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31 | 10 | 2019 GP USA WINTER TEST. I REMEMBER QUITE OPTIMISTIC ATMOSPHERE IN THE TEAM

Yeah, it was great.

WHEN AND WHERE YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT PROBABLY THE TARGET TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP WAS NOT REACHABLE?
Well, I think looking back we had an amazing first day, and the car was really good, and also comparing to the others the first week was incredible. So you know we were staying quite... it was more outside that everybody got sort of enthusiastic, we were staying quite calm. I think the second week was already more realistic, where we were match. So I think others cleaned up their cars a lot between those two weeks, especially you looking at Mercedes and Red Bull. And then to be honest it was a surprise coming to Australia and see that we were behind. Then I think the first couple of races it was not so clear, because we came to Bahrain and we were quite strong. Then we went to... I don't know, China? And again we were quite weak, so it was surprising to have this up and down. But I think after three-four five races it was more and more apparent, especially then going back to Barcelona I think it was quite clear, that we were just not quick enough. So at that point you're not giving up, but you realise that, you know, you're not in a position you want to be. And you fight yourself first. Because you're too far away to fight the others. Or fight Mercedes, which, you know... they just got stronger and stronger race by race, where we were trying to find our firm form first, and once we found [it] we realised it's behind, so yeah, I think then with the European races and just the fact that we were not able overnight sort of to turn things around it was quite clear, that it is going to be very difficult.

Eine Heulsuse war ich nie

Sebastian Vettel nimmt zu jedem Rennen Glücksbringer mit. Sie scheinen ihre Wirkung zu verlieren, denn der deutsche Formel-1-Star fährt der Konkurrenz hinterher. Ein Gespräch über Glück und Gründe, warum er manchmal weint ...

Quelle: WELT AM SONNTAG | Nr. 26 | 30. JUNI 2019 | Autor Gunnar Meinhardt & Burkhard Nuppeney, Bilder GETTY IMAGES / Bryn Lennon

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