Questions from the floor:

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Heikki, they say the first victory makes a driver stronger. Do you think that will happen to you also?

Heikki Kovalainen:
It certainly won't make me any weaker! It certainly doesn't do any harm. Of course, this is something that we've been trying to do earlier this year. It could have happened in many other races; there was always an opportunity, but it didn't happen.

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We haven't lost concentration, we've kept the full motivation all the time and tried to improve and little-by-little get closer. Today we had a little bit of luck on our side, but certainly it won't do any harm for anyone in our team and not for myself either.

Q: (Peter Farkas - Auto Motor)
Timo, I think your stop took some 13 seconds or so. Did you plan to take so long or was it a problem?

Timo Glock:
I asked what the problem was. I felt that the fuel rig was not on perfectly, but I didn't get an answer. I was told we will discuss it after the race. Maybe I stopped a bit too far and they couldn't plug in the fuel rig. We have to discuss it and analyse it, but it cost us three or four seconds.

Q: (Istvan Simon - Auto Magazine)
To all three of you, did this extreme heat disturb your performance on the track today?

HK:
For myself, it didn't disturb, but it's a challenge all the time. It's a tough race, for sure, but I didn't feel it was limiting or slowing me down at all. I felt I was well-prepared for this one, no problem.

TG:
The heat for me was no problem either. I felt again a bit the problem I had in Jerez with my stomach, where I think I had some wrong food at the test. When I had drunk quite a lot throughout the race, I had problems again with my stomach. I was not feeling perfect after the race, but the heat wasn't the biggest problem.

KR:
It was okay. It's harder for the cars, for everybody, but it was no problem.

Q: (Istvan Simon - Auto Magazine)
Timo, this is really an unexpected result for everyone. Could you just talk us through your weekend in a couple of sentences?

TG:
As I mentioned, the car was very good in the first practice on Friday, and when we keep it in that window through the weekend, we should be well in the points. I didn't expect a podium, and I think the circumstances with Felipe helped out a bit - and with Lewis as well - but you have to be there at that moment and you have to have the speed as well.

Qualifying in Q2 showed that we had a really, really good car with the prime tyres. Where I struggled a bit in Q3 was to get the tyres up to temperature. All the other cars had to go around really slowly on the out-lap, and I had to push quite a lot with the prime tyre to bring the tyres up to temperature. In Q3, unfortunately, I did my quickest time with used tyres, and with the new set I just couldn't get them up to temperature because Robert Kubica took an easy out-lap and I had to back off.

I think in qualifying we could have been one or two places further up the grid, but in the end we finished on the podium and it's just a perfect weekend, completely unexpected from my side. I didn't expect that in the first half of my first Formula 1 season.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
Kimi, was there some warning of some specific risk on your car from something going wrong, or did you decide to lift off as a precaution?

KR:
Let's say that I just slowed down.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Heikki, can you just describe your emotions and thoughts in the last three laps of the race - first realising you are P1, then bringing the victory home and then talking to the team on the radio...

HK:
Well, of course in the last three laps there are not too many emotions, just to bring it home. Obviously at that point I had no need any more - that was the lap that I saw Felipe blow up, that was the last time I pushed, and then after that I just started to save the engine and save everything and just bring it home.

Of course, I'm very, very happy. I know how hard we've worked and how hard the team has worked to bring forward upgrades for our car, and we made some significant improvements in the last few months. The last few races have been very strong - not necessarily the results on my side, but Lewis has been strong and the car has been performing strongly.

Talking to the team was a happy moment, mainly because everyone has worked really hard. I feel satisfied, of course, for myself to have achieved this result. Regardless of circumstances in Formula 1 you don't have any style points; it's ten points, end of story. It's just a very happy moment, and now I'm going to go for a little break and try to become better through this little break.

Q: (Andrew Frankl - Forza)
Timo, were you feeling 100 per cent fit after your little thing two weeks ago, or were you still having aches and pains as well as trying to finish second?

