Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013

Vettel “surprised” by “massive gap” to rivals

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2013Sebastian Vettel said he was surprised to finish so far ahead of his rivals in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vettel ended the race half a minute ahead of team mate Mark Webber and his lead had been as much as 40 seconds at one stage.

“The car was absolutely brilliant,” said Vettel after taking his 11th win of the year.

“It was flying at some stages, at least it felt like it. Massive gaps, big surprise, really thanks to the team.”

“Thanks to Renault as well,” he added. “A lot of our success is also down to them, they’re doing a very good job and I hope that next year we’ll have an engine that is as powerful and reliable as this year’s.”

Asked what the key was to extracting the most from Pirelli’s tyres Vettel said: “I don’t know if there’s a secret.”

“I’ve got traction control!” he joked, “at least that’s what they said three or four races ago…”

“These tyres are difficult to drive, extremely sensitive. Obviously it helps when you are in free air, not so much in traffic.

“But somehow we got the hang of it more and more so towards the end of the year looking after them, really listening to them and yeah being able to extract maybe a little bit more performance than the other guys.

“But I don’t think there’s any secret genetically. I’ll take it though!”

For the second race in a row Vettel celebrated his win by performing doughnuts in front of one of the stands, but said he doesn’t think he’ll get a fine again.

“No I don’t think because I brought it back so it’s fine,” he said. “As you can see, it’s in parc ferme!”

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