12 May 2013
Post-race press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.1
Let's see, after the last stop. Until that point you never know what can happen. We had more or less an easy race in terms of traffic etc but we know Kimi was on a different strategy but you never know how the tyres are going to behave. When we pit two or three laps later than Kimi and we were first, at that point.
Kimi, we heard you say on the podium there you were disappointed you didn't win. You had a different strategy to Fernando, doing one stop less than the Ferrari today. Was there a point at which you thought you might have an opportunity to challenge Fernando for the win today?
Maybe half way through. Obviously, we were leading but when we were on old tyres and he had newer tyres, it's too easy to overtake. There's no point to really fight against [him] because you cannot hold him behind. I knew if I could somehow stay a bit more closer, even with old tyres, maybe I have some chance, even if I'm already behind and will be with old tyres in the end but you never know. But they were just too fast. He had a good start around the outside of me. I don't think the end result really was decided there but we just did a different way of doing the race. It wasn't a winning way today but… We're never happy if we're not winning. We're only here to try to win. But we kind of caught up with Vettel few points and obviously Fernando caught me up [by] some points but we're still in the hunt and we'll keep ourselves there and hopefully in the future just try to win a bit more.
Consistency is the key though, isn't it? It's the fourth time in five races you've stood on the podium, including that win in Australia and as you say you've got it down to just five points to Vettel. How do you feel about your championship situation and what comes from here?
Obviously it's better than before the race now. It will not be easy. We cannot fight against… it's the same for everybody. Everybody wants to win it, but sometimes you have a bad day. You try to minimise those and make the most out of them and give yourself a chance to be up there and fight for wins. I think if you can do that often it will give a good chance in the end to fight for the championship. It's only a five race-old season, so there's an awful lot to be raced. We'll see what happens. We'll try to do well and see where we are in the end.
Felipe, your first podium of 2013. You recovered from your penalty in starting ninth to finish in third today. What does this result say about you and Ferrari this season?
Well, I think a bit disappointed for what's happening yesterday. These things happen many times and no penalties happen so I'm disappointed with that. I didn't cause him any issues for him in the qualifying, so I'm disappointed for that. The race was good. Very good start; very good beginning of the race; overtaking cars; trying to be aggressive, you know and passing people, which was the case. I tried to undercut people as well, stopping before. Maybe it was a little bit early as well. Looking at the end of the race I thought I maybe had the opportunity to fight with Kimi. But I think it was a great race, we did a good job. Our car was really superb for this track. The degradation on the tyres was not Lotus but I think we did the best as we're supposed to do and we showed a good performance that I expected to have from Friday. I think we are [heading] in a good direction so I hope from now on we are fighting for the podium every race, especially in the race, which is where it counts. Qualifying we know is not easy for us. We are pushing very hard to improve the car, to make the car quicker in qualifying. But we know we have a good car for the race so I hope me and Fernando are having great races from now and until the end of the year.
And looking at your performance across this weekend, from what you felt in the car, do you feel that you could be winning races soon?
Transcript courtesy FIA
Tagged as: FIA , Ferrari , Fernando Alonso , Eddie Jordan , Felipe Massa , Kimi Raikkonen , Barcelona , Spain , Catalunya , press conference , Lotus
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