TG:
No, no. The crash, from the press side of it, was maybe too dramatic. We've had other crashes like Heikki's crash in Barcelona or Robert's last year - there was a reason to discuss some things, but my crash looked more spectacular than it was.

On the Sunday night I was already happy to go back home again, but they wouldn't let me go, so I had to stay in hospital for one night. I did my test at Jerez for 78 laps without any problems, and just caught the food poisoning or whatever it was at the test, which I think cost me more energy than the crash in Hockenheim.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, how do you feel now, because until 20 laps to the end it was a bad weekend, and now you are the one of the three guys to score more points than the other two...

KR:
For sure, it was not the weekend that I was looking for. We had good speed in the race, but I made a mistake in qualifying; without it we should have been in a different position in the first place, but the issue seems to be qualifying. The speed is there once we get to the front, but if we are not there, we cannot use it.

Straightaway when I was on my own it was good, but of course looking at all the problems staying behind the other cars all race-long, finishing in third and scoring more points than the guys in front of me [in the championship] is not too bad a result. I take it any way I can get it.

We will see how we can sort things out for the next race and see if we can be stronger and fight for victory. There are still many races to go and we're there in the championship, so I'm not too worried about things. It will be nice to go on holiday.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
And the mechanical problem that you had at the end of the race - could it affect the next race?

KR:
We can fix the problem.

Q: (Erkki Mustakari - STT)
Heikki, the next race will be in three weeks; that gives you two-and-a-half weeks to celebrate. How are you going to celebrate your first Formula 1 win?

HK:
Any ideas, Kimi?

KR:
I will take him out.

HK:
I haven't seen my family... I haven't actually been in my real home in north Finland for a long time. I will go there at the end of next week, I think. I will celebrate the day with my people in Suomussalmi village where I'm from.

I have a little karting race organised on Saturday. It's a tradition. It has already taken place for the last five or six years and I think now it will be a very special event, having won this race. It's nice to go and see my people there. Perhaps we will celebrate there a little bit with the Suomussalmi people and with my family, but then it's back to business and even trying to get something out of the break.

I think we are going to do some fitness programmes to push the fitness level up, to get strong, to get better, and also spend a bit of time in Woking, talking to the engineers and preparing for the next race.

It doesn't change my world completely upside down, even if there was a two-month break now. I'm happy about it but, this is just part of the goal. Now the next goal is to repeat this and then after that to do it again, so I just need to keep up the concentration all the time.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, how crucial do you think this qualifying problem is for the championship?

KR:
It didn't really affect me too much today. For sure we could have been fighting for victory, but at least we got some good points. It's mainly to get the car as we want.

You can easily see that in the race it's not a problem, but with new tyres it's a bit the same issue as last year - that it seems to be difficult to get one lap out of them and stay on the circuit, so it's probably more up to getting things right. I think there will be races that will suit me better and some not. We will see what happens in the next race.

Q: (J?rome Bourret - L'Equipe)
Heikki, what are the improvements you have made since last year which helped you to win today?

HK:
I think the biggest improvement is that I have more grip in my car now compared to last year, and the whole package is just more competitive. I think as a driver I'm certainly a better driver compared to last year - I have improved my driving technique; I have improved the whole package. The engineers are giving me feedback and I'm fitter compared to last year as well. I think there is a lot more to come.

I think there is still a lot of work to be done, and the next target has to be to do all these results consistently and without anyone blowing away. We just go step-by-step. There's no particular area that I want to improve; we just try to work on every area, little-by-little, not to overshoot any area, not to get any backfires.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Kimi, you seemed to have quite a good start but got very much on the right side, pushed by Kubica. Can you describe what happened there, and was it very dirty on that side?

KR:
Yeah, the initial part was good, but I decided to go on the inside and he pushed me a bit and I lost a place, so it wasn't a very good start in the end. Unfortunately, I was stuck behind Alonso, but that's life.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, where are you going now for holiday and which sport will you be watching at the Olympic Games?

KR:
It will be nice to see all of them. I think the BMX biking will be interesting. I think I will go to Switzerland now and then somewhere, but I don't have plans. I will do what I want [and] see what happens.