Vettel says rapid pace was 'scary'

By on Sunday, November 3, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel labelled his seventh successive win as 'incredible' after wrapping up his 11th win of 2013 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Vettel took the lead at the start and was never headed as he won at the Yas Marina Circuit for the third time.

The reigning champion pulled out a margin of over a second a lap during the first stints, before managing his tyres and securing victory by half a minute.

“I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps," he said.

"I think it’s difficult, being an active member of the team, to put things like today into perspective. When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people together that believes so much in what they do."

"To be part of that is great and makes me proud. The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special. I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yesterday, but we made up for it today."

Team-mate Mark Webber started from pole position but conceded that Vettel was unstoppable.

"Seb was on another planet today and was very, very strong in the first stint," he said.

"He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included."

Webber eventually finished in second place, edging out Mercedes's Nico Rosberg.

"Nico had a very good start on both Sebastian and I, but fortunately it wasn’t a long run to the first corner. We got under way from there and I attacked Nico on the first lap, but then we had to look after the tyres, so we waited and then on lap eight or nine we were in trouble with the rears."

"I made a good move on Nico to get back into position. It would have been good to win, but we got second and I’ll go to Austin and try and do better."

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