27 July 2013
Hungary GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
FIA post-qualifying press conference from the Hungaroring in Hungary with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1)
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus F1)
Questions From The Floor
Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto-Motor)
Sebastian you have mentioned in the [TV] press conference that maybe you were not aggressive in the middle sector. Was it because you though you virtually had pole and you didn't want to take too many risks.
No, surely not. In the end, I wasn't on holiday. If you could, then I would say have a go and try to do the same time. I lost a little bit of time there and should have been more aggressive. That doesn't mean I didn't push but maybe I should have pushed a little bit harder and a little bit extra to get some more time. I think the time Lewis did was in the car but it's always easy with hindsight to say you could have done a little bit more here or there but as a fact, we did not, so we deserve P2 today.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life)
Romain, what does it mean your little smile. Is this success for you, this third place, or maybe you want more?
I do always smile, so it's hard to read on that. It's OK. You always want better and I think we had a tough quali and it's really hot in the car and I gave a good effort to get there. It's good to be in the top three. This morning we were fastest but we knew it would be very tight and again it is. I'm, pretty pleased with the gap which is behind. Tomorrow's race is long and a different story. I was a bit surprised by the Mercedes being that quick but in the race we know it's a different story.
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week)
Lewis, your pole has demonstrated that your qualifying pace has not been affected by the new Pirelli constructions. What kind of feelings do you have about your long run pace, about the race tomorrow and especially the fifty degree plus track temperatures we are anticipating?
I'm not really looking forward to it. I was just saying to Sebastian, it's just a shame that we obviously have good pace... we've got a good car so I think if we didn't have the tyre issues we would be able to compete with the guys in the race. It sucks in the way that I'm not able to have a race with these guys but we will do the best we can tomorrow. The tyre degradation is an issue and no matter what rules change or whatever solutions we find, so far, generally it seems very difficult for us to improve. But we're just working away at it and hopefully we will get there before the rules change again for next year, different tyres come in. Otherwise it's just trying to get as many points as we can and trying to hold on to Sebastian for as long as I can.
Q: (Peter Vamosi – Vas Népe)
Lewis, Michael Schumacher won here four times at the Hungaroring with two different teams. You can be the next one tomorrow. Is there any more pressure because of that?
No. I really am not bothered at all about beating someone else's record or matching someone else's record. I've been very fortunate to have had a good car for quite a few years when I've come here with McLaren and I was privileged to have the opportunity with them and obviously now we are in a good position but now I don't envisage tomorrow being a win for us. We've got a steep hill to climb tomorrow with these tyres and in these conditions. If we did win it would be a miracle and I would be really happy with it of course but I still feel the win is a while off.
Q: (Sarah Holt – CNN.com)
Romain, it looked like the new tyres have actually helped you as opposed to your teammate. Is that a fair reading?
No, I don't think it is. I think at Silverstone and Nurburgring we were very competitive and to be honest I haven't really found exactly the same feeling as I had last year with the tyres. I think we are just doing a good job with the car. That we struggled at the beginning of the year is not a secret with mapping and stuff like that, but since then we have found what I need to bring the car where I want to and it's getting better and better. I don't think those tyres have changed the deal massively.
Q: (Sarah Holt – CNN.com)
There was another close race between you and Seb in Germany; now you have another chance to do that tomorrow. Is there any chance that Lewis might hinder you as you chase after him tomorrow?
Tagged as: FIA , Sebastian Vettel , Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes , Romain Grosjean , Red Bull Racing , press conference , Hungary , Budapest , Hungaroring , Lotus , Grosjean
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