Exclusive interview with Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel is annoyed with himself for missing out on pole position at Silverstone as the result of a mistake. He tells Autoblog UK that he doesn't really mind what the weather is like Sunday.
Sebastian, were you glad to be driving again after all the fuss?Sebastian Vettel: For us, that wasn't the major issue today. Obviously, our focus was on qualifying. People like Christian [Horner] and Adrian [Newey] were more involved in all the background controversy. But all in all, what matters is that the wheels were turning again at one o'clock and that we were all concentrating on racing.
You made a tiny error on your fast lap. Does that annoy you?
Yes, there's nothing I can do about it now, and I couldn't do anything immediately afterwards either. It just happened. I don't think the same thing will happen to me again, though. Ifs and maybes... I think everyone can find something that they would do better next time round. I had been looking forward to the second run, but then it started to rain again. So I had no chance.
Are you trying a different approach to last year – not so dazzling in free practice but all the more so in race trim?
Yes, exactly. That's what we're trying.
Do you think the start tomorrow will be decisive? Will you have to nail Mark as soon as the lights go out?
I'll try, but first you have to make sure you get off the line right. After that, the rest falls into place.
Are you hoping for clean, dry conditions or otherwise?
I don't care as long as I'm always on the right tyres at the right point in the race. I guess you can say that, on the basis of what we've seen so far, there's a strong chance of rain tomorrow. So let's see what surprises the weather has in store for us.