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Post-race press conference - British GP - Pt.2

Fernando, you told us about your mixed feelings: are you more worried to have lost seven points to Mark or you will maybe be more happy to have gained on Sebastian?

Fernando Alonso:
I think at the moment, as far as I'm leading, I'm more happy than worried. If Mark was leading the championship, I would be worried about losing another seven points, but at the moment, the weekend in general has been fantastic for us, because we left Valencia with maybe an emotional win, a lot of points in our pocket, compared to our rivals in the championship and we arrived at Silverstone, a completely different circuit, we didn't know how the car was performing here. We had a very difficult qualifying for everybody yesterday and we survived that qualifying with pole position and today we also had a tricky race. We didn't know what the weather was doing and I think the car performed well, we avoided any contact, any accidents that might happen at the start or in some battles. We are again bringing home more points than we probably expected, because when we arrived on Thursday, if someone had told us that we would leave on Sunday with 18 points again, I think we would have been very happy.

Q: (Ted Kravitz – Sky)
Is it Federer you're going for Sebastian?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yes.

Q: (Ted Kravitz – Sky).
There was a message on the radio that you should use Torque Five or something like that. Was there a technical reason why you didn't have Mark's pace today, and looking to your home race in Germany, what are your thoughts on that, a race that I don't think you've won?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, we didn't have any problems. When you face your stint, you know roughly how many laps you want to do etc, etc and you try to manage the tyres at their best and you try to use the tools that you have in the car. Obviously you can change your front wing settings at the pit stop, but other than that, once you are out on the circuit, you haven't got that much to play with. You can play a little bit with the diff, obviously adjust your driving and adjust the mapping from the engine point of view. It's hard to bring it down to lap time, but it's just more driver comfort, what you prefer at the time. And yeah, obviously I'm looking forward to the next race, looking forward to Germany. It should be a very good one for us. I feel the car is picking up speed, so I definitely feel happier since the last race. This one… I think we struggled last year here, in particular. Ferrari had the upper hand so I think this year we had a much better balanced car in that regard. So it seems we are on the right track so let's see if I succeed this year. It's a race like every other. Sure it would be very special to win, but I don't score more points just by winning my home race.

Q: (Mark Fogarty – Auto Action).
Fernando, if there is a change in your team next year, would you like to have Mark as your teammate?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know. I think it's just imaginary pictures. I need to put something on my shoes to be a little bit taller. That would be the only thing if I changed teammates. For the rest, it doesn't matter. I would be happy with any teammate. I say again, I'm extremely happy with Felipe. Today, again, he showed the performance that he can do, with a normal race, trouble free etc. We will see what the team decides.

Q: (Don Kennedy – Hawkes Bay Today).
Mark, does today's result make a difference to where you might drive next year, given that you've got number two on your cap and that seemed like a number one drive?

Mark Webber:
It helps my situation to stay in Formula One. At the start of the year I didn't have a contract, I'm pushing to get a contract for next year. Going reasonably well, got a few points, a couple of wins and I will work very hard to try and stay in Formula One next year. So, the answer is no.




Related Pictures

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08.07.2012- Race, 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
08.07.2012- Race, 3rd position Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 race winner

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