F1 » 28 July 2013
Hungary GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1
FIA post-race press conference from the Hungaroring in Hungary with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus F1) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing).
(Conducted by Martin Brundle)
Lewis, when we spoke last night you didn't believe you could be on pole position and you gave yourself no chance of winning today's race. How on Earth does it feel now?
It's an incredible feeling. I really have to say a big thank you to all the fans today for turning up. It was great to see their support. And my team: they just did an incredible job. We studied a lot last night. We were hoping the tyres were going to work for us. We had no idea it was going to go that well — but the last 20 laps was just managing the tyres and cruising.
Well you got a great start but there were two key moments where you overtook Jenson, so you didn't lose any time behind him down into turn one and then that turn three pass on Mark Webber, that was just incredible.
Yeah, I think you could tell I was hungry for it today. I was just going all-out. I needed to get past those people and usually I get stuck in traffic, generally in my races, and today I wasn't having it. I was going for every move I had.
Incredible support here for you as always Kimi. P2 on the podium, you really had to work hard for that today.
Yeah, obviously I keep making my life difficult on Saturdays so then we pay a price but I had a good car and we managed to do two stops so that was the only way really to jump people. In the end it was a bit tight with Seb but in the end it paid off for us and we gained some points in the Championship. So that's good.
You made the last set of tyres last 33 laps which is quite spectacular today in these conditions. Surely you thought he was going to have a great chance to pass you towards the end but you just seemed to park your car in the middle of the track and make it so difficult.
Yeah, I mean I knew it was going to be a bit tight but I felt that the tyres were good still in the last ten laps. So maybe last two laps they drop off quite badly but I didn't really have any doubts that I couldn't keep him behind. I had good speed through the last sector so I knew that in the first corner they will not have a chance. Obviously you take a chance always when you make so many laps with a set of tyres – but like I said, the team worked well, everything worked well for us and unfortunately yesterday wasn't an easy day so otherwise we could probably have fight for a win. But anyhow, we are here.
Satisfied you take a few points off the World Championship leader?
Yeah, it's better than nothing.
Sebastian, only third but the fans seem pretty happy with that. How do you feel about it?
Well, it was not the best race. The start was difficult but was able to defend second and then Lewis pulled in, we thought we had a little bit more on the soft but the rear tyres seemed to fall apart pretty quickly and then I lost a bit, came out behind Jenson which was crucial and struggled to get past, damaged my front wing which didn't help, after that managed to get past. It was a long time but lost a bit of speed and basically tried to hang in there, tried to fight back. Very close with Kimi in the end but as he mentioned, he was very quick through the last two corners and then I couldn't really get him on the straight. So yeah, I did all we could but surely wanted a little bit more today.
You felt Kimi didn't leave you enough room at turn four towards the end of the race. You felt that was a bit too close?
Yeah, I told him but he was laughing only. It was fine. Obviously in the heat of the moment it was quite tight getting into there, I tried to prepare the next corner but nearly lost the car. That's racing.
Tagged as: Lotus , Hungaroring , Budapest , Hungary , press conference , Kimi Raikkonen , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel , FIA
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