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Canadian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt. 1

The first nine on the grid are going to be on the supersoft tyres tomorrow. One guy, last year's winner, will be on the soft tyres. How crucial is that going to be, on the supersoft?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think we've seen in Monaco that the tyre works pretty well. I think we've seen that yesterday. I don't know where Jenson is... tenth, so it depends. It can work, but it depends also on how the race unfolds, where the other guys are, what other guys do with their strategy and when they pit etc. We started in a very good position here two years ago on the harder compound and it didn't work. It can work both ways. In qualifying what you try to do is get on pole, which we did today, so I'm very happy with that. Looking forward to the race tomorrow, it's going to be interesting. Making the tyres last around here is going to be tricky. We've seen it, not so much last year because it was, but especially the year before, so it should be a good race and I'm looking forward to it.

Q:
Is there a little bit of unfinished business about getting on pole tomorrow?

Sebastian Vettel:
Not really. Obviously you're talking about last year's race and last year's last lap of the race. Obviously in that moment it hurt a little bit because the victory was so close, but in the end it was a tough race, easy to do mistakes. We didn't except for me in the last half a lap, which cost us the victory. But it's 2012 now and I think we had a quite decent 2011, so it's not too bad. Of course, it would be nice. It's a nice track, a nice atmosphere, always a lot of people here. It would be a great place to win for sure.

Q:
Lewis, you have an extraordinary record at this circuit and again on the front row. Interesting that there are two different tyre choices, two different strategies at McLaren. We saw you go out on the supersoft as well in Q1 which is rare as well. Is there a big question mark over the tyre wear for you tomorrow?

Lewis Hamilton: No, we don't have a different strategy, we were struggling throughout qualifying. Yesterday we had very good pace in the cooler conditions but as it got hotter today we really, really struggled. So, I for one didn't expect to be so far up. For Jenson, he just didn't have more tyres in Q3. I was fortunate enough just to make sure I got a good lap in Q2, which meant I still had one set [of supersofts] left. Otherwise, I probably would be a little bit further back as well.

Q:
So how do you approach tomorrow if you feel you have been struggling today?

Lewis Hamilton: I don't know. I've fortunately got myself into a reasonably decent position and I think yesterday when we did the long runs they seemed to be OK, but now that it has got hotter it's going to change things and it's going to be tough. But we just have to do the best job we can and try to maximise on everything we do. We can still have a really good race and get some really good points from where we are and I'm looking forward to it.

Q:
Obviously you're one of the very few driver who hasn't yet won but are you just happy to stack up the points?

Lewis Hamilton: I am for now, yeah. Of course I want to win, but these guys are phenomenally quick at the moment and I'm not sure whether we have exact pace but we'll wait and see tomorrow.

Q:
Fernando, your equal best qualifying position so far this year, with Spain, and a lot of new parts on the car. Looking so good but you didn't improve on the final run, what happened on that final run?

Fernando Alonso:Nothing special. It's not easy here to improve laps. There are only five or six corners on the circuits so you are gaining or losing milliseconds corner by corner. We repeat more or less the same timed lap, in the second I gained a little bit from the first sector and I lost a little bit in the last. But overall the limit was more or less there – the 14.1. So, happy with the performance of the car, it has been a very smooth weekend for us. All the new parts work as expected. Felipe and me felt straightaway a good grid and a step in performance in the car, so a very good weekend so far. As you said, best position so far. We repeat what we did in Barcelona. In Barcelona we got one important podium. In Monaco on a completely different circuit we had a competitive car again and a good podium once more. And here on completely different circuit, with long straights and chicanes, we are also competitive, so this is a very good sign for us. Very good teamwork, because all the improvements we have been making on the car are really paying off now.

Q:
So, potential winners tomorrow?

Fernando Alonso:You never know. Races this year are very difficult to predict. What we think on Saturday is normally not anywhere near what happens on Sunday. So we'll see. A similar comment to Lewis: it would be nice to win here, it's a good circuit for Ferrari historically, a lot of fans here. Also, it's Gilles Villeneuve's anniversary, 30 years. So, it would be nice to offer all the Ferrari tifosi here in Canada a good result. But we know there are, at the moment, two guys quicker than us, as they proved today, doing a very good job and tomorrow we need to do better if we want to win.



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