F1 » 25 May 2013
Post-qualifying press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.2
Question to Sebastian. Did you expect that the team Lotus, in this qualifying, would be the third power, with your friend, I mean Kimi, before Ferrari, with Alonso?
I think it was difficult to foresee what is going to happen in qualifying. In practice it looked as if the Lotus is very quick, at least Romain was very, very quick through all the sessions – sometimes a little bit too quick, especially in the first corner, he was struggling a little bit there. I spoke to Kimi on Thursday and he said that he didn't feel so well yet but I think they managed to improve the car. But as I said before, when you feel confident around here, when you like you car, you can gain quite a lot of time, much more than on a normal track. So it's very important to feel comfortable. So in that regard it is a surprise that Lotus beat Ferrari because Ferrari looked very competitive already on Thursday.
Q: (Barna Zsoldos – Nemzeti Sport).
Lewis, it's already three-in-a-row for Nico. How do you cope psychologically that your team-mate is constantly faster than you in the qualifying, because it's a completely new situation for you?
It is a new situation for me, one that I seem to be dealing with pretty well. As I said, I've had pretty good seasons here in the past in terms of being on the pace. This has definitely been one of the worst so far. So to be second is a bit of a blessing for me considering how slow I was earlier on in practice. Of course I need to correct this. As soon as I'm able to extract the maximum from the car hopefully in the next couple of races, hopefully we'll see the true pace.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Nico, this is the third pole in a row for you. I would like to know how is the situation. You made pole position ion the last two races and don't make any mistake and you are the real Monegasque guy because you grew up here. I want to know how is the feeling to make this achievement, the pole position, in your really home grand prix.
Very special for sure. I've grown up here. Lived here all my life. Gone to school here. The way through the tunnel is my way to school and now I'm driving through there with a silver arrow. To be on pole today is a great feeling and yeah fantastic, look forward to tomorrow and make the best of it and try to get a good result.
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