â€œThis was a hard race. The last five or six laps were extremely tough, I had to really look after the tyres and try to save a bit of fuel to get the car home, but it was an amazing victory. Sebastian [Vettel] came across at me on the start, he kept coming and didnâ€™t stop, so I got on the grass and had to back out of the throttle, otherwise there wouldâ€™ve been an almighty shunt into Turn One.
â€œHe said he didnâ€™t see me until he saw me backing out, so that lost me a place. But fighting back was so, so satisfying: the performance has been in the car all weekend. Itâ€™s such an emotional victory for me: thereâ€™s so much history at this circuit, and the crowd here has been amazing, this is second only to a home victory for me.
â€œI want to thank every single person here in Japan whoâ€™s supported us, hopefully weâ€™ve planted a happy memory in their minds, because a lot of Japan has been through difficult times this year. We did our best and we put on a fantastic show.
â€œSeb has done a great job all season, and he deserved the title. He was given the equipment and just got on and did what was required of him. But, for us, thereâ€™s still more that we can achieve this year: Iâ€™d love to go out and fight to win the next few races, and I think we have the car and the team to go and do that. Weâ€™ll keep pushing and hope to get some more wins this year, but weâ€™re also in a very good place right now, and I think thatâ€™s key to success in 2012.â€
â€œCongratulations to Sebastian! Winning two world titles at his age, in a season in which he has done it all: in qualifying, the races and every other way, so perfectly, is amazing and it is well deserved.
â€œFor our part, we can do no more than try and do our utmost to try and beat him next year. Today, we did our best and we came close to winning the race. We know that in qualifying we are behind the Red Bulls and McLarens, but in the race, when there are variables like tyre degradation, then we can exploit some opportunities.
â€œHere, the others were very strong for the first five or six laps and then we closed up to them a lot. This podium is a great motivation for the final four races of the season. It was a fun race, in which the strategy was very important. Unlike recent races, today we had a pace that was good enough to fight for the win.
â€œWe will try again in Korea, where we can go with our heads held high: we will try and win, or at least get on the podium again.â€
â€œA lot of people have been quite confident about the title, but one of the important things was that we didnâ€™t allow ourselves to drift away with the thought too much. Instead we concentrated on every single step and everything we have done this year and everything we have achieved.
â€œI want to thank all the guys and girls in the factory in Milton Keynes, as itâ€™s not just us here pushing very hard, itâ€™s them as well â€“ from the post office to the design office to the engineering office here at the track, their effort is just incredible.
â€œItâ€™s hard to imagine you know, we have two cars and two drivers only and we carry that weight on our shoulders every time we go on track. Sometimes we donâ€™t treat the cars as good as we should, but we always try to get every single bit out of them every race weekend. But itâ€™s phenomenal whatâ€™s happened – we set ourselves the target to win the Championship this year and so, to win it by Japan with four more races to go, is difficult to put into words – itâ€™s as confusing as the first one.
â€œI never imagined I would win one Championship and so to win this second one is amazing. I have a lot of good memories from Formula One, from watching it when I was young, to now and I feel fortunate and blessed to experience today.
â€œThere were so many excited people when we did the driversâ€™ parade today and that was my last thought when I put my helmet on. For drivers, it doesnâ€™t get much better than this, a sunny day and all the fans excited to see what you do – I think thatâ€™s what life is about. And so, to wrap up the Championship here is difficult to put into words – itâ€™s more than fantastic.â€
â€œCongratulations to Sebastian. To become a double world champion is a very good job. All the overtaking during the race was in the pit stops today, with not much on track. We passed a Ferrari and a McLaren, but it was quite even between all of us. I had some contact with Michael Schumacher, which did some damage to my front wing at a crucial part of the race as I was trying to come back through the pack. We made contact, but he got away with it.
â€œThe safety car didnâ€™t really come at the right time for me as I was hoping to have a look at Fernando [Alonso] around the stops, but when the field bunches up you have to go through the Michael situation again and it’s hard to undercut people.
â€œIn the end it was a reasonable result; it was a great race for Jenson, it’s his second home race in many ways, and congratulations to Seb for the title.â€
â€œThis was a disappointing race for me, but it was a great day for Jenson and the whole team. Jenson did a remarkable job today, he really deserved this victory, but it wasnâ€™t a great one for me.
â€œStill, Iâ€™m going to keep my head up and look ahead to the next race where Iâ€™ll hopefully have another chance. Clearly, our car has the pace to win, but I wasnâ€™t able to compete today so Iâ€™ll go away and look at the data to work out how I can come back and be competitive in Korea next weekend.â€
â€œIâ€™m very happy with what we achieved in Suzuka today as we maximised our potential of the car, and managed to put in a good race.
â€œThe team did a great job the whole weekend in finding performance and transforming it into the race. I think there was not more to expect and achieve. The pit stops were perfectly timed and everything worked out according to plan.
â€œI would like to congratulate Sebastian and his team who have been exceptional the whole year. It is extremely emotional to see him win the Championship again â€“ I am very happy for him and even a little bit proud.â€
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