9 June 2013
Canadian GP – Post-race press conference – Pt.1
FIA press conference with the top three drivers following the Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) And Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
(Conducted by Eddie Jordan)
Three World Champions, I'm spoilt for choice here. What a great win, a text book win, pole position, you seemed to win it at ease. Tell me about it.
Thank you. Thank you everybody. I think it wasn't that bad for us, I think. Yeah, great race, I had a very good start, which was important and then I was able to really go with the car and yeah, obviously on the supersoft we saw the tyres were falling apart but I think we were just as good as everybody else. I was able to build a gap and then kept that gap basically the whole race. At some stages we had a full pitstop on hand and it's a little bit easier then to control the race, control the gaps etcetera. Great race, great job by the team. I had perfect pitstops even though we had some time on hand. And also for North America, I think it's a great race for Infiniti. All in all, a very important race for us to win. Finally we get it off the list. Very proud of that. The sun came out today. Couldn't get any better. Racing in front of the crowd here is always…
I have to ask you about that because it seems quite unbelievable to us that you've never won here before, nor indeed has Red Bull. So what does it mean to get the monkey off the back?
Yeah, obviously we've had good races before but it didn't come together to win. Two years ago I was very close. I lost it in the last lap, it was my mistake, so made up for it today. Great feeling, as I said. Great car today by the team and I think we were able to really pull away from the rest of the field, which was most important to then control the race. I could really enjoy every single lap. Difficult at stages through the traffic but as I said, great and …
When I read your report yesterday when you said that you thought you may have a chance to come from sixth position to hopefully get a win here, I was saying 'how's he going to try and do that?' And you nearly did it. Magic, magic tenacious drive.
Hello everybody first of all and bonjour. Yesterday obviously we didn't have a good qualifying, I didn't put the lap together and also the conditions didn't help but we knew that the pace in dry conditions of the car on Friday was good, so we had some hopes. Obviously we are fighting with top drivers and I have a very good fight with Mark, with Nico, with Lewis at the end. And it's not easy. Even if you have a little bit more pace, they are super-talented ones and it was difficult race. But at the end I think the second place has a victory taste because we scored some good points after a very difficult weekend.
You seem to have a lot of fans here Lewis.
I have a great time here every year, and thank you for all the support, I have a great time.
I've got to ask you, we all were enthralled how clean, how correct and yet how exciting the fight was with Fernando. What did you damage on the car?
I think some small part of my wing came off. It was very, very close, we had a good battle, he was very, very fair and I hope we can get a bit quicker in the next race.
You qualified in front of your team-mate, you raced in front of your team-mate. That must have been a bit of a help after Monaco, I presume. You feel really good about going forward with this team?
Tagged as: FIA , Sebastian Vettel , Lewis Hamilton , Fernando Alonso , race , Montreal , Canada , Circuit Gilles Villeneuve , press conference , media , Canadian
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