22 September 2013
Singapore GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1
Fernando, another Alonso special. Seventh on the grid, second at the finish. Obviously your brilliant start contributed to that but also the strategy and a brave call to pit under the safety car and go to the finish on a set of mediums. What is that? 36 laps? How did that feel in the cockpit?
It was not easy, obviously, to finish the race with those tyres but we commit to that strategy when we pit under the safety car and we were controlling the pace all through the last stint thanks to the gap that we managed to build. Yes, the start again was very good and I was lucky to choose the right line. On Turn One there is always people going on the left, people going on the right in every circuit. We've managed so far to choose the right one. And then we were third which was already a good result for us. But when we didn't stop Rosberg pitting in the safety car, we decided to pit and to try something different. We were too slow this weekend. We were not in a level that we should be. We try a little bit different things and it pay off at the end with a fantastic second place. For us it tastes like a victory today.
You say you were too slow. You bought updates this weekend hoping it would get you closer to the pace of the Red Bull. That hasn't come through. You're now 60 points behind with six races to go. Does it feel like kind of a water torture? Do you have a trick? Do you have any thoughts on how you can turn this around?
Well obviously we have to be realistic. A few races to go already, the gap is still increasing every weekend and now it's sixty points. So, as I said, we need to be honest with ourselves and knowing that we need a lot of luck. We don't need luck in Korea; we need luck in Korea, in Japan, in India, in Abu Dhabi… we need luck every weekend if we are one second off the pace. We need a lot of luck. On the other hand, we are a very uncomfortable opponent, I think, because if we get that luck, we will be there.
Kimi, when you put those tyres on, did you know you were going to try to go on the finish on them – and what in your mind did you think was possible at stage?
We had a plan and we know that what moment, if the safety car comes, we try to go until the end, so I knew what will happen and luckily some other teams couldn't do it and had to pit. I was kind of stuck behind Jenson for most of the race but then I tried to give him some pressure and keep him pushing so I noticed that he started running out of his tyres and I could start to get in closer and closer. In the end I decided to try to pass him and managed to get past – because there were people who stopped for the fresh tyres who were catching very quickly but luckily once I got past I could push a bit more and keep the gap big enough to end it in third place. After the weekend where we had some problems with myself and not the ideal setup with all those things and where we were yesterday, finishing third, I don't think we could have asked much more.
Can you describe the back problem you've been suffering from and how do you feel right now?
I didn't feel it too much during the race but obviously afterwards it's not ideal and yesterday it was pretty bad. I almost didn't drive, so between that and finishing third I think we have to be happy – and hopefully we can sort those problems for the next race. It's not the first time. For a long time there have been some issues with my back. I know that I have some work to do at the end of the year so we have to see what we do.
Transcript Courtesy FIA
Red Bull Racing
Singapore Grand Prix
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