'Small things make huge differences in 2012' – Vettel
23 April 2012 – Sebastian Vettel’s Bahrain win made it four winning teams and four different Drivers’ Championship leaders from as many races so far in 2012. With a fantastic remainder to Formula 1’s longest ever season in prospect, the double World Champion believe that small differences will have the largest effects this year.
“Well, that was only the fourth race of a 20-race season, so we have a long way to go,” he says of his victory at Sakhir. “So far, we have seen that small things can make a huge difference in the race. If you take today, Kimi started from P11 and was nearly winning. It just shows how tight it is this season, and how competitive.”
The German is relieved that his race-winning confidence has been fully restored, following a shaky start to the year for Red Bull Racing.
“I felt, for the first time, really comfortable in the car,” he began to conclude. “I really had the impression that I could count on it. I knew what to expect; so I must say a huge thanks to the team, this was really our win!”
In Shanghai, Vettel had reverted to the RB8’s original exhaust configuration; although he lost ground in comparison with Mark Webber, he is pleased that the weaknesses of the car were highlighted because of the decision.