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European GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.1.

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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:


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