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Chinese GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2

14 April 2012


Drivers: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Michael Schumacher (Mercedes).



Questions from the floor


Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Nico, you only had one run in Q3; was it because you didn't have any tyres any more or did you save one set?

Nico Rosberg:
It was just a decision to save another set of tyres. It was a good lap, I didn't know if it was going to be enough or not, but it was definitely a good lap and saving a set is very good for the race, so we just took the decision to go for that, because the race is where the points are, not in qualifying.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
You could have had two runs, did you save a set of tyres beforehand, then?

Michael Schumacher:
Yup, same (as Nico).

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Nico, what was your feeling when you discovered that you had pole?

Nico Rosberg:
First of all, it was strange beforehand because I was standing there on my own and everybody else was still going round, but I couldn't do anything any more, so it was strange. And then slowly but surely, I saw the sector times and I saw that it was definitely going to be enough so fantastic, very excited.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Nico, you said that tomorrow might be good if the temperature goes down a little bit, because it might be better for the rear tyres, but yesterday, wasn't it a problem that the low temperatures created some graining on the front?

Nico Rosberg:
Yeah, that's true, that's why it's difficult to foresee tomorrow and our performance compared to the other top teams. We just need to wait. We're in a good position now, we've done our homework over the last couple of days, we've optimised what we have with the knowledge that we have. Of course, we're still learning a lot with the car, a lot of things are different but we will see. Difficult to say.

Q: (China Radio International – Peng Yan Yuan).
Michael, you came back last year, and now you're doing well this year and we have Kimi coming back this year. So who's going to be the next former World Champion coming back to Formula One?

Michael Schumacher:
Well, there are plenty of elder champions around so I don't know. Ask around!

Q: (Xinmin Evening News – Li Ran Ran).
Nico, this year you have your first pole, do you feel pressure with Hamilton and Michael behind you?

Nico Rosberg:
Of course. Of course I'm very proud, the first pole is great, for the whole team, it's a special moment for the whole team and the first of many moments to come, great results and everything. And it's great to share the qualifying podium here with Lewis and Michael. With Lewis, in the year 2000, we were saying how we imagined one day we were going to be one and two in F1 and now here in qualifying that's the case, so that's nice. Of course, having Michael to share the front row with is fantastic for the team, so it's good.


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