Vettel 'blown away' by Japan result
13 October 2013 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel described himself as 'blown away' after notching up a ninth victory of the season during Sunday afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
After small contact with Lewis Hamilton at the start, which led to the latter's early retirement, Vettel recovered to pull off an impressive two-stop strategy, usurping team-mate Mark Webber and Lotus rival Romain Grosjean for the race win.
"I'm blown away with today's race," said Vettel. "I had a very, very poor start and clipped the front wing. I think Lewis had a puncture after that, but I couldn't go anywhere.
"I was then patient enough and looked after tyres. We had incredible pace at the end."
Vettel admitted that the decision over his strategy was not made until after the opening stint, during which the German was able to run longer than Webber and Grosjean.
"The decision on strategy was made after the first stint when we ran for longer," said the German, who leads Fernando Alonso by 90 points. "It wasn't easy to make the two-stopper work, but the first stint was crucial, and it turned out to be the right call."