F1 » 12 May 2013
Post-race press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.1
Sunday's FIA post-race press conference from the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, featuring the three drivers who finished on the podium at the end of the F1 Grand Prix of Spain.
Drivers: - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
(Conducted by Eddie Jordan)
Fernando, how much did this crowd… we saw you go off to see the crowd… How much did the embrace of the crowd help you today?
Well, hello everybody. Definitely it was a fantastic emotion and it really helped. You feel the support from everybody, every single member of the team taking care of every detail because we want to do well here, in front of our fans, so many people supporting Ferrari. So, we did it, we're happy for that but we don't want to stop here obviously.
How much today mean for your confidence that you can go on to win this championship?
Nothing really changed. We know that we have five races only, some up and downs. Some races we had a good race with no problems and we more or less finished on the podium in all of them. Some races we had some mistakes, some mechanical problems as well that we don't want to repeat. We know that we have a car to fight with the top and if we do well we can fight for the championship. If we don't do good enough maybe we don't fight but we want to do so.
Kimi, four points off the championship lead at this stage and you're coming in under the radar so to speak, because nobody is really giving you enough credit for what you're doing at the moment. How do you respond to that?
I don't mind. I'm here only to do as good races as we can and always you want to win and it's disappointing to finish second but sometimes we have to take what we can get. Like I said, I don't mind if people don't notice us. We do our work, be happy what we do and obviously try to achieve in Enstone.
Is the lack of attention possibly helping you?
It makes no difference really to me. We know in the team, and all the sponsors, what we try to achieve and what we are doing and that's the main thing.
Felipe, what a great drive, from ninth place on the grid [to third]. Felipe, are you back to your very best?
Yeah, I think so. For sure I was a little bit disappointed yesterday after the qualifying losing three places but anyway the race was very good for us, our car was fantastic. Very aggressive straight away. I gained back the positions. I think maybe in the first lap I was already sixth. Then overtaking cars. Struggling a bit with the tyres, to make it survive every stint in a good way but I think the race was very good for us.
Fernando, as you were saying, the first time the race has been won from that far back on the grid. Obviously your third win on home soil. Can you describe the emotion you're feeling right now?
Very good again. It's very special winning at home. It doesn't matter how many times you can do it, how many you repeat it, it's always like starting from zero and you have again very emotional last laps, very long last laps because you want to finish obviously as soon as possible. Extremely happy for the team to have both cars on the podium after a difficult qualifying that maybe we were not too fast yesterday. But we knew we had the pace on the long runs and we wanted to have some clear air to exploit this potential in the car. We did it. Everything worked perfect. Happy for the team, for the fans and hopefully this is not a one-off.
Obviously you took a lot of points today out Sebastian Vettel as well. The start was clearly crucial, as was the timing of the first stop – you undercut Vettel at that point but at what stage of this grand prix did you feel you had it under control.
Tagged as: Lotus , press conference , Catalunya , Spain , Barcelona , Kimi Raikkonen , Felipe Massa , Eddie Jordan , Fernando Alonso , Ferrari , FIA
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