Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).

Questions From The Floor
Q: (Abhishek Tackle - Midday)
Lewis, track temperatures were in their fifties today; would you say you've turned the corner with your tyre wear issues and how much of that was work going on back at the factory, and how much of that was the new tyres, new constructions?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it was a bit of both. As I said, coming into the weekend, we are making improvement but not big enough to make the difference it did today so I'm assuming that a large part of that was the tyres. I really wasn't expecting it. Our long runs didn't look that great in P2 but I got the balance just spot on today with the front wing and yeah, if we can be quick here in a race with these track temperatures then I'm very hopeful that we can be competitive everywhere else, so this could be a really good... could be a good turning point for us.

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Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Life)
Lewis, which of the ingredients made the difference in your success today?

Lewis Hamilton:
Teamwork, absolutely teamwork. The guys have just been phenomenal all year with the work they do in the garage, preparation of the car, the reliability has been exceptional - obviously not for Nico today - and the team's in the position where it's beginning to develop the car still through the season. At this point of the year, last year, they said they weren't anywhere near making improvements so it's good to see that. I think hopefully I'm a part of that as well. I feel like I really earned my keep today so I'm really happy for that.

Q: (Peter Farkas - Auto Motor)
Sebastian, we have heard you complaining a bit over the radio two laps from the end when you thought that Kimi didn't leave you enough room in turn four. Was it serious?

Sebastian Vettel:
In the heat of the moment, for sure, obviously it's narrow there. As I said before, it was clear... or it was to me at that stage that I didn't find a way past around the outside. First of all, Kimi is not an idiot and secondly, it's a narrow part of the track so it was clear but I was pushing very hard, trying to create a chance, put him under pressure and as I said, it was clear I didn't pass him there, but maybe two corners later or something. Yeah, I was not too happy but as I said, it was quite hot this afternoon, I was pushing very hard and it was quite narrow and I was a little bit on the dirt, turning in. You feel that you have to say something so that's what I said.

Q: (Kate Walker - GP Week)
Sebastian, three weeks ago in Germany, I asked you if you would relish the challenge of having Kimi as your teammate next year and you said you would enjoy having such a competitive teammate. I was wondering if your opinion had changed, now that you had finished behind him.

Sebastian Vettel:
There have been races where I have finished behind him, especially in the beginning of my career - I finished nearly every race behind him. And there are races where I've finished ahead of him so that doesn't really matter. As I said, I think he's one of the drivers I get along most with. He's been very honest all the time which I appreciate a lot. I think at the end of the day we're a group of 20, 22 guys; some of them you like, others you don't. I think at the end of the day you have to beat everyone. Obviously we enjoy it a lot more as well if you're fighting other drivers in similar cars, meaning with similar pace, because it's kind of boring when you're only fighting your teammate. I think this is something we all enjoy.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Sebastian, at Nurburgring, after your battle with Kimi, you said that one day you will feel as angry as Kimi felt that day. Do you feel angry now?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't think it was really really angry but obviously it was a battle for the win so I was happy that I succeeded. Today was for second, but still, you know, second is better than third. I'm not entirely happy with my race because I think the car was probably a little bit better than where we finished today but as I described, with the race that I had, I think P3 is what we have to be happy with. It's not a disaster. We were still on the podium which is nice, a lot of people here which is still very special so I think we have to keep our feet on the ground. I've always said that there will be days when there will be people ahead of us and there will be days when we will be ahead of them so it's just life.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lewis, do you think that with nine races to go it's possible to fight for the championship?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it's too early to... still far too early to... of course, when you have a win like this, you get excited and you think anything is possible and obviously today shows that anything is possible but I think it's still too early for us to say whether or not we can challenge these guys. I know the guys are working hard so that we can close the gap and I hope today is the first step in doing so but we've got a lot of tough races coming up. I just hope that that's not the last time my tyres work for me.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, do you think that today there is some complaint about the strategy because as you said before, you were twice stuck behind McLaren when you came out of the pits?

Sebastian Vettel:
Usually in the past it was not a bad thing when you came out behind a McLaren but this year's a bit different. Yeah, I'm not blaming the team. I think it's pretty easy (to see) what happened. In the first stint I lost more time on the way to the pits, because the tyres were falling apart (more) than they expected, probably around 1.5s. If you take those away, I come out ahead of him, so I think in terms of strategy they did the right call. Second time round, I think he was on a very used set of soft tyres which was going away quickly and I found my way past pretty quickly as well, so I'm not blaming them. If there's anything to blame, today, then it's me because I damaged my wing which wasn't the best thing.

Q: (Michael Neudecker - Sud Deutsche Zeitung)
To all three of you: how did the high temperatures today affect you, your performance?

Lewis Hamilton:
Physically it was quite easy, to be honest. I wasn't on the ragged edge the whole way. Particularly the last twenty laps I was able to really chill, I was drinking a lot and just trying to bring it home, look after the car and the tyres, yeah, for the first time ever that I can remember my tyres not being a problem. I think this track has always been good to me. I hope there's many more like this.

