Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

Saturday 8 September 2012­

QUALIFYING

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 6th, (3rd Practice – P12, 1:25.406)

“I’m pretty happy with the result; my last lap should have been a bit quicker, but whether it would have made a difference or not is hard to say. If you look from us to the front, the gaps are too big. All weekend we were not quick enough, so P6 is a very good place to be. Let’s see what we can do in the race, I think the pace tomorrow should be better.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 11th, (3rd Practice – P11, 1:25.389)

“It’s pretty much what we expected today. Seb and I were on the bubble there; it was very close between us – there’s only a tenth here and there and I’m out. No massive surprises. I’m eleventh, so we can have a bit of a choice on what we can do tonight, but I’d rather be further up the grid. We’ve got a bit of a slog tomorrow; but it’s Monza so never say never.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “It was a difficult qualifying for us today; we knew going in to this session that it was going to be tough. We made it through Q1 without any pressure after Hulkenberg stopped early on. Unfortunately Mark missed the cut at the end of Q2 by the smallest of margins. Sebastian delivered a very good lap in Q3, to line up in sixth, which will become fifth for the starting grid tomorrow (due to Di Resta’s penalty). Hopefully our race pace will be stronger than we’ve shown today and we can take the fight to the cars ahead of us. It’s a fairly unique track”.

(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “Again this weekend we would like to be a bit further ahead on the grid but we haven’t succeeded to do that. I would like to apologise to Sebastian, as we had an issue in FP3 during his last run. We had an alternator failure, which meant he wasn’t able to do a run on the option tyres. We have to investigate exactly where the issue is coming from, as this was a later spec of alternator compared to when we had this issue in Valencia. We have to analyse all the data to understand. Looking at our pace in FP2, it’s encouraging for the race tomorrow.”

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PEOPLE TALK
A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, Aero Performance Team Leader and very local boy Stefano Sordo recalls a lifetime of Monza GPs and why he’ll be enjoying a special dinner tomorrow night …

You’re Italian: where are you from?

I’m from a village called Lesmo, which is of course just outside the two Lesmo corners here in Monza, so I grew up at this circuit. As a spectator, I was at every grand prix here from 1978 until 1995, which was the year before I went to England. After that I came back here working. That was an emotional moment for me – the first time I came here to work in F1, back in 2001. It was the realisation of a dream. It felt very, very special.

So is the 1978 race your first memory of Monza?

Yes. My father and I were at Parabolica. I couldn’t see very well. I remember the cars going by incredibly fast. My father is a doctor and worked at the hospital here in Monza. He couldn’t take me on Sunday because he was working, but told me to watch the start because something can happen there. There was a terrible start with the big accident for Ronnie Peterson, so I remember it well.

What drivers were you a fan of then? 

I was a big fan of Gilles Villeneuve and after that Alain Prost. Very different drivers, but when you are a kid in Italy Ferrari is everything. It’s different now of course!

Formula One has been a huge part of your life since you were a small child, but how do you relax outside of the sport?

I spend all my time with my wife and my daughter. They are a very, very important part of my life. Living in the UK I don’t see my family, my father or my mother, very much. I only get to see them maybe three times a year. But I’ll extend my trip this weekend by one day and see my parents tomorrow night. We’ll go out to dinner – a proper Italian dinner.