14 April 2012
Post-qualifying press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1
Michael, you actually won from sixth on the grid here, that was your best ever grid position here and you've just beaten that by three places. We almost had the sight of Norbert (Haug, Mercedes motor sport boss) dancing in the garage just now, he was so happy. Obviously it's a great result for the Mercedes team.
Absolutely. Norbert has been suffering with us for the last two and a half years. Obviously it's his little baby, to get the Mercedes car up front and to achieve this, with all the effort that Mercedes has put in, the team has put in, it's just great. It's the first front row for Silver Arrows for I don't know how many years (Monza, 1955, three cars, Fangio, Moss, Kling), yeah, very proud of this one.
Was this the sort of performance you've been expecting for the last couple of races?
Actually not. Looking at yesterday, I didn't think it would be enough to fight for pole position and looking at what Nico was able to do, obviously I think it's a little surprise for all of us, but nevertheless, the gap looked a little bit bigger than it finally was today and good for us, let's hope we can keep it that way. Obviously the further forward we are the better the prospects are for tomorrow.
Are you quite confident with the tyres for the race tomorrow?
Yeah. No, we don't have a particular problem, it's just a question of how the general speed on high fuel compares to the others, what that means, and then obviously you have tyre degradation, everybody has it, some have more, some have less but for me, I guess it will be the first proper race which I'm hopefully going to finish and I will tell more at the end!
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