F1 » 28 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life, Russia)
Lewis, are you surprised? This is your 23rd pole position.
Privet. (Hello in Russian). I learned that in Moscow! Surprised? I think every time I remember my first pole position and I pretty much remember every pole position that I've ever had. I'm always striving for perfection and that lap and the pressure that we're all under to get that perfect lap is intense, yet exciting. If you get it right, it's incredibly empowering. This weekend we've obviously had the pace so I knew that it was possible, it was just a case of doing it and if I didn't, I would be quite disappointed considering I've had the pace all weekend but fortunately I did it.
Q: (Peter Vamosi - Vas Nepe)
Romain, if you can manage to win the race tomorrow, you will be the next driver after Ayrton Senna in the history of Lotus heritage. How do you feel about this, have you got extra pressure because of that?
Well, I don't think it's an extra pressure. I think Formula One is already full of pressure. If I win the race tomorrow then it would be fantastic for the guys in the team, at the factory, for everything we've been doing since the beginning of the year and what we've achieved. And if I'm the next driver after Ayrton Senna to win a race with Lotus, it Page 3 of 6 would be something to add to all the processes and all the happiness that we can get in these circumstances. It would be an extra pleasure.
Q: (Julien Febreau - L'Equipe)
Two questions for Romain: your position on the grid today, what does it mean to you? Do you fully understand what was wrong with the car since Germany? And the second question is: if you had the possibility to switch positions with Sebastian, would you accept?
What is wrong? I think it's a lot of things together. We have seen that this year working with the tyres can be good, can be difficult. I think we were just, in the last two races, where we had to be. We had some signs on the car that things were not going as we wanted. the car was not handling as it should and we were not working the tyres properly, so we have been working in that direction, trying to get back to a normal set-up, to try to avoid every other aspect that could influence this. I think being second today is a bit of a surprise after we struggled but we improved lap after lap and that's good and the track rubbered in and I think that helped us. And if I had to change position: no, because I was already third once in qualifying and now I'm second, and hopefully one day I can get pole position. The more ahead you are, the better it is. We know there is dirt and dust on the side, but if you look at Barcelona where there's supposed to be a good side and a bad side, the drivers in second and fourth positions happened to be first and third at the first corner and the first and third finished second and fourth so hopefully I can do the same.
Q: (Geza Suranyi - Heves Megyei Hirlap)
Romain, you told us on Thursday that you need to be on the front row in order to fight for a win. Now you're second, do you feel that the time has come to score your first win?
Good question. I think the time has come since you're racing for winning. As we say, qualifying is a good exercise as you're looking for the perfect lap, and if you just manage your car to do whatever you want with it, it's quite a good feeling when you manage that and then in the race, the idea is to win a race. If one of us told you that he arrives on a race weekend not thinking about a win he wouldn't be saying the truth, so for sure tomorrow we will think about it but before winning the race we need to get everything in order so qualifying is job done, now we need to have a good start as we are now doing it, take off our tyres, have good pit stops and a good pace in the race.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Romain, considering the bad experiences you have had in previous races on the first lap, will you use this experience to avoid anything different again?
I use all the experience I get in Formula One to improve myself, lap after lap, race after race.
Q: (Peter Farkas - Auto-Motor)
A question to all three of you: the last corner has been re-surfaced for this year. How do you feel about it, is it a clear improvement compared to before and where is the track now worse regarding the track surface at the moment?
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