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Abu Dhabi GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2

No, I think it doesn't matter how many races it takes you. The most important thing is that you get the results you can achieve. I think Kimi drove a fantastic race today. For the first time the car was probably able to win and he did it. I don't know how their race was at the front, I was busy myself but I think we've seen this year that generally if you compare this year, the Mercedes was not as competitive as the Lotus, so it's as simple as that, not in every race but in the majority of races. I think Michael showed his talent more than once in the last three years, even though he probably wasn't as successful as he was before, I don't think it makes him any worse.

Fernando Alonso:
I agree.

Q: (Khodr Rawi - F1 Arab)
Kimi, how special is it to be the first driver to win for Lotus since Ayrton Senna in 1987

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's a long time for them, I guess. I don't think there are any (of the same) people in the team any more. It's a name. It's the same team and it has been since Fernando was there, just a different name. It's a great name for us, good past but you know I race for the team whatever the name is, I don't really care so it's just for the guys who do all the work. Maybe it looks good in somebody's eyes but for me it really makes no difference.

Q: (Mark Fogarty - Auto Action)
To each of you: who is going to win the World Championship?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I wouldn't put money on me! They are quite close; I don't know what the points difference is. Ten? One bad race could decide the championship if they keep doing what they've been doing. It's hard for Fernando but we saw yesterday and in races before that anything can happen. If it's a normal situation I don't think much can happen but one small mistake can decide everything.

Fernando Alonso:
Yes, I'm confident. We will fight until the end. We are not fast enough, this is true and we are honest with ourselves, we know this. We need to accept this. It's a weak point, the performance that we have at the moment in our package, and we have some strong points which we will try to use.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think we were not always fast enough this year but for the last couple of races we were, so looking forward to the next two races.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, this has been a pretty troubled weekend for the team. On Friday Mark had the issue with the KERS, you yesterday in the morning, then the problem with the fuel. How much of a relief is it for you to come out of such a weekend and be on the podium losing only three points to Fernando?

Sebastian Vettel:
Honestly, I would have loved to have got past Jenson quicker and past Fernando as well. I think the speed was there but it turned out to be quite tricky to pass Jenson, and took a lot of time. But yeah, I think we can be very happy with today. I think it's one of those races where it's difficult to predict the outcome. We have simulation tools etc telling you one thing but I was convinced that you have plenty of chances and I said yesterday, obviously it was a big hit for us because if you can chose between starting third and last you don't need to be a genius to make that one out. It was a big hit but I said yesterday that every chance is an opportunity and there were lots of chances today for us. I think we had a very good race, I enjoyed it a lot and I'm very happy with today's result.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Sebastian, you said before that yesterday was a mistake. How angry are you that this mistake happened? You don't have to be Einstein to calculate how much fuel has to go in for three laps, especially after it had already happened to Hamilton in Barcelona. Do you think the team should have been more careful?

Sebastian Vettel:
There are so many things that could have worked differently. I made a mistake on the last run, I aborted the lap, nobody ever finds out, nobody realises there was a problem. As I said earlier, it was a mistake, there was no intention to go stupidly close to the limit for a gain of nearly nothing. I think it's different to what happened to Lewis in Barcelona at the beginning of the season, obviously they deliberately put less fuel in the car and stopped on the in lap, but for us, we had enough fuel but somehow we had enough fuel on paper but not in the car. Obviously we stopped the car for emergency reasons, not to damage anything and then obviously it was quite a long procedure yesterday and unfortunately we couldn't drain the fuel that we wanted and it was not enough to provide the sample so it was as simple as that. Rules are clear. I think the penalty was very harsh but we had to take it. Rules are clear. If it happens to you in race three and you are in a similar position at the end of the year, nobody is asking and it's not a big fuss but if it happens to you three races from the end, obviously there's more attention etc. We had to live with that.

Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, your last win was at Hockenheim in July, more than three months ago. Do you think you absolutely need to win one or both of the last two races to gain the title and do you think it's possible to do it?

Fernando Alonso:
That will help, for sure, but I don't think so.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz - ESPN Radio)
Sebastian, so in the end, after all the difficulties, do you guys consider your result a surprise or not?

Sebastian Vettel:

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