Vettel thrilled but staying realistic
14 October 2012 – Sebastian Vettel was naturally delighted with his third consecutive Grand Prix victory in Korea on Sunday, thus becoming the first driver to win four races this year. He may have now seized the championship lead from Fernando Alonso but, as he did in 2011, is maintaining a pragmatic approach.
“Yeah, very pleased,” Vettel told former winner Johnny Herbert on the podium after leading home the first team one-two result of the season. “Fantastic. I’m very, very happy, that was a fantastic race.
“The foundation was to have a good start but I wasn’t too sure because I was on the dirty side; but I had a very good launch and Mark (Webber) had a bit of wheelspin. At Turn 3 I could hear Mark coming, but fortunately I got a good exit and was ahead! In the first stint Mark was always on my toes but I had a little bit left in my tyres. We had two very good pit-stops. The only mistake I really made was locking up the front at Turn 3. We were a bit worried about the front tyres because we saw a lot of people locking up and overshooting apexes.
“I have to thank the boys for this one; they’ve been flat-out every night because there wasn’t much time after Japan, so hopefully we can carry this momentum through to the next race. I’m looking forward to the next couple of races.
“We have seen the championship has been very up and down, so we have to focus on ourselves, having the best possible results and scoring the most points possible.”
Vettel’s 25th career victory places him sixth in the all-time rankings, now drawing levels with Jim Clark and Niki Lauda who won five titles between them.