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

Fernando, are you worried for the British Grand Prix, with your pace in qualifying because normally it's cold weather; do you believe you can be OK in Silverstone?

Fernando Alonso:
I believe so. I think it's a different circuit, completely different asphalt, generating a lot of stress in the tyre: Silverstone, Nurburgring compared with very easy tracks on tyres like Monaco, Canada where you are looking for one or two stops. Silverstone will be different, I think. We know that the temperature is not helping us at the moment, but we cannot say anything because there are other people going very fast in those conditions, so it's up to us to improve. We have some ideas and hopefully at Silverstone we can improve on that.

Q: (Bill Beacon – Canadian Press)
Sebastian, after you took the chequered flag, you sounded that you were very pleased to finally win in Montreal. Was that important to you and the team?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I think it is important to us, but not because... I wasn't desperate to win here. I think we've had strong results in the past and I wasn't ashamed coming here having not won this race, so I wasn't desperate when I got up this morning and thought 'I have to win, I have to win.' But I was very pleased because it's a very nice race. I think Lewis had the privilege to win here three times and I think that in terms of atmosphere - Fernando touched on it - the whole city enjoys the F1 Grand Prix. We have a lot of spectators. I think it was good today to have sunshine, it was quite bad in terms of weather yesterday, but there were still a lot of fans and obviously today, again, a fantastic atmosphere and to me this race belongs one hundred percent to the calendar, because I think for all of us drivers we enjoy a lot seeing grandstands completely sold out, a lot of enthusiastic people, the whole town living the Grand Prix. I think it's similar to the Grand Prix in Melbourne in a way which is also not a race track, it's in the middle of the city as well, so I think we enjoy that, and I think that's why we were very happy or we are very happy today.

Q: (Jeff Pappone – Globe and Mail)
Fernando, when do things started getting desperate? Seb seems to be gaining points at every race now and you're falling further and further behind. When do you really have to start winning?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we are eighty or eight-five points behind. It will be a very critical situation, which is more than three races. In the past - I touched on this in Australia or Malaysia - in the last six or eight years, there were people recovering from more than 30 points on the old points, which is three races so it's 75 or 80 points. So hopefully we're going to arrive to that number.

Q: (Jordan Irvine – NextGen Auto)
Lewis, Mercedes dominated second position for 63 laps of today's 70 lap race and then you lost out with seven to go to Fernando. Was there any one thing that you didn't have that meant to you lost that position with so little time left?

Lewis Hamilton:
I guess it's just grip, just lack of grip. The car was fantastic, I'm assuming those guys had even better than that. But generally it's been really good. I was just lacking a little bit of grip in the lower speed... perhaps the chicane. Fernando seemed to be particularly quick in the lower speed corners.

Q: (Massimo Lopes Pegna– La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, how important is this win today; beside the win, how important is to gain seven points in the standings and maybe to get quicker to the critical point that Fernando was talking about?

Sebastian Vettel:
To be honest with you, I care for the win today. Obviously you don't have to be a genius to know that you get more points than anybody else for that result but as Fernando said, the championship is still long and obviously I was in a different position last year at this time and I was able to catch up quite a lot towards the end. I had very strong races. Fernando was a little bit unlucky here and there and we were able to beat him, so we were able to come back but this was ten races from where we are now so I think there are so many things that can happen at that stage of the championship, I'm happy to stand on the grid and focus on the race, trying to win, and the rest we will see later on if we are still in a strong position. I think there's enough of you reminding us if we're not, you are there as well.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)

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