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Indian GP: Post Race press conference

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28/10/2012

Sebastian, did you help design this race track or something? You seem so at home here, as a driver and with your car.
Sebastian Vettel: I think it's been an incredible two years for us, both times to come here and win the race, get the pole on Saturday and win the race on Sunday is fantastic. There's always a very nice trophy so I'm very, very happy to pick up another nice one this year, so a very special grand prix. I don't know what is it about this circuit but I really like the flow of it. Sector One is a bit slow with long straights but Sector Two and Three are really nice and I think we all enjoy it. Big thanks to the team, as I said on the radio, every single one is pushing very hard and I think there's not one thing that stands out and makes the difference: not today' not yesterday; not this weekend. I think it's all of us working hand in hand together. If we're here on the track or back in Milton Keynes, everyone is pushing hard and I think that's what makes the difference. I'm very, very happy, I'm glad to be part of that and just enjoying the moment.

You've led every race, every lap for three consecutive races now. The last man to do that was the great Ayrton Senna in 1989, you're in great company and you're clearly on great form.
SV: Don't say things like that! It's very, very special. I think we all will remember Ayrton forever, not just because he was successful and he had these kinds of numbers speaking for him but he was a great person. So very, very happy.

Fernando, do you ever, ever give up? You're relentless.
Fernando Alonso: No, obviously, it's not easy at the moment to fight with Red Bull but we will never give up. I think we are happy today, we have to congratulate them, they were fantastic this weekend so well done Red Bull, well done Sebastian - but yeah, we want to be happy and we want to enjoy Brazil, not only here so I'm sure we will do it.

Bittersweet for you? You split the Red Bulls but you still lost points in the World Championship.
FA: Yeah, we lost points but I think this was more or less the plan this weekend: we were not fast enough to compete against them, so we lost the minimum points, which is finishing second, so a s I said, better races will come.

How fast was your car in a straight line. Take us down to Turn Four at the start, it was incredible.
FA: Yeah, we were quite fast in a straight line but we are still missing a little bit of grip in the corners that hopefully will come in the next races. Today we have to thank the team for this fantastic straight-line speed that give us some good overtaking manoeuvres and some good action.

Mark, you had to work hard to be up on this podium today.
Mark Webber: Yes. First of all thanks to the crowd, they are fantastic today. I enjoyed the fight today; it was a difficult race, very difficult for me to get into a rhythm, we had a few issues we needed to manage on the car but fair play to the other guys it was a good, tough grand prix. Lewis and Fernando were very strong on the hard tyre and with our KERS it was very difficult. I was happy with how I drove and we'll come back for Abu Dhabi.

So when he breezed past you down the straight, you were missing your KERS at that time and just helpless? There's nothing you could do?
MW: Yes, that right. It was very difficult to defend there because you need the KERS to get you on that type of corner.

Sebastian, we see some amazing names up here, champions including Fernando alongside you and you're on there twice. Surely you must feel now that you've got one hand on that World Championship trophy for 2012.
SV: The other one is probably Fernando and there are other ones as well. So I think if we speak about the World Championship, obviously this was another good step for us but still a long way to go and we have seen this year how quickly things can change. As I said earlier, it feels fantastic to be up here and have a race like that where everything works the way you want it to. Yeah, very, very proud, very, very happy and enjoying it. That was today. Now we are focusing on Abu Dhabi next week. There's a lot more to come and we'll try to take things step by step.

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