F1 » 9 September 2012
Post-race press conference - Italian GP - Pt.2
Fernando, you said you were really lucky here, but how much does the car need to improve, because sometimes you cannot depend on being lucky?
Yes, obviously I don't consider that we've been lucky. We've just been unlucky, even yesterday, compared with many of the others, and today someone broke some parts that is probably something that is not right, as we broke some parts yesterday that we need to investigate and it's our mistake. In Spa we've been unlucky because we didn't break any parts so we didn't make any mistakes, it was just a car landing on us, so I don't think that we are particularly lucky but it's true that we need to improve the car, to improve the performance a little bit, not this weekend because to be honest we had the fastest car with McLaren, so we were very happy to fight all the free practice, qualifying and now in the race for the top positions, and hopefully we can continue this in another track, because we know that Monza is a very unique layout, so if we continue like this we will be happy, and that's our aim.
Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta).
Fernando, in your opinion what was the difference between the movement of Vettel today and the movement you made in the same place last season? Was it more aggressive? What's your opinion?
I think we need to see it on TV. Last year it was not penalised, this year it has been. I think there is a big difference for the people who understand this movement.
Q: (Adrian Huber - Agencia EFE).
Checo/Sergio, this is your third podium after Malaysia and Canada; when and where do you think your first victory will come?
I hope sooner rather than later. I want to win. I already have a second and a third, as you say. I want my first victory to come and I hope it can come before the end of the season.
Q: (Vincent Marre - Sport Zeitung).
Fernando, when you were fighting against Vettel and you were on the grass, what were you thinking at that moment?
Nothing. I tried to get off the grass and continue the race. I wanted to finish the race and not have another DNF because of an accident, just taking some margin, the same as when Sergio arrived a second quicker than us in the last part of the race: what can we do? We tried to defend the position a little bit but we cannot be crazy and try to do things that are impossible to do.
Q: (Peter Windsor – Clarksport Ltd).
Fernando, very tight first corner here. From tenth on the grid what was your approach for the start and how did that first corner go for you?
Actually I have a very open mind in terms of strategy for the first corner. I just wanted to see how the car started and how the first 200 metres went and after that decide. The start was good in the first 200 metres so after that the approach was aggressive. After you make a good start, you need to continue, and you cannot lose what you gain in the first 200 metres. We risked but it was close. As you said, very tight first corner here, so it's very easy to lose your front nose or whatever. It was tight but it was good.
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