Sebastian Vettel said his team kept him in the dark about how close he was to winning the world championship during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Speaking in the post-race press conference he said:
I’m a bit speechless to be honest, I don’t know what you’re supposed to say in this moment. It has been an incredible, tough season, for myself, for all of us, physically and mentally especially. To come here, we have always kept believing in us, in our team, in the car. Do did I keep believing in myself.
Today was a special day all around. This morning I got up and tried not to think about anything, tried to avoid contact to people too much, just tried to do my own thing. And I knew that the only thing I can do is try to win this race and do my best.
We have only really led this championship when it matters. I am speechless.
As I said the car was phenomenal today. The start was crucial, it was very tight with Lewis but then in the first stint I got a little bit of graining so Lewis got a bit close but then the car stabilised.
From then on it was a dream. Obviously it helped, it was good for all of us, I think it cooled us down, that Lewis got out behind Kubica and got held up so I could make a gap.
To be honest I didn’t know anything until I took the chequered flag. The last ten laps I was wondering because my race engineer Rocky was trying to give me advice in the last ten laps to bring the car home. And I was think “why is this guy so nervous? We must be in a bloody good position.”
And then crossing the line he came on the line very silently and said “it’s looking good, we have to wait until the cars finish” and I was thinking “what does he mean?” Because I hadn’t seen the screens, I just wanted to make sure not to get any distractions, just focus on myself.
And then he comes on the radio and screams at me that we’ve won the world championship.
I have to say thanks to a lot of people, I will surely forget a lot of those but to start with the team, all the guys here at the race track, all my mechanics – all the mechanics in the team, not only my mechanics – everyone.
The engineers – sorry I’ve made this a bit long – we have an extremely strong amount of people together working in harmony. Back in Milton Keynes the guys are pushing like hell and I think they’ll enjoy this moment as much as last year.
Back in Austria, all the people that have been supporting me from the beginning. It’s been an incredible season with Red Bull and after this season’s ups and downs, to come here and lead the world championship at the last race is unbelievable.
Thanks and also thanks to all the people back in karting, some of them are in Kerpen supporting me, but also back in my home town, Heppenheim, I just want to say thank you very much.
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