F1 » 6 July 2013
German Grand Prix: Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.1
Okay, Sebastian, as Mark touched on earlier, it was a day of things moving around a lot and the margins were very fine and sometimes there were literally hundredths of a seconds between the three of you as things swung around. What, for you, were the crucial details today. Was it the wind, was it the track temperature going up so much? What was it for you?
I think it's a combination of all these aspects. I was very happy in FP3 this morning. I was very happy with the car, so we didn't change much. And this afternoon, I was struggling to bring it together, especially in the first part of the track, as Mark touched on, it was quite windy, we had wind from the back and the track was a little bit warmed. Still, the car wasn't bad; it wasn't awful through the first sector. So I was pretty happy but the time didn't come. And I tried to do the best I could in the next two sectors but it wasn't enough to get Lewis today.
Mark perhaps you shed a little bit of light on… this is a one-off tyre specification we're going to be using this weekend – from Hungary onwards a completely new spec of tyres. What kind of race are you anticipating on this combination of tyres that have been brought here this weekend.
I think the race tomorrow will be pretty aggressive. We got some good information on Friday as to how the tyres handle the conditions so I think it will be a pretty aggressive grand prix. Obviously Pirelli have made some changes from a safety perspective from the last grand prix, which was the right thing to do, otherwise we probably wouldn't be racing, so that's a good step from them. But also people have to understand… I think people get a little bit confused, that soft compounds don't make tyres explode, it's actually just the construction of the tyres, so when Pirelli are moving around some of their compound ranges it's not for a safety factor, it's actually just how the tyres are built. Going forward, as you said, they're going to make some more adjustments and we need to work on those in the future, but for tomorrow I think that the tyres will be pretty good. But you never know. You never count your chickens these days. Come Sunday you can have a lot of surprises and as usual we'll be legends tomorrow night on what we should have done better.
Just for clarity, when you say aggressive you mean pushing flat out throughout the grand prix?
Probably not that aggressive, you still need to keep a bit in margin but we'll find out tomorrow, as I say.
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