Drivers: Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso
(Ferrari) and Kimi Raikkonen
Questions From The Floor
Abhishek Takle – Mid-Day) Fernando, another strong drive, another strong second place but Seb just keeps extending his lead. Is there some sense of inevitability or perhaps acceptance on your part that you have to wait yet another year for that first world title with Ferrari?
Well, as I said, there's nothing we can do. Obviously we try our maximum, we're trying to improve the car for every race and we are doing it but obviously not enough compared to our opponents. They are doing a better job than us, they are fantastic every weekend. They are winning and they deserve those wins. This is a sport, someone always has to win and the best one wins and we are not the best ones at the moment but we will keep working.
Q: (Heikki Kulta –Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, was this the most painful race weekend you have ever had?
Yes, I had some pain yesterday but for sure there have maybe been some more painful ones where something goes wrong, it doesn't always have to be physical pain, there can be something... you don't finish the race which is more painful in a way. Other things sometimes happen like this weekend and you have to live with it.
Q: (Jacob Polychronis – F1Plus.com)
Sebastian, very sadly the boos returned this year. This was perhaps expected at Monza because it was Ferrari's home race and the fans are very passionate, but this is like the tourist Grand Prix, people are from all over the world, it's no home Grand Prix.
It's called travelling, they are on a tour, they come to every race. Fortunately we keep winning so they've got a reason to boo.
Q: (Jacob Polychronis – F1Plus.com)
Sadly perhaps they are going to stay on tour. Is this something that is very sad for you, are you concerned, is it mentally exhausting even?
It's not nice but I think you should look around the grandstands. Most of the fans are dressed in red, Ferrari
has a very strong fan base for a reason: they have a lot of tradition in Formula One, they've been around longer and won, and they've been more successful than any other team. There's more and more blue people – more and more people dressed in blue so we are doing a good job on that front but obviously they are quite emotional when they are not winning and if somebody else is winning, they don't really like it and as it seems, as I said, they are on a tour and they come back to... they are wealthy enough to go to a lot of races, Monza or take the flight to come here to Singapore. As long as they keep booing, we are doing a very good job so that's the way I see it. It's not people from Singapore or from one country only. It's normal in sports if some people support one driver then they don't like another driver to win. Equally there were a lot of German flags around the track, there are a lot of Germans here in Singapore, it's a very international city. The parade lap was quite nice and also the lap after the chequered flag there were a lot of people cheering. Obviously I didn't give them the most exciting race but on days like this, I really don't mind.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Fernando, you did 36 laps with the same set of tyres; did you have any reference that the tyre could support the race conditions or were you just playing the game?
We didn't know exactly how long the tyres would survive. We were maybe not expecting that long but... We are sixty points behind in the championship, if it works OK, if it doesn't work maybe we don't finish second, we finish fourth or fifth. It's nothing really... what we can do. There was a small chance that if Rosberg, Webber and Hamilton were not that slow after the safety car, maybe Sebastian didn't get the 28 seconds necessary to exit in front of me but Nico, I think, had a problem with the front wing, Webber was without tyres and Hamilton pitted very late, the last. So when I had a free track and Seb pitted and exited in front of me already so we had a small chance to maybe lead the race but obviously very difficult to keep Sebastian... probably in the last part of the race with new tyres and we with a very slow pace. But we tried, nothing to lose and I think that will be the strategy in the last part of the championship. We are not as fast as they are in qualifying or in the race so we will try something different.
Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta)