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Race quotes - Japanese Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso:

"It's still difficult to believe what we have done today! Winning in Singapore was unexpected, but we benefited from special conditions. Today, we won again on a circuit that was not supposed to suit us. The team has really done a remarkable job to fight back this season and we are now the third strongest team. It's unbelievable and I am extremely happy this evening."


Robert Kubica:

"My start was good but the clutch slipped a little, therefore Jarno Trulli was able to pass me on the straight. I then decided to take the inside line and braked very late, too late actually and I locked the front wheels. But then everybody went wide while I was more or less able to keep my line - and, after the second corner, I was in front."

"I then tried to pull away, but I couldn't. My tyres were graining and I lost time, particularly in the last sector. I was pushing as hard as I could but, after the pit-stop, Fernando Alonso was in front of me and I was not able to match his pace. At the beginning of the final stint, the tyres were graining heavily and my lap times were slow, so I came under strong pressure from Kimi Räikkönen and we had a great fight. At one point, he was beside me in corner two, but I was on the inside, just didn't back off and was able to keep him behind. After a few laps, the graining went away and I was able to run at my normal pace."

"It's a great result for the whole team at a time when it is not easy. We have been struggling a little bit recently and we were under pressure from some teams, so this second place is a real boost for our morale. Now we have nothing to lose, but everything is possible."


Kimi Raikkonen:

"Even if third place has put an end to a run of poor results, I am a bit disappointed because today we had the means to win. At the start, I got away well but, then, at the first corner, the two McLarens arrived too fast at the braking point and prevented me from turning in, taking me off the track. That lost me a lot of ground and I found myself in the middle of the pack. On top of that, the car was not quite right as I was hit by one of the McLarens - the steering was a bit light and there was other damage as well."

"I tried to do the best I could but I was not as quick as I'd hoped, especially in the second stint. Before the second stop, I closed on Kubica but I couldn't pass him in the pit-stop because, on my in-lap, I found myself behind Rosberg [who was] a lap down. Then I tried several times to attack Robert but he defended his position well. At one point, I did find myself slightly ahead of him going into turn three, but I was on the outside and he did not give up the line so I had to go off the track. After that, I had a bit of graining and so I was not able to catch up again. In any case, I am happy to have brought home important points for the team."


Nelson Piquet Jr:

"I am very happy with this great result for the team. I had a bit of luck at the start but, after that, the car handled really well, I was on the pace, and I just had to remain concentrated and keep pushing. The team is having a really strong end to the season and I hope that is going to continue."


Jarno Trulli:

"We have to be happy with that today but, honestly, I wanted to give a bit more both to the team and to all the Japanese fans who cheered us on. I was really hoping that we could make the podium but this fifth place was all that we could have done this afternoon. I gave everything from start to finish, but we could not do any better today. We've been competitive all weekend and the car was good again in the race but the lower temperatures didn't help us. That meant that the car was slightly unbalanced. I tried to keep Piquet's Renault behind me but they were very quick today. Still, I'm glad to come away with some points to give the home support something to cheer."


Sebastian Vettel:

"At the first corner, I was forced to run wide as there was an incident on the inside, losing a lot of places. After that, it was difficult to fight my way back. Nevertheless, getting both cars in the points is a strong showing from us, even if we could have been looking for a few more points today. Two more races to go, and I hope to add to our total in both of them."


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