Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Questions From The Floor

Q: (Oana Popoiu - F1 Zone)
Fernando, definitely a good race for you, starting from P9 but is it also good for your championship, as Vettel finished ahead of you?

Fernando Alonso:
I think it's good; obviously we lost an extra seven points but when they are dominating the weekend, when they do everything better than us and they win the race, they deserve the win and we need to aim for maximum points. Weekends like this one we need to extract the maximum from the car. That is what we did this weekend, all we could in qualifying, all we could in the race. In the race, once we were second we were two to four tenths slower per lap. When you are the second fastest, you deserve to finish second. So we just need to congratulate Sebastian, Red Bull and try to get better for Monza, but in terms of the championship, as I said, we came from two fifth places in Hockenheim and Hungary, with a little bit of a not good feeling and not good performance from the car and today I think we recovered some of the optimism that we lost and I think it was a good weekend for the championship in terms of feeling and in terms of points as well.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Sebastian, Kimi is now 63 points behind you. Do you think he's out of this championship?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, there's more than 63 points you can score before the end of the season. I don't know what happened to him. It's obviously a shame for him but these things can happen. I had a technical failure in Silverstone, we lost the race. It hurts but equally you have so many races that all of us we have these kind of things happening; surely the cars are - in terms of generation - at their end and it's not a completely new car if you look at the previous years but still we are pushing. The cars are on the limit and you try to get everything out of them. Things that are built on the limit can also break.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, do you feel you are like in the situation of two years ago when you won the championship quite early in Japan? Do you think it's going smoothly and you are relaxed with the situation around you?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I... maybe you have a different memory but what I remember from 2011 is that we had a fantastic season but we were working very hard, step by step, race by race and surely not working towards a certain race to seal the championship with a couple of races to go. I wasn't relaxed at that time, I was as nervous as I am today, hopefully. Therefore, as I said, it's really step by step and not trying to be too smart, too clever and think too far ahead.

Q: (Andy Young - Richland F1)
Fernando, once again you were fast in the race but not so much in qualifying. Do you think this could affect your championship chances against Sebastian?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, we need to improve the qualifying performance but to be honest, I'm doing what I can. I'm 8-3 against my teammate, I think. Yesterday was about qualifying but I was 0.6s quicker than my teammate, so in a way, it's not that the races are good and the qualifyings are bad, it's just the way it is and we are extracting the maximum from the car all the time. In the races there are more aspects, not pure performance of the car. There is the strategy, the management of the tyres, the characteristics of the cars and on that aspect, I think we are very strong. In the pure performance of the car, we are maybe lacking some performance compared to the others but as I said, I'm extremely happy with the performance we are achieving on Saturday and also on Sunday and the championship is open and we have the best example last year. I was leading with 41 points ahead of Sebastian after the Monza race and I arrived in Texas 15 points behind, so things can change very quickly. Our hopes are to keep developing, to keep improving performance and try to repeat what happened last year the other way around.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Lewis, after being on pole position, is this more of less what you expected in the race or did you expect to be closer to Red Bull?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think yesterday I said that I don't think we generally have the same pace as these guys, or at least, not necessarily the Ferraris but more so the Red Bulls. But they were both too fast for us today. It's the best we could have done. Yesterday, the weather helped us to get up to where we were. At the end of the day, we just need to work a little bit harder. I think we can do a better job, hopefully for Monza.

Q: (Jerome Pugmeister - Associated Press)
Fernando, you said the team's recovered some of its optimism. How far can that optimism take you; do you still believe you can mount a genuine title challenge with eight races left?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, yeah. I think we cannot forget that in the first five races we were a very competitive team. We won two of the five races and we were in a position to fight for the podium all the time. At that point, we were a very few points behind the leader. Then there were some races in the championship where we went backwards in terms of a step in the car and we lost direction a little bit. We understood the problem, we analysed everything and all the things that we are now bringing to the races are delivering what we expected, finally, so this gives us the possibility to get our good form back but we still have to recover some of the gap, to fight for pole positions etc but the championship is very long, and as I said before, the example is what happened to us last year. If you have a competitive car and you win four or five consecutive races like Sebastian did last year in India, Japan, Singapore etc, you recover very quickly. If we are in the position to do that, we will find out very soon.

Q: (Peter Farkas - Auto Motor)
Sebastian, I think unusually for Red Bull, your car was set up for quite a high top speed. Was it because you have taken into consideration that you expected to do some overtaking during the race, and how well does that look for Monza, with reasonably low downforce? You were very quick here.

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, ideally we try to set up our car to the optimum. I think we were maybe more competitive than we expected. Whether that's us over-performing or the others under-performing, I'm not entirely sure to be honest. So in that regard, it's always nice to have speed on the straights if you have to overtake, then it's obviously easier to get yourself side-by-side with the other car and to lose something more under braking, whereas if you're limited by straightline speed it's very difficult to pass. We've had some bad experiences around here so maybe this year we were a little bit on the higher side in terms of speed. For Monza, I don't know actually. It's very difficult to predict. We had painful years in a way, where we just get hammered down the straights and we've had years where the loss down the straight was limited, so we could come back in the corners and for sure, if you look back the 2011 experience was great in that regard. How it turns out to be this year it's difficult to say. I think we can be quite confident. We had a good race in Canada, we had a very good race here which are both medium downforce type of tracks, so I hope that our low downforce package goes in the same direction.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Sebastian, when you attacked Lewis did you have some KERS left for it and then obviously to Lewis, did you have some KERS to defend yourself or was everything gone after the start?

Sebastian Vettel:
I had some left.

Lewis Hamilton:
I had some left but he was catching me so I didn't use the rest of it, I saved it for the rest of the lap.

Transcript courtesy FIA