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

Post-race FIA press conference from the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain with Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen
Drivers present: Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)

Questions from the Floor

Q: Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life
Kimi, second place in Bahrain, third place in Spain; is this the maximum for you or can you win?

Kimi Raikkonen:
The fact is the reason why I'm disappointed is because in the end if we have done everything right, we could have put ourselves into first place. The car has been fast enough but we've been doing small things not correctly and I've done some mistakes on my side but if everything was 100 percent OK we could have won. There's no issue with the speed of the car, but it's so close between all the teams and drivers that if you have a small problem or a small issue during the weekend then it's going to cost you a lot. If you're three tenths behind then you're suddenly not in the last qualifying. As you give yourself the chance to be fighting at the front, I think our car can do it but everything has to fall in the right place to be able to win.

Q: Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life
Pastor, you are now a national hero. Are you ready?

Pastor Maldonado:
For sure everyone is so happy in my country. I'm very lucky to have a country behind me, pushing so hard, to see me here in F1 and especially to be here, between these guys. I'm pretty happy for Venezuela, I'm happy for Williams as well. They did a wonderful job to give me a great car for this race. We are getting better and better, race after race.

Q: Adrian Huber - Agencia EFE
Fernando, after the first five races, and all the problems you're supposed to have in your team, no one has scored more points than you have now. How much more confident are you today than you were on Thursday, or on the inside were you expecting this?

Fernando Alonso:
No, I am a definitely surprised by the quantity of points that we have; I'm a bit surprised by today's result, or the weekend's results. We were confident of improving the car, we were hoping for some signs of improvement here in Barcelona. As I said, in Bahrain, we were nearly out of Q3 and then in the race, P9, one minute behind the leaders, so we arrived in Barcelona with some hope, some optimism about the upgrades but I think the result, the overall weekend pace has been a little bit better than expected, because we were quick in qualifying and quick in the race but this, in my opinion or how I feel after the weekend, I still don't know where we are. I think we need to wait for more races, for the championship to stabilise a little bit because I think we maybe over-performed a little bit compared with the potential we have and maybe some other teams under-performed or they had some problems to get their tyres working or something, because, as I said, some of the results that we saw this weekend feel very strange.

Q: Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta
Fernando, if we take a look at the race, maybe it was a bad decision to stop so late after Pastor after you'd had the problem with the Marussia because it's so important in F1 to stay in front from the aerodynamic point of view.

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, obviously you never know. After the race it's always easier to review the strategy. The choice was always to stop on the same lap or one lap later than Pastor, always try to cover the position. When Williams decided to stop in the second pit stop, we had one Marussia in front of us for a lap and a half. When we saw that in the second sector, we were already exiting behind Pastor so at that point, we decided to keep going for a few more laps and try to get the opportunity at the end of the race, with a shorter stint. I think we didn't lose the win because of the Marussia because if you had the pace in the last stint, you had to overtake Pastor and we didn't because they were faster than us, but for sure, we went out of the plan because of the backmarker.

Q: Jaime Rodriguez - El Mundo
Pastor, could you explain the start of the race, because you had a good fight with Fernando, and I want to know if you've received congratulations from your president in Venezuela?

Pastor Maldonado:
You know it wasn't the best start ever from us. I think the clutch slipped quite a lot. Fernando had a better jump than us. It was so close, I tried to defend the position but he was already on the better part of the track, so I decided to back off and follow him. At that moment, I thought that the race was long and we changed our strategy, to attack Ferrari. I think from the second stop we did pretty good and I think we surprised them because we did it so early. And the call? No, not yet because I was on the podium before, so no time to even see my family, my people. Maybe he will call. I don't know.

Q: Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat
Fernando and Kimi, did you believe that Pastor could be your main rival today, and if not, how big a surprise is it?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, I think so. We saw in general that during the weekend that Williams was good. Lewis was maybe the favourite for this race after the pace we saw from Ferrari on Friday and the pole position by half a second yesterday. With Lewis's penalty, Pastor was the strongest at the front so no surprises.

Kimi Raikkonen:

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