Questions from the floor

Q: (Mark Fogarty - Auto Action)
Fernando, was this weekend the turning point for Renault in its progress towards the front again on a consistent basis and does this result and the weekend change your thinking about next year?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know but we will find out very quickly in Fuji because we cannot forget that this is a very special track, a street circuit like Monaco, corner after corner, second gear, third gear, so very slow, slippery asphalt and I think on a normal circuit we can realise the potential of the car a little bit better than on a street circuit, where it's more about the set-up than how lucky and risky the laps are. We keep improving the car, as I said before. We started the season quite far away from pole position and from the top teams and now we are much closer, so we are definitely one of the teams who have most improved their car but maybe it was not difficult because at the beginning of the season we were not at the right level.

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
Lewis, it was obviously a race with lots of drama and a terrible evening for Ferrari but you've now extended your lead to seven points. You must be pretty delighted with that, even though the race maybe didn't pan out exactly how you wanted it.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yes, definitely. I honestly can't complain. We qualified second, put in quite a good lap to get me in that position. We were competitive throughout the first stint with the safety car, again, we were fortunate to come out, the team did a great job to get me out, again, no problems. As I said, it was just a bit unfortunate to be stuck behind... stuck in traffic. Nevertheless, to have a podium finish in the first Singapore night race is a great result and good points, so I really can't complain. I'm quite happy with seven points.

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
We heard Fernando talking eloquently about the experience of driving here in the race. Could we just have your thoughts on this first night race on this historic evening for Formula One?

LH:
To be honest, during the race it felt pretty much like all the races do. It felt like we were in the daylight. I didn't particularly notice it was night time, but the track and the facilities here have been phenomenal all weekend. They really have done an amazing job, so to be honest I am very, very proud of the job they've done. Unfortunately it's a little bit difficult to overtake on this circuit. However, it still makes a real challenge for all the drivers. As I said, a good result to come here for the first time and score points, finish on the podium and I hope that we can come again next year, I look forward to it, and hopefully we can try to win next year.

Q: (Marco Evangelisti - Corriere dello Sport)
Fernando, what were you thinking during the last lap when you seemed to pass two good meters away from the kerbs?

FA:
I had my fingers crossed all the last lap because you never know what can happen. Yesterday we had a very strange problem in our fuel system which never happened [before] and we didn't know if it was because of the bumpy track, because maybe I hit a kerb. We are still not sure about what happened yesterday, so the last lap was obviously quite a worry for me, but it was all OK.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Fernando, you had a short conversation with Lewis on the podium. Can you explain what you talked about?

FA:
It's a secret. No, we were talking about how physical the race was, nothing more.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Nico, when you had taken your penalty and you came back onto the track and you were fourth, what were your thoughts at that moment? Did you think it was going to be your day today?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, no. At the time that the team said I had to have a ten second stop-and-go penalty, which I thought was going to come anyway, I thought it was all over again. Although I was P1, I was trying to go as hard as I could, I was enjoying it while I was out front, but I thought it was all over again, because I had to come in. Then I dropped to sixth and then they said to me that the guys in front still need to stop, so it was looking great again. It was me racing Fernando. I thought I might have a chance against him but he was just a bit too quick today but still, it's been a great result for us. And I think the team has also done a fantastic job because we also struggled with brakes and also had some problems with the bumpiness on the track. We had some issues with some things and they fixed up a whole load of things overnight in preparation for qualifying and everything held on great, so a big compliment to them also.

Q: (Jon McEvoy - The Daily Mail)
Lewis, your lead is obviously extended now to seven points with three more rounds to go. It puts you in a strong position, stronger by six more points than earlier on today. What's your frame of mind going into the last three races, bearing that in mind?

LH:
It's all about scoring points. We came here with a one point lead, and I could see that the Ferraris were very competitive this weekend and Felipe was driving very well, so I knew it would be very tough to beat them. Especially after the start I was just behind him and it seemed like he would perhaps be going to the same lap as me, so it just showed that his qualifying lap was phenomenal. So it would have been tough to score more points than him in this race but fortunately the race had a couple of incidents in it which didn't benefit them but we did a solid job and came back with the points, so moving forward I think we approach it the same as we have this weekend and definitely don't get ahead of ourselves because, as you can see, lots of things can happen, so we just focus on doing a solid job, scoring more points hopefully.

Q: (Ian Gordon - News of the World)
Lewis, it looked on the TV that you were leaving the pits at the same time as Massa. Did you see Massa's incident and what were your thoughts when it happened?

LH:
His pit stop was further behind me, so I didn't see exactly what happened. I just saw him come past with the fuel nozzle connected to his car and he pulled off to the left before the end of the pit lane. But I wasn't particularly focused on him, I was looking out for the red light, making sure I didn't fall for that one this time.

Q: (Adam Hay-Nicholls - Metro)
Fernando, you said earlier that you and Renault have been pushing all year and will continue to push next year. Can we take from that that you are going to stay at Renault next year?

FA:
No, I didn't say that. No, I just want to say thanks to the team because, as I said, they keep working with this car. We had a new front wing here, at this race, and if you think how the championship is, and that they are already working on next year's car. They didn't forget the performance of this year. They brought a new front wing with four races to go. This victory is also thanks to the massive effort they are making with this year's car and next year's car but it's not changing the decision for next year. As I've always said, Renault will be my first priority because I feel I'm at home in this team.

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
Lewis, did you hear any concern from the McLaren pit wall about the amount of time it took for the stewards to announce first of all that they were investigating Nico's pit stop and then how long it took for the penalty to be announced?

LH:
I have absolutely no clue what you're talking about. I was driving my race, I don't know what happened. I have absolutely no idea what happened to Nico, so I really can't comment on it.

Q: (Fr?deric Ferret - l'Equipe)
Fernando, when you pit early, did you think it was already over or were you still hoping for something to happen during the race?

FA:
No, when I pit, obviously I was last behind the Force India cars, I was still looking in the sky for some drops of rain or something because I was last. Obviously I had pitted already, so I would overtake some people when they did their pit stop but our main target in the race was P12 or P11 and maybe a little bit better with some rain. The race changed completely after the safety cars and you then never know because it was the same thing when I was leading. I was leading comfortably because we had already one safety car at that point, maybe I would be P5 or P6 because there were people who had stopped already, fuelled to the end, like the Ferraris, so it was a worry, all through the race.

Q: (Fr?deric Ferret - l'Equipe)
Nico, what is it like to be leading a race in Formula One?

NR:
Yeah, it's a very, very nice view, to have P1 on the pit board. I was just pushing as hard as I could, I had nobody behind me. I was thinking this is looking great and just pushing as hard as I could because I knew that I had to stop, I was going to get a stop-and-go, so I had to try and get the gap as big as possible.

Q: (Mark Fogarty - Auto Action)
Lewis, what's your feeling now in these last few races in the championship? Can you take Felipe on head-to-head, is it going to be a straight fight or do you have some concerns about his speed if he doesn't strike trouble?

LH:
No, as I said, we're going to approach the next few races exactly the same as we have this one. I have no doubts we have a competitive package to compete with them but without a doubt it will be a very tough battle.

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