F1 » 25 June 2011
European GP – Post qualifying press conference – Pt.2
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse)
Sebastian, we couldn't hear much passion between you and your team when you secured pole. There was like 'Sebastian, good job, pole position', 'yes, thanks': not much. Is it something that you're so used to that there's no passion any more?
I think that's wrong, it was a little bit odd because I stopped the second run a lap early, came in and then had to focus that I did everything right and stopped the car. Yeah, I was waiting for the call, obviously, and then I had to switch off the car, so I didn't have a lot of time, so I just said 'congratulations' also to them. It depends on the moment. When you're cruising on the circuit you have time to talk then you are obviously giving a bit more room to yourself to celebrate.
But were you anticipating it, you knew you were going to get it?
No, I knew on the second run that obviously it was a little bit quicker but not by much so I wanted to save a lap on the tyres and came in and then I didn't know… Mark improved and so on, but as I said, I was already stopped in parc fermé and didn't really know.
For Lewis and Mark: isn't the situation getting a little bit annoying for other drivers to be always fighting for second place?
I think that it's what it's about in Formula One, isn't it? Seb's done a good job on Saturdays for the last few years. Obviously, it was closer between him and I on Saturday (last year). This year he's on a phenomenal run, he enjoys this car and tyres and is doing a very good job. That's how it is.
With all respect, I think that we all fight for first. I can't expect Lewis to go into qualifying to fight for second as a target. We always want to be… everyone I think. Otherwise what is the point of going round and trying to finish fifth or second or tenth? There are no points on Saturday.
Q: (Alvaro Faes - La Nueva Espana)
Sebastian, when you got out of your car, you took a look in the cockpit of the other cars. Were you looking for any kind of new engine mapping or new innovation?
No, you obviously can't see much. I was having a look at the steering wheels of the other cars. There are no secrets but maybe there is something you can learn, so that's why I had a look.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de São Paulo)
To all drivers: your teams haven't tested the new regulations on the track. Tomorrow, you will use the same engine map that you used today. Do you think it can change anything in the result of the race; are you worried about that?
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