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Post-race press conference – Turkish GP - Pt.2

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Mark Webber (Red Bull).
Questions from the floor.


Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express).
Mark, you might not have seen it because you were busy driving but as Sebastian walked away from the car, on a couple of occasions, he gave the global sign for mental. Do you think you were in any way responsible for what happened?

Mark Webber:
No.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express).
What do you think about his idea of the mental stuff?

MW:
It's when the adrenalin's flowing.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express).
Was it entirely his fault then?

MW:
Oh, if I wasn't there, there wouldn't have been contact obviously, but we were there together and it wasn't the easiest thing to predict what he would do in that split second. Unfortunately there was contact.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express).
Was he just trying to make room for himself?

MW:
Absolutely, yeah.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express).
But wrongly.

MW:
Aah, pretty quick.

Q: (Tony Dodgins – Tony Dodgins Associates).
Mark, you managed to keep the F-duct cars behind you for 40 laps. I know you told us we've got to dig a bit more but were you slower on that lap that Seb caught you, or not?

MW:
I wasn't too slow, no.

Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association).
Jenson and Lewis, after your little duel on lap 49/50, was there any comment over the team radio from Martin (Whitmarsh) or the guys to cool it, bearing in mind what they'd just seen a few laps earlier with the Red Bulls?

Lewis Hamilton:
For me, no, but I'm sure they were biting their nails all the time. But no, Martin didn't speak to me or my engineer. They just asked me to look after the fuel, but they'd been telling me that for a good ten laps or so before that. I was just asked to keep doing the same thing, but I'm sure it raised a few hairs when we were battling.

Q: (Tom Cary – The Daily Telegraph).
Lewis, you said were surprised to see Jenson suddenly up behind you. When you were told to conserve fuel, you both were told to conserve fuel, did you take that as an instruction not to overtake? Did you see that at all…?

LH:
We don't have instructions. We're racing. For me it was just… the communication wasn't clear for me. When they suggested 'save this much fuel' it was not easy to save that much fuel unless I went particularly slowly. I tried to reach that target and in doing so, Jenson was all of a sudden… he just appeared from nowhere and he was up my tail and then there was nothing I could do. I just had to try and defend the best way I could. He did a great move down the outside. Then I was able to fortunately get back on him and again hopefully a fair move down into turn one.

Q: (Juha Päätalo – Financial Times Germany).
Mark, when you saw Sebastian at your side and a little bit in front of you on the inside, what was your thinking? What did you think would happen?

MW:
Umm. I obviously wasn't totally happy with the situation because obviously he was coming down the inside, and I thought that at that stage I was pretty much not giving the lead up but it was pretty much his corner, well, not his corner but his situation because he was on the inside, but I just stayed on the inside, tight, to make sure that he was still staying on the dirty stuff and then on the run over the crest, obviously after the crest, he started to come back my way and that's when we touched.

Q: (Edd Straw – Autosport).
Mark, given what happened, is there an argument for Red Bull having a policy of not racing after the first corner?

MW:




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Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 3rd position
Race, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 3rd position
Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 race winner
Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 race winner, Jenson Button (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB6 3rd position

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