17 November 2012
United States GP - Post qualifying press conference
That side I don't really know. We did a couple of laps on the longer run. Looking after tyres is going to be quite difficult tomorrow. Obviously it's quite a demanding circuit for tyres with the overheating of the surface of the tyres so I don't know. I hope I can get away well. I hope… going to ask Charlie to clean that side of the grid so the people on that side get an equal start and hope that I can fight Sebastian down to Turn One. After that it's a difficult circuit to follow, I think, because it's so fast. Position will be everything.
Mark, obviously, as you say, your thoughts are on Red Bull Racing's Constructors' Championship but would you be happy with third?
In the race tomorrow? No. I think we for sure want to move forward. You never know how tomorrow will unfold. Clearly we've put ourselves in a good position to capitalise on a very, strong clean grand prix from myself. If there's any issues in front at any stage, you're there to grab that. I had a pretty good feeling with the car on the long run on Friday actually, so that's good for us. We'll just have a good sleep tonight and have our head down for tomorrow.
And is the strategy, the tyre strategy fairly straightforward?
Reasonably, yes, I would say. But there's a few things that we need to understand during the race tomorrow to see if it is as straightforward as we think.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Thomas Richtr - Nova TV)
One is the easiest for overtaking, ten is the most difficult: how do you rate your chances on this track for tomorrow?
I think we will find out tomorrow! It's always difficult because we haven't been here before. If you remember, we went to Abu Dhabi and we thought it was going to be quite easy the first time and it proved wrong. Obviously the last couple of years it has got more exciting, more overtaking. I think it's possible here. Probably the best place is where the DRS zone is, down to turn 12 but there's a couple of other places as well.
Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Sebastian, the team of your main competitor started the whole qualifying on scrubbed tyres. Did you ever think about it? It seems to be a mistake if you look at the result.
I don't know. I haven't obviously seen... yeah I have seen the rough result. I know that we are here, so I know the top three but obviously I don't know what was going on for the people behind and what they were doing in terms of tyre strategy. I think the fact that here warm-up is not as straightforward as it usually is made it a bit more difficult for us in terms of first of all getting the lap, finding the lap, the peak performance of the tyre and also it's the same for everyone and then it's usually a bit busy around the track, so I think in terms of traffic it was a bit worse in Q3 than it usually is but I think for us it was pretty straightforward what we wanted to do and what we did, I think you can see.
Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
Question for Seb and Mark: I understand that this is the first weekend or the first race where you are using the new alternators in the race. Do either of you have any reliability concerns?
Good journalism. It's good that you know more than me. I trust the guys, they do whatever they can to make sure that we have the best possibility to have the smoothest Sunday afternoon, irrespective of what parts are on the car, in what area of the car. So I have one hundred per cent trust in them that they're going to do what they can to get us home and they've obviously selected those alternators for a reason and put their best foot forward.
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