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

I would like to ask all three drivers: given the fact that this is a street circuit, next year we have New Jersey, we now have an effort in Greece to have a similar race in Athens. What do you think is the perfect mixture between street circuits and proper (permanent) circuits and of course what's your opinion about coming to race in Formula One in Greece?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't know how many street circuits compared to other circuits we should have, but I love street circuits. They always provide entertaining races, perhaps not always the tracks that enable you to overtake as often as other places like Spa but still, as a driver, they are the most fun because on street circuits you have less room for error. I've only ever been to Greece once. I went years and year and years ago with Nico Rosberg. We went on holiday there, when I was about 13 and I've been dying to go back ever since. I was going to go earlier on this year but the weather wasn't as good as I had hoped. I imagine at some stage in the future, once the world and Greece is past the stage they're in now, I think we would welcome a race – at least I would.

Sebastian Vettel:
As Lewis touched on, I think street circuits are always good fun. It's a different challenge because you haven't got room for error, but one thing you can't have on a street circuit is fast corners, really, because there's no run-off and no space. I think the street circuits that we have are pretty quick but it's maybe the exception. If you would build a new track again or look for a new layout you probably wouldn't go that close to the limit, knowing what could happen, so therefore we need to make sure it's not going to be all street circuits in the future but surely, it's very good fun, a lot of bumps and that makes it very technical, very difficult, challenging for us and if we could have a race in Athens it would be great. It's a beautiful country, I was there last year so yeah, obviously there's a lot going on right now and it's not looking too good but being German, we are doing our best to help – not yesterday, that's sport! As I say, it would be great and a great opportunity for Formula One as well, but I don't know if there are any plans so we'll have to wait.

Pastor Maldonado:
I agree with Lewis and Seb. I think it's not only fun for us as drivers, I think it's fun for the fans and I think we need both conditions just to try to put Formula One in the top position. Spain, here, is a great one, especially because of the city and a lot of facilities but the future is like that. We follow the future and for sure we enjoy these kind of tracks.

Q: (Sylvia Renée Arias – Revista Parabrisas Argentina).
Pastor, I would like to know if there is extra power for you to have all these people coming from Venezuela, more than 100 people? Do you feel it's nearly like a home Grand Prix?

Pastor Maldonado:
It's not a proper home race but here in Spain we have a big community of Venezuelans and as well, it's quite easy (to get here) from Venezuela, we have many flights. It's a really good feeling to see them, especially in the stands, full of flags. It's good. I hope to give them back some good news tomorrow, so we will see.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
We had 0.291 from Grosjean first to Massa in Q2. Does this tiny difference make you drive accurately; does it change your approach with the team's set-up? What does it change in your regular work?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it makes it extremely difficult. I know exactly what happened to Fernando because I had the same in China. There were three tenths; Mark was first in Q2 and I was eleventh. It's not nice, because you probably always know that if you're looking for five hundredths which would be enough, a little bit here and there, but that's the risk you have to take to set the time in the first place, but it's tight and there's very little room for error, especially like here where it's very slippery, very easy to lose a little bit, lock up the wheel towards the apex, don't get it perfectly right, maybe the exit is not 100 percent either, so it's tricky but you have to attack otherwise you're not there in the first place.

Lewis Hamilton:
No, it doesn't really change the approach in qualifying, you're always attacking and if anything it just means you need to be more precise.

Pastor Maldonado:
I think now, with these gaps, you just need to put everything together just to be there. It's difficult for everybody, especially for the tyres, to get the maximum out of the tyres is not easy and when you get it, you are here.

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23.06.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 pole position, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 2nd position and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34 3rd position
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 pole position
23.06.2012- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 pole position and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 2nd position

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