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Brazilian GP: Post Race press conference

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07/11/2010

Sebastian, you have won the Constructors' Championship and now you have a chance in the Drivers' in Abu Dhabi as well.
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, I think incredible day. Not an easy race to start with. We knew we were on the dirty side but I think we had a good start. I saw that Nico (Hülkenberg) had a bit too much wheel spin and I just used my momentum to squeeze down the inside. He didn't give a lot of room, but just enough. Then it was key for me to disappear in the distance, controlling the gap. The car felt fantastic. All throughout the race I was able to hold the gaps as I planned, so I could control the race from there. With the safety car in the end it was the right choice not to try to pull away too much, to have some tyres left. Then I focused on the first couple of laps, built a gap and then just brought the car home. It is pretty incredible. I don't know what to say really. Incredible effort from the team. Not an easy season, especially with races we just had in Korea. I think it was the right answer for all the people to come back here, never mind what happened in Korea, just stay focused and the whole team pulling on one string and getting us both up here, one-two, and getting the Constructors' Championship one race before the end. I think it is fantastic. We are still fighting for the Drivers'. I want to get rid of this guy (Alonso), but it is an unbelievable achievement. I am very proud, regards to all the people in the team, in the factory in Milton Keynes, but also in Austria. They have been starting this programme, this target, before I entered Formula One but it is nice now to be part of it. I am very proud. Proud of my team, of myself, so I would say a fantastic day.

Mark, you pushed Sebastian very hard but ultimately I guess the start was the decisive part of the race.
Mark Webber: Yeah, that's right mate. Most of the races are decided as we know pretty much on the Saturday or the first lap. You can follow each other around but eventually... in the old days you could play with the strategy a little bit, change the fuel loads and have a look at going long or a bit shorter. Having a bit of a play, but that is not how it is now. Fair play to Seb. He drove a god race and won the race. We had to manage a few problems through most of the second part of the race. I had a very, very, very hot engine for some reason, so we had to turn the engine down quite a lot. Then it was about really just focusing to keep Fernando out. The safety car brought everyone back, but it was a pretty straightforward grand prix. I am absolutely stoked for the guys and girls. I have known a lot of them at Milton Keynes for a long time and for them to be part of this amazing effort, over so many years to come through and get the Constructors' World Championship is a phenomenal effort from them. Also everyone who started the programme. Dietrich Mateschitz and everyone who put everything into getting this up and racing against Ferrari and McLaren. At the end of the day we have beaten them fair and square. The rest can say what they want but we have the Constructors' at the moment and it is a very, very good achievement by the team.

Fernando, you passed Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hülkenberg at the start but I guess you lost touch with the Red Bull duo in the process.
Fernando Alonso: Yeah, I think we lost too much ground in the first laps of the race trying to overtake Hamilton and then Hülkenberg. Those 10 or 12 seconds we lost with the Red Bulls were impossible to catch. We are very close in race pace, maybe one or two tenths quicker some laps, one or two tenths slower some of the laps, so when you lose 12 seconds probably it is over. Then we had a little chance when the safety car came out but we found ourselves in the wrong position again with seven cars between Mark and us, so to pass these seven cars the gap again was six or seven seconds to the Red Bulls, so it was over for a second time but overall a good race for us. Being on the podium, overtaking Hamilton and Hülkenberg, we knew that it was not an easy thing to do but in terms of points we are extremely happy. Congratulations to Red Bull. To win the Constructors' World Championship after six or seven years only in Formula One is a great achievement. We will see what happens in Abu Dhabi with the other championship. It is very open now with the win of Sebastian. He is another strong contender, so we will see what we can do in Abu Dhabi and we will see the final result of a very exciting championship.

Sebastian, you have got to outscore Fernando by 16 points in Abu Dhabi. Is it possible?
SV: I think so. If it would be 26 it would be impossible, 16 is possible. I don't wish anything bad to happen to him but I think we wouldn't mind if we saw some nice Ferrari smoke. But jokes apart, we are all racing, we are all on the edge pushing ourselves to the limit. I have to focus on myself, just as I did here, trying to get the best out as I did yesterday and today, so we just try to repeat basically and try to win the race there and then see where he is finishing or probably not. In a week's time we will know.

Mark, the team want you to race each other and that means you are eight points behind Fernando instead of potentially one. How do you feel about that?
MW: That's the way it is. That's how they handed the points out today. Go to Abu Dhabi, we have to get a few more on Fernando now. One would be nice but it was not possible today but we go with eight and it is still a big, big chance for me to pull it off, so very exciting. We are still absolutely in the hunt. It was very good for me to come back off a bad race in Korea, so very happy with how I drove all weekend and so I look forward to five days time and getting to the next venue.

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