‘We’ll look after ourselves’ – Vettel on Alonso’s situation
17 November 2012 – Sebastian Vettel turned a blind eye to Fernando Alonso’s Austin qualifying struggles when reviewing the qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. The Red Bull driver, already third in the all-time standings for poles, sealed the 36th of his career.
Equalling Lewis Hamilton for six poles in 2012, Vettel will start seven places ahead of his title rival, who finished ninth but jumps up one spot because of a penalty.
“I’m very pleased with this result,” Vettel said in the post-qualifying press conference. “Yesterday’s first practice was very good for us, but the circuit is very slippery and it takes a while to sort yourself out on this new asphalt. It was fun to slide around a little but it got better, as you can see by the way the lap times have improved. Today I could have been a bit quicker in the last sector and it was a bit closer than I wanted it to be with Lewis!”
Moving on to discuss Alonso, who will lose out in the championship fight if the two drivers finish Sunday’s race where they start it, Vettel continued:
“We’ll look after ourselves. I’m just happy we had a smooth session as we lost a little bit yesterday and it might happen again – you never know. It’s just best to keep your head down and get the best out of it, so I’m very happy with this result. So far nobody has scored any points this weekend and at the last race we saw just how quickly things can change. We just have to get our race together and focus on the Constructors’ Championship.”
Vettel’s F1 career began in America five years ago, as he scored a point for BMW at Indianapolis. That race was won by Hamilton, who saw off then team-mate Alonso.