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British Grand Prix: Post-race press conference - Pt.2

FIA post-race press conference from Silverstone, Britain with Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Graham Keilloh - F1 Plus).
Early in the race, after the first three rear tyre failures, there was some radio contact on the television advising drivers to stay off the kerbs, but it seems subsequently that wasn't really heeded; just talk us through the thought process of that, why you subsequently decided to take the risk?

Nico Rosberg:
Are you saying we were still taking the risks of going on the kerbs? Well, for myself I wasn't, I was staying off the kerbs and I got a tyre problem myself, but it worked out well, I was able to pit before it broke apart because the safety car came out. I was a bit lucky there. And then after that, when Mark was chasing me, it was a compromise between how fast is he coming at me and how much am I going to take out of the tyres, so I was staying off the kerbs, taking it easy in the high speed where the most damage is done. Then I had to pick up the pace a little bit towards the end as he was getting quite close so that was really difficult to judge.

Mark, they broadcast at least four or five messages from Rocky (Guillaume Rocquelin) to Sebastian telling him to stay off the kerbs; were you getting a similar amount of that kind of message?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, Simon was keeping me up to date with the... That's all they could give us was staying off the kerbs because they were saying that they probably didn't really know why the tyres were failing at the rate they were. So yeah, I did what I could in all the right hand corners to have... turn one, exit of seven, also Copse and Becketts and Stowe, all the fast corners, trying to stay away from there. It's not always easy but in general I tried to adhere to the advice, because yes, you want to gain a little bit here and there, but as Nico touched on, it's not much fun driving a Formula One car on three tyres so you have to make sure that you do what you can to listen to the team; they're on the pit wall with the most information so you have to do what they say.

Fernando Alonso:
Same, always the same. They kept telling me to avoid the kerbs but obviously if you're in position twelve you need to attack, you need to change the racing line, you need to use the DRS. This is a circuit where we've been racing for 12 years in my case and I've never had these problems. I think the kerbs were perfectly OK.

Q: (Mike Doodson – Auto Action).
Mark, you're not the kind of guy who normally blames his equipment, less so perhaps than other people, but this story of your starts goes back a long way. No doubt you've analysed it over and over again. Looking back today, was it possibly a human failure on your side or was it an equipment shortcoming of some kind?

Mark Webber:
I need to look. We know it's not the strength of our situation up until Monaco. I think Monaco and Canada, same procedure and we're running into the back of these guys. Same in Canada, I went round Bottas and we were very very strong off the line. Today, reverse was in gear. I was obviously ready for the start, everything was set, but I didn't go anywhere, obviously. I think it was quite slippery off the line but we had a lot of issues getting away. It is frustrating, mate, but I need to go through it and we're working on things to make it more consistent in the future, but it's just such an important part of the weekend and it's a no-brainer that you have to get it right, all the effort that goes in. There's no question about it, it's cost a lot of good points over the time but yeah, it shouldn't be that difficult but it turns out that we've got to improve on that area and I'm happy to be part of that.

Q: (Jaime Rodriguez – El Mundo).
Fernando, in the last races, every Sunday you seem to have to overtake five, six positions from the start to the end; I wonder if you would explain what you feel, both physically and psychologically?

Fernando Alonso:
I've been doing this for the last five years, unfortunately. It would be nice to start on the front row of the grid but we are not good enough on Saturdays and it's something we try to work on as a team: the package, car performance, tyre preparations, driver maximising the lap. Whatever we are missing on Saturdays, we haven't been on pole position for a long time but we fight, we gain some good experiences in my career, especially in 2008 and 2009 were maybe not so bad seasons in the end, with no good results but very good experience and you try to play safe, obviously when you are fighting very hard with some rookie drivers etc it requires a little bit of extra care but we managed today to do some good moves and some good points, but as I said, it's something that we don't like to do and we would like to improve Saturday's situation.

Q: (Christobal Rosaleny – Car and Driver).

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