Indian GP - Post qualifying press conference - Pt.2
27 October 2012
Questions From The Floor
Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe)
Question to the Red Bull drivers: how do you explain such domination for the last three races? And how happy are you to have the two McLarens between you and Fernando?
I will start with the second question; tomorrow is the race, today was qualifying, no points are scored today. Surely it's better to have him behind than in front. But I think we've seen a lot of different races this year; some races pretty boring, nothing happened; other races, pretty spectacular from the first to the last lap. I think tomorrow is going to be a long race, what sort of race we're going to find out but that's usually the exciting bit and that's why we are looking forward to the race as well. As I said, I'm very happy to be in the position that we are in but that's it. We go from there tomorrow.
Q: And how do you explain the domination?
Q: (Sudhir Chandran - Chequered Flag, India)
Sebastian, can we now safely call this your de facto home Grand Prix?
It's a bit far away from my home country but I think I've liked this circuit from the first practice last year. Obviously last year was pretty special, to be the first winner here in India and to do it again this year is obviously the target. Let's see what happens tomorrow, but as I said, I like the circuit, I think it suits our car as well, it's pretty different in its characteristics, quite a slow sector to start with, with a long straight and then nice fast flowing corners towards the end of the lap. I think there are opportunities to overtake - hopefully we don't have to seize them tomorrow. As I said, let's see what happens.
Q: (Shridhar Potdar - Sakal Media)
Sebastian, in Japan, when you won the race, we saw you patting the car like a horse. It's like a horse rider, after he finishes riding, he pats the back of the horse. This passion seems to be body and soul to you; is this passion the secret of your success?
First of all, the car is not a horse, so sometimes you might lose oil or fuel but I think the smell is nicer than what a horse drops! Obviously, you work together with your car. When we are out in qualifying on the circuit, in particular in qualifying or the race, we are obviously by ourselves. Sure we have contact with the team on the radio but it's between you and your car... There is obviously a special relationship because when you're out on track, you can't come in and make a change whatsoever, it's between you and the car. You're very happy when you cross the line in a very good position after you've done a good race and say thanks to the car but also the car is what connects you to your crew. Obviously I'm working with the car on the track, the crew is working with the car in the garage. We all share a passion and obviously try to achieve a common goal. Maybe it's just a nice gesture to say thanks.
Q: (Marco dell'Innocenti - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Seb, to have two McLarens behind you tomorrow may not be too comfortable for you, but for Fernando, it could be more difficult. Is this an advantage for you, to have this cushion, this pillow?
If, could, would, should? We have to focus on the start tomorrow, focus on ourselves. We cannot influence what the others are doing. Fernando could have been a second quicker today than everyone and there's nothing we could have done, apart from trying to mind our own business and trying to get the fastest lap we can, which I guess is everyone's exercise in qualifying. It's a long race tomorrow, a lot of things can happen and sure, if we are ahead, it's better than being behind.
Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Moto und Sport)
Lewis, it seems that corners five and six were the problem today. You had a nice slide there. I think Sebastian went off in the same place; is there anything in particular or special with that corner today?
No, not really. I think this track is incredibly challenging for all of us. The more and more we drive it, the more and more we realise that, and that's what makes it a great circuit. Not everyone's able to get the first lap... it takes a lot of focus and it takes a lot to get a whole perfect lap together. That's a corner where you're pulling a lot of yaw, a lot of G and putting a lot of load on the tyres and it's very easy to... if you just touch the kerb or something like that you have an oversteer moment. You're always trying to gain time through there because it's quite an important part of the circuit, where you can gain time.