6 July 2013
German Grand Prix: Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
FIA post-qualifying press conference from the Nurburgring in Germany with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing).
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
Lewis, you have some problems with the setup of the car this morning – quite a turnaround. How does it feel to come through and take pole position from such a long way back?
I tell you, it's really overwhelming. I've been struggling since the first run in P1, which was pretty good, P2, P3 were just disasters and it got even worse this morning. We were miles off. I was a good eight-tenths of a second off. I wasn't comfortable with the car at all. And we went back into the truck and we just worked hard, tried to analyse everything and made lots and lots of changes. I just hoped that it would work and fortunately the car was beneath me and I was able to put in the times we did. I'm grateful for the work the guys did with me and, again, this is just down to all the hard work the team has been putting in.
Sebastian, you've never won on home soil. Tell us how much it means to you to do so tomorrow.
Well, first of all I think we should talk about today. Congratulations to Lewis, he did a great job. I think it was quite close. I think I tried everything I had, the car felt fine. I think we were struggling a little bit this afternoon in the first sector, losing a little bit of time there and then trying to catch up. Unfortunately it wasn't enough but it looks like we are much closer to them here than we were in Silverstone. So, I think we've made some progress and have all confidence for tomorrow. We had a good run yesterday, looking at the race. I think we did our homework and now obviously it's up to us. We put the car in the first row. It wasn't quite enough for pole position but we should have a good race from there. I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow.
Mark, you've got a great record around this place. Pole positions and wins. Again very close but where did it get away from you today?
I'm not sure. I'm actually happy to be where I am. It's very, very sensitive out there as you can see. As Lewis touched on, the previous session he wasn't comfortable and then he finds some form. Similar for us. I think we might have lost a little bit in the first sector, as Seb touched on, it's very, very tricky for us to probably find the rhythm that we had there in P3 but that's the way it is. We know there was a shift in track temp and maybe it's pulled everyone together a little bit – at least on a short run. I think on long runs we're very happy with the car. We're in a good position to put pressure on for the victory tomorrow.
Coming back to you Lewis, you've had a very long relationship, obviously, with Mercedes, going back to the very early days of your junior career. What does it mean to you today, to give them this pole position on home soil?
Obviously it's a privilege to drive for this team. You know they've got great history, this is where Mercedes really started and so I've feel proud to get the pole for them – but obviously there's no points for today. Tomorrow's the important day. These guys are very good on their long runs. I hope that with my new setup it will be as good and I hope we can give them a run for their money.
Okay gentleman, let's perhaps get into a little more detail about this afternoon's qualifying session. Lewis, we saw your team-mate Nico Rosberg sitting in the garage at the end of Q2 when the fastest laps were being turned. Obviously, the track ramped up substantially during that Q2 session, showing again how fine the margins are between success and failure. Perhaps you can talk about the atmosphere, what was going on in the garage and your own thoughts at that point?
Well, it was obviously a big surprise for all of us. Nico's been quick all weekend and I anticipated that he would most likely out-qualify me today and be up there where we are right now. Obviously he was only two tenths off the pace compared to my lap and obviously the track did ramp up and that was a real surprise and that caught us out a bit.
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