Winners’ Words: Sebastian Vettel

vettelSebastian Vettel was thrilled with his dominant victory at the British Grand Prix and said he had always dreamed of winning at Silverstone after seeing the likes of Nigel Mansell do the same when he was watching F1 as a child.

Sebastian Vettel: “This is such a fantastic circuit. I think all the drivers enjoy it with its fast corners, it’s a dream really – so to stay focused and keep your eyes open all the time during the race is not easy! The start was very important, then in the first stint I tried to pull away and make a gap, as I knew it would be crucial for the whole race.”

“The car was fantastic, just unbelievable. I was able to push more and more and the tyres were very consistent. The second stint wasn’t so easy; there were a lot of lapped cars that were battling with each other, so the team told me to be careful. From the last pit stop I was in clean air and from then on I was just counting down each lap.”

“I had quite a big gap to Mark and was controlling the race from that point on. Everyone in the team has been working so hard, both in the factory and at the track. The way the team has brought the car to where it is now is fantastic and we’ve proven it’s a step in the right direction, so I’m very pleased.”

“I also want to thank Silverstone. I enjoyed this race so much when I looked in the grandstands everyone was standing up and clapping and when I took the chequered flag the atmosphere was so great. This is what I was dreaming of when I watched British grands prix when I was younger when Mansell was driving. It’s almost unreal now to think that I’m here and I’ve made it. I’ve won this grand prix and I’m very happy.”

Mark Webber – 2nd: “It’s a great day for the team. I’m disappointed not to take the win, but I think I lost my chance for victory yesterday during qualifying. I should have been on the front row and, if so, I would have tried to make Sebastian work a bit harder in the first stint when I was behind Rubens. I saved a lot of fuel in the first stint, which meant we were able to jump Rubens at the first pit stop. I don’t think I could have done much more today and congratulations to Sebastian, he did a good first stint, which is what laid the foundations for his win. And the team? Well, the guys have buried themselves recently with night shifts and the attention to detail that they go to is a credit to them. They’re being led very well and they’re responding to that. Results help and it’s an incredible injection for them to get the top result, a one-two on local turf. I enjoyed it today. Silverstone is an amazing track and it’s incredible to go through that first sector, lap after lap. It’s a great place to drive a Formula One car and the British fans are always fantastic, so it was great today.”

Christian Horner: “What a fantastic team result, a one-two, with both guys totally dominating the race. There were so many members of the team here today and, for them to see what their cars can do, when they have put in so much effort, is just incredible. I’m thrilled for everyone at Red Bull, they’ve done a brilliant job. This track suits our car and the drivers have been in fantastic form all weekend. Sebastian was outstanding today and Mark also did a brilliant job he was very patient when he needed to be behind Rubens in the first stint. It was a great team result. We’ve still got a long way to go to catch Brawn GP, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

Fabrice Lom, Renault, Principal Engineer, Track Support: “Wow, a magic result first and second at the British Grand Prix. The team is so happy and, for the guys in Milton Keynes, this victory is so deserved they worked like hell to prepare this new package. It’s a great result for them. For us as the engine partner to be part of this adventure is a great pleasure so congratulations to everyone back in the factories and let’s enjoy this fantastic result.”