Questions from the floor

Q: (Fr?deric Ferret - l'Equipe)
Lewis, with Felipe on pole and you on the dusty side, do you think it could be a remake of Valencia?

Lewis Hamilton:
Most likely. It's the dirtier side, so it's always the slower side.

Q: Fr?deric Ferret - l'Equipe)
So, after the start, do you think it will be Felipe in front and then you?

It depends who gets to the first corner first. As I said, it's unlikely to be able to overtake, so we might see another Valencia.

Q: (Sudhir Chandran - Chequered Flag)
Question to you all, does it matter at all to have a background of dark sky against the lights? What kind of emotion does this cause: depressing, demotivating? What difference is it compared to a nicely lit background?

Felipe Massa:
I think I just answered this question. I think when you're driving and you have the visibility, you don't really care if it is during the day or during the night, you just want to get the maximum out of the car. I don't know about these guys but that's the way I think.

I barely notice it to be honest. For sure it's a unique feeling but it doesn't make a difference in terms of driving your lap because you're looking at the ground in front of you, you don't particularly look up. But sometimes, after turn 13, you look at the straight, you open your eyes and you see everything and it's dark but you can't see anything there apart from a building maybe. It's cool but it doesn't do anything to your emotions or anything.

Kimi Raikkonen:
You don't look at the sky, so it doesn't make any difference.

I hope we don't look at the sky.

The lights are almost as good as daytime, so it's really normal.

Q: (James Allen - ITV)
Lewis, you only did one lap in Q1 whereas everyone else did two. Looking back, did that have any part to play in the problems that you had at the start of Q2? Had the others got their eye in more than you?

No. I did my first lap at the same time as everyone else and it was half a second faster, so there was no need to do any more laps.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Lewis, are you worried about the gap to Felipe and what do you think that it shows about the performance of the cars here?

No, I can't be worried but, for sure, I don't think that my lap was anywhere near perfect by any means. As Felipe said, he did a perfect lap and his car was great. We know that they are very competitive, plus we don't know what their strategy is. We're not worried, we're in a very strong position tomorrow with the strategy we're on. I'm quite happy with where I am. I think it's going to be a tough race tomorrow, but as I said, in the position we're in, we're looking quite good.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Kimi, how happy are you with your last lap and what do you think is possible for you in the race?

We will try the best that we can tomorrow. I think the car should be pretty good in the race. The lap was OK but for sure you could go faster but third place is not too bad.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, could you describe what happened in practice three? You were quite nervous with the marshals, and did the engine suffer in that situation?

I don't know. It got a little bit hot but it looks like it's fine. I just tried to show them to push me backwards because I couldn't select reverse but then once they pushed me, they helped me because I couldn't get a gear. We had an electronic problem with the steering wheel. That was the only issue.


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