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Chinese Grand Prix – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Drivers - Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT), Michael Schumacer (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport)
Lewis, you came away from Malaysia having lost a place, penalised after the race. What was your reaction to that? Did you think the penalty was fair?

Lewis Hamilton:
It didn't really make much difference. I was seventh; so seventh or eighth, it's pretty crap either way. That's racing. I think it was fair.

Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport)
Why did you think it was fair? Did you feel that you had been weaving on the track or defending?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, the previous year, obviously I had some big weaves on the straight which everyone disagreed with, which was fine. They said that they would be stricter on that this year. Looking back at it, I didn't weave even half as much as I did in the previous time, and I didn't put anyone in danger – but the rules state that you can only move once, to the better position. I think the confusing part was really whether I was defending a place or trying to lose the tow. But at the end of the day I got 20s. It was one place so I feel fortunate that it wasn't any more than that and I will just try to avoid doing that in the future, so no one can complain.

Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport)
And is there any incentive to use it this weekend to get back on track?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't use that, I use the difficult race that we had. I definitely want to bounce back from that because we really had the opportunity to finish second quite easily and to end up eighth after starting second on the grid is not the kind of performance that we want to have in the future. I feel positive about this weekend. It's in the past. It's very early stages in the championship. I actually look at it as a blessing because there have been many races where you have started in nice positions and you don't get any points at all. I've still got a couple of points and who knows whether they will be quite valuable points in the future?

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China Daily)
First question for Sebastian: you know you already have two pole positions here in China, but last year you were sixth in the race. How about this year? A third pole position and winner? Are you confident?

Sebastian Vettel:
It's always a long weekend. Obviously you work both Friday and Saturday to prepare the cars as much as you can and ideally on Saturday afternoon you get the best position on the grid that you can get for the race. So the target, for sure, is to have a good qualifying and then ultimately have a good race because that's where you can score points. So looking back at last year's race, obviously we were not strong enough, we were struggling a little bit with the conditions but still got some points. For this year, every year is different, so we will see what we can do – but surely, as I tried to say earlier, we will try to push as hard as we can and try to get the maximum out of the car one more time, and ideally have a good result. Of course, I wouldn't mind if everything goes well and we can get another pole position or another victory.

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China City Daily)
Do you know the weather forecast? It says there will be rain.

Sebastian Vettel:
OK, you are local so you probably know better than us. We will see. We also have some forecasts and yeah, there's also some rain. We will see when and how much. That's always the same question.

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China City Daily)
Do you think yourself unstoppable this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
We've obviously had two good races but we come here and we start again. That's the name of the game at every event, every race so surely we try to keep it going. We saw at the last race that it's getting very tight and you can take nothing for granted. Of course, the day will come when we might finish second, fifth, tenth, whatsoever but that's life. That's Formula One.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – Agence France Presse)
To Sebastian and Lewis. Sebastian, you said after the Malaysia race that the fact that Nick Heidfeld came up to second after the start was a good thing for you because he held back the others and helped you to get a small gap. Do you think that without him, Lewis could have threatened you a lot? And Lewis, did you think that if you had the same race pace as Red Bull that you could have fought for victory?

Sebastian Vettel:




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