won at least one race a year with Red Bull since 2009; would it make a difference if don't win a race in your last season?

Mark Webber:

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03.11.2013- The Podium, winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
03.11.2013- The Podium, winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
03.11.2013- The Podium, winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9, 3rd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04

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