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Post-race press conference - Italian GP - Pt.2

Post-race FIA press conference from Monza with Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Adrian Huber – Agencia EFE).
Fernando, yesterday you said it wasn't a good day but it would be OK in the worst case if both McLarens win. The day was even better because only one of them are front of you. Sergio was there. What can you say? You build up your lead in the Championship.

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, definitely. Yesterday was a disappointment day for us and especially for our fans. I think they were supporting us massively this weekend and we really had the opportunity to be on pole or in the first row and we missed it. So, we were sad for us and most of all for the fans. So, yeah, looking at the Championship, we say we need to concentrate who will be second. It was Vettel yesterday and we were happy for the McLarens to be strong this weekend. And yeah, the race went like a movie for us, like a dream.

Q: (Carlos Jalife – Fast mag).
Sergio, you were sick the whole weekend, and how much did that cost you during qualifying and if you had started here up in front maybe you could have challenged Lewis for the win.

Sergio Perez:
It's always difficult for sure, I don't think we had the pace in qualifying, on a single lap, to be even close to gaining the front row or close to the top five. We were not quick at all, we were lacking too much speed on the straights and that was our problem. Yes, I've been sick all weekend. It's been difficult but it did not affect me at all, yesterday in qualifying I did not have the good lap. I was too close to Bruno Senna so I lost a lot of downforce – it was the reason why we qualified just out of the top ten. But more than that… maybe top ten was reachable but more than that, not. It helped us, in a way, to change the strategy. We risk, I don't know if we were the only one, or one of a few, to go for prime and it worked quite well. We were a bit worried about the warm up in the beginning but it worked quite OK.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera).
To Lewis, it's the third victory in a row for McLaren. Is it a clear message for Ferrari, looking at the Championship?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't think so. I think Ferrari were as quick as us this weekend. At least as quick as us this weekend. I think if Fernando had better qualifying, I'm sure he would have been up there with me and made the race perhaps a little bit harder than it was. No, I think Ferrari seem like they're very, very quick and we need to stay on it to try to continue to compete with them.

Q: (Vincent Marre – Sport Zeitung).
Question to Lewis, after hearing that Button was out, you have obviously drove a bit slower the last laps of the race. My question: have you paid attention to the engine range?

Lewis Hamilton:
No, you just try to… I was cruising. The last 20 laps I had a 14 second gap. At the time Felipe was behind and he, even though I was cruising, he was going slower than me and then I heard that Fernando had overtook, and it was Fernando who began to catch so then I pulled out a little bit more time and matched his time just to keep it relaxed and then this guy here [Pérez] started catching me at a second a lap. So probably the last four laps I started to push a little bit more, just to maintain a little bit more of the gap.

Q: (Fabrizio Corgnati – 422 race.com).
To Sergio, do you think your overtaking on Fernando will hurt your chances to be in Ferrari next year?

Sergio Perez:
Ask him. I don't know. I'm sure… I'm not at all… I'm fighting for my team and will always fight for the team that I'm in. I will always give my maximum I can. And I will fight any driver, no matter if it's Fernando or Lewis, I will fight for my team to get the result – and I think every driver will do the same.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe).
Lewis, you put an Italian flag on your helmet, you wanted this win, what does this mean now that you have it?

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, it's an incredible experience for me to come to Italy, a place that I love a lot. I've come here for many many years, since I was 13, met lots of great people here, really do genuinely love the people here and the culture and the food and the country itself. I put the flag on my helmet just as a sign of respect. This is a very historic circuit and when I was driving, I was thinking that all of the greats have won here so to finally get a win here is just the icing on the cake, and I hope that this is the start of something good in the future, coming here. I've not had the best results in the past, and hopefully in the future we will have a little bit more support here.

Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1Live)
Lewis, what does it mean for you to win in Monza?

Lewis Hamilton: I just answered that. It's very, very special; very, very special.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).

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