Vettel Happy with 2008 Achievements
“It was crazy, just crazy. I think through the whole race I didn't know Felipe (Massa) was in the lead – I just assumed he was. I didn't come over the radio and ask about it because I was focusing on my job. I knew I had at least to finish fifth, so I was focusing on that.”
“Towards the end of the run, I was keeping Vettel at bay but then the weather got bad. We changed tires but I had less downforce than other people – we were fastest on the straights but for the wet it was not perfect. But we worked very hard to keep him behind – and the last two laps were the toughest two laps of my entire career. After I lost the position to him there was nothing I could do.”
“I was pushing and pushing to get close to him, so I was taking more risks. Not unnecessary risks but I knew I was in P6 and I knew I was one point away from world championship status. Even when I came across the line I knew I had not won it just yet,” said Hamilton when talking about the last few laps of the race.
He also admitted that he can't really believe what he's achieved this past weekend, even after a long sleep last night.
“I didn't drink last night. I had a couple of glasses of champagne, but I mostly drank water. I remember towards the end of the night I just sat there on the side, a song came on: We are the champions by Queen. I saw all my team members, my mechanics, my engineers, the catering people, the bosses, my dad, everyone – they were all so happy.”
“I don't think it has hit home yet. I woke up this morning – I felt relaxed, I felt satisfied and I felt full of energy. I felt really fresh, and then it keeps popping into my mind: wow, you are world champion! Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be here. I had dreamed of having it, which is why it probably does feel like having a dream. That is why it keeps popping back into my head, to show it is reality. So it is a great feeling,” concluded Hamilton.