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European GP – Post qualifying press conference – Pt.1

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Sebastian, you said all along this week that the new regulations on engine mapping wouldn't affect Red Bull and as you are on pole I assume you are correct.

Sebastian Vettel:
I didn't say that. There was obviously a lot of talk beforehand going into this grand prix and there will be a lot of talk before the next grand prix. But everyone will lose out something. People expect us to lose more than others but that's where I disagree. All in all a very good day for us. Very good to have the front row for our team. It will be a long race tomorrow. It is always tough here. It is a tricky circuit, there are so many corners. We have got 25 before we cross the line again and especially in qualifying to get every single corner right is very, very difficult. So to get the perfect lap in is quite tough. But I think my first run was quite good. I was very happy and Mark obviously in the second run. It is a good result and a good point to start from tomorrow so we will see what we can do.

Mark, you are alongside Sebastian on the front row as it was last year and you were the only one of the leading contenders to improve on your final run. So was it the perfect lap from you?

Mark Webber:
It was pretty good to be honest. As Seb touched on you have got so many corners you would like to put all of them together perfectly from all of your runs I suppose. But that's not the case. You have got to try and do your best to put them together when it counts. I hadn't had the smoothest build up into Q3 so the guys did a good job to recover with me. I knew there was some more to come on the last lap, I just had to put it all together. Still not easy. Still it was a pretty good lap and it was good to go a little bit quicker in the last sector to put that one together. Seb was a bit stronger in the first two but in the end great day for the team off the back of all the talk. Nice to come here today and do well. Of course, no points today so looking forward to tomorrow's race and go from there.

Lewis, you to were trying to improve right at the end of Q3. But, compared to this morning, third on the grid is that a good effort for you and McLaren?

Lewis Hamilton:
Definitely. Definitely. We weren't really - at least I wasn't - expecting to be so high up. After P3 we were struggling a little trying to switch the tyres on but the guys did a great job in analysing some of the data that we have from there to improve into qualifying. Fantastic job by the guys. I think the lap wasn't too bad. Tried to improve on the last lap there but you are always trying to get a little bit more but I guess I got a bit greedy so just bailed out on the last lap and hopefully save those tyres for the race.

Sebastian, you have already alluded to it being a long race tomorrow. A double drag reduction zone system as it was in Canada. How easy will it be for you to protect that pole position?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well it depends where you are exactly, as you say. Obviously if you are in the front and the people are close enough behind then it is tricky. And it is tricky not only once, but twice here. Valencia is a street circuit but still they are quite long straights and for those two zones it will be important tomorrow to have enough of a gap or if you are behind to be close enough to try something. Both times you have a reasonable hard stop so you can try something under braking so we will see. At the moment it is not yet clear how many stops we will have and how efficient overtaking will be so we will see what happens. As I say it is a long race and it will be quite hot tomorrow.


Sebastian, was this Red Bull's answer to the regulation changes?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I mean as we touched on earlier there has been a lot of talk but for us we never really understood why. We had to focus on what we have to do here and that's it. I think we had a good qualifying session. Generally I think a good build-up throughout the weekend. Picking up steadily some pace and, in my case, I felt more and more comfortable in the car. That was most important. It is nice today to sit here and to have the front row for us so it is a good start for tomorrow but it is a long race so we will have to go from there then.


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