Exclusive interview with Sebastian Vettel: "Just trying to catch my breath"



Between all the obligatory events after winning the Formula One title at Suzuka, newly crowned champion Sebastian Vettel still found time to talk to Autoblog UK about his success.

Sebastian, are you in a celebratory mood now, or are you too tired?
Sebastian Vettel: I've not really had time to catch my breath. I think it will take a while to sink in. But I also think that's a good thing. At the moment, we're just looking forward to this evening. This is a very special day for us – for the team and for myself.

I think the season so far has been a fantastic journey for everyone involved. And the best thing is that it's not even over yet. We still have four races to compete in. At the moment, it obviously feels like a big weight has fallen from my shoulders, but at the same time, we're looking forward to the remaining races.
At first, though, we didn't get the impression that you had shaken off any burden. It looked more like you were annoyed because you hadn't won.
Sebastian Vettel: The tension is obviously there, and you always tend to focus on things that have just happened. I think that today was not our strongest race. It was extremely tight. But as you saw, the top three ultimately finished within two seconds of each other.

It was a long and exhausting race, and I think that there are aspects that we could have improved on – question marks over our performance. The victory was by no means out of reach, and the final result was very close. Bear in mind that the other drivers were not just going through the motions out there. All in all, it shows that we are up there with the leaders, even on an off day.

Have you phoned your mother?
Sebastian Vettel: Not yet. In fact, I haven't rung anyone because I haven't got my mobile with me.
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during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.

during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 10, 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 17, 2011 in Shanghai, China.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Turkish Formula One Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit on May 8, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 22, 2011 in Barcelona, Spain.
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 29, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the European Formula One Grand Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit on July 26, 2011, in Valencia, Spain.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit on July 10, 2011 in Northampton, England.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Nurburgring on July 24, 2011 in Nuerburg, Germany.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 28, 2011 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during qualifying for the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 10, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza on September 11, 2011 in Monza, Italy.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 25, 2011 in Singapore.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
during the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 9, 2011 in Suzuka, Japan.
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