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