20 July 2008
German GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2.
No, if I'm honest, for some reason I thought that once I got passed Felipe I was in the lead, I thought that was it, and I realised I had this guy ahead of me. I must say congratulations to Nelson, he's done a great job. It's good to see him up here. I've been racing with him for a few years now in the lower categories and I know he's been having a tough season – that's Formula One – but he's doing a great job and it's good to see him up here.
Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association)
Lewis, do you feel, given the performance of the car at the moment, the way it's just flying and given your own personal performance as well, it seems to be a good run at the moment, that you are the man to beat, that the guys behind you, the championship rivals, are really going to have to pull out all the stops if they are going to stop you winning the title this season?
I think it's too early to say, to be honest. We're looking strong, we're looking good, we're in a good position, but as you know, in a Formula One season things change, the teams always make steps here and there and as you saw last year, we were chopping and changing who was quickest and you will see in the next few races I don't know what to expect. All I know is that we will have a competitive car and if we can challenge for wins, then great. I'm not going to say that we are the ones who need to pull their finger out. We need to keep on pushing, simple as that, and I'm sure everyone else will be.
Q: (Ed Gorman – The Times)
Lewis, you told us a little bit about the discussion on the radio about pitting with the safety car. Can you just tell us a little bit more and did they give you any indication what their thinking was to explain to you why you should have stayed out?
They just said that they were comfortable with where we were. I asked them, because I saw on the screens – because we were going so slowly I had time to look at one of the big screens – and I saw – I didn't know at that point if it was a replay of the first pit stops – but I saw that Heikki and one of the Ferraris were in, so I did ask if these guys had pitted and then I asked 'are you sure we shouldn't be pitting?' and then they said 'we're comfortable, we know that they will be very, very heavy, they'll be in a bit of traffic, so we should be able to pull the gap. I did everything I could to pull that gap and it just wasn't do-able.
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