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Post-race press conference - British GP - Pt.1

Post-race FIA press conference from Silverstone with Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Drivers: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).


Podium interviews (by Sir Jackie Stewart)

Q:
Mark you must be a very happy boy?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, thanks Jackie. I think it was a very interesting race. I thought at the start Fernando had very good pace. A bit of strategy here and there. Obviously, Fernando started on different tyres. But never gave up, kept pushing and it didn't really work out for Fernando at the end. It was very, very close for him so we were there to capitalise. It's a very, very special victory for the team, just down the road, a local team, so thanks to all the guys, It's incredible for them. And for Renault another victory for them in the UK. So I'm very proud today. Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us for the past few days, it's been incredible.

Q:
Fernando I thought you were going to win the race. I won two British Grand's Prix, you've won two British Grand's Prix. It was pretty hot for a while.

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah it was quite close today the victory. At the end in the last stint Mark was much quicker than us, and he deserved the win, so I congratulate him and congratulate the Red Bull team. But I'm very proud of the Ferrari recovery in the last few weeks and now we are fighting for the victory in the last three or four grands prix. So we're heading in the right direction. As Mark said, thanks to all the fans. We had not so good weather during the weekend and they were cheering all the time for us. I hope they enjoyed the show today and see you all next year.

Q:
And what about the championship? You're still leading.

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, still there. It's the main target obviously for us. Today I think we lost seven points with Mark but we gained some extra points on the rest of the field. So I think it was a good Sunday in terms of championship points for us.

Q:
Well done, Sebastian, a good race for you.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it was an interesting one. The start was not so good, I lost a little bit and lost a position to Felipe. I had a tough fight with him in the beginning. I nearly got past but it was really, really close. It was fun but I didn't get past. Then we brought the right strategy to come back, which turned to be the right thing but obviously later on you always have a little bit of extra on your tyres. All in all, very happy. Mark obviously deserved to win today. Very happy with the result for the team. Thanks to all the fans out there because I think it was quite horrible the last two days not just for us but especially for them but obviously the sun came out today and the British summer showed its best. So looking forward to coming back next year.



Press conference

Q:
Mark, well done. Just how much satisfaction did that win give you?

Mark Webber:
Oh, a lot. I've had a few now which is nice but this one is taking a little while to sink in. It didn't look like a spectacular race maybe between Fernando and I initially, but it was one. A little strategy involved as well, particularly with ourselves, pacing the stints on the tyres, working out if it's going to be two or three stops and how the tyres would behave in the race. Fernando starting on a different tyre and I knew he would have to run a different compound towards the end of the race as we had got the harder [more difficult] tyre out of the way at the start. I thought in the first stint that Fernando had he was in very, very good shape to probably close the win out, but it came our way in the last stint and I am absolutely over the moon, absolutely rapt. For the team, it's local here, Wings for Life, all the photos on the car, great initiative, all that stuff, it's a real good story. The fans here this weekend have put up with some horrendous weather but we've had a beautiful dry British Grand Prix. There'll be some long trips home tonight but overall I'm very proud today. It was a very special victory as I say. I managed to get Fernando in the last few laps which was very nice and we got the win from there.

Q:
And the timing is right as well, with three races in four weekend before the break. That's important?

Mark Webber:
Ah look, we have a lot of races this year as you know. Melbourne was important, as will Brazil be. I've got a couple of wins now and also some consistent results as well. But we know how tight it is. I see Kimi finished ten seconds behind with fourth or fifth place or whatever, so it's tight. As we saw with Seb, he lost a little but of time in the first stint and that can be your undoing. Sometimes I've had some of that medicine and it makes it hard to come back from there. So in the end you've got to grab these ones with both hands and I was very keen to grab with both hands today. I had a single opportunity to pounce and I wasn't going to let that slip.

Q:
It seemed to be in the middle sector that you were particularly gaining on Fernando in those closing stages.

Mark Webber:
I think Fernando, with the front left tyre, if you lose balance around this place, that sector the speed is very, very high, it's very hard for the driver to do something. I could see that when I arrived on Fernando, reasonably close I got to see where he was struggling with his car. It was obvious that he was pushing as hard as possible but the balance wasn't with him. That's when you've got to smell the blood and you've got to go for it.

Q:
Fernando so close but so far. When you first saw everybody else's tyres and you were pretty much on your own [on the soft] was that a worry?

Fernando Alonso:



Related Pictures

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08.07.2012- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
08.07.2012- Race, 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner
08.07.2012- Race, 1st position Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8, 2nd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8

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