8 September 2012
Post-qualifying press conference - Italian GP - Pt.1
Post-qualifying FIA press conference from Monza with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
Lewis, Ferrari were fastest with Fernando in Q1 and Q2 but you managed to save the best for last.
Yeah, it's been a tough weekend but we've managed to work on the setup and the package the guys bought from the factory – and they've done a fantastic job. So, congratulations to the team and great for the lads. Yeah, managed to get a half-decent lap at the end of Q3, or at the beginning of Q3, and it's great obviously for the team to have me and Jenson at the front.
Jenson, it's been very close all weekend. How do you see the race from where you're starting?
First of all I'll just echo what Lewis said. For us both to be on the front row, it's fantastic for the team. I think the last few races have really shown our strength and qualifying both of us on the front row is great – I don't know if any other team has been able to do that this year. Tomorrow we'll start thinking about in a little while but – I don't know, even being on the front row is not going to be an easy race here but it's the best place to be.
Felipe, we saw you working with Fernando this morning in practice, and again in qualifying, doing slipstreams, helping each other out. It worked for you, but where's Fernando?
I think he had a problem, to be honest. I mean he's supposed to be in a good direction for the qualifying as well, so I don't know which problem he had but he had a problem in Q3 and was not able to complete his lap. But anyway, I'm happy with the lap I did, so I was able to do a good lap. I was always caring about the tow, to find a good tow, but then on the last run when I did my best lap I was completely outside of the tow, so it was better for me, and I was able to do the best lap from the weekend in the last try in Q3, so happy to be here. It's always a very important race for us, so looking forward for it.
Back to you Lewis, you mentioned it's a tough weekend, obviously a lot of distractions going on off the circuit. How easy has it been for you to put all of that out of your mind and focus on the race tomorrow?
I haven't had any distractions this weekend so it's been quite positive. The support from my family and friends, as always, has been incredible, so just been enjoying the weekend. It's been pretty smooth so far.
Lewis, well done, it seems to have been a perfect weekend for you so far but just now you called that a half-decent lap – it's good enough for pole…
I think practice was a lot better for me. I had much, much better laps in practice but I can't complain. Generally I didn't think that lap was anywhere near good enough and I was up, I think, a couple of tenths in my second lap but I was in a train of cars: Kimi and two Ferraris in front. So, I wasn't really able to better my lap but none the less I'm happy and I'm really happy for the team because they've been doing a fantastic job. Obviously had great success in the last race with Jenson and to have us both up here is where they deserve.
The stats say a lot of winner from pole position over the last ten years, something like nine out of ten have won from pole position. So that must be encouraging as well?
Not particularly – I think that one that wasn't a winner was me! In 2009 maybe? When I was on pole.
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