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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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)

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