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Canadian GP – Post-race press conference – Pt.2

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).
Questions from the Floor

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speedsport News)
Lewis, earlier this week you talked to us about your brakes. How were they in this race, maybe the best they've been all season?

Lewis Hamilton:
No. Not really. Generally, again, very similar to other races. Still need to improve and that's where Fernando was really catching me everywhere.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, how much has yesterday's qualifying been hurting you because starting sixth getting to second was a big race. Could you have done better, do you think, if you had started on the first or second row?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know really. I think you will never know. Qualifying is qualifying and it's better to be on pole position but I think the last pole position in dry conditions was September 2010 so it's not the strong point of the team. On Sunday, we normally pick up the pace a little bit about which we are happy because the points are gained on Sunday, but it's true that at some races, if you start too far behind, it's difficult to recover, but we will try to improve next time.

Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week)
Sebastian, you had a dominant victory today. You've won three of seven races so far this season and you're leading both Drivers' and Constructors' championships, but despite all this, you've probably been the most vocal critic of the tyres. I was wondering if you had revised your opinions on the rubber, given your performance and your continuing strength.

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I think it's pretty simple. The criticism we had or I expressed was not based on performance. I think it was based on safety and I'm sure if you ask other drivers, maybe they weren't that strong in the press, maybe they think they have an advantage with this sort of tyre, but we had some occasions this year where the tyre suffered delaminating, the top layer came off for not exactly known reasons, probably debris but you will always have some pieces on the track. I think it's not possible to have an entirely clean track everywhere and I think that has been the criteria. Every time I complained about balance or the tyres and their behaviour, every time as I said as well that on that day there were other people doing a better job and first of all we had to get to their level to start complaining about performance but obviously when you say something, it's in fashion, these days to take what you like instead of probably publishing the whole answer.

Q: (Nicolangelo Cioppi– Cittadino Canadese)
Sebastian, what happened again on lap 52, I don't understand exactly?

Sebastian Vettel:
As I said, I was a little bit too late into the first corner, lost the rear on the way in. I could have stayed on the track but I wasn't sure. It was quite tight, obviously you have the right hander following immediately and I didn't want to risk a spin so I decided to cut and make sure. I lost four or five seconds in that corner compared to normal, so I think it was fine. It just seemed to be the safer option to avoid the spin and carry on that way. I was just a little bit too fast. That's what happens. Fortunately there was no wall so I was lucky.

Q: (Nicolangelo Cioppi– Cittadino Canadese)
Fernando, in Monte Carlo we talked to one another and you were very confident for Montreal, and you said to me 'I'm going to be on the podium.' Congratulations, and I would like you to say something to the Italian community here because there's a very very big Italian community.

Fernando Alonso:
In Monaco we were not competitive for different reasons. In a way, we were not competitive here on Saturday, maybe for the same reasons, for the conditions that we need to do a better job compared to the others. In some conditions we are not competitive enough, so we need to work on that. And then for the Italian people here in Montreal, I think they support Ferrari all the time, they enjoy F1. You see the atmosphere in this race is very very unique, not only here on the track but from the time you land at the airport, you see a very enthusiastic people about this race. You put the TV on, they are talking about the meteo for the Grand Prix. They're talking about the qualifying, the practice, the shops on the streets are full of flags, Ferrari flags etc, so it's very nice to race here. We didn't give them a win today but I think we put on a good show for everybody and hopefully we give a win for them in the next one when they are watching TV.

Q: (Carlos Miguel Gomez – La Gaceta)




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