22 September 2013
Singapore GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2
Well, I think we start from zero next year, completely from zero. Big change in regulations so it's our best opportunity to close the gap. This year was a continuation in a way. I think we started in a good way, we were competitive in Australia, maybe not in qualifying but in the race we were taking care of the tyres very very well, together with Lotus. We won in China, we won in Spain and then we seemed to lose a little bit of performance, especially when the 2012 Pirelli tyres came back so that was probably our point in the championship; when they changed the tyres, we said bye bye. For next year I think we start from zero. Really we will put all our effort and hopes into 2014, because starting from zero is our best opportunity to close the gap with all the top teams.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, we heard during the race a radio message from (Andrea) Stella (Fernando's race engineer) when he said 'take care of the tyres, we have to put on the car the supersofts, take care of Paul di Resta, he's behind you.' It was a tricky joke for everybody else, to push Mercedes to stop again?
I think it was maybe not clear on TV because, at least, what they told me, was take care of Paul di Resta behind because he's on supersoft, new supersoft and I was on medium, so there was a performance advantage, as Seb said before, of around one second in the first couple of laps, so I knew that maybe Paul was trying to attack me in those first laps with fresh supersoft. So that was the message: be careful with di Resta.
Q: (Trent Price – Richland F1)
Sebastian, late in the race, Rocky (Guillaume Rocquelin, his race engineer) radioed in that he thought there was a brake vibration on the car. Was this something you could feel, was it affecting you under braking?
Yeah, definitely, I could definitely feel it. It was building up towards the end of the race. Fortunately we were in the lead and we had a new set of supersofts which we saved yesterday, so I could afford to take it a bit easy. Surely, if we had been under a lot of pressure then... we've had those kind of issues before but it's not the most comfortable... you use the brakes quite a lot to stop around here. Then we could control it but had we raced harder until the end I think it would have been tough.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, do you think that you will be fully recovered for Korea and what do you target there?
For sure, we will have to see. I think it should be OK and we try to do a better overall weekend there.
Transcript Courtesy FIA
Tagged as: FIA , Ferrari , Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull Racing , Fernando Alonso , Kimi Raikkonen , Singapore , press conference , Singapore Grand Prix , Marina Bay , Lotus
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