7 July 2012
British GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
How big a moment was it on the grass when you went off in Q2? You got a round of applause in the press room for sorting it out…
It was very big and you are not in control of the car. You need a bit of luck and we were lucky today. With that moment in Q2, with all the decisions that we make for the tyres that it was the right one – and lucky also that we put the lap together and lucky as well in the distance with Mark because there were some milliseconds. It can be first and second in a very easy way and today it was everything perfect for us. But the race is tomorrow, not today.
Mark, for you pole last year and you won in 2010, you've been on the podium for the last three years. A good circuit for you? You seem to have adapted very well to the British weather…
It's been a good track for me since 1995 when I won my first Formula Ford race here – so it goes back quite a while – don't want to show my age too much! But yeah, it's a good track, it's challenging for the drivers and it's nice to let the car breathe a little bit in some of the quick stuff. Obviously this morning it was nice to feel the car in dry conditions, obviously we didn't get that in quali – and as Fernando's touched on, it was a very tricky session for us when the track's moving around by five, six seconds a go in terms of conditions. Each session is tricky for us. But the guys made all the right decisions. There were a few calls from the cockpit as well to pull things together and ultimately I think we got the maximum out of what we could have done today. As Fernando says, it's a long lap to put together; there are rivers, you can improve here and there but also if you try to push a bit harder you can have no corners on the car. So it's better to try to finish the lap and get yourself up there. Risk management was very important today. I'm very happy with my lap and ultimately we're in a good position to start the race tomorrow. Visibility will be important if it's wet, and go from there.
Michael, pole in 2001 of course and three wins here, how difficult was it to get going again after that hour delay? 60 minutes of delay…
I guess first of all we should give applause to all the fans who remained with us in all these conditions. That's been pretty special and big applause to them. For us, in the position that some cars had been, you would probably have wished just to finish qualifying there. The ones that would have been out, Fernando and myself, we were happy to get this opportunity under drivable conditions because Q2, when it started, almost from the beginning it was already on the limit, if not slightly over the limit, and therefore thanks to the FIA to take the right decision and abort it and put it into a spot that was probably the only one – and a perfect one – that was available today. For us to get going, it's not that big a deal. It's worse hanging around and waiting. It's more tiring than driving and sitting in the car and being in action, that's pretty straightforward to me.
How difficult was the tyre choice?
I think it was only initially difficult to decide but when you give it a second and watch what others do then it becomes pretty straightforward. By the end it was clear the inter was the tyre to be on. Ideally you would have had more than one lap – because it was the last lap that counted and obviously you're not allowed to make a mistake so you always somewhere leave some margin, that another lap for sure you could recover and do a much better job. Nevertheless, to then finish third was good for us. I'm pleased with this, it's a good position to start the race from. It's a good line and, depending on the condition we have tomorrow, maybe I'm on the lucky side because it might be the slightly drier line compared to the inner side that's a little bit wet. We'll find out tomorrow if that's the case or not the case – but that expedition will be very much appreciated to me.
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