F1 » 29 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, you have been second three times when Lewis has won here. Have you ever been close to overtake him?
I don't know. It was a long time ago to remember the past. Today it wasn't - it was many years. It makes no difference if you don't get past. We were second best today and third. I think it was good for the team but of course we will keep trying to win and hopefully it will come soon.
Q: (Niklas Jakobbson - Budapest Times)
Lewis how frustrating is it for you, going into the long summer break now that it seems that your car has picked up pace and both you and Jenson seem to be fighting for the win again?
It's not frustrating at all. It's quite nice to go into the break knowing that we had a win. Every year that we've done that it's been a great feeling. I think it's very very very important how we manage the summer break, mentally and physically, but we've clearly still got a lot of work to do. We should obviously take from this a pat on the back for a great job from everyone but we must know that we still have a lot of work to do. These guys were absolutely rapid in the race. If we're going to stay ahead of these... if they were to have qualified at the front, it would have been impossible to have got past them. So we need to remain focused and of course enjoy the break. This will carry on and the guys will carry this for the next week or so, I'm sure, back at the factory. Guys were wearing their team tops and hopefully we still have good pace and hopefully even more when we come back.
Q: (Joo Gabor - Index)
Kimi, it is your fourth second place this year, I think. Aren't you getting a bit annoyed about this? Spa is coming up, are you confident that you can break it?
I think I've only been second twice, not three times, I don't know. Anyhow, we always try to win; some days you get close to it and it's a bit disappointing that we cannot and we know the reason: we have not been so strong in qualifying and we keep making it very hard for ourselves on Sundays but it's not annoying. We still keep putting ourselves in a good position to at least have a chance to win and get good results, good points for the team. Yeah, you would rather win than come second or third but it's a long season and I think we're improving all the time. If it comes it's great, if not, we keep trying. I've been in the business long enough that I don't really worry about things too much. We improved our position, our situation in the championship for myself and for the team. Maybe we are one place behind right now but we are closer to the front. As long as we keep doing that and hopefully the wins will come, then we will give myself and the team a good chance.
Q: (Sylvia Arias - Parabrisas)
Lewis, each win is important of course, but is this more important after all this stuff about your private life, when you said I'm in the best moment so let's party to enjoy this?
I definitely think it's always good when you come away with a win. There always seems to be a lot of talk about me and my private life. Hopefully this will answer lots of the things that have been said. I am 100 percent focused this year, regardless of what people think. I've been on it all year, I've never been so committed but of course, I'm still in my twenties, I do want to enjoy my last bit of my twenties, because I've heard it's downhill from then on. I've got to strike a nice balance and I think I am.
Q: (Dorel Tant - MSport1.com)
Kimi, on the podium, did you hear the tremendous following you have here in Hungary, a lot of fans. Does that give you some kind of moral boost for the next races, let's say?
Yes, it was great to hear all the people shouting and cheering. It's good for us, but unfortunately it doesn't make us any faster. I was pushing as hard as I could in this race so we keep trying to do the same in the next race again, but it's always been great here with a lot of Finnish flags and a lot of fans here so it's a great place to come.
Q: (Peter Vamosi - Vas Nepe)
It's Alonso's birthday today, what are your messages to him?
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