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

FIA post-race press conference from Bahrain with Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Abhisheck Takle – Midday).
Sebastian, as you said, dominant performance today but how crucial was it to get that place back from Fernando early on and do you think you would have been able to win with the advantage you eventually you had without getting him back at the start?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, certainly we had more pace than we expected today, which I think is related to the way that we worked with the tyres. We know that the car is quick, we saw that yesterday that we were able to pull a strong qualifying lap together. Sure, it was crucial because another car in front and especially once you start to settle into a rhythm it's difficult to overtake. I think today it was probably helped a little bit by the fact that there was quite a strong headwind down the main straight, so the advantage for DRS or for overtake was probably a little bit bigger than usual. At the beginning, I thought that if there was a small chance to get into the lead I have to take it because then I can take care of the tyres the way I like and hopefully divert the race the way that we planned beforehand, whereas if you sit behind someone and get stuck then you struggle, you lose grip, you start to slide and the tyres start to go off and you might have a different race, but surely with the pace that we had, I think we could have had a strong race, even not being in the lead immediately but I preferred it that way for sure.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).
Kimi, you have been on the podium six times here in Bahrain; which has been the best of these six races?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know. It doesn't really matter. Second is obviously better than third place but we haven't won and that's what we try to do. Today we got good points, we didn't lose too many to Sebastian but obviously it doesn't help to finish second if he's winning all the time. So we try to find something but all of them have been improved, in a way.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
Sebastian, we've heard quite a few negative comments about Pirelli's rubber so far this year but the loudest voices that have complained have come from your team. Now you're actually leading the Drivers', leading the Constructors' (championships); we're seeing you do very well. Does this mean that we're going to see an end to the complaints from Milton Keynes about the Pirelli tyres?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I think that certainly the fact that we won the Constructors' championship the last three years makes people listen so probably more than other people. At least, from my point of view, I did talk about the tyres, I did complain but I always said that as long as there are other people doing a better job then we have no right to complain, we need to catch up. I don't think you have to be a genius to see that from race to race some people suffer with the tyres - maybe someone more and some people less – and cannot go the true pace of their cars. It's obviously very strategic these days but then again, it's the same for all of us. Out of four races, I think we've had two good ones and two maybe average ones but then if you look at the results, the average is not really disastrous either. To come third and fourth is a very strong result and I'm sure not complaining about the results. Comparing Formula One to a couple of years ago, you probably have to ask Kimi more than me but it's surely different, the fact that you can't push as hard as you like every lap, you have to work with the tyres and sit at a certain pace and go from there. So I think that's what we - at least the drivers that I have talked to – that's what we think is very different and to some extent less enjoyable than in the past.

Kimi, how much different is it to seven, maybe eight years ago?

Kimi Raikkonen:
First of all, I don't think Pirelli could please everybody, whatever they would do. There's always somebody who will complain, even if they changed and made them happy then I'm sure there will be people who want something different and not happy so I don't think it's their job to try to always change things if somebody's complaining or doesn't like it. Even in the past, if we would have put the same amount of fuel in the cars, we couldn't have run at full speed all the time, because the tyres would have gone off so I don't really think it's all that different now. We just made more stops and ran less fuel in those days. I would say that's really the biggest difference. I'm sure the tyres wouldn't have lasted long in those days.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, how different is this win to Malaysia, where there was a lot of criticism, and do you think that without Fernando's DRS problem it might have been a little bit harder today?

Sebastian Vettel:
Regarding the second question, I don't know or I can't judge the Ferrari's pace. I think the last couple of races they have been very strong, so everything else but a strong performance today would have been a surprise to be honest. But how strong, I don't know. I think we felt pretty happy today and in very good shape. I don't know where Felipe finished but we can't really judge Fernando's race with the problem that he had with the DRS that I was told, so difficult to say.

The first question was? Ah yes, if you race for victory, you try to pass whoever is in front of you so I think Malaysia is a long time ago now, I think we've moved on and I think that in terms of crossing the line first there's no difference. But obviously we were in a better position at the beginning of the race already, so a very very different race in that regard.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).

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