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

8 September 2012


Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).


Questions from the floor.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Lewis, did the pit wall tell you that Fernando had a problem and when you found that out, was it a big relief? It seems that qualifying was likely to be a fight between you and Fernando today.

Lewis Hamilton:
I didn't hear of any problem. I saw on the TVs, as I was doing my first lap, I saw that Fernando pulled in out of his first lap and then in the second I just assumed that he was up ahead, so I was just pushing and focusing on my laps.

Q: (Vladimir Rogovets - Znamya Ynosty).
Felipe, Monza is usually a very good race for you. Can we tell our readers that Massa has re-found his talent?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah. I'm happy with the car. We were able to do a good lap so we are heading in a good direction, very happy with the performance and concentrated for the race. Unfortunately I never won here at Monza in Formula One but I've always done good races. Before Formula One I always won all the races I did at this track so I think it's a very nice track which I enjoy a lot. I used to live close by when I was doing Formula Renault so I really enjoy this place and I hope we can have a fantastic race tomorrow.

Q: (Vincent Marre - Sport Zeitung).
Lewis, how have you prepared yourself mentally since you arrived in the paddock this morning? Has something changed compared to the other races, due to the particular context? What are your rituals?

Lewis Hamilton:
It's been pretty much the same. I've qualified on the front row for quite a few races now so I just continue to do the same thing. I think it's nine times or something that I've been on the front row this year, so it's been pretty good qualifying for us.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Felipe, considering how you've gone on Friday and this morning, is it realistic to believe you can beat McLaren in the 53 laps of the race?

Felipe Massa:
That's always the direction we need to take. We go to the grid thinking about victory, thinking about doing the maximum you can to win the race and that's what I'm going to do tomorrow. They are very strong, they are quick but we have 53 laps in the race, we know how different the race can be compared to qualifying so for sure I want to try everything I can.

Q: (Vladimir Rogovets - Znamya Ynosty).
Jenson, you will probably not be in the same team as Lewis next year. Tomorrow, does it give you more motivation to fight?

Jenson Button:
Where am I going? Sorry. That's the first I've heard of it.

Q: (Vladimir Rogovets - Znamya Ynosty).
Does it give you extra motivation to fight Lewis?

Jenson Button:
Yes. I think we all love a good fight and we all love a challenge. Having a competitive teammate, sometimes you think 'damn, sometimes I wish I didn't have such a competitive teammate' but a lot of the time it's good because it pushes you and you can see where you are in terms of your performance in a race weekend. There are positives and negatives, but I think there are more positives than negatives.

Felipe Massa:
Which are the negatives?

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
If I'm not mistaken, none of you three have won here in Formula One. Could you explain to us your feelings today that you have the best chance to win tomorrow? Felipe, I think that it's also important to finish on the podium. I think you missed the podium since Germany 2010, I suppose or Korea?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah. It's important to everybody. None of us won here before so it's very important for everybody, very important for me. I know how important it is for me. As I said before, I will try everything to win and to do a good race.

Q: (Sylvia Arias – Parabrisas Argentina).
Felipe, is this extra pressure for you? We all know how important it is for you and we expect the best of you, but do you feel this is extra pressure?

Felipe Massa:
I think I know very well the pressure I have so it doesn't change anything. We just need to do the best on the track. You always have a lot of pressure. We just need to concentrate on the race. It's a very important race tomorrow for me but also for the team so let's concentrate on that. When you race for Ferrari you always have a lot of pressure.

Q: (Bob McKenzie - Daily Express).
Jenson, Lewis, Martin (Whitmarsh) said on TV that it will be an interesting first corner. How much thought do you give to that between you? Do you discuss it or just race it?

Lewis Hamilton:
Just race it.

Jenson Button:
It doesn't matter who is next to you, it's always an interesting first corner as you put it, especially here. It's a reasonably long drag down to turn one. You can't plan turn one.


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