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

Post-race FIA press conference from Valencia with Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Michael Schumacher

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Adrian Huber – Agencia EFE).
Fernando, an amazing victory but yesterday you sort of predicted what could happen today, when asked if you were sad or angry, you said 'well, the result is no good, there are two people who are challenging me for the leadership. Vettel and Hamilton are in front but we will have to wait until tomorrow.' You never know what can happen, and that happened.

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, it was another example of Fridays and Saturdays in Formula One, which are OK, are fun, are good to make some grid order in terms of performance of the car and it's good to check where you are exactly, but at the end of the day, Friday practice is one thing, when we all normally test different parts of the car, and then Saturday is OK, it's much better and easier to start on the first rows of the grid, for sure, to make a clean race, but until the chequered flag, anything can happen and until today at two o' clock we had quite a bad weekend and now we have had a very good weekend. It's something that we need to remember, always, that until the last lap in the race, we need to be positive and to trust in ourselves.

Q: (Jaime Rodriguez– El Mundo).
Fernando, the last time that we saw you cry was in Abu Dhabi 2010. Now you have been crying again. Can you explain the atmosphere and the team's hard work over the past month?

Fernando Alonso:
No, it was more for my own feelings and the people in the grandstands. I know it's not the best time in Spain at the moment, with the crisis and all the problems that people have. To come to a Grand Prix you have to make something extra to come here, so there are families who have made long trips to come here, they sleep in the car or in a caravan or whatever, they try to enjoy the race and yesterday… it's not that you feel sad, we didn't deliver what they were probably expecting, so today I think we paid back a little bit – only a little bit – the support that they gave us and all the problems that they are facing, all the worries that the Spanish people are facing at this time, together with the football team – yesterday we saw all the flags in the windows and on the street etc so there is some kind of pride in being Spanish right now with the sport: with Nadal, with the Spanish football team etc and I felt that I needed to do something and today is a very emotional day.

Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta).
Fernando, now you obviously believe in this title because of two impressive victories and some luck this year which you haven't had in other years. Do you believe in this title?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we always need to be cautious and we always need to be honest with ourselves first and with our supporters, saying that we will fight, will work day and night to be competitive and to fight for the title which is the ultimate goal for Ferrari. Any championship in which we participate, the championship should be the target, regarding the history and the level of the team. But yesterday we were P11 and P13 so we need to work. It's true that we believe and we will never give up, we will have confidence in ourselves and we will arrive with optimism at every Grand Prix we go to, but at the same time, apart from winning today or finishing sixth today, we know that we are not in the position that we want to be and there are a few cars quicker than us and we cannot be blind to that. We need to work.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Il Corriere Della Sera).
Michael, you were back on the podium, the first since you came back with Mercedes. Is the feeling what you imagined or is it something different now?

Michael Schumacher:
I don't know what I mentioned or didn't mention but the point is that it is a beautiful feeling, not only being on the podium but the way it has happened. It was not at all expected. All weekend, I predicted this to be a difficult one for us and it started to be difficult yesterday in qualifying, mainly because of my own mistakes and to recover from where we are, getting to third position is just awesome. The team and myself have been criticised here and there, particularly lately, and this is the best way to answer criticism, to go back and deliver as we did today, and therefore I'm proud, thankful and very excited.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Michael, you said you will think about your future during the summer. Summer is beginning and you begin the summer with a podium. Does it change something for next year?

Michael Schumacher:

Related Pictures

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24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner, 2nd position Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 and 3rd position  Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner
24.06.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 race winner

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