11 May 2013
Post-qualifying press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.2
Saturday's FIA post-qualifying press conference from the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, featuring the top three drivers on the grid for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain.
Drivers: Nico Rosberg, (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)
Questions From The Floor
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
Nico, congratulations for the pole. Did you practice to take it already during pre-season testing?
Did I practice the pole position? No. But I mean of course. We practiced with lower fuel during the winter to simulator pole position – well, not pole position, to simulate qualifying. Just as for the car, us drivers, y'know it's also good to practice a little bit – so I was quite confident coming here because I know that I feel comfortable with the car on this track and things went really well today, definitely.
Q: (Livio Orrichio - O Estado de São Paulo)
Both Mercedes drivers, your team said many times that you must better the car in race conditions – and all the improvements you try to do for this race was in this direction, and the free practice yesterday and today morning. Do you think the car can be in race condition better than the previous race?
Better for sure, yeah. Because in Bahrain the temperatures and the circuit and everything exposed our small weaknesses in a very extreme way. So a) we're in a different track and everything so naturally it's going to be a bit better, and b) we also really tried to understand what went wrong in Bahrain, and we do understand better what's going on there and have improved things. But still, for sure, I'm not going to sit here and say I'm very confident that I can go for the win tomorrow. No, the target needs to be a little bit less than that I think – maybe a podium – but there are so many unknowns for tomorrow because the situation is completely different again, with graining. And so, we just have to see how it goes.
Q: And Lewis, your thoughts on that and whether you've had to adapt anything in terms of the way you drive, in terms of looking after the rear tyres on the Mercedes?
Not really, it's the same as the last race for me.
Q: (Barna Zsoldos – Nemzeti Sport)
Nico, in the past few years, Lewis' team-mates were just blown away by him in the qualifyings and now you're beating him on a regular basis. How does it feel?
Of course I'm pleased, yeah, to be ahead of Lewis, very happy with that because I know that he's very, very high level in terms of his driving. He's one of the best out there. When I can be in front of him I'm extremely happy.
Q: (Adrian R. Huber – Agencia EFE)
Question for both Nico and Lewis. Did you guys expect in the pre-season this beginning of the season – or is this working out much better than you expected? Less?
I don't think we expected it, definitely not. Especially for Nico, in the last couple of years have had a really difficult time in the team with the cars, and me coming to the team I definitely didn't expect to have such a competitive car. But obviously massively pleased that we do and it's great to be able to put on performances like we have today for encouraging the team and the guys back at the factory to keep pushing to improve and bring more developments. We're not there yet but this is a good starting point for us.
Q: (Pierre Van Vliet – F1i.com)
Sebastian, you had only one run in Q3. What's the point of saving tyres and how to you expect that to play a role tomorrow in race pace?
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