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Spanish GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt. 2

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Questions from the Floor

Q: (Adrian Huber - Agencia EFE)
Fernando, will you be happy tomorrow repeating this position or will you be looking for something more?

Fernando Alonso:
You never know in F1. I think a podium position, we tend to agree in the team, if someone tells us two or three days ago, before coming to Barcelona, or after the Mugello test, that in Barcelona you will be on the podium, I think we all agree, we all be happy with that position. Today, obviously with this position, that dream or that target is closer. But I think the race is very long tomorrow and we saw even in Bahrain, Kimi started ninth, (11th), he was P10 or P11 in lap one and he nearly won the race in the end, so the positions are not crucial anymore as previous years. I think it will be an extremely tough race tomorrow to take care of the tyres again. Degradation, DRS, KERS to overtake. Pitstop strategy, we will see probably a lot of pitstops for everybody. The more pitstops you have, the more risk you have to have a problem in the pits. There are a lot of factors tomorrow that we need to take account. It will be a difficult race. A podium, I think, will be a good result for us and happy.

Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life)
Lewis, are you happy? What are you feeling now? What do you think about tomorrow, this position?

Lewis Hamilton:
I really feel fantastic. I'm very, very happy. Normally you can always be happy with a pole position of course, but for some reason even more so this time than maybe any other qualifying that I've had, except for the first pole position I have had in F1. Just because, as I was just saying, you're always looking for that perfect lap, and I really, really felt that I got everything just, just sweet there and got absolutely everything out of my car. I didn't miss apexes or anything like that. It's an incredibly feeling when you have that. It's really just a very unique experience. But tomorrow's going to be a tough race. As you were just saying, Fernando had a great start here last year and it's such a long drive down to turn one - but he was also saying people are coming to win from quite far back, or to compete for wins from quite far back, so tomorrow's just going to be about looking after your tyres, getting the right pitstops at the right times and really being patient, I think, at the most important times during the race.

Q: (Fulvio Solms - Corriere Dello Sport)
To all three drivers; they have chosen new rules and tyres to have an unpredictable F1. Do you think this championship is just unpredictable, or technically less logical as well?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't think they choose the tyres for the championship to be unpredictable. We have the tyres that we have.

Lewis Hamilton:
I'm not sure that they were expecting it to be as it is, but I definitely think that it is a bit unpredictable at the moment, massively close. There have been several different winners in the races and you can make such a big difference, if you don't finish one race but then you win the next race, it can still keep you in contention so it feels for me - out of all the championships that I've been in - it feels to me to be one of the most exciting ones. Regardless if I haven't won yet, it just feels like one of the best, I imagine, for people to watch.

Pastor Maldonado:
I think that the tyres are the same for everybody so all the teams and all the drivers are working hard to adapt ourselves, even the cars to these tyres and to get the best performance we can.

Q: (Marco degli Innocenti - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Pastor when you reached Williams, there were a lot of people, among journalists too, who expressed doubts about you and they said that you have got the seat because of your rich sponsors and so on. Now, are you convinced that you have proved that you are one of the top drivers, thanks to your qualities?

Pastor Maldonado:
I'm think that I'm lucky, I'm lucky to have not only a sponsor behind me but also a country behind me, pushing me so hard. Here I am, doing my job, doing my best, trying to improve every time. I have a mission, which is to be back with Williams to the top, so here we are. We still need to keep pushing, to keep improving and I think that is possible.

Q: (Silvia Arias - Parabrisas)
Pastor, congratulations, I want to know about the start tomorrow. What do you think? Is it going to be easier to attack Lewis at the first corner, or defend from Fernando?

Pastor Maldonado:
I think it's going to be a very tough race, because not only us three but even the other drivers have a very close pace. Our strongest point was always race pace so hopefully our car will be very consistent and pretty good in the race. I hope to continue like that, I hope to stay in the position, the podium is very important for us, the points, so it's very important to keep calm and to do good race.

Q: (Laurentzi Garmendia - Berria)

Related Pictures

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11.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
11.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
11.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
12.05.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 pole position, 2nd position Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 and 3rd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The race stopped, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The Safety car and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08

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