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GP Week : Issue 188
FROM ThE cOckPIT The 2013 BELGIAN Grand Prix in the drivers’ own words... SEBASTIAN vETTEL “I don’t think we expected to be dominant here, and it sur- prised all of us actually; it's a great result. I think we knew going into the race that our race pace, compared to Mer- cedes, maybe gave us a little in hand, but we didn't know where we were compared to the others, especially Ferra- ri, and Lotus looked very quick in dry conditions also. It wasn't clear if the rain was going to come at the end of the race, so we kept pushing, but the gap we had by that stage meant we were able to control the race from there and the last couple of laps weren't too stressful” FErNANdo ALoNSo “Today’s result shows that the outcome of qualifying bears little relation to the result on sunday, although I think that even if I’d started from pole I would still have finished second, because Vettel was quicker. At the start we immediately made up some places and all in a rush, first passing Button, then Rosberg and Hamilton, so I found myself six seconds behind Vettel, but if one looks at the final gap of 16 seconds, we can but congratulate him and his team. The car worked well in all conditions, with a full fuel load at first and then with a lighter one at the end and, on top of that, the extra speed we had on the straight meant I could overtake without taking too many laps to do so.” LEwIS HAmILToN “I got everything that I could out of the car today but we just weren't as quick as sebastian and Fernando. I made a nice start and it felt like the exit out of turn one was good, too. But seb just caught me on the run out of eau Rouge and there wasn't really much I could do to defend: I moved once, like we are allowed to, but then I just had to watch him glide by. From that point, it was very difficult to hold on to him, and the same thing happened with Fernando, too, later in the race.” 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BELGIUM