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German GP – Post qualifying press conference – Pt.2
21 July 2012
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Adrian Huber - EFE)
Fernando, you've had massive performance on dry tyres, on wet, extreme wet; are you happy also with the direction that the car is developing? And the next question is, would you be happy with a podium tomorrow or are you aiming for your 30th victory?
Yeah, the car is performing well in all conditions this weekend, which didn't always happen: we were quick on inters and not extreme and vice versa, sometimes good on wets and not so competitive on dries but it's true that this weekend both Felipe and me were happy with the balance of the car and also quite competitive in all conditions, so overall, until now it's been a very good weekend for us in terms of car performance, but we need to finish the job tomorrow. Tomorrow we will try to do our best; whatever the position will be at the end is difficult to know because we didn't have enough dry running, I think, to know about degradation, tyre performance etc, because Friday we had some rain in FP1 and this morning in FP3 was not a big preparation for the race either, so tomorrow is a question mark for everybody. We will all start the race in the same condition with some things to learn during the race, very open in strategy, very flexible because, as I said, we don't have enough information from the weekend so far.
Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Fernando, how crucial was it that you changed tyres in Q3; your main rivals didn't do that?
I think it was a very good decision in the end, because obviously I didn't know what timed lap you could do if you kept running but as soon as I put on the second set of tyres, I found a little bit more grip in the car. Also the track was improving obviously, but I think we improved a little bit more thanks to the tyres, not only the track conditions, so I'm happy with the strategy today and I think it was the right call.
Q: (Marc Ellerich - Sport 1.de)
Sebastian, can you describe what it is like to drive when you can't see out there? How do you drive, do you hear, do you smell; how is it possible, I can't imagine?
Of course you can see a little bit. It's not as if you could close your eyes and it's the same. Don't get me wrong, but you can't see where the track is going. Obviously you know where it's going, you don't need a map to find out where you are but all you see is just the very first bit in front of your car. There are rivers everywhere and there's probably only two lanes: one for the left hand side, one for the right hand side. If you are in that, you are more or less OK but as soon as you are a little bit left, a little bit to the right, a little bit to the left of that then you are in trouble. As soon as the car aquaplanes you are a passenger so there's not much you can do. Obviously once you start to brake and the spray decreases, it gets much better, but the closer you are to another car the worse it is. Even if you are four/five seconds behind on the straights, it's always worse. If you are the first car out and there's no one ahead of you, it's not a big big problem You still have to drive your way around the puddles and the rivers but at least you can see where you're going. It's not the nicest feeling but that's how it is.
Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta)
Fernando, you must be aggressive at the start of the race, because Sebastian makes very good starts this season and last year?
Yes, we will see. Obviously it will depend on how the start is. Sometimes you feel a good start straightaway and you concentrate on the first corner line. If you feel too much wheelspin or too little, you try to cover it a little bit to protect your position, but obviously the race is long, 67 laps in front of us and everything isn't finished at the first corner. So far, our starts have probably been the best this year so I'm not too worried at the moment.
Q: (Marc Ellerich - Sport 1.de)
Sebastian, today it was very wet and it's probably going to be dry tomorrow, so how is it to change conditions for your team and for yourself?
Well, I think we had some laps in the dry this weekend but for sure at the start of the race it will be difficult for all of us. Not all of us have done runs on heavy fuel. I think the McLarens did but I don't think Ferrari and us did this morning, so we will see, but it shouldn't be a big problem. We know the circuit pretty well and hopefully we will find the braking point for - not necessarily the first corner but the second corner and then the hairpin and then yeah, you have time to get into the rhythm.