F1 » 22 September 2012
Post-qualifying press conference - Singapore GP - Pt.2
Was it tough out there today, because obviously you're sitting there fanning yourself with a sleeve of your overalls? Was it a really tough one for you?
It's easy for you to sit in your shorts - if you're wearing shorts - and T-shirt but I've got like three or so layers on and I've got this extra jacket on which doesn't help. It's pretty warm.
Q: (Matt Coch - pitpass.com).
To all three of you: Pastor mentioned tyre degradation. The supersofts don't last a great length of time. The guys behind you, the Mercedes guys, didn't set a time so they've got a choice of tyres. How worried are you about the start of the race and what the guys behind you are doing for when you come out of the stops?
I think that hopefully by the time we pit we have a big gap to the guys who are maybe on a different strategy. I think it's difficult to know now how long we will be able to stay out. Obviously we have a rough idea. I think we're all on the same tyre and the same amount of laps so we will see when the lights go off but I think it will be a difficult race for tyre degradation and I think the difficulty is that we probably don't know what to expect so we will see tomorrow, I think.
I think this weekend there seems to be a bigger gap between all the drivers and teams so perhaps that will allow... that will mean that there are bigger gaps throughout the race. Maybe.
I think that especially at the beginning of the race we are in very similar conditions, especially with the tyres, so it's difficult to predict what's going to happen, because this is an unusual race, an unusual track but I think it's going to be very tight for everyone, especially at the beginning.
Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
Another question for all three of you: we heard today that the race contract has been extended for five years and that the organisers are open to the possibility of configuration changes. Are there any changes to the layout that you guys would like to see: hairpins, faster corners, anything like that?
I think we've discussed it many times, every year actually, to find a better solution in turn ten which probably requires to take a little bit of land from the cricket club for those couple of days or maybe remove the pavement for three/four days. I don't know, but if you consider the costs for this whole event, I think taking a pavement away and putting it back on shouldn't be a big problem, but in terms of safety, yeah, I think that's one of the worst corners we have on the calendar, because you've got these big kerbs, big bumps and it's a bit tricky to find a better solution right now with the space we have, but I think that's something we need to work on.
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