28 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
Well, you've been on pole here before and you've won here twice as well, so you know how to win here. Is there a secret to tomorrow?
There's no real secret, no. It's the same as everyone when they win races. You just have to keep your head cool and look after your tyres. Tyre strategy will be important tomorrow. Degradation will be interesting. I just hope for once we have a good start. That's what I hope for the beginning.
How were the long runs this morning. Obviously you weren't able to do long runs yesterday and everybody crammed in their long runs this morning.
I didn't do any long runs this morning. I did mine yesterday. It was pretty good.
So you were happy with that?
Yeah, I mean, the track was a little bit greener yesterday so it's difficult to compare it to today, but for us it was not such a problem. I think we know the Lotus is very, very strong on long runs and so is the Red Bull, so we just need to focus on us and really hope we can improve this weekend with those upgrade. Jenson showed in the last race that it is an improvement so hopefully I can show the same thing tomorrow.
Romain, on the front row for the first time – how much satisfaction does that give you?
Pretty high, I have to say. We started the weekend coming back from the German Grand Prix which was a bit of a disaster for ourselves, and it didn't start in the best way. But then we worked hard, tried to analyse what was wrong on the car and why I couldn't get the feeling that I had at the start of the year. P3 was getting better and then the start of qualifying was very difficult, with the first one getting a nightmare. But then we found back the speed, improved the car, tried to understand what was wrong with it, and being here on the front row is something special – especially here at the Hungarian Grand Prix where we know overtaking is very difficult. We need to start from the front, we said that since a long time – so first job done. Hopefully tomorrow we keep our race pace from usually, we able to save our tyres as much as we want and be able to get some good battles with the guy at the front.
The performance of the car you've improved – do you think that's going to be OK for the race itself on full fuel tanks etc?
Normally it's better on high fuel than on low fuel, so it's pretty good to be on the front row. We have been maybe working a bit more this week on qualifying because we know it's a big key for the race. So, hopefully tomorrow the car will feel pretty well with the tank fuelled and the setup we normally run for the race. Hopefully that's the case. Hopefully we manage to save our tyres as much as we want, as much as we can, and then we have good pace.
We've seen quite a few people going off the circuit at many, many corners, to turn this into a podium tomorrow, how are you going to do that?
Well, the key is to stay on track, that's for sure. Let's have a good start, let's see where we are at the beginning of the race and how the car feels. Hopefully it's going to feel alright, as it did in Bahrain or Canada, and if we have this, then I think we have everything in our pocket to fight for a good result.
Sebastian, we've seen the performance, or seem to have seen the performance up and down the whole weekend – not just from you but from your team-mate as well.
Yeah, a bit difficult for us this weekend to really get the balance right. I think the car is quick – and sometimes really quick – but it's a bit difficult to get it out of the car all the time. So, I think yesterday afternoon we were quite happy, this morning we weren't that happy and in qualifying it seemed to get better again. So, we'll see. I think it should be a good race tomorrow. I think the pace with fuel in the car is probably a little bit better than without fuel, so we'll see what we can do.
You said 'room for improvement' after yesterday – but that didn't come this morning then?
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