27 September 2008
Singapore GP - Saturday press conference - Pt.1.
It's part of the concentration, it's part of the way you drive a race. We have a lot of bumps here from turn five to turn seven which is always difficult. I think to do 61 laps at a consistent pace is very tough, so let's try to make sure that tomorrow we can have a great pace, a good start and try to have similar pace to that which we had in qualifying.
Lewis, you nearly missed Q3. How aware were you of that, what was the problem in fact?
I just missed my first lap. The car didn't stop into turn one, so I missed out on that lap and then I had to come in. Unfortunately I didn't have enough fuel to do an extra lap, so I had to come in and then I went into the weighing scales. Then I had to come back in, get everything cooled down and everything changed and back out. And then when I went back out I got stuck in traffic. It was just one of those things. It was very, very fortunate that I got through and I'm happy with the result as a result of that.
What about overtaking on this circuit. How easy is that going to be?
No, you won't be able to overtake here. I don't think so, not if you're as quick as the guy in front. For the quicker cars, if there's not really much time difference… I was behind David Coulthard, DC's car. I was quite a bit quicker but I couldn't get close enough.
Are you going to be relying on the mistakes of other drivers or can you not rely on that?
No, you've just got to play it by ear and just do the best job that we can tomorrow.
Kimi, very good times in Q1 and Q2, so are you a bit disappointed with Q3?
The result is OK if I look at what happened in the last few races. For sure in the first qualifying the car felt best and then it was a bit more difficult with the harder tyres. It was difficult to really chose which tyres to take in the end. I think the hard ones were the safer option. We missed the morning, so we couldn't really test them against each other, so that was a little bit difficult for us. It was OK. Third place is fine.
Does the car feel good? You mentioned a modification that you tested at Mugello.
No, we went back yesterday for today and it feels OK. There are small things that we can still improve for sure, but I'm pretty happy with it, and I think once everything is fine as we had in the first qualifying, then it seems to be quite good but if it goes a little bit off that, then it's not as quick anymore and for sure you need to have a good car if you're going to be in this kind of place, exactly where you want. I'm still happy and for sure I think we are usually a little bit stronger in the race, so I'm not too worried about it.
Which is the most crucial part of the circuit as far as you're concerned?
I think it's everywhere. There are a lot of slow corners and you can easily lose a lot of time in those, so you need to get everything right to be fast here. There are many areas which are tricky, so it's not easy.
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