Indian GP champion Vettel eager to return and put in an even better performance next year
Winner of the inaugural Indian GP, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel just can't get over the India experience. The morning after overwhelming a 95000-strong audience at the Buddh International Circuit, he told MiD DAY that he just can't wait to be back next year and put in an even better show. Excerpts from an interview.
Splendid: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel after winning the Indian GP.
You had a fantastic race? Before coming to India would you have expected this result?
It was a new track and that meant it is difficult to predict what to expect. How many times to pit, what strategy (to implement). We had practised on the simulator but there is nothing like the real thing, especially with these conditions. But now we know what the track is and we'll be better prepared next year. We always want to win, and come to race with our eyes on winning. There are still two more races and I don't think we will let down on our efforts.
Do you think the dog incident at practice has really marred this inaugural Indian GP, given all the media attention the unfortunate incident has received?
We have seen this happen at other tracks, so it's not the first time for us! You put it behind and forget about it quickly.
You eased into qualifying and clinched pole yesterday? Did you push your car at qualifying, or did you reserve that for the race?
I was pushing very hard into the box at the race, but we seemed to lose a little bit there, which we need to understand. It was important to manage the tyres and make sure we had enough rubber, but it was a very smooth race. The car was well balanced and it was a fantastic race.
How keen are you to see Webber emerge second in the drivers' championship?
The whole team is behind him and he is pushing his car as well. He is extremely hungry for the No 2 spot and we will do our best to make it happen.
What are your final thoughts on the Indian GP? One final message for the Indian fans who love you.
It was an amazing race and an amazing place. It is the first grand prix in India and I am very proud to be the first winner. The fans were so supportive with so many flags in the stands. There is a lot to learn from India, the people, the culture. I was surprised to learn that some Bollywood movies were made in my hometown of Heppenheim! All I can say to the wonderful people of India for now is that with regards to next year: We'll be back for sure!