14 April 2013
Sunday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2
Kimi and Lewis, in your mind, with this tyre situation, is the most serious candidate for the title now Fernando and no longer Vettel?
He didn't get it but he has the same challenge. But as Fernando said, from race to race, one team is a little bit stronger at one race and the next race is a bit of a different story. I think all four teams are close to each other so whoever gets it best on Sundays and Saturdays I think will win, so it will be interesting.
As Kimi said, I think it's a bit open at the moment, but obviously Fernando is doing a great job, but as you can see from the last race, you finish the last race and some of us may have those problems in the future – who knows? But it's far too early to say, I think.
Q: (Luigi Pernia – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, was there maybe extra psychological pressure for you in this race, did you feel it or not?
Not really. I think there is pressure at every race I start. Every year, especially in Ferrari, especially every campaign you start people expect only wins from you, the World Championship. Every race is more or less the same. Every season I've started in F1, this is the 13th, there is a battle with teammates, always discussions. So this year is no different. I think pressure is always there sometimes. As I said, you can deliver a good result, everyone is happy. Sometimes you cannot do it and you need to improve. I think we've been working very hard this winter with the team and after the first two races as well, these three weeks were very useful for us in Maranello, working out a little bit which way we can perform a little bit better, especially in qualifying which is one of our problems normally at the weekends and also looking very carefully at driving style and what we can do to improve the performance with each year's rules which they keep changing and you need to adapt a little bit, so I'm very happy with the job done and I'm in the best team, so I should be confident that everything will go in the right direction.
Transcript courtesy FIA
Tagged as: Chinese , Lotus , Shanghai , China , press conference , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Mercedes , Lewis Hamilton , Ferrari , FIA
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