Q. Does it ever get old, do you ever wake up and think 'I really should be doing something else? And another thing, Lewis, my son looks exactly like you, it's just amazing!
LH: That's good for him! I don't know who the question was to but this doesn't get old. We're all still pretty young. It's a great feeling, I feel very privileged to be in my position and racing is just... I could never get tired of it.
JB: Are you tired of it yet?
SV: It's not really a question for us!
JB: When I'm in my 20s!
Q. Sebastian, you wrote on your balaclava the word "Monza." Was it the same one that you used two years ago and do you believe in this kind of karma?
SV: First of all it was not the same as two years ago because I have that one at home and I haven't washed it. Yeah, actually it wasn't me, to be honest, it was my engineer who wrote that on my balaclava. At some point this season, he asked me what word describes something that make you very happy and makes you feel good? And a couple of days later I came back to him and I said 'Monza.' And he asked why and I said that I won my first Grand Prix there and just everything that happened after that, the race was amazing, after that, being on that podium, seeing the people coming from everywhere, I think it's one of the best podiums you can stand on, seeing the team, Toro Rosso, listening to the Italian anthem in Italy. These are moments you will never forget. I was surprised when I came in the garage and put my balaclava on and I saw 'Monza.' I think it taught me twice just to enjoy today, once for the reason I said, the race in 2007 and secondly the race this year when we were flat out until the last lap and fighting. I considered it one of the best races this year for us, because it was extremely difficult and we still finished fourth. Thanks a lot, because I was feeling good before the start.
Q. Sebastian, you have already said that you have had a different year. What is the best thing that you learned from this year? If you had to pick one thing, what was the best thing you learned?
SV: Well, I think it's partly linked to the emotions I had to go through after situations like Hungary or Spa. Once you enter and you're able to finish in the front and get some good results, everything goes extremely quickly. I think you can ask Lewis in particular, who had a great chance and did a good job straightaway when he came into Formula 1. I think it's important to be who you are and not try to be someone else. Many times, in sports, when you ask people what is most important they answer something like 'to be in balance' but it's actually sometimes not that easy to keep your head cool when everyone is panicking around you. That's what I said, in the end: there is a certain group of people that... it makes sense to invest your energy because you know that you will get it back. Other people... you know you might make experiences that you don't like, but that's part of life, I think and that's not only in Formula 1 or in sport, I think that's for all of us. We have occasions like that and I think that was one of the main lessons this year, because in the end, I do believe that guys like Jenson, Lewis, Fernando, Mark and others in Formula 1 – I might forget a few now – but those are the best drivers in the world and in what they do and to be one of them is fantastic, it's a great feeling. In the end, you just... like enjoy yourself and just being happy to be able to do what you do, reminds you of who you are.
Q. Sebastian, you are now the youngest world champion. Are you amazed? And Lewis, you lost that record, are you amazed as well?
SV: Yeah, when it comes to records, after Lewis won the championship, I thought to myself, it will be questionable if there will ever be anyone younger than him. And to be fair, he only missed it by only one point the year before. You can argue but records are there to be broken in a way. Some people set quite a good benchmark, but as I said what I thought about Lewis's record or people like Michael who probably owns all the other records. Yeah, it's not the main thing now, I don't know, it's a couple of days if you... I don't know the exact number but it's only between... (167 days) yeah, so you're good with numbers obviously. It's half a year. I don't know, I don't think it makes any difference.
LH: That's the thing; it's a good title to have, so enjoy it. So how long was it for you, two years? In two years time there will probably be someone else to enjoy it.
Q. Sebastian, you said you were up and down; did you ever doubt not being world champion this year?
SV: Difficult question. I kept believing in myself, in the team and I got a lot of positive energy from the people around me, tapping on my shoulder and I could see that they were believing in me as well, so obviously then it's a bit easier. Surely you know, when you cross the line – well, you don't cross in Korea in my position – but when you have things like Korea when you know it's three races to go and obviously what happens you cannot change any more, but you can still change what will happen. We were in a good position and then boom, the engine went, so of course that's disappointing but straight back then, I said the positive is the most important. It wasn't impossible, it was very difficult to go in Brazil's race but on the other hand I think there was a bit of pressure taken away and we could just focus on what we usually do and it was a little bit the same here. Lewis had a very strong weekend and he was a bit in the same situation. As I said, sometimes it's important to keep your head cool and we knew what we had to do and that's what we wanted to do, we achieved it and a bit of luck, so that other people didn't finish as high up this race helped us to be in a position where we are now.
Q. You have the changed the way that Formula 1 is viewed around the world, with a lot of young people watching the sport. I can speak about India in particular, but there is a huge amount of people looking on the sport as a career. So is there a message, Sebastian, that you would like to leave for those people to pursue that they believe in and recognize that you achieve it. And secondly, did Red Bull live up to its tag line this year of giving you wings?
SV: OK, second question first: yes, I think the car this year was phenomenal. In a way it was a masterpiece. I think there are areas where we need to work on because in hindsight we had races where we could have finished better. On the other hand, sometimes it was a fine line between being successful and not. For instance, in Silverstone, going into turn one, Lewis tried to get close. It seemed that he touched my rear tire, I had a puncture. That was not his intention but that's how it goes sometimes and instead of finishing first or second we finished further back. I think all in all, it is always a very special thing if you have a car under your belt where you know you can fight the guys at the top and fight for race wins, pole positions etc. So yes, Red Bull gave me wings again. Still gives me wings, tonight, I think. And the first question: I think you can answer this one very long, but I think I have been answering long, so try to keep it short. I think the most important thing, looking back and having these pictures in my mind of our common time in Formula 3, other people in karting, when I started. In the end, you just need to find something you enjoy. If you find something where your head can actually switch off and you just enjoy yourself no matter what you do, I think that's the key. You know mentioning the level before driving in Formula 1, I think in the end the last bit probably comes with heart and passion and just fun, so just enjoy.
Q. Sebastian, I would like to hear your comment about this. Many people did not understand what happened at Interlagos when your team didn't ask you to let Webber overtake. He would be one point behind Alonso and he came here eight points. That way you and the team would not be world champion.
SV: Yes, so I think we did the right thing. You know it's always easy after things have happened to say OK, you did right, you did wrong. Obviously Ferrari has been getting a lot of criticism after what happened in Germany. It's sometimes close but in the end you need every single point. Before Brazil it looked worse than the start of this race and now it looks fantastic. I think it's a typical example of you never know, and just maybe a little similar to what happened in 2007. In a way, that's the good thing, that some things are out of our hands, out of our control and just happen the way they are supposed to be. Some people call it destiny, some people are a little bit more looking for explanations but that's the way it goes.