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Q:
Felipe, what a way to bounce back from the disappointment of Hungary by winning the inaugural European Grand Prix from pole and setting the fastest lap...

Felipe Massa:
I think it is amazing; after such a bad result we come here, with a track which was new for everybody, and we just did such a fantastic job from preparing the car on Friday and Saturday morning and choosing the right tyres. It was really difficult choosing the right tyres, especially in qualifying, but I think we did a perfect job with that and then getting the pole position and winning the race and getting fastest lap.

I think there is nothing more we can ask for, especially after such a bad result, but we still need to work very hard. Today we had a problem with Kimi and another one in the garage, but it is nice that our mechanic is fine. We need to look forward, we have time to work and we have so many important races in front of us. I am just so glad and happy, especially after such a disaster in Hungary.

Q:
Can you talk us through the race?

FM:
Yeah; the start was just great. I have been making great starts this season. I was also very happy to start on the pit side, even if you have maybe one or two laps less in terms of fuel load in the car. Here I think I was very keen to start on the clean side, which is always very difficult to predict from qualifying, but we made it and I had a great start.

I braked a little bit too early in the first corner, looking at how they were fighting behind, and I managed to go in front. The first stint was very good, nothing special but very good; Lewis was just fighting and every lap I was pulling away by a couple of tenths. Then in the second stint, I think we won the race there, as the car was just perfect and was improving lap-by-lap. It was amazing to see the gap increasing very reasonably.

Then in the last stint - I think with the grip on the track and the temperature - I was on the soft tyre, so I could manage to drive really in a relaxing way which sometimes is a big problem. I was doing similar lap times, so it is amazing how the car behaved on the last stint. The car was just perfect.

Q:
Talk us through the last pit-stop and what happened with Adrian Sutil...

FM:
Yeah, I think it wasn't very clever from his side as even if he went out in front of me he needed to let me by. It was a shame to fight with him in the pit-lane as we were very close and I needed to back off and lost a lot of time, but fortunately the gap was enough.

Q:
How did that situation arise?

FM:
Well, because I stopped behind him in the pit-stop and we left together. When he was passing me by I was leaving the garage, so we were side-by-side, but I was the leader and he was being lapped. It was quite narrow and the wall was getting narrower and narrower, so I didn't want to take the risk.

Q:
Lewis, a good solid points' finish, and you have increased your lead in the world championship...

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, absolutely - I cannot complain with second place. We have had quite a strong weekend. I have had a few problems health-wise but still pulled through, and I had a great team behind me who helped me. It is a nice new circuit and I've come here and got some good points and the team have got some good points this weekend, so just overall it was a solid weekend for us.

Q:
You had a close fight with Robert and then tried to hold the pace of the Ferrari...

LH:
Yeah, at the start I was on the dirty side. I think I got a reasonably good start. I was nowhere near as quick as Felipe; I just had to try and hold my spot. Robert was pushing quite hard for the first couple of corners, but after that I was pretty relaxed. I was able to try and attack and keep up with Felipe.

He was in front and it is pretty difficult to overtake here, so I thought 'keep a certain gap and just try and maintain it', but towards the end I think he started to stretch it out a little bit. It was good to know that we were a couple of laps heavier. That shows we have got the pace.

Q:
It was a long, hot race. Towards the end of the race what was it like for you physically?

LH:
This track is not that physical; it was just that it was hot. You don't have enough water in the car, really. It has just been a very hot weekend and as you can see we are in these big old suits. It is like driving in a sauna. It is quite a hectic one-and-a-half hour race, so I am pretty happy the way I got through.

Q:
Robert, we heard you on the radio early in the race saying something was wrong with the car...?

Robert Kubica:
We did start pretty well. In corner one I was on the kerb and Lewis was closing; we approached the second corner and I was going for it, but then I saw Felipe braking quite early and it was too much risk. I thought if I overshot the braking point I would crash into him, so I just decided to stay where I was.

Then I was constantly a bit slower than Lewis, and suddenly I saw a white plastic bag flying across the corner and I could not avoid it. Suddenly I couldn't steer anymore for two corners, and it was extremely dangerous - I have never had that before.

Fortunately when I approached a high-speed corner it blew away, but still my confidence for the next half a lap was not great. Fortunately it was only half a lap, but I think I lost around three seconds. It was very important for the pit laps because I didn't know when the McLaren behind me was coming, so I needed to pull away.

We finished third, quite a far way from the top two cars. I think the key for this podium was yesterday in qualifying. I was just three tenths off pole with three laps more fuel than Felipe. I think it was an amazing performance yesterday. I think today was our reality; our real pace is a bit far away, but we will try to do our best.

Q:
Felipe, your thoughts on the championship? How do you see the next few races going?

FM:
Well, we need first of all to look at what happened, as I have no idea why Kimi blew an engine. We need to work very hard for the next race, and we will see when it is important to use or not to use the joker if we really have a problem now. We are working to fix the reliability as it has been an issue for us this year - especially in the first race, last race and this race. We need to work very deep, and I am sure everybody is concentrating and working very hard to solve every problem that we have.

