Greater Noida: After dominating the Indian Grand Prix for three consecutive days, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel said he has a special feeling for the people of India and the culture.
“I like India. The people here are warm hearted. I grew up in Germany. In Europe, money plays a big role. But I think that’s not the case in India. I see a different culture here,” Vettel said.
Meawnhile, Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, who finished third, was pulled up by FIA for walking away in the middle of the official post-race media conference. Webber and Red Bull, later, apologised.
The following are excerpts from what the top-three finishers had to say
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): Every Grand Prix has something special, but the Indian GP has become very special for me. I like the circuit... It has a lot of fun.
Frankly I like India. The people here are good and warm hearted. I grew up in Germany. Back in Europe money plays a big role. But I think that’s not the case in India. I see a different culture here.
Overall, it was a very good race for us and I’m happy with the result. I had a good start, Mark (Webber) had a better one and it was close in Turn One, but I had a good exit from Turn Three and got ahead. I was able to open a gap, which was important.
I felt very good on the soft tyres and was competitive. I could have stayed out even longer I think, but at some stage you have to cover. McLaren and Ferrari were quick on the hard tyre, so it was important to have a gap to them.
I saw some sparks at the end from the car, but we saw a lot of cars throwing sparks and we joined them. It was a great day for us and an important step. It was a victory for the entire team, which worked tirelessly behind me.
Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): We can fight the Red Bulls, but at the moment, we still don’t have a car capable of winning. Once again we have seen that. The situation in the race was much better than in qualifying. We did what we could, as at every race. We are still very much in the Championship. We expect to do better in Abu Dhabi and in Brazil. I still have a big chance to win the drivers’ title.
There are 75 points up for grabs, which is a lot. I am still optimistic even if we are all aware that we have to improve our performance, especially on Saturdays.
Mark Webber (Red Bull): The crowd was incredible. I really enjoyed the race.
I could have done better but technical problems after the 19th lap landed me in trouble. Despite having some technical issues, we had to manage.
It’s maybe hard for people watching to know how it affects the car, its power on the straight obviously, but also managing brake balances and those sort of things.
In addition, when you have a one-stop race, it’s always a chance you have a front-right lock up.