29 June 2013
British Grand Prix: Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
Nico, we mentioned earlier on that the last six races have really been all about this, particularly in qualifying, between the two of you. You've had the upper hand a few times, Lewis has had the upper hand a few times. Can you talk a little bit about how you're enjoying this in-house battle with someone you've known and raced against for such a long time?
Yeah, it's a big battle we have, and usually it's very close – not today – Lewis did a great lap in the end. It's also a really, really big push, also for the whole team, that we're pushing each other all the time, and that's really good. We're really lucky because we have a great atmosphere at the moment in the team, everybody's going in the same direction and sticking together, so it's fantastic momentum that we have at the moment.
Sebastian, do you feel that you've got the most complete package for this weekend? Obviously you've given a bit away in qualifying but you're here, some of your rivals for the championship are behind you tomorrow, how's your approach?
Well, certainly we're not giving away anything consciously or on purpose. They are bloody quick in qualifying, I think that's what it is. I think we are not too bad but obviously they seem to be in a different world on Saturday afternoons. I think something, yeah, they manage pretty well around the tyres which allows them to get a very, very strong lap in. Plus Nico and Lewis are doing a great job. Doesn't help if you want to qualify on pole. But points are scored on Sunday and the last couple of races have been pretty good for us. I think, to sum it up in both – in qualifying and in race – so for sure today I think P3 was our maximum but for tomorrow y'know, who knows? They are also getting better. It helps the more time we spend on the tyres – let's leave it there – and yeah, I think we all try to understand more and more and as the season goes on we do get better and there's less and less room for improvement. For the moment it seems that we have a strong car in the race, maybe a little bit better than the Mercedes. Whether it will be like that tomorrow? Well, we'll find out. But that's the fun part. I'm looking forward to finding out.
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