Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

Saturday 24 November 2012­



Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Position: 3rd, (3rd Practice – P3, 1:13.385)

“We got the most out of that, but it was disappointing not to get onto the front row. I thought the lap would be enough, but we were a tenth off; it’s always tight here in qualifying. In the last race of the season it would have been good to get pole, but fair play to McLaren. We don’t know what the weather will do tomorrow, and if all of the race laps will be on intermediate or wet tyres – we need to plan that some might be on slicks too. You never know what will happen here with the weather.”

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 4th, (3rd Practice – P2, 1:13.245)

“Q2 was good for us, but I made a mistake on the first lap of Q3 in Turn 4. I was happier with the second lap in Q3, but it wasn’t quick enough. I could have done a little bit more, so I’m keen to see the data when I get back and see where I could have improved. We’re in good shape and have been quick all weekend, so let’s see what we can do in the race – we will try to do our best.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “Both our cars on the second row of the grid is a strong result, particularly after the pre-qualifying rain. We navigated ourselves through Q1 and Q2, with Seb going quickest in Q2, and then the McLarens found a bit of extra pace in Q3. However, Mark drove an excellent lap, extracted the maximum out of the car and lines up third, with Sebastian alongside him in fourth. Our focus now turns to the race and if you believe the forecast it’s going to be very wet, but our objective now is to maximize the points out from these grid positions.”

(Renault) CYRIL DUMONT: “It’s not too bad to be P3 and P4, and when you have rain in qualifying it’s never easy, so it was good not to make a mistake in Q1. Fortunately, we had a dry Q2 and Q3 session. Now we look forward to the race; hopefully it won’t be too wet although that seems to the case. Hopefully we can finish on another high tomorrow.”


A Formula One team is all about the people, but away from the racing what makes our team members tick? This race, as we near the end of this incredibly long season, and because we actually saw a Christmas tree in the lobby of our hotel this morning, we thought we’d ask a few team members how they’ll spend the winter break we all deserve…

Mark Webber – Driver

After the final race, I’m flying to England for two days. Then I’ll fly to Melbourne and on to Tasmania. I’ll be spending a week down there for my Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. After that I’ll be having a break enjoying Christmas in Australia.

Christian Horner – Team Principal

I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to be doing over Christmas! It’s only a month away and it’s incredible to be talking to about it at the final race; I’d imagine it will spent at home with family and animals.

Jon Gates – Sebastian’s Tyre Technician

This year after the season I’m going to be at home for a couple of weeks and then I’m going to Orlando in Florida with my wife and children. So, it will be Christmas with Mickey Mouse.

Ed Hewett – Mark’s Tyre Technician

During the winter break I’m going to LA for two weeks to do some snowboarding and some skydiving with my brother. We’ll going to Mammoth Mountain, as there’s a couple of good drop zones there.

Jonathan Wheatley – Team Manager

I’ll be spending as much time as possible with my family over Christmas, at home. I have no intention of getting on a plane any time soon!

Mark Simpson – Senior Garage Technician

Over the winter break I intend to decorate my utility room – but don’t tell my wife!