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India 2011 - Post race press conference - Quotes from the top three F1 drivers on Sunday

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Questions to the top three drivers following the race on Sunday in India.

Winner: Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull

"It was a very good race for us, I enjoyed the time in the lead very much. I had a bit of a fight with Jenson in the distance. Strangely he kept closing in around the pitstops. I was pushing very hard but we seemed to lose a little bit there. On circuit, it was crucial to manage the tyres, make sure you have enough of them left at the end. All in all, it was a very smooth race. I felt even more confident on the hard tyres on the end. Thanks to the whole team, thanks to Renault. To be honest with you, it's a little bit mixed emotions. On the one hand I'm very, very happy, but on the other hand, looking back at last weekend, we lost two of our mates. Our thoughts are with them. Yes we are ready to take certain risks when we jump into the car, but we pray that nothing happened. Sometimes you get reminded and it's the last thing you want to see."

"I think we can continue, the car is fantastic, the team is enjoying, and we are a run basically since the beginning of the season. We enjoy every race. You walk in the garage in the morning, you see the guys and they are flat out. They are pushing really hard and there's no sign of getting lazy. We have already achieved a lot this year but we are still hungry. We're not lacking motivation at all. I love what I do, I think we all do, so it's great, and as you said, we don't want this to end."

"I think what the people did here in a short amount of time, to put up this arena is incredible. There are little bits here and there that aren't finished, but they'll fix that for next year I'm quite sure. I'm very proud to be the first winner here in India, it's a very impressive country. Different to what we know in Europe, but very inspiring... it's a big country, a lot of people. They are very happy here, they enjoy life, and I think in the end, that's what it's all about. If you're life comes to an end it's more the thoughts, the emotions, the friends, the friendships you take with you, more than what you have in your bank account. There's a lot we can learn and it's a great race, a great event, the circuit is fantastic. All in all, it's fantastic, so thanks a lot to India and all the people here."

2nd place: Jenson Button, McLaren

"At the last race I really struggled and lost a lot of places so I had to redeem myself here. I had a good start and was up to second by turn four. Then it was just hanging on to Sebastian. He had a good race and didn't make any mistakes. We gained in the pitstops... but as soon as Seb got into a rhythm, I couldn't do anything about it really. All in all, for the team, I think we've done a perfect job really. We couldn't have done anything else. Yesterday was a disaster for me in qualifying, but I think we put it right here. It was a good race, but as Seb said, a tough few weeks in motorsport. Very sad day, also. I think we should dedicate this first Indian race to Dan, and to Marco."

"The start off the line didn't feel that good, but there's such low grip off the start line. I was able to get Fernando at turn one. I knew I had to get a good exit at turn three. He covered the inside, did the right thing, but I had enough speed to go round the outside. I had Mark behind me for about eight laps pushing me really hard. Then I was able to pull away, I think he'd damaged his tyres quite a bit. It was a fun race, a little frustrating I couldn't catch up to Seb, but we did a good race, thats the most important thing."

3rd place: Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

We didn't make the perfect start today. To be in a very new circuit, and starting on the clean side, I think we didn't have the grip that we were expecting. The other side of the grid was better than us, so we lost a couple of positions there. We raced with Mark until the second pit stop. We were a little bit surprised he decided to stop, we did two extra laps and gained the position. I think as Sebastian and Jenson said, mixed feelings this weekend, with sad days for motorsport with two accidents. We pray for them today and try to go ahead but always remember these two fantastic people."

"There was not the grip to brake that late, and I lost a little bit more, so it didn't compromise the race because we weren't able to fight with Sebastian any more. Being second or third at the first lap didn't change the picture of the race. We are not super competitive at this point of the year, but we keep having fantastic podiums. Today, we had a little problem with the front wing on the grid and the mechanics did a fantastic job on the grid before the start lights. "

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