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European GP - Saturday press conference - Pt.2.


Questions from the floor

Q: (Frédéric Ferret – l'Equipe)
Robert, first of all, what is the mistake that the team made in Hungary that you don't want to make again, and secondly how do you explain that you're third? Is it because it's a new track and you like new tracks, or is it improvements on the car?

Robert Kubica:
First part of the question; I don't think it's a secret: we made a big mistake on the tyre pressures. I think probably operation-wise that was a mistake. What was unfortunately very bad in Hungary was that it was on all three sets. In the first stint, I was hoping that as soon as I put on new tyres for the second stint the problem would be gone but the problem was even bigger. But I think this is clear and we will improve. And what's the difference? I don't feel any difference. In Hungary I was P4, here I'm P3. I don't see any difference. The car is the same, there is no upgrade from the last two races until now. In the end, we are just there and trying to set as best lap as possible in qualifying which we managed nearly all the time but in the race it makes it more difficult because if you're missing grip, the tyres are wearing more if you're sliding and your race pace is maybe worse than the top cars.

Q: (James Allen – ITV)
I would like to ask Lewis and Felipe how the first two parts of this qualifying evolved for you because it seemed to take some time for both of your teams to fully get up to speed and we had some unusual names at the top of the time sheets for a while?

Felipe Massa:
Yes, it was a little bit strange. Usually in Q1 we start on a scrubbed set, so we already expected not to be on the top. Then with the new set I did a reasonably good lap, I was second, and in Q2 I didn't do a good lap, so I had to use another set which was a little bit of a waste for us. Fortunately many other people used a second set as well. So people were a little bit impressed by the lap times from the others, especially Vettel did a great job, he was very quick and that was a little bit strange for us; because of that we needed to use another set of tyres. But I think it's also related to the lap time. I didn't do a great lap and I had to try again, to be safe inside the top ten.

Lewis Hamilton:
I thought Q1 was pretty sweet. I went out, did one lap and I was pole for the majority of the session. I'd done my time, I didn't need to go out again and as the track evolved, people got quicker, that was quite simple I thought. In Q2 it was very, very surprising. We went out on the softer tyre and weren't particularly able to improve the time that much, compared to the prime, and it was definitely a surprise that a few of the other teams were up front and so quick. So we did end up going out again, but again, we didn't really need to.

Q: (Tomas Richtr – TV Nova)
Felipe, what does it take to overcome such a huge disappointment from Hungary and did the summer break contribute to this or not?

FM:
No, for sure the summer break didn't help the frustration, because when you have such a bad race, you want to race again, just to at least change the result or change your frustration. But sometimes the frustration can also be good to motivate you even more, so I was in contact with my team, even during the summer (break) to motivate them because we suffered together. I know I was driving the car but I was driving the Ferrari car and the Ferrari car belongs to a lot of people who work on it, so I think it was a big frustration for everybody and it's nice to come here and be on pole. That's really good and hopefully we can continue in that direction tomorrow.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lewis, you're starting on the front row with Felipe. We saw in Hungary that he overtook you in a fantastic way. Do you think there is some room to take revenge here?

LH:
As I say, it's a good opportunity for me to start on the front row. We don't know how the starts are going to be and being on the dirtier side or the cleaner side – I don't particularly think there is a clean or dirty side. So I think tomorrow it's important that we get a good start and I will be aiming to challenge Felipe but if I don't get close enough, then I will just try to keep my position.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
The second question is for everybody: we heard that there is some issue with the asphalt in the pit-lane. Could you explain to us if there is some issue about it?

LH:
Regarding the pit-lane, I don't think there's a real problem, not for us, at least.


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