13 April 2013
Saturday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2
Saturday's post-qualification FIA press conference from Shanghai, China with Lewis Hamilton Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
Questions from the floor
Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer)
Lewis, I know that there are no points available on Saturday but how much satisfaction do you derive from answering those critics who said you were a fool to make the move that you did at the end of last year?
Yeah, well you can't really answer it in one result but definitely, bit by bit, the more and more we impress and improve they have to stand to be corrected. Obviously the team are just doing an incredible job and I'm just grateful, because it could have gone either way. Of course, people have an opinion, but I'm just really grateful that I'm here and I'm in the fight. Today is such a blessing to be here, because it was such a big change for me, and a big step for me. I think I made the right choice.
Q: (Abhishek Takle – Midday)
To all three of you, in the first session we saw a lot of drivers using the softer tyre, which we don't usually see. Was that just because you guys were saving a set of mediums for the race?
I think everyone was really saving their tyres for the race. The option is the one that we don't really want to use and there was no point in saving options or using a prime considering everyone will probably want to use them tomorrow.
Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport)
Two drivers out of the top ten start with a different strategy tomorrow, they start on the harder tyre. Is that a concern for you, did you think about the same strategy? And why didn't you do it?
I've got really great strategists, I just trust them, if they make a decision we still stick by it. I think everyone, no matter what strategy you're on, everyone's going to struggle on the option tyre, whether it's high or low fuel.
Obviously we believe that our choice is the best, that's why we do it. If we would have thought that starting with primes and qualifying with the primes would have been the better choice we probably would have done it.
Fernando, do you think it varies from car to car?
I don't think so. I think the strategy choice that you make, as Lewis said, in some parts of the race you are maybe looking good and some other parts maybe not looking so good - the times when you are putting on the options probably.
Q: (Luis Fernando Ramos – Racing Magazine)
To all of you: we have a kind of racing now which is all about managing and controlling your pace, whereas if you go back to 2008 with different aerodynamics and refuelling, it was a sprint all the time. Which type of racing was more challenging and which type of racing did you enjoy more?
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