Sebastian Vettel looks forward to the showdown in Brazil after a podium-place in Austin
Sebastian Vettel smiled after his second-place finish in Austin, but deep down the young German was actually dissatisfied with his performance. The Red Bull driver will undoubtedly be pondering about how close he came to celebrating his third successive World Championship.
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton tormented Sebastian Vettel for most of the race in Austin. The Briton went on to win it in spectacular fashion with Sebastian Vettel finishing just behind him. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished third, which means the Spaniard is still in contention for the World Championship.
The two-time Formula One champion did everything right in order to protect his lead at the United States Grand Prix. The young German was spectacular in the qualifying and on race-day, but it just wasn’t his day.
Sebastian Vettel, who was in his 100th Grand Prix, admitted it was an “incredible” race in Austin. Sebastian Vettel was happy for his team, who won the Constructor’s Championship yet again and looked forward to the showdown in Brazil.
“As Lewis said, it was incredible,” Sebastian Vettel said. “Actually I did my first race five years ago, the last time we were racing in the United States, so it’s a very nice comeback today, it was my 100th grand prix, and amazing y’know, the amount of people we had all weekend. It’s great for us to have so much support, very happy today for the team in particular.
“We won the Constructors’ Championship so, yeah, thanks to all of you, it’s been a great year, now we’ve got another station coming up in Brazil and as you said, in terms of the Championship it’s looking a bit better after the race today. Obviously it was a close fight with Lewis, he had one chance and he took it. After that I tried to stay with him and maybe pass him again but he was probably as quick as I was and there wasn’t much in between us. All in all, a great race and a great result for us.”
Sebastian Vettel has a 13-point lead over Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, which means both drivers can win the Championship. Sebastian Vettel’s chances of winning the World Championship could be dampened by rain. In spite of being arguably the best Formula One driver in the world, Sebastian Vettel’s performance spirals downwards on wet tracks.
“Well, I think anything can happen,” Sebastian Vettel commented on the issue. “We have been in the game long enough to know how quickly the winds can change - not only for us - but also for our competitors. What we have to do is go into the race as focused and as determined as we were this weekend. We have to squeeze everything possible out of the race! We know that the car works and that is a good basis to build on. So I am looking forward to next weekend. I like that track and the track suits us and we have always done well there.”