F1 » 25 May 2013
Post-qualifying press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.2
My question is to Sebastian Vettel. Do you have maybe special training exercises for Monaco race? Or maybe for you it's same race as other races?
Interesting question. I think it would be ideal to get some extra laps compared to everyone else, but that's not possible – they would need to block the whole city and you're not allowed tot do that so it's a bit difficult. Surely around here it's a very different track, it's very bumpy, you need to be very sharp. Timing matters. You need to dare to go close to the rails. It's difficult to practice. Obviously we have a simulator and you get an idea, but it's different in reality, especially when you brush the wall. You feel it a little bit more than in the simulator. But it's good fun. We enjoy coming here. There has been some talk about the track not being safe. There will always be some risk but I think we have for example the best marshals here for the whole year, so it does make you feel safe when you know that if something goes wrong these people know how to take care of you. So compliments for that and generally I quite like street circuits.
What about you Nico, because you have a whole warm-up routine involving footballs and various things with your trainer. Is it different in any way here in Monaco?
No same thing. I just like to play some soccer before getting in the car – just to move about it.
Q: (Malcolm Folley – Mail on Sunday).
Nico and Lewis, now that I've been reprimanded by the headmaster, you'll talk through tonight how you'll approach the start tomorrow. Can you just confirm to us that you'll be expected to race against one another but clearly the instruction will be to make sure that you don't take each off early in the race?
Can you assure us that you're going to behave from now on? Then we'll answer the question. Of course, well we respect each other and the start is going to be important for sure and we'll see who gets to the first corner first. I have the advantage that I'm ahead and on the clean side of the grid so that will definitely be good and then from there we have to see how it goes – who's quicker in the race and strategy and things like that.
Your thoughts, Lewis?
Yeah, I think tonight we'll speak about it. It's obviously important that we position ourselves in a smart way that we can keep Sebastian behind and then focus on trying to grab that one-two.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).
Nico congratulations for the pole. How much easier would it have been in dry conditions?
It's never easy, but for sure the conditions out there were more difficult out there than if it had been completely dry. I don't know it was probably similar because it's the same for everybody, so yeah similar.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
To both drivers of Mercedes. Your car has some news here on this track. From the information you got in free practice do you believe you can have a race different from the last ones where you also started from the front and lost a lot of performance?
It's only two weeks since then, yeah. We were 70 seconds away then so for sure we still have large problems in the race and it's definitely still going to be a difficulty yeah. The track is an advantage for us because you can't overtake so easily. It also eats the tyres less this track, so for sure there are some advantages. We made a few changes to improve things so we are progressing and hopefully looking better than Barcelona but it's still our weakness you know, so we have to wait. But it can also be a bit better than expected tomorrow. We just have to wait and see.
Your thoughts on that Lewis and when there is a fix coming for this problem in the race?
There isn't a fix. Obviously we've been working very hard to understand them, so there will be a slight adjustment. Hoping that they will be a little bit better for us. As Nico said it's difficult to overtake here but it has only been two weeks so we haven't made a huge step forward but hopefully with less high-speed corners here we might stand a better chance.
Q: (Walter Kosta – Saarbrücker Zeitung).
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