F1 » 25 May 2013
Post-qualifying press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.2
FIA post-qualifying press conference from Monaco with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).
Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Seb, you were the only one in the last outing who did only one flying lap instead of two. First of all, why did you do it? And second, was it a mistake? Because everybody seems to be faster on the second lap.
Yeah, would, could, should! I think if I could decide again then I'd probably go for two and two. Two laps every time. I was confident that when the track picks up I'm able to nail the first lap. My first sector wasn't bad but the first two corners, which is turn one and then the Casino, the fronts weren't ready and then you play catching up. You feel that you've lost something. Overall I was happy with the lap but I think there was a tenth, a tenth-and-a-half for sure somewhere. So therefore initially a little disappointed. But as I said, overall happy because on Thursday it didn't look as if we were anywhere close to the first two rows, so I'm happy with the result and confident for tomorrow.
Q: (David Tremayne – The Independent).
Two questions to Lewis. Can you expand a little bit more on what you said about this struggle. Is it a matter of just the setup of the car?
No, the setup of the car is good. It's been good all weekend but that's probably… that last lap is probably the first time I've switched my tyres on all weekend. And when you don't generate the heat in your tyres you don't have the confidence to hit the brakes hard and brake late. Even on that lap, my tyres weren't ready by turn one, similar to what Seb was experiencing. That means you just have a bit of understeer and you're playing catch-up for the rest of the lap. But generally the rest of the lap was great. That's why my middle and my last sector were competitive. It was a big improvement for me because in P1, P2 and P3 it was a disaster. I think it's just that it's a new car still. For whatever reason I'm still coming to terms with it.
Q: (David Tremayne – The Independent).
Lewis you've been criticised again lately – it's the lifestyle thing again and that's why you're struggling and everything else. What's your reaction to that?
Well, I'm not really aware of it. Someone mentioned something about my dog. How the hell can a dog be distracting? I don't really know how I could live my life any different. I'm enjoying my life, so if people have a got a problem with that then that's there problem.
Q: (Frederic Ferret – l'Equipe).
A question to Sebastian. Apart from the start, where do you think you can overtake the Mercedes tomorrow?
I don't know. There's a lot of laps here, 78, so… I think on track it will be difficult, we all know that. I think obviously I was fourth last year at the end of the race for quite… many laps. I had the feeling I could go faster, I think Nico was in second, he had the feeling he could go faster but it's difficult to overtake. In 2009 I didn't mind that it was difficult because I was in the lead, it always depends where you are. On track it will be difficult but, yeah, if all goes well hopefully the Mercedes will struggle and we'll sail past in the pit stop. I think we can't rely on that. As I said tyre wear for will for sure play a role tomorrow but I think we need to look after ourselves first and then we'll see what happens and hopefully we make the right calls at the right time. I think that will definitely be the chance we have.
Q: (Vincent Marre – Sport Zeitung).
My question is to all three of you. Two weeks ago Fernando Alonso was mentioning the GP2 race, he was mentioning the fact that it helped him because he realised that he could overtake at a specific curve and in some words he was… Tom Dillmann was helping him to overtake at this curve. So my question to all three of you, I would is when you are watching the GP2 races, does it help you. How do you watch it, what do you feel, do you prepare for the race with that?
I always watch it, and especially I learn from the start. See how it goes, grip left and right, how it goes into the first corner. That's probably the only thing I personally pick up from them.
The same really. I have a question, though. What corner was it?
It was in Barcelona. It was the third corner.
Round the outside.
Yes, Tom Dilmann did it. He [Alonso] was saying that he was not thinking he was able to overtake there.
Yeah, it can definitely help sometimes.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life).
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