28 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
Lewis you looked like that was fully under control at all times, apart maybe from that first run in Q3?
Yeah, it's been a really positive weekend so far. The guys have done an incredible job this weekend as always, preparing the car. To finally see the upgrades working this weekend, I've been able to put the car in places that I previously wasn't able to do. So, generally every lap has been quite good throughout practice and qualifying, apart from the first run in Q3.
Romain, obviously this is what you and the team needed, a strong qualifying performance, because you've shown in recent races that you've got a very good race car under you?
Yeah, we normally have a good race pace, it's good to be back at the front. We had a difficult German Grand Prix and a difficult start here in Hungary. But the guys did a fantastic job trying to help me set up the car, trying to find out what was wrong and [we're] back to the top and it's good. I think the race tomorrow will be interesting.
Sebastian, you only did the one run in Q3 because you used up tyres before that. Tell us how difficult it was to get the tyres working today?
Yeah, I think for us it more a difficulty of getting everything to work properly. I think the speed is there but yeah it seems extremely difficult once you lose the balance a little bit. So I think we were struggling a little bit with that in qualifying. Throughout qualifying I think it got better. We shot through all the tyres, more or less. I knew I only had one set in Q3. I'm not entirely happy with the lap I had. I think Grosjean, sorry, Romain, was in reach. I think Lewis was probably a bit too far away today. But I think with the progress we made this morning and through qualifying we should be in a good position tomorrow for the race.
Lewis if you look at the points you've scored in the past few races and the points scored by Fernando Alonso, the championship leader, there's obviously a massive difference. How important is a win tomorrow for you and for your championship hope?
Well, thanks for reminding me! This is motor racing, you know. We're not saying we're relaxed about it but we know that we've got a lot of work to do and we're trying to make sure that we start that work from this weekend
Lewis, you seem to have hit the ground running from the road here almost - you were fastest in both sessions yesterday; fastest in all the qualifying sessions as well and you love the circuit, you must be so pleased with pole position now as well?
I am, absolutely. I'm really happy with the work the guys have done. Obviously Jenson showed the pace of the car in the last race but to be able to put that to work through qualifying feels fantastic. This is a good boost to the team. Still we have a very long race tomorrow. Lots can happen and we just need to keep our cool. The weather's fantastic here, the city's beautiful and the fans, well what a great turn out for a Saturday.
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