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GP Week : Issue 190
FROM THE COCKPIT The 2013 SINGAPORE Grand Prix in the drivers’ own words... SEbASTIAN vETTEl “t’s just been a fantastic weekend. The start was close, but then we had strong race pace, especially when the safety car came in, and we pushed very hard to try to build up a gap. You never know what’s coming up and what can hap- pen. The last ten laps seemed to go on forever inside the car. I kept my concentration by reminding myself how easi- ly you can make a mistake around here, the walls are close and if you don’t pay enough attention it can go wrong pretty quickly. I focused on hitting the brakes correctly and on saving the tyres.” FERNANdO AlONSO “Today’s second place is like a victory for us, at the end of a difficult weekend on a track where it’s very tricky to overtake. The key points of this race were the start and the strategy and, in both cases, the decisions taken proved to be the right ones, even if they were aggressive choices. At the start, I managed to pass four cars, helped by having watched the starts from previous races here, but then I couldn’t pass Rosberg. The decision to pit when the safety Car came out paid off, even if it wasn’t easy to get to the finish with the tyres on the limit. Fortunately, thanks to the advantage I had over Raikkonen and Webber, we were able to manage the situation over the final laps: if I’d been in a group, it would have been like the end of a horror movie!” KImI RAIKKONEN “It’s been a difficult weekend, so to finish on the podium is a good result. The car felt good and it could have been even better if I’d been able to do more work in practice, but even with a better qualifying performance I think third was the maximum we could achieve today. The problem with my back hasn’t been ideal, but it felt much better than yes- terday and I didn’t really notice it in the race, only after- wards. I have some time to recover before Korea and we were pretty strong there last year, so let’s see what we can do next time out.” 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE