F1 » 28 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
The track is fantastic in the last corner. It's much, much better. They did a really great job and now the track, altogether, is just very consistent, grip-wise.
The last corner is easier than in GP2.
Q: (Dorel Sant - MSSport1.com)
Romain, did you have a perfect lap in qualifying, because Sebastian Vettel said that his lap could have been better and maybe he could have attacked your position, so what do you say?
To be 100 percent honest, it was not the perfect lap. You have few times in your career when you just finish the lap and say how was it from the car? I think we could have improved in a few small areas. I think it's quite hard here to get the perfect lap and to get Page 4 of 6 the car all together for the lap, so it was not the best ever. I think if I compared to Kimi, then I'm sure I lost a bit of time into turn one but then the rest was pretty OK.
Q: (Dan Knutson - National SpeedSport News)
Seb, to get the move out of the tyres, not only here but over the whole season, is it more a question of bringing upgrades to the car or maybe just adjusting your driving style?
To get the best out of the tyres? Well, I think we've seen... it's a complicated question. At least I could give you a complicated answer but I think we've seen this year that everyone seems to struggle more than in the past to not bring updates but to improve the car through the upgrades. That's for Lotus; I think in China they had an upgrade which they then decided to go back. McLaren, I think had upgrades and decided to go back. For us, we had some stuff and decided to go back. Why is that? Because you realise that it's not quicker. I think it's quite complex this year to understand the cars. Obviously in combination with the tyres, I think one thing you need to know is that everyone has less downforce this year. Generally if you have more downforce it also helps to switch on the tyres, to work with the tyres more consistently but as everyone has less downforce this year, I think the window is extremely narrow and it's very difficult to get it right every time, so that's why I think we probably see a little bit more inconsistency this year.
Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
For all three of you: we're about to head into the summer shutdown in what is the longest season in F1 history. Is it a welcome opportunity for you to relax and re-charge your batteries or are you concerned that you will lose momentum going into Spa?
Personally I think it's time for a honeymoon.
Yes, that's not the case for us. It's a long season. If you compare it to a lot of other sports, it's one of the longest seasons we have. I think it's important, even if sometimes you would like to carry on, I think you need the break, so it's important to make use of it.
It's most important for the team. The team is travelling non-stop and they work incredibly long hours so the guys back in the factory... Time with your family is most important and they are away from their families all that time so it's an important time for them to go away and relax and refresh and get ready for the second half of the season which is going to be the most intense.
Q: (Marco degl'Innocenti - La Gazzeta dello Sport)
Sebastian, maybe this question could be boring for you again, but again, I would like to know if this lack of performance from your car could be because of this famous change of engine mapping?
No, I don't think it really affected us as much as people think. As I said, we were struggling a little bit generally to find a balance throughout the weekend and qualifying but it has nothing to do with the mapping.
Q: (Jool Gabor - Index)
Romain, simple question: do you believe in second chances?
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