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Bahrain Grand Prix 2013: We got the numbers right, says Vettel
21 April 2013
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said one of the main reasons he was able to dominate the 2013 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday was because his team got the strategy spot on.
The German was barely troubled during the 57 laps at the Sakhir circuit and despite being squeezed at the start he romped home to claim his second victory of the year, 9.1 seconds up on Kimi Raikkonen.
The 25-year-old now strengthens his position in the Drivers' Championship and will head to Spain in three weeks with his lead up from 3 points to 10.
Speaking after the race, Vettel paid homage to his team for getting the 'numbers right': “It was good fun at the beginning with some very tight wheel to wheel racing,” Vettel said. “At the start you don't know if you will be quick or not, as everyone is a bit all over the place, including yourself!
“It's important to get to the front; we saw at the last race that if you get stuck behind someone then it does have an impact on tyre wear and today it was important to make use of the tyres we had saved from qualifying yesterday.
“I love to be in clean air, so I was pushing hard to get into the lead and, with the speed we had mid-race, it was quite comfortable today.
“Well done to the whole team, to everyone here, to the factory in the background and especially to those who were working on the strategy today; it worked just as we expected, so we obviously got the numbers right.”
Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner meanwhile was delighted with Vettel's latest performance at the wheel of the RB9.
“An absolutely impeccable drive from Sebastian today. He executed two brilliant overtakes, one on Fernando Alonso and the other on Nico Rosberg. After that he dominated the race until the finish and managed his tyres brilliantly,” Horner added.
“The strategy worked perfectly with the tyres that we conserved in qualifying, which ended with a dominant win on a three-stop strategy.”