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GP Week : Issue 152
MOTORSPORT NEWS: How does it feel to be back on top, after your win in Bahrain? SEBASTIAN VETTEL: Very happy and very proud of the team. I think it was an incredible race, extremely tough. Obviously Lotus were pushing us so we couldn’t afford to lift, but it was enough. For the last two years you’ve been racing the best car, so when you arrived in Australia a month ago for the first race did you expect to be as far behind the curve as you were? I think first of all it’s a nice story to say we had the best car by far before. We had a very strong car, but sometimes we didn’t have the best car yet had strong weekends nonetheless. This year we would have loved to be in a better place to start the season. Nevertheless, I think we’ve had good races. Does that change your mindset going into a race, knowing everyone is so close on pace? It is tight and we’re not as confident as we used to be, so small things can make a difference in qualifying and has a big impact on the race. The faster you go on Saturday the easier the race is on Sunday. We were struggling with our qualifying pace before Bahrain. Why are you and Mark Webber much closer on pace this year than last? First of all we’ve only had four races. I’m not entirely happy with where we are but I think there’s great potential in the car. Y ou have to give yourself time to try different things and see what works best for you. Maybe Mark struggles a bit less, I don’t know, but we talk about how the car feels etc, and agree on most stuff. The teams are en route to Mugello in Italy for a three-day test before the next race. How important will this be for Red Bull Racing? Crucial. There were only a couple of days between China and Bahrain, so not much time to get new parts out. In Mugello we’ll be able to test and evaluate a lot of things and get the car in a happier place for Barcelona. You live on a farm in Switzerland. Do you own many animals? No animals, just rocks! Do you ride a tractor? A mini one. Ayrton Senna owned a farm in Brazil and built a go-kart track on it. Would you like to do the same? Maybe his was a bit bigger – as big as Switzerland! I didn’t know that. Mine’s not so big. You’re a massive Beatles fan. Bought any more memorabilia recently? Bits and pieces here and there. Paul McCartney gave me a signed Hofner bass guitar in Abu Dhabi last year. I’m keeping that in a special place, I’m not intending to play it. I haven’t framed it yet but I’m on it! He was very down to earth, and it was pretty incredible to meet someone like that. Just imagine what he has seen through those eyes in his life. Would you like to make a pilgrimage to Liverpool’s Cavern Club? One day. 5 MINUTES WITH SEBASTIAN VETTEL As the F1 teams headed to Mugello, Adam Hay-Nicholls asked the reigning world champion about The Beatles, living on a farm with only rocks for company, and coming back in 2012. 5 MINUTES 20 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: