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Post-qualifying press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.1

Lewis, I guess it's moments like that where you guys really show what you can do, finding grip levels. At no point in the weekend have we had any wet-running and you had to go out there and find the limit almost immediately. Can you just put into words how you do that and what it feels like, what you're getting back through the car?

Lewis Hamilton:
That's not an easy question to answer. It's just down to feel and we all have… that's the skill that we have, to feel the grip when it's unknown and that's really one of the most exciting things about this session: you never knew where the grip was. You'd arrive in a corner: sometimes you've overdone it; sometimes you've undershot. And like Nico said, it's surprising how little grip there was in some places. And that's what makes the session so exciting. And like I said, I'm just happy. Congratulations to Nico, he did a great job today – but I'm really happy I could be up here with him.

Sebastian, your thoughts on that – and also on what we saw on Thursday from Red Bull in terms of long-run performance. Obviously we know what's happened the last few races with Mercedes after strong qualifying but this is a very different kind of race track in terms of tyre wear, isn't it?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I think we will have to wait until tomorrow really to be precise – but I think we had an idea on Thursday. Our performance on Thursday – my performance on Thursday was not great. I wasn't feeling the car and therefore today I was much, much happier. We improved the car a lot so having that extra day yesterday I think helped us. Right from the start this morning the car was much more to my liking. I felt much more confident, got into the rhythm nicer which is the most important around here. If you don't feel comfortable then you just don't dare to go faster. So I was very happy with the car and I'm, I think, very confident for tomorrow. Long run pace looked already good on Thursday so I expect it to be again a bit again a stronger on Friday [Sunday]. I think we're pretty much average in terms of tyre wear, so yeah, the last couple of races Mercedes was worst in that regard but Monaco is a different track. A little bit different what we can expect tomorrow, so I think we still have a great chance from P3, hoping for a good start and then getting into the race nicely, doing the right calls at the right time and hopefully come out ahead. That's the plan. But surely those guys have something against that. But yeah, our target tomorrow is to win.

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