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Post-qualifying press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.2

FIA post-qualifying press conference from Bahrain with Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).



Questions from the floor


Q: (Abhishek Takle – Midday).
Question to Fernando: you must be pretty confident heading into tomorrow because you've shown good long-run pace and a strong start could set you up for the win, don't you think?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, let's see. I think the race is very long so we need to wait and see how the pace is tomorrow. It's true that on Sundays normally we do improve our performance and we seem more competitive on Sunday than on Saturday. Friday also the long runs were more or less OK and not a big drama with the tyres. So, let's wait and see tomorrow. The conditions keep changing all the time here in Bahrain with the circuit running more and more categories, not only the Formula One, so I think tomorrow will be a good opportunity for us, first of all to win the podium and try to get some consistency and races in the podium and if we can fight for the win, even better.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe).
Question to all three drivers: are you surprised by the times of the two Lotus'?

Nico Rosberg:
Where are they? [Ninth and eleventh] In that case, yeah, for sure, because all weekend they've been looking very quick.

Sebastian Vettel:
Did they run in Q3 or not? [Räikkönen qualified and ran] Yeah. Same as Nico, it's a big surprise. I don't know, that's why I was asking. I don't know what's their plan for tomorrow but yeah, they were quite quick this morning, for sure. It didn't matter the compound, they were quite quick all weekend so something must have gone wrong.

Q:
Fernando?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, same.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Nico, the race simulation you did in free practice, you have indication that you have a good pace for the race or maybe it will be like in the last races where you were very fast in qualifying, not so much in race?

Nico Rosberg:
I think it's not going to be… we're not going to be as quick as we were in qualifying compared to everybody else. I think it's much closer tomorrow on race fuel but you just have to wait. There's so many factors that influence that, you just have to wait and see. For sure it will be much more difficult, yeah.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Nico, when we met yesterday, we were joking a little bit with bad words in Italian about your situation.

Nico Rosberg:
What were we talking about?

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
We were joking with a bad word...

Nico Rosberg:
Ah yeah. You said that, yeah?

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Yes, I know, my apologies. How did you improve the car?

Nico Rosberg:
Yesterday we were in a difficult situation. We were not where we wanted to be and not where we were in the last couple of races, so it was all bit question marks and a bit surprising. But as a team, we really did a fantastic job to turn it around and to be absolute quickest today, it's great. That's just down to having done really really good work last night and this morning.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, can you explain to us why you saved all three sets of the harder tyres? Do believe that there will be four pit stops tomorrow?

Sebastian Vettel:
To be honest with you, I don't know how many stops we have to do. I think you don't have to be a genius... one stop is impossible for everybody, two stops is impossible for most, I think, and then it's between three and four stops. I think we decided to do what we did because we think it's the best way. In qualifying we were not exactly sure how quick we would be. We didn't want to take any risks, we wanted to make sure that we finish in front and we believed that the soft tyre was faster, or the medium tyre, so we went for that in qualifying.

Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta).
Fernando, are you afraid of Massa starting on hard tyres in fourth position? And after your 1m 32.8s on hard, could it have been better to qualify on hard tyres?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think it's fantastic that Felipe is fourth. He finished sixth in qualifying but with (the penalties for) Webber and Hamilton he will be fourth, so it's better to start alongside Felipe than to start alongside Lewis to be honest. I really prefer this combination of results, that I should help the first corner attack and hopefully we can both do a good start and hopefully – with these different strategies that we have – can cover some more scenarios in the race than maybe wouldn't be in our control if we had the same tyres. It's true that we felt comfortable on the hard tyre in Q1. He also felt comfortable on the hard tyres in Q1, but he chose them for Q3. I think they are very close together and I think that when you gain something in qualifying you can lose it in the race; when you lose in the race, you gain something in qualifying so it's a difficult trade-off but I'm extremely happy with our strategy and I'm extremely happy that we're third and fourth. Tomorrow, we both need to think about being on the podium. It will be really important for the Constructors' championship as well.



Related Pictures

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20.04.2012- Qualifying, 3rd position Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position and 2à Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
20.04.2012- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position
20.04.2012- Qualifying, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pole position

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