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Post-qualifying press conference - Singapore GP - Pt.2

Post-qualifying FIA press conference from Singapore with Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado and Sebastian Vettel

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, what happened in Q3, you seemed to have lost the speed a little bit?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I don't know to be honest. I think the speed was there but we weren't able to really improve, whereas in Q2 I got the lap in reasonably safely and I was a little bit off Lewis, I think, one and a half tenths. I was confident that we can go quicker somewhere, lower in the 46s region. I think Lewis's time in Q3 was very quick so... if, could, would, should... we don't know but I think the pace was there to do better than what we did in Q2 but in Q3 we just couldn't pick and in the end I was even struggling to repeat the lap I did in the beginning, so yeah, obviously a bit disappointing but I think the speed is there. We have been competitive throughout the weekend. The race is very long here, a lot of things can happen - safety cars - so it's important to be in the right place at the right time and then we go from there.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
For all three of you: every race that we've had here has featured some safety cars, so to what extent do you guys take that into account for your own strategies in the race?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, I think for us as drivers we just have to be ready to react, hope that it's neither of us and then we just leave it to the team to work on what we have to do. They will direct us what we have to do with fuel-wise and all those kind of things.

Pastor Maldonado:
I agree. I think either we need to be fully focused in this race on the conditions - very, very hot, very warm - and we need to put everything together to get a good performance. It's not only from our side, the team has to work together.

Sebastian Vettel:
It's difficult to know what happens. You can't drive round waiting for the safety car, to have a break but obviously there's little run-off here and we saw in free practice that if a car stops on the circuit then it's already enough to have yellow flags at least and a potential safety car in the race. It's difficult to know what happens but we'll see tomorrow I guess. So far we've always had one as far as I can remember.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe).
To all three of you: how confident are you that you can overtake tomorrow during the race?

Pastor Maldonado:
I think it's possible to overtake here, especially because of the big tyre degradation that we will have tomorrow. I think everybody will be struggling with the tyres at some time, but the strategy-wise must be really good for everyone, just to try to be consistent but I think here it's possible to overtake. We have a long straight, good DRS, it's not going to be very easy but we have a couple of places.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, I think he's said it pretty good. You can overtake here.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it's not the easiest circuit but it's not impossible.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Lewis, looking at the TV in slow motion, we saw that you touched the wall a little bit on the last lap. What happened? Did you feel something in the car or is it OK?

I did?

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
...touched the wall a little bit.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yessss. That means I'm using all the road. I didn't mean to and I didn't feel it so it hopefully hasn't done any damage but I honestly didn't feel it.

Q: (Ian Parkes - PA).
Lewis, we've not seen too much emotion from you when you've got out of the car, either here today or following the victory in Italy. I'm just wondering if there's any particular reason for that.

Lewis Hamilton:
No, I'm pretty happy.

Q: (Ian Parkes - PA).
Really? Because you don't seem to be.

Lewis Hamilton:
I am.

Q: (Ian Parkes - PA).

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Related Pictures

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08.09.2012- Qualifying, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
09.09.2012- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
20.09.2012 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
20.09.2012 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
22.09.2012 - Free practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
20.09.2012 - Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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