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

8 June 2013

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams).

Questions From The Floor

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
Valterri, congratulations. Would you have ever dreamed to be on the second row and also could you please describe your lap?

Valtteri Bottas:
Thank you. I don't think we expected to be on the first or second row. I think everyone in our team was hoping for rain because there's always a chance if you get the timing right, get everything right, you can maybe finish a bit higher than where the car is sometimes. But yes, the race is tomorrow. If it's dry, for sure it's going to be difficult, it's not going to be easy, so let's see.

Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week)
Valterri, we've seen that you're ten places ahead of your teammate. Is this because you like the track, you like the conditions? You're both in the same car.

Valtteri Bottas:
I think today was very tricky and it was a lot about the tyre getting a good lap, just at the right time, when the track is in the best condition, having good track position, everything, so it's not as simple in this weather, so that's why there can even be ten places between teammates.

Q: (Stefan Barbé – L'Equipe)
If it's dry tomorrow, do you think you had enough time yesterday to evaluate the tyres for long run pace in the afternoon?

Lewis Hamilton:
We did a long run like everyone else, so we have a good understanding what the tyres and the car feels like in the dry and obviously we've had the rain and the wet so we should be set for tomorrow.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it was good that practice two yesterday was dry so it allowed everyone to get a read on both soft tyre and the harder or the medium tyre, supersoft and medium.

Valtteri Bottas:
I think everyone has plenty of dry tyres so we'll see.

Q: (Massimo lopes Pegna– La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, are you surprised to see Ferrari so far behind you?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know where they are but obviously I saw Felipe losing the car into turn three so I'm aware that he's not very high up. He obviously didn't take part in Q3. For Fernando, I don't know where he starts but I think generally – as Valterri touched on – it was quite tricky today and when you were not on the circuit at the right time, then you can be faster than everybody else, for example, but it's not happening. I think we've all experienced it to some extent today. Some, obviously... on average, I think us three up here, we got away with it and mostly used the track in the best condition but you can never really say that you have always been out when it was absolutely at its best, and that makes a big difference. We're talking easily half a second, a second, two seconds per lap.

Q: (Bill Beacon – Canadian Press)
Lewis, you've won here three times, conditions are a lot stranger this time around; how confident are you that you can have a fourth victory here?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, it's good to be on the front row, that makes it a little bit... brings up the chances a little bit but it's going to be a tough race tomorrow. Obviously Sebastian's very quick, even the Ferraris are very quick on the long runs so I guess it really depends on the conditions and at the end of the day I've got to do the job. As you know, I love it here so, there's a great crowd even though the weather was not so great today. I'm sure there will be even more people tomorrow so let's hope we can put on a good show for them.

Transcript courtesy FIA


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