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GP Week : Issue 195
FROM THE COCKPIT The 2013 US Grand Prix in the drivers’ own words... SebASTiAn veTTel “It’s the day after, normally on the Monday, when you feel what you have achieved. It’s a great feeling, you have a grin on your face and it’s nice. On sunday things hap- pen fast and you don’t always realise what has been achieved until later. It’s down to team effort today. everyone is willing to push; this morning the guys were working hard as we had some concerns about reliability on the car, so they were flat out try- ing to fix the problem and the car ran okay all race, so a big thanks to them. I’m not sure what we have done since the summer break in order that we have been winning races, but whatever it was it has worked. When you are a sports man, not every day is supposed to be a good day and you have ups and downs. Certainly you feel the points when you are low, they hurt more than when you are on a high, of course you enjoy those times, but I kept saying that there’s no guarantee for the next race or the one after that or after that! You never know what is coming next, so you have to en- joy today and look forward to tomorrow.” ROMAin GROSJeAn “That was a really tough race. I had to have probably one of my best ever drives to keep Mark [Webber] behind and it’s a great feeling to have tamed at least one of the Bulls in Texas as they clearly had the fastest package today. We knew a good start would be the key, so making up one place in the first corner was really important and the car was just fantastic from there onwards. The whole team here and back at enstone are doing an amazing job. every day I see them working hard together to keep us at the front and when you look at the gap to the next nearest challenger, it’s clear that we’re the second best team after Red Bull right now. I think this place must bring me luck; this time last year I found out my wife was pregnant and now I’ve equalled my best finish in Formula 1, so I can’t wait to come back again and see what happens next year!” MARK WebbeR “The initial launch and my getaway was pretty good. Romain had a good start too, I wanted to get on the right for the braking point at the first corner, but that’s what everyone did too. I got boxed in and didn’t get a good exit off the corner, but after that it was a strong race. Our pace was good, but you have to manage the tyres well here. Qualifying was where a lot of the race was decided. In the end I did what we could, but I think we left some on the table yesterday. I have some family and friends here this weekend, so it’s good to get a strong result. It would have been better to have had a win, but seb did a good job here this weekend.” 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES