Questions from the floor:
(Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat
Kimi, I feel great and I can see that you feel great, very great. Do you feel even greater if Marcus wins the world rally title?
Good for him, good for Finland, yes, but nothing changes in my life, so I am happy for him if he wins and it will be hard for him. But I am going to enjoy my own victory now as the world champion, so we will see what happens in the other races. I am not too interested in that now.
(Juha Päätalo – Financial Times Germany
How much did the team tell you about the positions of Lewis and Fernando during the race and how much did you think about the points during the race?
Actually, I saw it on the first lap when Lewis went off and I think at the third corner I saw that Fernando got past him and then in corner four Lewis went off. So I knew he had hurt his chances for a podium at that point, but they were telling me about his problem or something that had happened so, from that point, we knew we had a better chance now than we had had for many races. For sure, I knew what was happening behind me but I knew we needed just to make our own race and try to be one and two and then it was not up to us, just what was going to happen, so it was the main thing just to go the whole way.
Fernando, we have not heard from you what happened on that opening lap?
I had a very good start, similar to Kimi and we both arrived quite close to Lewis in the first corner and Kimi managed to overtake him and we were side by side in corner two, so I overtook him there, but he took the slipstream in the long straight, so I covered myself with my position and I think he braked too late on the outside and he missed the corner. After that, I saw the pit board Hamilton P18, so I asked on the radio what is going on and they said he had a gearbox problem after that. So, from that point on, my goal was to avoid the two Ferraris, but it was not possible.
(Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo
For both Ferrari
drivers. Do you think that after the Spy Story there is some kind of justice in this final result?
I think so, maybe, yes. It is so difficult to say. It is such a complicated situation. And I think that it has now been decided and we should put it behind us and there is no point in thinking about it anymore. It's a different story from racing, so it is not a nice thing. Unfortunately it was a big thing this year and so let's hope it doesn't happen again in future.
I think it is another victory for us. It was a big story which was involving many things during the whole season, many negative things and I think this is a very positive thing that we won on the track and also that we beat the problems that we had and it is a good feeling for the team.
(Timo Kunnari – Iltalehti
Kimi, tell us about your feelings as a champion? Are you going to dance the samba tonight?
I don't know about dancing. I am not going to be in condition for dancing. We will just see what happens tonight – for sure we are going to have a big party, not just tonight but next week and I felt great after the race, a good feeling, but it has been a long season and it is hard to realise that we finally did it after many years and in my first year here at Ferrari
and because it has been not in our minds to be a world champion because it seemed so far away, but we managed to come back and win it. So it is hard to believe that it happened. I feel great but it will take a little time to have the real feeling.
(Erica Akie Hideshima – Jornal da Tarde
Fernando, I would you talk about your season and your team…
Well, this season has been positive in a general view because I moved from Renault
after winning the last two Constructors' and Drivers' Championships, 2005 and 2006, and I moved to McLaren
with some doubts because 2006 was not a great season for McLaren. So when I moved, with doubts, but the team did a fantastic job to have a competitive car in 2007 and so I was able to fight until the last race to win the world championship and I finished one point behind the champion. So in that aspect I think it has been a very positive season. Outside the car for sure we have had some difficulties this year, but I think this is normal in all jobs and you have ups and downs, better moments and then worse moments, and as I said, I will have great memories of this year from my four victories I had in important places, where I had not won before, like Monza, and Monaco again for a second time. So, as I said, I will have great memories from this season.
(Valeria Zukeran – O Estado De Sao Paulo
Kimi, you have a reputation for being an unlucky driver, but today a lot happened and you won the championship?