Silverstone winner pays tribute to the British fans
Sebastian Vettel’s performance at Silverstone today can only be described as completely dominant as he led away from pole position, recorded the fastest lap of the race and took the British Grand Prix win 15 seconds clear
of Red Bull Renault team-mate Mark Webber.
Unsurprisingly the German racer was thrilled with his day behind the wheel as he closes the gap in the battle for second in the championship to just two points and also takes seven out of Jenson Button
’s still commanding 25 marker advantage at the top of the table.
"The start was very important, then in the first stint I tried to push as hard as I could to pull away and make a gap which I knew would be crucial as then I would benefit basically the whole race from it which worked perfectly well," said Vettel. "I had a fantastic car. I mean it was unbelievable. I was able to push, push, push more and more and more and the tyres were very consistent, so very good tyres as well."
"I am very, very pleased with the result," the German continued. "I mean fantastic. It shows that we are on the right way. Every single one has been working hard and it doesn’t matter whether here at the track or back at the factory. Bringing the car to where it is just now is fantastic. The emotions then - especially as I crossed the chequered flag. Every single person in the grandstands I have to thank. It was fantastic. The atmosphere was great. This is what I was dreaming of when I saw the first Grand Prix here in Silverstone in the era of Mansell and so on, so it is kind of unreal now to think I am here and I have made it. I have won this Grand Prix, so I am very, very happy.”
"I regret a little bit I am not an Englishman as the fans are fantastic,” he said paying tribute to the packed stands and general admission enclosures. “Already in the last few laps I could see the people standing up and cheering. At the time I wanted to wave and say ‘thank you’ but then I said there have been stories in the past where it didn’t look too good with drivers doing it and that was the last thing I wanted to do. Then when I crossed the line it was unbelievable.
Also the whole podium ceremony was fantastic, so thank you."
Next up for Vettel is the German Grand Prix, this year taking place at the Nurburgring circuit. He is looking forward to his home race but also pointed out that unlike in China, the race organisers this weekend managed to get the correct national anthem in place for his Silverstone win.
"I’m looking forward to it. It’s my home race; we have had this home race for the team, kind of, strictly speaking not! I think as everyone noticed the anthem this time, the national anthem for the team was the right one (Austrian) but the factory is down the road, so it’s a fantastic result here at home. And the next one is for me at home, which is great. I hope to continue and try to repeat what we did here, which won’t be easy but for sure, that’s what we’re aiming for.”
Team Principal Christian Horner was also most happy to see his two drivers finish one-two and while he acknowledges the Milton Keynes-based team have a long way to go to catch the championship leaders, the British Grand Prix could just be the turning point.
"This track suits our car and the drivers have been in fantastic form all weekend," Horner said. "Sebastian was outstanding today and Mark also did a brilliant job – he was very patient when he needed to be behind Rubens in the first stint. It was a great team result. We’ve still got a long way to go to catch Brawn GP, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction.”
Heading to the Nurburgring for his home race in three weeks, Vettel is looking to carry the Silverstone momentum as he chases his third win of the season.