8 July 2012
Post-race press conference - British GP - Pt.1
Not really. As Mark said before or later he cars will mix again. You have to put for the first 14 or 15 laps the soft tyres or in the last 14 or 15, so it was a similar timed race at the end over 52 laps. So I was not worried. Probably the start was the biggest worry because with the hard compound you know the start is a little bit worse. We tried to defend the position there. After that we were controlling the race more or less OK until the last stint, we were now quick enough and when Mark arrived I think he overtook very easy and there was nothing we can do. I'm happy with the second place. Now obviously, ten minutes after the race there is a strange feeling of losing victory. But it's the same 18 points you get if you are third and you overtake the guy in second on the last lap and you are so happy, so it's the same second place but different feelings in this ten minutes but I'm sure in one hour's time I will appreciate it much more.
And in particular having the pace you had in Valencia as well. That's two races in a row you've been leading the race.
Yeah it was good in Valencia the car and here on a completely different track with a lot of high-speed corners the car seemed to perform very well. Also a fantastic race from Felipe, finishing fourth, so happy with the improvements in the car. I think still there is a last step to close with these guys, maybe they are a little bit quicker in some conditions on some circuits, so we need to improve those.
And an interesting battle with Lewis. It wasn't actually for position but on the road.
Yeah, it was close. I was with new tyres so I had a pace advantage but you know the McLaren is quite quick on the straights, so I overtook him on the exit of the corner thanks to the tyres and then he overtook me again on the straight and it was a difficult moment of the race because if you have a little contact or something you can lose your front wing or whatever and your race is over. You need to be aggressive, you need to try to no lose too much time in those overtakings but at the same time being a little bit careful.
Sebastian, obviously for a Red Bull a great day with you first and third and also confirmation again of the pace you had in Valencia.
Yeah, I think all in all it was a good day. Obviously happy for the team, the factory is just down the road. It's more or less our home grand prix and therefore definitely special and I'm sure we'll have some drinks tomorrow.
And an interesting battle with a group of four of you in the early stages.
Yeah, the start was not too good to be honest, I lost a little bit too much. I had too much wheel slip and I could see the first row disappearing. It was quite tight and with Felipe he had a better start and I lost the position to him. And then I think it was down to turn four it was extremely tight. I tried to defend the position to Kimi who was right behind. I think I damaged the front wing a little bit. Not sure how bad it was. But it didn't turn out to be a massive disadvantage. So from there I got stuck a little bit. Once I got close to get past Felipe but he did a very good job, he very hard but very fair, so I enjoyed that a lot and then we did the right thing coming in a little bit earlier and used to the momentum and got past both Michael and Felipe at the same time, which was good. I was just a little bit too far away to get Fernando at the end so just a little bit off that feeling he described – you're close and you get that second place in the end. I'm sure if the race had been a little bit longer then it would have been different but that's how it is, so I'm very happy with third today.
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