Q. Sebastian, congratulations on your first Belgian Grand Prix victory. A comfortable victory, but how comfortable was it given the concern before and in the early stages of the race as to how long you could make the soft tire last?
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, I mean we had a lot of concerns going into the race after the damage we had on the tires from qualifying, so we weren't quite sure. We took quite a lot of risk. We had reason to be confident that it should be fine, but if you never really know and there is no-one walking up and down in the paddock giving you a guarantee. We didn't feel too comfortable and both of us stopped fairly early, I think right at the beginning of the race. The main target was to see how the tires were after a couple of laps and to go from there really. Not thinking too much about the outcome, but surprisingly the pace was very, very good in the race. I was feeling very comfortable in the car and without too much effort in the beginning I was able to keep up with the guys and get back into the lead. So half-way through the race, after the safety car, it was crucial to get back into the lead, jump Fernando (Alonso), pass him and build a gap that made it more comfortable towards the end of the race. But it was more management than usual, but I have to say the car worked brilliantly and I think compared to previous years we were very competitive so I am very, very happy with the result and very happy with the race. How we managed the tires in particular so we need to learn from that and yeah, head down to the next race.
Q. Mark, a great recovery after a slow getaway at the start.
Mark WEBBER: Yeah, the start was shocking. Dropped the lever and had anti-stall immediately. I think Seb also had a very close call as well through the anti-stall, so that was a very disappointing way to start the grand prix. On the back foot from there knowing, as Seb said, that we were going to stop pretty early, as our tires were badly damaged after qualifying, so we needed to get rid of that set quite early. When I was back in the pack I saw (Bruno) Senna and a few guys in turn one smashing each other up, so it was important to get away from that scene with everything still intact and that was the case. We made the first stop, had a bit of a fight with Fernando. He had very good grip on the option initially on his stint and then I could stay with him for a very, very long stint on the prime tire. The tire was completely finished at the end but that gave us track position back. We had a bit of a stuff-up on the radio. I was supposed to pit when Seb did with the safety car but we had a completely blocked radio. I was asking three times in the Bus Stop, 'do you want me to stop, do you want me to stop' and gave them the radio back but I heard nothing. Stayed out, saw Fernando stayed out, so a little bit of confusion but all in all the way the team handled all the problems we had yesterday, overnight and this morning credit to Adrian (Newey) and all his crew - all the guys on the floor, Christian (Horner) as well. It was not an easy grand prix for those guys on the pit wall today watching the two drivers out there. It was reasonably sensitive for them so in the end we got a good result. I would have loved to have had a normal grand prix but still an enjoyable race and got a good result.
Q. Jenson, has to be an enjoyable race to go from 13th to third. Talk us through a dramatic start and a dramatic end.
Jenson BUTTON: Yeah, I think if I'd stayed in 13th after the start it would have been a lot easier to challenge these guys but it was mayhem. Turn one I think it was caused by the cars at the front getting a poor start. Turn one I think (Paul) di Resta hit my rear wing or we made contact and damaged the rear wing, so half the rear-wing end plate was gone. Then, driving after turn one to Eau Rouge, somebody's front wing blew off and went through my front wing and took the wing mirror off, which was a bit scary. Then I was really struggling for grip. The front wing was damaged and the guys said 'we know it is but keep going until we get to lap five'. We did. We came in and changed the front wing, put option tires on and did the rest of the race on options. A fun race, lots of good overtaking, really enjoyed it out there today, but you are always going to say 'what could have been'. But all in all, a good finish to get on the podium. It is good to finish here after Seb drove into me last year and we didn't finish.
Q. Sebastian, no problems driving into anyone this year. Mark touched on what a difficult race it was to make the strategy calls but Red Bull got it right for yourself there. Did the safety car come out at the right time for you and allow you to pit at that moment?
SV: Well I would say yes and no. Obviously, we could get the stop and not lose too much. But on the other hand I think I was six or seven seconds in the lead at the time, so we lost the lead and lost that gap that we had. I don't think it made a big difference at the end. Fortunately, with the new regulations we have there are very few possibilities that someone gains a big advantage, but all in all, I agree with Jenson: it is good to finish the race and not to crash this year. When I came close to him I was going to target to pass him at the long straight, not into the chicane so just to make sure, but it was a really fun race with plenty of overtaking due to the strategy we both had to go through. A lot of cars we had to overtake, but the car was fantastic, the pace was there and that's why we are sitting up here now.
Q. Mark, you mentioned the problems with the radio. Did that compromise your race from a victory point of view. Had you been able to come in when you wanted to, was the win on?
MW: It is hard to say. If I could have obviously had a fight with Seb through the middle part of that race I would have. I don't even know how it would have come out, how close I was behind him or whatever. I probably would have been behind Nico (Rosberg) or whatever. I don't even know how it would have rolled out after that safety car. But it was probably the better way for us to finish the race by pitting at that safety car but we didn't know how good the prime tire was going to be. I need to look at it. It was a problem we had with the safety car. They wanted me to pit but we didn't so we had to make it work by staying out and going very, very long and in the end it wasn't a disaster either. That's what happened.
