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GP Week : Issue 186
From the CoCkpit The 2013 GERMAN Grand Prix in the drivers’ own words... SEBASTIAN VETTEL “It was a tough race; it was one of the toughest for a long time. I’m happy the race wasn’t two or three laps longer, as Kimi was a bit quicker towards the end. I’m very happy that it worked out and it’s very special. The team worked really hard to give me the chance to win this weekend and we got it. First of all you have to remember that it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to race in your home country; we have around 20 races, but there are obviously more than 20 coun- tries, so it’s special to race at home and get so much support. I had a good start and then just focused on every single lap during the race.” KIMI RAIKKONEN “We had a pretty good last stint of the race, but the cars are close on performance so it’s difficult to overtake. Maybe some more laps would have helped us, but the race is only 60 laps so you have to do your best with that. After my first stop I was stuck behind a Mercedes for a while, but once I was past the car was pretty good. After the safety car three of us were able to pull away, but we were too close on speed to change the order. It was a good day for the team. Of course, we wanted to win; we couldn’t, but we did score the most points here. The warmer temperatures definitely helped us, so let’s hope for some more hot weather in Budapest.” ROMAIN GROSJEAN “After some difficult races, everything went right today and it was pretty special when I was leading the race and returning to the podium is naturally a good thing. My car felt great on the first stint with the soft tyres and it’s clear that the sum- mer weather really suits us. Hopefully we’ll have a long sum- mer now in Europe! Letting Kimi past at the end of the race was the sensible thing to do as we were on different strate- gies and he had more of a chance of going for the win than I did at that point. We didn’t know which tyre would be the best at the end of the race, so we didn’t put all our eggs in one basket.” 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GERMANY