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Vettel pleased to have repaid team

Any one who was under the impression that Formula One was an individual sport should take a quick scan through Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel's interview following his third win of the 2011 season.

“It was a great result today – especially after I gave the team so much work on Friday.' Vettel told formula1.com immediately after the race on Sunday.

Vettel went into Saturday without any dry running in Turkey after crashing out in Free Practice One.

Vettel took full responsibility for the crash, with the car sustaining so much damage that he was unable to run at all in Free Practice Two.

This gave him a big disadvantage going into Saturday, with his team working flat out to give him the set-up needed to firstly qualify on pole and to then go on to win the race.

'I hope giving a victory back goes some way to help them forget it. Saturday morning was crucial. When I walked into the garage everyone gave me the impression that nothing is wrong and there was nothing to worry about. The whole team was working so hard to get the car back together and times like these are important. The team are close to me and if they are not happy or unmotivated it reflects on me and the other way round, so after being a bit down on Friday, it picked me back up.'

With Red Bull taking the front row, it was a fairly undramatic race for Vettel, with the chaos of wheel banging, DRS aided overtakes and pit stop mistakes happening to every one else.

Vettel led from start to finish, while Mark Webber completed the one-two finish for the team.

Seb continued: 'In the race we had a very good first stint and got a gap and you can always benefit from that cushion. At the end I did two short stints, which was the right thing to do - it was seamless today. We don’t know what happens next, so we have to take it race by race. There will be days when we are beaten for definite, but we need to minimise the loss - but for today, it was a great result for the team.'








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Date:Monday May 9 2011

Time: 6:06PM

 

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