Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel hails his car and declares “Fernando is the prey”
Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the Japanese Grand Prix has brought him within four points of the Championship leader, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. A victory at Suzuka also means that Sebastian Vettel has now leveled Juan Manuel Fangio’s tally of 24 race victories.
The 25-year-old German has the momentum on his side now. With two back-to-back victories the World Championship now resembles a two-horse race between defending champion Sebastian Vettel and the former champion Fernando Alonso.
“Well it’s been a long time since I’ve won races and to now win two in a row is a pretty cool thing,” Sebastian Vettel said in a Q&A session after the race.
Sebastian Vettel was full of praise for his Red Bull team and his car, the RB8. Sebastian Vettel, who plans to win his third successive World Championship, thanked Red Bull for giving him the chance to drive in a “perfect car”.
“Today was a fantastic race and the car was brilliant,” Sebastian Vettel said. “In qualifying the perfect balance was suddenly there and that made all the difference in the race. It is very rare that you race such a perfect car. I was able to push harder with every single lap, control the gap to the guys behind me and on a track like that it’s everything you’ve dreamed of.”
With just five races remaining in the Formula One season, Fernando Alonso reckons its mini-championship between Sebastian Vettel and him. The Spaniard was forced to make an early retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix after an accident on the first turn of the race.
Sebastian Vettel confessed it was a “very unlucky day” for Fernando Alonso on the track. Nonetheless, Sebastian Vettel was happy to cut down the huge lead between him and the Ferrari driver.
“… There are still five races to go and today was a very unlucky day for Fernando,” Sebastian Vettel said. “Such an incident can happen to anybody - it could be us in the next race - so we have to keep our heads down and try to improve the car.”
In spite of being top contenders for the title, Sebastian Vettel believes other drivers can still win the Championship. Well, the Red Bull driver is correct here. Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Jenson Button; all have the opportunity to win the Championship.
“… I have seen how fast things can change so I would not count some of the other frontrunners out,” Sebastian Vettel said. “There are definitely more in the hunt for the title than him and me. But sure Fernando is the prey! This season is a bit crazy and I don’t see any signs that this has changed so we really have to stay focused. That in the end will decide the championship.”