Three times world champion Sebastian Vettel returned to the Red Bull Racing factory in Milton Keynes yesterday, to celebrate with the team and to do some media commitments. And JA on F1 was there.
Vettel looked slightly weary after a late night in a Sao Paulo night club on Sunday night after the race and then a flight to London,
“We definitely had a very good time on Sunday night, you have to do that,” he said. “What we achieved for the team and for myself is very special.
“From a numbers point of view, you look at it as statistics, what we have achieved and if you compare it to what others have achieved.
“These things don’t happen too often and it’s up to us to enjoy it.”
However he is mindful of the fact that after winning there consecutive titles it gets harder to maintain the momentum. On paper he should have a good chance of winning a fourth title last year as Lewis Hamilton has moved to Mercedes, which has a lot of work to do, McLaren will be strong and focussed on Jenson Button, but the data shows he struggles to qualify consistently, while the question mark will be how competitive next year’s Ferrari will be,
“The hardest thing is to win after you have won,” said Vettel. “You get the attention and the pressure. Focusing on how to win again is harder than trying to win in the first place.”
Vettel has not yet watched the Brazil race back, “I was told it was a good one and obviously I “lived” to fight to the end; I had quite a bit to do, but it was a fun race, a tough race, but I enjoyed it.
“If I watched the race again I wouldn’t get too excited when I get turned around because I know there is a happy ending.”
Vettel said that the most important lesson he learned this year the value of every single point scored at the end of a 20 race season,
“We made some mistakes this year, but if you compare with 2010 we did way less mistakes which allowed us to be in a much better position at the end of the year, but still we can do better.”
As for the future, he reiterated that he has no plans to leave Red Bull before his contract is up at the end of 2014,
“I think I have said many times that I have not signed for anyone else and I’m not keen to sign for anyone,” he said. “We have a great atmosphere with the team that we have built in the last couple of years. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Meanwhile team boss Christian Horner said that he believes that Vettel is still improving and that F1 has not seen the best of him yet.
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