8 July 2012
Post-race press conference - British GP - Pt.2
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).
Questions from the floor:
Q: (Dan Knutson – Honorary).
Congratulations Mark. As you say this season will be nip and tuck but you have points every race but one, you're the second guy to win twice – it must give you confidence that you're going to be in the thick of this championship fight.
Absolutely, I'm not low on confidence at the moment. It's going well. I think in Barcelona we didn't help ourselves with the strategy in qualifying to put ourselves outside the Q3 by being too optimistic about the pace of the car for that Sunday afternoon. So, overall, so far so good. We will enjoy today's result, really soak it up. That's what's important. You have to remember how hard we work for these results and tomorrow morning, it's Hockenheim. That's what it has to be about. I think it's a long, long season. I'm not getting too fired up about any particular championship positions at the moment. But what is for sure is that I have a nice haul of points to keep going with. I'm not sitting on 20 points trying to start my campaign from here. So it's going well so far.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life).
Mark, you are in second place in the championship. Now you're ahead of Sebastian Vettel by 16 points. Will you continue to attack, or let Sebastian Vettel overtake you?
Yeah. I think at Hockenheim we will let Seb through! No, honestly, I will try to give your question some decent respect. Look, it's a championship for all of us. I've had a good run in the last few races. Obviously Seb had a retirement when leading Valencia so that's the way it's been. I've been there to have two very special victories so far this year, albeit in different circumstances. As I say, I would rather have the points that I have than those that some other people have. I'm not looking at who is third, fourth, fifth. I am looking at the little guy next to me and he's going well as well, so we need to keep pushing hard.
Q: (Peter Windsor - ClarkSport).
Fernando, a couple of questions: how much did being on pole influence your decision on tyre choice? I wondered whether there was an element of being conservative at the start because you were on pole. And secondly, your second stint, was the length of that defined by covering Mark? Could you have gone longer in a perfect world in that second stint and perhaps made more use of the tyre at that point?
I think tyre choice was a little bit determined by the pace we saw in FP3, the little dry running that we had. We felt more confident on the hards so it was our preferred choice today. And then, if at any point of the race it had rained and we put on intermediates you didn't have to use the softs any more so it was a better combination of possibilities that the hard gave us today. And then the length of the stint? I think the second was quite close to the limit of the number of laps. Maybe we could have lasted a couple of extra laps in the first one.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Fernando, this is more or less a similar question: when you stopped on the 37th lap, you had 15 laps ahead of you on the softer tyre. You did only 12 on the harder tyre at the beginning. Did you think you could finish the race in good conditions with the tyres.
No, I was confident in the tyres, to be honest, because Felipe used the soft tyre in the first stint and I think he did 14 laps, so 14 laps with maybe a heavy car in the first stint and we were 15 laps to the end with a light car. So we were quite convinced the softs were OK but they were a little bit slower, obviously a little bit too much understeer, so the balanced changed and killed the performance of the car a little bit and we were a bit too slow. We knew, more or less, that the soft was a little bit slower, so we needed to open up a gap in the first two stints when we were on different tyres to Mark and we knew that that gap was for sure getting closer and closer at the end when we put on the softs, and what we opened up at the beginning was not enough.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
And for both Red Bull drivers, after the astonishing performance in Valencia, if it hadn't have rained here, did you expect more from the car during the race?
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