Q. Jenson, not a disaster for you this race but for your team not the best weekend given the strides you've made in the development race before Spa. To see a Red Bull one-two must be disappointing?
JB: Yeah, very. All weekend the car has felt great. For me the balance here has been phenomenal in wet, dry, intermediate conditions. It felt like we'd made a step forward since Hungary, so to just come away with a third is disappointing but then you have got to take everything else into account. The misunderstanding yesterday in qualifying, and also these guys were very fast and they did a very good job. Who knows what would have happened if we had qualified well, but all we do know is that these guys got more points than us today, so hopefully in two weeks we can turn it around.
Q. Sebastian, just having a look at your previous best results here. It hasn't been the best circuit for you, so what does it mean for you to win here?
SV: A lot. It is a very nice circuit. I enjoyed every lap today. We had a bit on from a management point of view, managing the tires in particular, it wasn't easy in that regard, but the car was fantastic to drive. If the car does what you want it to do then this place is really fun. It is nice to have these fast corners and if you feel confident in the car it is even more fun. Every lap was enjoyable. Pretty entertaining race and with the strategy to come in very early a lot of passes that I had to make. Don't want to complain. It all worked fantastically well and the pace was great so it was good for both of us to finish like that.
Q. Mark touched on your start. Did you have a problem?
SV: Yeah, big time. I think Mark nearly stalled or had to pull the clutch again and I was just about to pull it. Released the clutch and the revs went really low and I thought the engine nearly died. For a moment it was quite, quite critical. I then seemed to recover, caught a lot of wheel slip. I was waiting for Lewis (Hamilton) to get past but I think his start wasn't very good either. Then there was a bit of trouble into turn one. Nico was very close. I was taking a very aggressive approach down to Eau Rouge but still it was enough. The tow, today, in general was very powerful so we saw a lot of maneuvers after Eau Rouge and he was able to take the lead. Yeah, quite busy initially.
Q. You held the lead on four separate occasions during the race. That's how much it swung to and fro.
SV: Yeah, it was pretty busy in the beginning. We knew that the main concern was the tires straight away. We knew that we wouldn't stay out for a very long time. I think Mark pitted before I did. I was in the front so could control the pace a little bit more. Then was fighting my way back to the same group. It was a bit funny as I had just pitted and then caught them up again so I had to pass Nico one more time before he went in. That maneuver was quite good fun. The outside of Blanchimont. I think it was very fair from both of us and he gave me enough room so it was nice. In the beginning it was quite entertaining with a lot of cars to go through and you don;t want to lose a lot of time.
Q. Were you worried about the tires blistering again?
SV: Yes, for sure. As I said, it was our main concern going into the race. We had reason to be confident. The alternative would have been to change the setup and start from the pit-lane. Maybe it would have been a completely different race. We took that risk. We had as much confidence as we could get before the race. We had some long discussions straight after qualifying, yesterday night and this morning. Now we are sitting here it all went well and we finished one-two but it wasn't an easy decision to make and not an easy race especially at the beginning to manage. You are driving into the unknown. No-one has really had a lot of laps around here, in particular on Friday with the conditions so everyone was a bit in the same boat. Those 10 cars in qualifying got a little bit of an idea. For some it turned out to be a problem, for others not, but I think with the race now happy no-one suffered any further damage on the tire. I saw basically that the cars I passed and also people who thought they might not run into any problems they had the same problems as we did so we need to learn from that and see for the next races.
Q. Mark, you must have been worried with that long stint you did but presumably the tires held out?
MW: Yeah, I think it is a team result today. Probably one of our best results ever as a team. Pretty stressful last night, pretty stressful this morning. We are not just talking about blisters, we are talking about unknown characteristics of what the tire might do, so it was handled well from our team's perspective. Putting the drivers right in the discussions to understand how we could get through grand prix as safe as possible. I was giving them feedback on how the tires looked. It was a long stint given the misunderstanding with the pit-stop around the safety car, so we had to commit to going very, very long on that set of tires. I had a very, very big vibration on them, which is not unusual but that cleared up when I put the fresh set on. The main thing we were interested in was looking at the fronts on the inside shoulder. My set after qualifying were in a very bad way so we had to get rid of those very quickly, but my race was pretty heavily compromised after I got rid of the first clutch at the start and got the anti-stall instantaneously. I thought I'd got passed by about 30 cars but got to turn one and most of them had hit each other, which was good and I came out the other side. I thought some of them would have been a bit more patient given they are in a good position and they haven't qualified there before but it turned out no so that was god for me. The car was very, very good after that. Had a reasonable fight with Fernando. Then at the end we just brought the car home. Once I'd caught Fernando it was clear I had a pace advantage over him and got the car to the end.
Q. You were bringing it pretty quickly to the end?
MW: Well it is an enjoyable track. You always love driving here. The car was performing well. I was keeping an eye on the tires myself and they looked fine. It is always enjoyable to drive here. It would have been nice to keep driving. That's the way it is around here, it is a beautiful track so, anyway, second was a good result considering what we had to go through.