Sebastian Vettel has joked that he hopes Jenson Button doesn't get his own back by reigning on his parade in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in just under three weeks' time – after the Red Bull Racing star dashed the current F1 World Championship leader's dreams on home turf in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Whilst Button struggled weekend-long around the Northants circuit – encountering handling and grip issues in the high-speed turns, and suffering from the cold temperatures in being unable to warm his tyres up to speed sufficiently quickly en route
to just sixth at the chequered flag – Vettel, by contrast, was peerless.
After achieving a magnificent pole position in qualifying – despite carrying the heaviest fuel load of any driver inside the top ten on the starting grid – the German fairly scampered away when the lights went out and from thereon was never threatened, as he raced to his second victory of the campaign to reduce his Brawn GP rival's advantage in the title standings from 32 points down to 25, with 90 remaining up for grabs between now and season's end.
“I was confident going into the race and I knew we had a very good race set-up,” confessed the top flight's youngest-ever grand prix-winner, “but to manage 60 laps around Silverstone is never easy – it's one of the most challenging circuits in the world. Obviously the most crucial part of the race was the first stint, where I was able to push very hard and open a gap of nearly a second a lap. I was a little bit surprised seeing that nearly every lap there was a second more on the board, but it was a positive surprise – I wouldn't mind if that happened in the next races as well!
“That made it probably a little bit easier for the remainder of the race, but I would say it's never easy and in the second stint especially there was a lot of traffic, so you have to be patient and keep the car on the track. The car worked perfectly well, though, so thanks to everyone back at the factory in Milton Keynes and here at the track. This result – a one-two – is I think a perfect 'thank you' to the team.”
Indeed, not only did the outcome mark RBR's second F1 triumph, but it was the energy drinks-backed outfit's second one-two to-boot, with team-mate Mark Webber following the man from Heppenheim home in a crushing show of superiority, not unlike the team's breakthrough success in the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai back in April. Vettel is just hoping that the bubble doesn't burst now in his
home grand prix in the Eifel mountains on 12 July – when Brawn will be aiming to prove that Silverstone was merely a blip in their 2009 supremacy.
“For sure this was a good day for us,” the 21-year-old reflected. “Of course I'm very, very happy, and I think this gives us a little bit more momentum and will push us all in the right direction. Probably it was not a perfect day for our competitors, but that's our target – to spoil their days and make them our days! I hope no-one spoils it (the Nürburgring) for me, though!
“I think we've made a step forward, so I'm confident for the Nürburgring, but it's a totally different circuit again, and weather-wise anything can happen there, from snow to tropical heat! We'll have to wait and see how competitive we are when we get there. [The championship] will be tough. There are a lot of races left and there's always a little bit of up-and-down; anything can happen. You have to fight until the last minute and the last lap, and you'll find out when you add up all the points at the end and you see who has the most.”