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Italian GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2

FIA post-race press conference from Monza in Italy with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing)

Questions From The Floor

Q: (Adrian Huber Rodriguez – Agencia EFE)
Fernando, is the only way for you to win this championship is for Sebastian to lose it?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think we need to be realistic about the championship now there's a very big gap. We don't have enough races and probably we don't have the speed right now to win some consecutive races and hope to reduce the gap just by pace. We need to be lucky and we need to have some DNFs from Sebastian or something to win the championship. With the races left and the points disadvantage, it's hard but in a way, it was exactly the same last year. We could only lose the championship, with 41 points advantage in front of Sebastian after the Monza race. It was difficult for him to catch up and so it was maybe up to us. We didn't complete the job and we had a DNF in Suzuka and some other problems. There's still a long way to go; we will try until the last race to be as good as we can and score as many points as possible and then in Brazil we will see how many points we have compared to him.

Q: (Adrian Huber Rodriguez – Agencia EFE)
And yesterday, there was so much talk and so much written as to whether you had said this or said that. Did you feel today that the fans spoke out for you? They cheered you; do you feel much better today than yesterday?

Fernando Alonso:
Concerning yesterday, it's the third or fourth consecutive race that some people have tried to create some tension between the team and the drivers. Then we come to the press conference, we explain everything but obviously this doesn't sell so many newspapers – normality. Every time I leave an airport, the hotel, home, everywhere – here in Italy there's huge support, huge love from them and me to them as well and to the team and we keep repeating this and we saw today on the podium maybe not many of them read the newspapers in the morning, luckily.

Q: (Jaime Rodriguez – El Mundo)
Fernando, can you explain the overtaking manoeuvre on Mark, maybe the most spectacular in the whole race?

Fernando Alonso:
I tried a lap before but I was not close enough in turn four, in the second chicane, and then we were very close in the first chicane on that lap. Mark had a little slower exit in the first chicane so I used all the KERS on that straight hoping that with the KERS plus the slipstream it will be enough to pass, but it was not enough so that we arrived side by side. At one point, I thought 'well, I will miss the second chicane and I will give the place back' but at the last moment I get the grip, we were very close to touching each other but again we come back to the point that it's not the same fighting with an experienced and respectful driver compared to some others with whom you would never try that move, with whom we've had some incidents already.

Q: (Cesare Manucci – Autosprint)
Sebastian, in parc ferme you changed gears five, six and seven I think, because you already had a warning of the same problems with the transmission that you had during the race, or was it a completely different problem, or just to be more safe for the race?

Sebastian Vettel:
We already saw something on Friday, obviously something similar but Friday to Saturday we changed the gearbox and then I think in the race it was a surprise. We were obviously aware of the Friday problem but we didn't see anything before that. There's not much you can do; obviously once you start the car there's nothing you can change so in the end, I think we were lucky or in a comfortable position to have a little bit of a gap especially towards the end. I don't know what they saw on the pit wall in terms of data, if the problem got worse and worse and worse or stabilised, but obviously I tried to save the car, save the engine and gearbox as much as I can. In the end, I still have to go full power on the straights; basically try to short shift and save the car a little bit.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, does it hurt to see the people against you on the podium?

Sebastian Vettel:
About the general atmosphere, fortunately I had an experience in 2008 which blew me away completely when we won here in an Italian team with a Ferrari engine so the atmosphere was fantastic. When we won here in 2011 and this year... 2011 was a surprise, this year I think it was kind of expected. I said on the radio on the in lap that the more booing we get, the better we have done today. It's normal. I don't blame the people to be honest, I think their love of Ferrari is in their genes. It's something very special. Obviously Fernando is in a great position on the podium, whereas if you're dressed in any other colour it's not the same, but still, it's a fantastic race, a fantastic podium here.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, I think the only hard moment was at the start when you locked up the front tyres a bit. How was it after that, please?

Sebastian Vettel:
Our start was difficult, as I mentioned. I didn't get off the line that well, couldn't see Mark so tried to give him enough room and then tried to brake late, probably a little bit too late, locked the front right and then had lots of vibrations after that because I had a flat spot on the front right tyre. Fortunately we weren't front limited on this circuit, so the front tyre was not a big issue, so I tried to look after the rears after that and we still got far enough to make the one stop work.

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speedsport News)
Mark, can you describe your side of when Alonso passed you and how badly did that damaged wing affect your race?

Mark Webber:



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