29 June 2013
British Grand Prix: Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
Lewis, before you got in the car before qualifying, we saw you wave to the crowd. Did you feel, having lost pole to Nico over the last few races, that you needed to psyche yourself up and find something extra today?
Not really. It's not about psyching myself up because I'm always mad for it, I'm always on the limit, I'm always on the edge. I always have the determination and the will but it's just trying to get my car to where I want it to be so when I went out there, I was hoping that my car was where I wanted it to be and it's also... The fans sit there for a long long time during the day and don't really get to see our faces so it's the one opportunity that I do get to see them and try to extract what I can from them, because the support means a lot.
Q: (Derek Bish – Anglia Newspapers).
Lewis, you've obviously been here in junior formulas as well; what sets apart the Lewis Hamilton that puts together a lap like that today from the one who was here in GP2 and before that?
Yeah, my age, getting older, older and wiser, I think. I'm still very much like the GP2 driver I was. I just have more knowledge now. Of course, we all change over time but yeah, I think I'm a little bit more sensible and a little bit better at making decisions than I was back then. And hopefully that approach helps me win in the car.
Q: (Phil Agius – Racing Post).
Sebastian, Toro Rosso have been going well this weekend and I think Daniel Ricciardo is sixth on the grid. Would you be comfortable with another Australian teammate next season?
I think first you should see the individual rather than the country where he comes from but surely I haven't got a problem with Australia. I like going there, it's a nice track, we go every year too, so I'm looking forward to going back next year. Congratulations to Daniel. It seems that both of them, the whole weekend... I don't know what happened to Jean-Eric in qualifying but both of them had a car that was good enough to show their potential so happy for them and hopefully they can keep it up throughout the race and score some good points for the team. In a way, obviously, we're all fighting for ourselves; secondly we are fighting for our team but obviously we have more connection to Toro Rosso than Mercedes for example so not a surprise is it? So yeah, all the best to Daniel and Jean-Eric tomorrow.
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