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

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).

Questions From The Floor

Q: (Adrian R. Huber – Agencia EFE)
In China you equalised Mansell's victories now you have overtaken him, 32 victories. Senna has 41, do you think that's possible? How about Prost, 51 and Schumacher, 91?

Fernando Alonso:
No. I don't know. I just be happy if I finish second all the races and I win more championships.

Q: (Jaime Rodriguez - El Mundo)
This is your fourth year in Ferrari, is there in this moment, have you got the best chance to win the Championship this year, do you feel like that?

Fernando Alonso:
Probably yes, in terms of performance of the car. We should have won the championship, I believe, in 2010. We arrived in Abu Dhabi with seven points, or nine points ahead of Sebastian [15]. We lost there but nothing we can change now. Last year maybe we didn't deserve it because we were one second off the pace but even with that we manage to fight until Brazil race. So, this year we have in our hands a package that maybe is not the fastest, still not the fastest but we are working on that. But definitely on Sundays it's a very competitive team package, let's say. We are not the quickest over one lap, maybe we don't set the fastest time in the race but we have fantastic strategy people, fantastic pitstops, the starts, tyre degradation. We have many ingredients to have a competitive car to fight for the championship. In the four years in Ferrari maybe it's true that this is the one we feel more confident with but we are not happy still with the performance of the car and we want to have a good and aggressive developing programme for the next races.

Q: (Toni Lopez – La Vanguardia)
Two questions for Fernando. Congratulations. In 2006 you said, when you had your first winning at home that it had been your best race in F1. What can you say now? And when have you realised that you can win this race?

Fernando Alonso:
Well the first, I didn't remember to say this in 2006. And if I say that, obviously from 2008 to 2013 I did better races. Maybe, as I said before, after the last pitstop when I found myself in front of Kimi, eight or nine seconds, and our tyres were two or three laps newer than Kimi, I realised that the race was in our pocket if we don't do mistakes.

Q: (Carlos Miquel Gomez – La Gaceta)
A question for Fernando: what about the overtake, two guys, Hamilton and Räikkönen in the third corner. Was your belief in the last moment that you can pass Hamilton because you stay very, very near of the line.

Fernando Alonso:
Yes, I think we knew that to win the race we needed to pass people at the start. The start was very good but then it was very narrow and we didn't have the space to move a little bit. So, I wait for a better opportunity. It came straight after turn one. I saw Kimi and Lewis running a little bit wide in turn one so I changed trajectory and I had a clean exit in turn two. I passed Kimi and I said 'why not also Hamilton?' I had a little bit of KERS that I saved from the start for turn three, so I used that to pass Hamilton and I think that was a lot in the race and I think also when exiting the first pitstop, we undercut and we overtook Vettel, in the strategy in lap 11 but not Rosberg. So Rosberg, we have to overtake him at the end of the straight. And that was also very close.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, historically this has always been a track where it was pretty difficult to overtake but today we have seen that there were many manoeuvres. You made history because nobody every won starting fifth, so how do you feel about it? And also, to all of you, don't you think it's too much with these tyres having too many pitstops and there is too much confusion?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know. I'm happy to win from whatever position to start. Here, I think this historically has been difficult to overtake and starting off the front row was hard for the race but now with this year's degradation and this year's tyres we see the races keep changing all the time. Whatever car keeps the tyre alive normally is on the podium at least – or winning the race. So, happy for this. If it's too much confusion for the spectators? There is no doubt. I think it is impossible to follow one race now. Here it's good because you have the tower and I think you follow the race on the tower with the numbers and you see who is first, who is second. But in some other circuits, if I'm sitting in the grandstand, without any information: radio, telephone or something, you only see cars passing.

Kimi, your thoughts on that?

Kimi Raikkonen:

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