Press conference:

Q:
Felipe, what were those eleven laps like, knowing you had had a problem in the last race and your team-mate's engine had just let go as well?

FM:
Pretty difficult; I think for sure you always think about it. You need to bring the car home; that's your feeling lap-by-lap, especially in the last ten laps. There is nothing to do but just drive and keep the pace, especially in the last stint as my car was just fantastic, even better than the second and first stints.

It is even easier to control the pace when you know whatever happens you can do a good lap. Even if I lost time or he was closing the gap, you know that you have a great car and that you don't need to do a lot, just push a little bit harder improving the lap time. It was just fantastic.

I think after such a bad result we did a fantastic job, though not 100 per cent as we still had a problem with Kimi's engine and we need to work very hard to fix that as it will be the key for the end of the championship. I think today we had everything perfect to win the race and to do a great job.

Q:
Did you know roughly the margin you needed before your pit-stop?

FM:
We thought that Lewis was a little bit heavier than me, one or two laps, not more than that. In the worst case if it was two laps I think I needed three seconds in front of him, and we were more than that.

Q:
Are you aware that the pit-stop is under investigation?

FM:
No.

Q:
By the stewards - it might make a difference to what you are saying.

FM:
Which pit-stop?

Q:
The pit-stop when you were released.

FM:
I didn't do anything wrong. I just backed off. I think if it is under investigation it is more for Adrian because we went side-by-side. When I saw him I expected him to back off as I was the leader and then he didn't, so I backed off. If it is under investigation it is nothing to do with me.

Q:
You were suggesting just now that there should be a different set of rules in the pit-lane..?

FM:
I don't see any problem.

Q:
So you are not talking about a different set of rules?

FM:
No, I cannot say anything. I just went away. He was on my side, so I let him go and I passed him after, that's it.

Q:
Lewis, were you worried about Felipe's strategy after qualifying?

LH:
No; we assumed that he would either go in on the same lap as us or maybe longer, but it turned out we were actually two laps longer than them. That was a good indication that we have had good pace all weekend, and really showed we were strong this weekend.

Throughout the race they seemed to show a little bit more pace on the longer stints. I think we stayed pretty close in the first stint, but towards the end he was edging away a little bit. However, I was still really happy with the pace of my car and they fuelled me two laps longer.

It was unfortunate as I came out so close to Felipe, so perhaps if we were going in on the same lap as him maybe we would have come out a bit closer or had the chance to battle, but this is racing and the great thing is we came away with some strong points for myself and for the team. The great thing is we are showing that we have great reliability, and that is due to all the team doing a fantastic job.

Q:
You mentioned that you have been handicapped by a health problem this weekend. Could you just tell us exactly what the problem has been?

LH:
Yeah; I've had a pretty miserable weekend, really. I had the 'flu when I arrived, and I had pretty hard fevers pretty much every day and low energy. I also had quite a big problem with a spasm in my neck, which kind of nearly did lead to me not racing this weekend.

Q:
What was the circuit like to race on in the end?

LH:
To race on - I really enjoyed it. I think the people here have done a fantastic job preparing it. I think the weather has been great; the atmosphere has been phenomenal. The Spanish people have been great.

I think also the marshals have done a fantastic job in clearing cars that have been off the track. I think they're probably the quickest I have ever seen in my whole racing career. I was very impressed with that. Just racing on the track was generally very good; the track was very safe. It's difficult to overtake but that's Formula 1, so I was happy.

Q:
Robert, you mentioned the incident with the plastic bag. Was that about lap eight, because you dropped back into Kovalainen's clutches on that lap?

RK:
Yeah, it was in the middle of the first stint, I think, around lap eight.

Q:
You were talking about the pace of the two gentlemen beside, but actually you managed to pull away from Heikki and Kimi as well...

RK:
Yeah, but I still finished half a minute behind Hamilton, so it's quite a big gap. I think the key point of this weekend was just qualifying, managing to put my car in third position. It turned out today that we had even more fuel than the top two cars, so it was quite a good achievement later in qualifying, managing quite good laps and I think that was the key point. Otherwise, if I had started behind Kimi and Kovalainen, most probably I would have finished behind them, but I managed a good lap and here we are.

Q:
Do you think you can keep that position throughout the rest of the season?

RK:
Well, I will try. I'm trying my best. In the last race I also started on the second row, but I finished much further behind. I'm giving my maximum and I'm trying my best. I believe everyone is trying their best, but we have to be realistic and I think the true pace of our car is more similar to today's pace than yesterday's in qualifying.

We struggled a bit more than Ferrari and McLaren on the long stints. Most probably with new tyres I managed to pull something more and the car was behaving better, but as soon as the tyres get a bit used, then the car starts sliding too much and you cannot do anything.

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