• Indian Grand Prix

Vettel enjoys 'very smooth race'

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel led every lap of the grand prix © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel described his victory in the Indian Grand Prix as a "fantastic performance" and a "very smooth race".

Vettel led every lap of the race and set the fastest lap on his way to victory to complete a perfect weekend having qualified on pole position. With Jenson Button never able to close within less than 2.5 seconds Vettel never looked seriously troubled, and he admitted that the only slight concern he had during the grand prix was the amount by which his lead was cut around the pit stops.

"It's obviously a very good race for us," Vettel said. "I enjoyed the time in the lead very much, obviously they had a little bit of a fight with Jenson in the distance who was always about four seconds (back). Strangely he kept closing in around the pit stops. I don't know why, I was pushing very hard in to the box and out of the box, but we seemed to lose a little bit there so we need to understand.

"But on circuit it was obviously crucial to manage the tyres, make sure that you have enough of them at the end. So all in all it was a very smooth race, the car was very well balanced; I felt even a little bit more confident on the hard tyres on the end. But overall a fantastic performance."

Vettel also said that he was struggling to enjoy the victory as much as usual in the wake of the recent accidents that claimed the lives of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli.

"To be honest with you it's a little bit mixed emotions. On the one hand I'm very happy, it's the first grand prix in India and I'm very proud to be the first winner, and I think we can be as a team. But on the other hand, looking back at last weekend we lost two of our mates. I didn't know Dan Wheldon but obviously he was a big name in motorsport. I got to know Marco Simoncelli this year, and obviously our thoughts are with them. Yes we are ready to take certain risks when we jump in to the car but we obviously pray that every time nothing happens, but sometimes we get reminded and it's the last thing that we want to see."