14 April 2012
Post-qualifying press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1
Post-qualifying FIA press conference from Shanghai in China with Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.
Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes).
Nico, sensational lap how do you feel about your first F1 pole?
Fantastic, yeah, thank you. It went really well, it's a very special feeling definitely. Now obviously looking forward to starting first tomorrow.
Where did you find the time?
The track was cooling off a little bit, the temperatures were coming down slightly and so the rear tyres started to work a little bit better. Changed the setup of the car slightly before the last run and just got a perfect lap so it worked out really, really well.
Lewis, moving to you, you virtually grew up with Nico through the karting and the single-seaters. Tell us how you feel first of all about his achievement today?
Big congratulations to Nico, it's fantastic and really done in style: it's quite a big gap between us. I'm very proud of him and obviously we grew up racing together and always dreamed of being in Formula One together and now we're on the front row together. Obviously I've got a penalty but still, it's a good day.
And what about your own performance today and how you feel you're fixed for the race, bearing in mind where you're going to start on the grid tomorrow?
We're in a good position I think. I made some good setup changes to the car, it feels good, particularly for the long runs. It's going to be tough for sure, there are a lot of good drivers ahead of me but I'll be pushing as hard as I can.
Michael, we heard you on the radio asking for Nico's lap time and when the engineer told you, you sounded pretty surprised by what he'd achieved. Sum up what you think about what you two have done today.
No, I said actually 'well done', because that was a phenomenal lap time. For all of us, to see the gap that big is a bit of a surprise but there you go. He's known as a good qualifier and no reason [for me] to be unhappy. The opposite: happy for him for his first pole. Congratulations as we know – I guess – it's going to be the first [front] row of a proper Mercedes Silver Arrow that we're going to take place in the Shanghai Grand Prix tomorrow. That's a great achievement.
That's right, with Lewis moving five places back.
Good for us!
How about your race situation? Obviously you've qualified well inn these cars so far this season but we've seen you go backwards in the race. Do you think it'll be easy on the tyres tomorrow in this car?
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