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Bahrain GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2

Post-race FIA press conference from Sakhir in Bahrain with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Romain Grosjean (Lotus).

Questions From The Floor

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, was it the right decision to come in for the last pit stop at the same time as Sebastian? Could you have waited one more lap?

Kimi Raikkonen:
That was the plan. Even if we came in a lap later it would be more or less the same. That was our plan and we followed it. They came in at the same time.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Sebastian, Lotus already had about 11 kph more in top speed in practice and then on top of that Kimi had DRS and he was behind you. Did it surprise you that you could keep him behind?

Sebastian Vettel:
I thought exactly the same thing to be honest, when I saw that he was closing in, because we've seen that they are very quick on the straight all weekend. I was particularly aware that as soon as he got into the DRS zone then it would be difficult to keep him behind. So yeah, I think we could see that one time he was fairly close, he got the DRS and he had more speed at the end of the straight than I had. Sure, I think that you pick your optimum for speed, downforce, top speed and you pick whatever you believe is best. I think that all in all it was the right decision to do what we did. I used DRS once in the race, so I didn't use it too often, but after that, I was happy that Kimi ran into the same problems with the tyres and I could get a little bit of a gap out of the last corner which was enough to survive the straight. I think we also had a bit of head wind down the straight, and that's also an advantage for the car behind. I would say it was just enough.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
The question is for the three drivers: a comment from you about four races, four different winners from different teams, and what do you expect from the rest of the season?

Sebastian Vettel:
As we've said, I think it's obviously very good to watch. I think those four races have been extremely tight. We had one race where it was pretty chaotic, in Malaysia, with rain etc so up and down. Small things can make a big difference over the weekend - how much tyres you might have left, lap one, gear ratios you might pick, whether DRS is effective or not and you can come back. I think it was a different race here compared to the last race where we had people running in a chain and not being able to pass or not being able to pass too easily. All these things make a big difference and temperature-wise, all four races were very different. Track layouts were different so I'm not surprised that we have a different result every weekend.

Romain Grosjean:
Who knows? Who is able to tell who will be World Champion? I think it's like it's never been before. Q2 in China was incredible: ten cars in three tenths or eleven cars. It's just amazing and it just depends who is bringing new updates, but I think the season will be how it is so far and you will have to get the last hundredths and the last tenths to get on the podium.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
You're now going to have three days of testing in Mugello ; do you think that some teams are going to bring big updates, like Ferrari who are struggling a lot? What are your plans for your cars, are you also having big updates? Do you more or less know the direction?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't what the others are doing, you will have to ask them. I'm not aware of our plans regarding the test and we will see what happens there. I haven't talked about it. We first have to finish this race and then put the effort into the test and then go racing after that. I can't say what the other teams are going to do. We try to find more understanding of the car and improve it.

Sebastian Vettel:



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