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GP Week : Issue 194
FROM THE COCKPIT The 2013 ABU DHABI Grand Prix in the drivers’ own words... SeBASTIAn veTTel “I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps. I think it’s difficult, be- ing an active member of the team, to put things like today into per- spective. When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people togeth- er that believes so much in what they do. To be part of that is great and makes me proud. The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special. I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yes- terday, but we made up for it today.” MARK WeBBeR “seb was on another planet today and was very, very strong in the first stint. He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included. Nico had a very good start on both sebastian and I, but fortunately it wasn’t a long run to the first corner. We got under way from there and I attacked Nico on the first lap, but then we had to look after the tyres, so we waited and then on lap eight or nine we were in trouble with the rears. I made a good move on Nico to get back into position. It would have been good to win, but we got second and I’ll go to Austin and try and do better.” nICO ROSBeRG “I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark off the line. I thought there might be a chance to get seb but it wasn't quite possible. I was able to push hard in the first stint on the op- tion tyres but the second stint wasn't quite as good as the car had a lot of oversteer on the primes and Mark was able to pass me. After the second stop, the set-up worked much better and we were able to set some really good lap times. We didn't quite manage to take the challenge to the Red Bulls today but we were closer at least to one of them and hopefully we can make it happen in the last two races. As a team, we scored some great points for the Constructors' Championship this weekend and I'm very happy about that.” 38 GPWEEK.com // 38 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ABU DHABI