F1 » 28 October 2012
Post-race press conference - Indian GP - Pt.1
No, I was pretty happy with where the stop is. It's nice to go a little bit longer. We had to react to Fernando. We would have gone even longer. Obviously it wasn't due to tyres, it was due to KERS that I started to lose the rhythm and the tempo: obviously when the KERS is coming on and off, we need to also screw around with the brake balance and lots of other things. The guys have got a huge amount of plate-spinning to try to feed that into the cockpit for me. The last thing you want in a one-stop strategy race is starting to have front locking. Because we need to do long, long stints. So obviously this is a pain in the arse and we had to manage it as best we can. The stop was really because of when Fernando pitted, so we had to react to that. Stop was alright and then the prime was a little bit more high-maintenance; a little bit trickier actually, I think for both Seb and I. I managed to break the DRS, managed to get away from Fernando. I then got myself together. KERS was there or there abouts, on and off, and then I caught… I mean the blue flags didn't do nothing for the backmarkers, that's the problem: the guys don't know how much time they kill us in the fast corners. So, when you catch some of those guys in those corners, you lose a second and a half in one sector, or a second. Which happened twice. But, that's the way it was. And those guys can't do that when you've got guys… when you're racing with Fernando, the three of us on the limit, Fernando's going to be all over that stuff. So, it was back on again, and then when I had no KERS, I mean it's not really a battle on the back straight. I went across to the inside but Fernando come past. They've got a very good top gear as well, big top speed. That was it. Then I pushed like… as strong as possible to get to the end of the race. So third, I'm pretty happy with how I drove, I think I drove a pretty good race but in the end it wasn't enough. We could have got more points today for sure. Well done to Seb on the win.
How much pressure from Lewis at the end?
Certainly needed to keep the focus and y'know, it's so demoralising, that straight with no KERS. I think I was very lucky that Lewis made a mistake in Turn Three, I think on lap 57. I saw it in the mirrors, it was either 57 or 58. And that was important because I think he was starting to get a bit of momentum and I was very keen to keep him off the DRS as long as possible because once he got that I was toast. I think another two laps and he would have got me.
When did you have the problem with KERS? When did you lose it first?
Around about lap 19, 20. Maybe a bit earlier. It was on and off and then completely off and then off. It was a moving target really.
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