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You know he drives for Ferrari. You know he's a four-time world champion. You may even know that he gives his F1 cars affectionate nicknames. But would you like to learn a little more about the notoriously private Sebastian Vettel? Help is at hand with the first instalment of our new interview series…

 

2017 04 13 GP Bahrain

Q: Apart from driving a Formula One car, what is your favourite buzz?

Sebastian Vettel: Speed in general.

Q: Which film last made you cry?

SV: Lion [the 2016 film starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman]

Q: What are you afraid of?

SV: Tyre degradation! (Laughs)

 

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Seb on his second win this year

16 04 2017 gp bahrain 20170418 1198805922 A great result thanks to all the team! At the start, it was important for me to get second place, and I managed. Also, we got everything right with the strategy. We decided to pit early and this tactics proved to be working. Towards, the end, I tried to manage the gap I had over Lewis. I expected him to charge through, of course I was concerned, with all the traffic ahead of me. But it the end it was all OK. The car was like a dream to drive today. I felt right from the beginning that we had the speed to win today. I had a good feeling yesterday already, and it was just confirmed today. The lap back to pits was so sweet, with all the fireworks around, and I really savored it.

Tonight we enjoy the moment, but tomorrow we’ll be back at work. I haven’t changed my mind: to become world champion, you must first beat the Mercedes We’ll take it race after race.

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Seb hopeful as car looks better for the race

15 04 2017 gp bahrain 20170415 1387396466 Overall, it has been a good day. Yesterday I couldn’t get the right feeling, I kept sliding too much. We made some minor tweaks on the set-up and the car felt better today, I was quite happy with the balance. But in qualifying, after seeing what the gap was at the end of my first run in Q3, I wasn’t so happy, so I tried it all and maybe pushed a bit too much. This is a circuit where you can easily overshoot it. Today, we were losing a bit everywhere around the lap, perhaps more than usual down the straights. But tomorrow it should be closer, and hopefully we’ll have a tight race. The car feels good for Sunday.

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09 04 2017 gp china 20170409 1143814282 我的起步还算正常,但是半雨胎的衰竭非常严重,我知道我没法坚持多久。在出了虚拟安全车后,我换上了干胎,可是随后又出了安全车,这让我损失了胎温,因而无法利用轮胎的优势。

总的来说这是一场不错的比赛,真的很激动人心,很有趣。在跟里卡多的较量中我们甚至还发生了轮胎的触碰!我知道我必须冒险,很幸运没有出事。我从外线开始攻击,因为我预判这样我可以在接下来的连续弯获得一条更好的赛车线。这个计划是奏效的,但是我被束缚地比赛。

我们不会带着高期望去巴林。我们赛车能力不错,我们会成功的。但是我们跟梅赛德斯将会更接近,还是更远,我只能说梅赛德斯在各方面都很强大。今天他们在比赛中就非常快,虽然在数据上我们不那么适合这条赛道,但我们并没有落后多远。可是目前只跑了两站比赛,数据积累还不多,因此究竟如何我还不好说。

We can be happy with today’s results. The race was a lot of fun, very entertaining. Conditions were tricky at the start, you never know what can happen in those moments, so I was perhaps a bit too conservative. Then we chose to change tires since the track was quickly drying out, so that we can take advantage from the slicks; but luck was not on our side as the safety car came in right after. I can’t say how much this affected the final result, it was still al long way from there to the finish, but I think it had an effect. From then I had to work my way through the field, and I had a tense wheel-to-wheel fight with Ricciardo. I like this way of overtaking, when gaining position comes at a price and not simply by opening up the DRS. At that moment though the gap to Lewis had widened, and I kept pushing to keep some pressure on him, while asking my box what pace was needed for me to catch him. I chink that pace-wise we were a match today, sometimes he was faster, sometimes I was: if we can fight with Mercedes also in Bahrain that will be again good news. We can still improve.

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