27 September 2008
Singapore GP - Saturday press conference - Pt.1.
Yeah, tonight it is kind of crazy. It is 11.15 at night right now and I've never been driving at this time before but for us it's the afternoon. As Felipe said, we have been walking the track at 3am, going to bed at five or six, and waking up late in the day, so it quite unique but driving the circuit is fantastic. I think they have done an amazing job in building the circuit and the facilities. It is really a great place to be.
Kimi, a troublesome morning for you which would not have helped going into qualifying.
Yeah, it was a bit unfortunate. We had some issue with the steering wheel and then I ran wide and tried to turn round but we could not find any gears anymore. That is unfortunate but the car has been pretty good. We have been losing a bit of time here and there but it was not too bad.
A good Q1 for you, but how did you feel in Q2 and Q3?
I thought it was better with the softer tyres but we were not so sure, so we stayed with the harder ones and it was a bit trickier than the first qualifying. Maybe we should have gone the other way but I don't know, it would probably not have a made a lot of difference but anyhow I am reasonably happy. It could have been better but it is not too bad.
The drivers have been talking in general about how physical the circuit is. Talk a little bit about it being an anti-clockwise circuit. It seems quite bumpy, very hot.
I think it is just hot and humid and that is the only difference. It is not very physical, there are quite slow corners and not any quick corners but it is quite bumpy in some places. That is probably the only negative thing here and hopefully for next year they can fix it. Apart from that it is a very nice place and a nice circuit to drive, so it is a nice feeling.
Felipe, on pole for this historic race. Your thoughts again going into the race in front of a huge crowd and a massive television audience.
I am sure it will be a very important race for Formula One. I think the people at home knowing it is the first Formula One night race are already very interested wherever they are. If they are in Brazil to wake up to the race, if they are in Europe to make sure after lunch to go home to see the race, if they are here to go to the track. I think it is a very interesting thing and it will be a very important race in the calendar, so I am looking forward to doing a good job tomorrow. If we can win the race it will be an even more fantastic feeling than winning the qualifying.
Felipe, an extraordinary margin of 0.6s over the rest. How do you explain that?
That's impressive. For sure that was one of the best qualifying for us this season. It was a huge margin. Always when you see the margin, you want to have slightly more fuel in the car. I think we already have a good strategy but when you see the margin you just think about that. Anyway, I think it was a great lap, a perfect lap. It always puts you in a good position when you can do everything perfectly, especially when you have a good car. The car was so good here during these two days and I think we went into qualifying at the right moment to take the maximum out of the car. I think I did a good job. The team did a great job as well preparing the weekend, so that's it. I think everything went perfectly tonight.
How was the difference on the different types of tyre?
Already yesterday I was happy on the hard tyres. I was pretty keen to do Q3 on the hard tyres because I had exactly the same feeling in Monaco. I had the same feeling in Hungary on the track as well. The tyres are not very different in terms of grip from the soft to the hard but the hard is more consistent through the whole lap to the end of the lap, so that's why I was already quite comfortable and happy with the hard yesterday and this morning and didn't even think about trying the prime.
You talked about concentration during the race itself. How do you feel about it physically as well, the bumps, the heat, etc?
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