F1 » 24 March 2012
Malaysian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
The FIA post-qualifying press conference from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher.
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (1st, McLaren), Jenson Button (2nd, McLaren), Michael Schumacher (3rd, Mercedes)
Q: Lewis, a first pole for you and McLaren here in Malaysia but a continuation of the team's fine start to the season today.
Lewis Hamilton: Yeah, it's been a good weekend so far. I think it's been a tough day to be honest with the changeable weather conditions and the temperatures climbing. Made some set up changes to the car, nonetheless we still managed to do some good times but obviously got these guys pushing very hard behind but the guys in the factory are doing a fantastic job.
How aware are you that everyone is pushing so hard behind you and how much pressure does that put on you going into a qualifying session?
I think everyone's under the same amount of pressure. We all put a huge amount of pressure on ourselves and obviously a lot of partners and sponsors are relying on us as well, so it's very intense and probably the most exciting part of the weekend but it's something, at least speaking for myself, that I really enjoy.
Jenson, for you the wait for a first McLaren pole continues but less than a tenth of a second between you and Lewis just shows how competitive it is at the top.
Jenson Button: Yeah, I think it was a little bit more than that but qualifying has been pretty good to me the last two races so I can't complain too much. I think it's good for us as a team to be on the front row again. It's always nice when your engineer keys-up and you can here all the mechanics in the background cheering because of a one-two. You obviously want it the other way around though but Lewis did a great lap at the start of Q3 and we edged closer but couldn't quite get there.
And you didn't do too badly from second last week. There's a long run down to Turn One, it could be quite an explosive start.
I think it'll be an exciting start and not just for us two on the front row but the Mercedes is renowned, especially Michael, for getting good starts so it's going to be a fun Turn One I think.
Let's turn to you Michael. It's been a long time since we saw you in the top three for qualifying. Is this a welcome return or could this have been pole and even better today?
Michael Schumacher: No, I mean this was the maximum that was available. We managed to work the car very well over the whole weekend, we obviously showed potential in Australia, not so much in the race, so focus was obviously to try to find the best compromise and I guess we have achieved this. We're third here, a very tight business if you look who is behind us, and how close everything is going, we can be more than happy about what we have achieved and look forward now for tomorrow.
Is there a concern about the race given what happened in Australia last week?
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