Kimi Raikkonen:
Obviously I was bit out of tyres at the end because we did a run with a set of tyres but apart from that it was OK. It was a bit hot but as normal as any hot race. No problem.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it was pretty hot, especially, obviously, towards the end of the race when the drink is not cool any more, it's more like tea, which isn't the nicest to cool down. But yeah, I think we were probably in a bit of a different situation to Lewis, still fighting towards the end, I was pushing very hard. Every time you get close, you lose some grip. I was struggling to get past, didn't succeed but yeah, it's not the only hot race we have during the season.

Q: (Anthony Rowlinson - F1 Racing)
Lewis, does it feel different winning for Mercedes than it did for McLaren?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it feels different. It always feels like it's the first time, that's for sure, when you win. I remember the first time I won it was exceptional, an exceptional feeling and today it was a really calming, relaxing feeling when I came across the line. I really wasn't expecting it. As I said yesterday, I talked it down a lot because I really was expecting a real tough race today, I thought we were going to fall behind. The experiences I had at McLaren were some of my greatest but I think this is one of the highlights of my career up to now. Moving to a new team and a team that was struggling massively last year and to finally get a win with them after the first nine or ten races is a great feeling.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, now you've got some feeling with the new tyres, do you think you have the right package to win in Spa?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know. It's a different circuit. I have no idea. Last year we were not very strong there. I think we know the reasons and for sure our car is better this year but is it good enough for fighting for a win? We will see in Spa in one month.

Q: (Peter Vamosi - Vas Nepe)
Kimi, you are now second in the championship. What does this mean now, at this time, for you and for the next four weeks? Will you go to Enstone and help to develop the car or just have fun and holiday?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't design the car so there's not much use for me there. Everybody has to be off work in a week's time so there's nothing happening at any of the factories, at least, that's how it should be. I will do something and see what happens at the next race in four weeks.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Sebastian, if, at the end of the first bend you were first in the race after the start, the story of this race might have been different. And Lewis, I would also like to hear your opinion about that.

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I wasn't so, hard to... If. If. If I was sick today I wouldn't race so... I think Lewis did a great job today, a good lap yesterday and deserved to win today no doubt. I think we had a bit stronger pace than what we probably had towards the end of the race, but I didn't do the best job either. I damaged my front wing, I got stuck behind Jenson, didn't find a way past unlike Lewis so yeah, there are things that I could have done better but it's hard to say where we could have been without those two things. I think it would have been close. Obviously he had track position, overtaking is difficult, maybe we would have been a bit closer, maybe with strategy we could have found a way past, I don't know. But in the end, as I said, it wasn't the case.

Lewis Hamilton:
It's nothing I really want to think about. I got into turn one first, that's the most important thing. I think if Sebastian was out in the lead it would have been hard to have kept a hold of him but I think generally my second and third and fourth stints were pretty strong. I think I would hopefully have had as good a pace as he would have had so I think it could have been a close race.

Q: (Gabor Joo - Index)
Kimi, last year you finished second, this year you finished second as well. Are you satisfied with the progress Lotus is making in terms of car development?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Obviously we always hope for more, myself and the team hopes for more. I think we've made progress, for sure. Now we have tyres that are a little bit different and I wasn't so happy with how things ran on Friday and yesterday - more happy in qualifying than the whole weekend before that but still not ideal and in the race we usually run better than in qualifying. I was happy with the car in the race but obviously when you start from such a bad starting place it's difficult to make big progress on this kind of circuit but I managed to do two stops and we're still pretty competitive so we're happy how we've done but we're here to try to win races and if we keep finishing second and third like we've done many times this year, it's probably not enough for the championship but the best thing today when we finished second we gained a few points on Sebastian, so it's better than nothing but with a win it would have been a much bigger difference.

Q: (Sarah Holt - CNN.com)
Lewis, tyre problems cost you your first chance of a win for Mercedes at Silverstone and it's ironic that now, because of that, the tyres have been changed and here we have them, you've got your first win, so does this make up for everything that happened in Britain and if the tyres now suit you, it could have ironically set you up for the rest of the season?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well thank you. Yeah, yeah, you can't really make up for Silverstone. That was my home Grand Prix, we were in a good position to have won that so I don't know when I will ever get a chance to win at Silverstone again in front of my home crowd. But this is definitely a great feeling to finally get the win. I've been on pole position for the last three races, it's good to finally not lose position and just stay and be able to hold it and maintain position throughout the race, it's a good feeling. I came here saying and praying that when we put on these tyres that they would come towards us more than away from us and it seems like they've done that: 52/55 degrees track temperatures today, one of the hottest races I think I can remember doing and for a team that really struggles with tyre degradation today was a walk in the park. I'm really baffled... I used all the technique I could possibly use to look after the tyres which I'm sure everyone is doing, but it worked today. I really really hope that when we go to the next race it happens, that we're able to do the same.

Q: (Geza Suranyi - Heves Megyei Hirlap)
Lewis, you said that this circuit is a classic, so as a four time winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix, perhaps it's about time to name a corner after you. Which corner would you chose?

Lewis Hamilton:
I'd forgotten that it's four times here. That's incredible, absolutely incredible, I'm so happy with that. I love it here: the weather's great, the fans, we have such a great turnout, they have beautiful women here, great food, I really can't say more about it. A great track. If I was to chose a corner, I would say turn two.

Transcript courtesy FIA