F1 » 31 October 2011
Vettel: We are not lacking motivation
Sebastian Vettel has warned that Red Bull will not be resting on its laurels with two races to run in 2011.
The team may have added a second consecutive constructors' title to its drivers' individual success, racked up a record 16 poles and claimed eleven race wins, but Sebastian Vettel is adamant that there will be no letting up from Red Bull Racing before the end of the 2011 F1 season.
Speaking after taking first place in the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Vettel insisted that, despite having little left to play for except equalling the record for the number of wins by a driver in one season, his team would still be looking to top every session as it worked towards repeating its success in 2012.
"The whole team is still very hungry - and the best thing is that we still have two races to go," he maintained, "We enjoyed it a lot today, so motivation is not an issue. I think we can continue - the car is fantastic, the team is enjoying it and we are on a run, basically, since the beginning of the season.
"The great thing is that you walk into the garage every morning and you see the guys and they are flat out. They are pushing very hard and there is no sign of getting lazy and not paying attention to detail. It is really enjoyable to see that, knowing that we have already achieved a lot this year, we are still hungry - we are not lacking motivation at any stage. All the people come back with their questions, but we seem to give them the right answers. I love what I do, I think we all do."
After being beaten by Jenson Button in Japan, and losing its pole position streak to Lewis Hamilton in Korea, Red Bull and Vettel were back in dominating form at Buddh International Circuit, claiming another pole and easing to victory on a string of fastest laps.
"Again, my race engineer advised me during the race that I wouldn't get any points for the fastest lap but, then again, everything went right, on top of the pole position and the race win.," the German smiled, "We were in a comfortable position, controlling the race from the front, but always having Jenson [Button] in the mirrors and not willing to disappear, doesn't make your life easy, so we had to push throughout the whole race."
Worryingly for Red Bull's rivals, Vettel confirmed that the team was already hard at work on next year's car.
"Of course, we are working very hard on this already," he told the official F1 website, "The car will change a bit, according to the changes of the regulations, but, then again, it won't be a completely new car, rather an advancement of this year's car.
"This season is still not over yet and it is not our intention to lower our efforts for the remaining two races. We still can take away with us a lot of experience and learn from any race. We are still hungry and very motivated to push even harder."
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