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

Fernando, an impressive drive. I'm wondering if you felt under pressure this weekend after two difficult races and you're at home. Did you feel pressure that you had to perform this weekend? Maybe you like pressure. I wonder.

Fernando Alonso:
Not extra pressure but it's true that, as I said just now, we need some good races and I will feel more or less the same in Monaco. We must take extra care for the next races, in terms of possible mechanical issues, driver errors, strategy mistakes, whatever. All these things happen sometimes in races. I think all the team and myself are extra focused now on this part of the championship, because we felt we lost too many points with some things that we didn't do right and we must put everything together and avoid any more mistakes. Here, there was this extra pressure to do everything well but I don't think it will be any different in Monaco or in Canada where we will go and approach the race to really avoid any mistakes that can arise. So good to race at home, extra motivation, little bit more pressure but I didn't do 100 percent in the car sometimes. You are fifth, sometimes third or first, the happiness of the grandstands changes, it depends on the position but inside yourself, you are normally quite happy with the performance if you give 100percent of the time.

Q: (Cristobal Rosaleny - Car and Driver)
Fernando, have you been surprised not having Sebastian breathing down your neck today?

Fernando Alonso:
Sebastian, not really. I think that when we started the race we knew that Kimi was probably the fastest on race pace of the leading guys. The Mercedes were a question mark. We thought that maybe they would have problems in the race but you never know until it happens really. And Sebastian... they didn't have an easy weekend on Friday and in qualifying they were not on pole which is normal for them and then in the race, they struggle a little bit more, so, as I said, Lotus was the team that we looked at a little bit more.

Q: (Cristobal Rosaleny - Car and Driver)
And Fernando, could you please compare your feelings when you seem to be very relaxed in comparison to the European Grand Prix last year?

Fernando Alonso:
Emotions compared to last year? Valencia was very different because it's not that we expected to win today but we were completely surprised last year when we won the race. We knew that today, if everything goes well and we do a fantastic race, we can win the race but in Valencia last year, we thought optimistic strategies pays etc, maybe our final results in the simulation were sixth, seventh, fifth and when we won that race starting eleventh and in front of everybody, it was a little bit more joy or a little bit more of an emotional win.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport)
Fernando, you had to catch up the time for one extra pit stop against Kimi. How difficult was it to balance the speed or the pace against tyre saving?

Fernando Alonso:
Not so difficult today. We had the pace in the car, we had clean air, no traffic, only a little bit in the first stint behind Sebastian and Rosberg. Then we undercut and we passed Sebastian in the pits and Rosberg two laps later at the first corner, from that point we just pushed 90 percent, more or less. You have enough pace to open the necessary gap and you know that if you push 100percent maybe you kill the tyres, so it's more or less normal driving, let's say, in 2013 races. You try to control the pace and the tyres and you put in balance these two things.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Felipe, when you left the pit at the last stop, you were ten seconds behind Kimi on new hard tyres, and Kimi had already pitted before you. Did you think it could be possible to overtake him?

Felipe Massa:
Well, first of all I was 15.5s behind Kimi, not 10s, so anyway, I was pushing hard to see if I could manage to catch him. I was catching him until lap six or seven by more than one second per lap but then maybe I was pushing too hard, I lost the tyres at the end, so I saw that maybe it was not possible to catch him so I started to save the rears more and the pace didn't carry on like that. The only way to catch him was to push so I tried to push but it was not possible.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Alonso, did you anticipate a third pit stop, because you set very good laps and then suddenly you came into the pits?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't have any answer, really. They called me in; I don't know if it was too early or too late, because our fight was with Kimi at that point, because we were out of sync with Kimi for five laps always. It didn't look anything special, short or long. I don't know really.

Q: (Jussi Jakala – YLE)
Kimi, all top drivers are kind of supermen; did you have time to enjoy the battle that you had with Sebastian?

Kimi Raikkonen:



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