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British GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Drivers: Vitaly Petrov (Caterham), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Bruno Senna (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Paul di Resta (Force India).
Questions from the floor


Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)
Question to Romain Grosjean, you prefer heat, just like your car, what do you expect this weekend with the rain?

Romain Grosjean:
Well, we have to see. This track puts a lot of energy into the tyres so the heat shouldn't be a problem as it was in Canada, for example, but we have to see if it's raining or if it's dry – as Fernando says, take the best chance to get on track at the right time and try to analyse the weather forecast. It shouldn't be as bad as it has been on the cold conditions.

Q: (Simon Cass – Daily Mail)
Question for Fernando and for Lewis, you've been extremely successful, both of you, in wet races over the last few years: between you I think you've won, could be half. Just tell me why you think that is, why you think you're so successful when conditions are like that and what extra demands it brings to a driver?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know really. I think it's a combination of factors, one will be for sure how competitive is your car. I think either Lewis or me, we've been normally lucky to drive in our career good cars and winning cars, so in dry and wet conditions, normally it's a help, for sure. And then I think it's the experience that you have and how many wet races you do. Probably with Lewis, racing here in the early categories it rains a lot, and it rains a lot in my region, in Spain. It normally rains a lot of the time, so same also with the experience. The first races I did in Formula One in wet conditions, ten years, eleven years ago, I make a lot of mistakes that now I try to avoid. So the more races you do, the better you feel.

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't really have anything else to add to that. I think it's just a mixture of things coming together on those races. I think we've been very fortunate, I would say, to drive for good teams and have good cars in those circumstances.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association)
Lewis, just following on from that, one of your best memories in Formula One, of course, was winning here in 2008. What was the secret to success that day because everybody else was spinning off but you won that race by over a minute?

Lewis Hamilton:
I really still don't know until today why we were so quick that weekend and didn't really have any problems at all during the race. I think I had one moment when I went straight on at Abbey, maybe, but otherwise it was quite a smooth race, and I really still don't know, today, why it all came together, but it was obviously a combination of what I was just commenting on: the tyres, the good pit stops, the good call strategies and maximising the grip on a track which I'd learned for a few years before I'd even got to know in Formula One, where that grip was and I was able to put it into play.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan – The National)
I think, with the exception of one man, all five of you have lived in the UK at some point in your career. I was just wondering if you could talk a little bit about that, what it's like for a young ambitious driver growing up in the UK?

Bruno Senna:
Very wet.

Paul di Resta:
I think it is where home is. Obviously Lewis and I are from this country, it wasn't wet in Scotland, I don't think. I suppose there's no place like it. It's where your family is. I suppose memories: when you're a child, travelling all over the UK, taking part in many go-kart races. I wouldn't change it, I don't see why I should. It's got me to where I am at the moment.

Lewis Hamilton:
Generally, I think us Brits should be pretty good in the wet. I think a lot of my success in the wet has come down to a lot of the weather we have here. A lot of my races up in Scotland – Larkhall, Rowrah, all over the country – all the experiences I have had in karting, they have all contributed to the success that I have nowadays, so I'm quite grateful for the changeable conditions throughout my career and also grateful for good weather nowadays.

Vitaly Petrov:
I agree with what they said.

Romain Grosjean:
Never lived here.

Fernando Alonso:
My English is not very good, but in 2001 it was zero English. It was not an easy time. The supermarket was not easy.

Q: (Adam Scriven – Racing Post)



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