Vettel: Always aiming for the maximum

Stephan Heublein

Pole position and victory, all on the same day - for Sebastien Vettel, Sunday's outing at Suzuka could not have worked out any better. Autoblog UK spoke with him afterwards.

Was there a moment in the race where you thought things might get a bit tricky?

Sebastian Vettel: Well obviously Mark was trying to pressure me, but I always managed to react quickly enough. I was in no great hurry after the pit stop, because it wasn't possible to build up a massive lead over Mark and it wouldn't have been worthwhile. If something unforeseen happens, you need to have good tyres, and I was aiming to nurse them through to the end. My speed was absolutely adequate, so there would have been no sense in pulling away and maybe damaging the engine or wearing out the tyres in the process. On the last couple of laps, I eased up on the gas slightly while Mark was trying to push more. But it was clear to me that, as long as I was ahead and stayed ahead, nothing could go wrong.