Press conference

Questions from the floor

Q: (Fr?d?ric Ferret - l'Equipe)
Fernando, were you happy with your first day, and what are you expecting in qualifying and the race?

Fernando Alonso:
I think I'm happy but I could be happier. Pace-wise, it's difficult to understand. It's only Friday but we were tenth in the first session, twelfth in the second, so obviously it's not the perfect position from which to fight for podiums, for wins etc. So hopefully tomorrow we need to find some more performance in the cars, to be a little bit quicker and we cannot afford to start the race in the middle of the pack if we want to score some good points,. So tomorrow expectations for qualifying are more or less the same and we will try to start the race in the top six, the top eight. If not, I don't think we can be too happy if we start behind those positions.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Question for all of you: in the first seven positions there are all the cars with the diffusers except Mark's, supposedly not within the spirit of the regulations. Do you fear that it could be a hard championship for those who don't have the diffusers, that it could be two championships in one?

Mark Webber:
No one here knows the ultimate pace until we get going on Sunday and even then we might see some teams not showing their full pace on Sunday if they've got something up their sleeves. I think that they will be very, very keen to keep this advantage if they can, legality-wise, which so far they seem to have done. But I don't fear that there will be two different championships in the race. I think it will still be a competitive Grand Prix and that should not get in the way of what the ruling is. I'm sure it will be looked at a bit further, by the sounds of it, and we will go from there. As you all know, the drivers can't do much about this stuff, it's up to the boffins to sort it out.

Q: (James Allen - Financial Times)
For Fernando and Lewis, the two drivers using KERS here, is it simply a case of using it in one place on the track or have you been experimenting today with perhaps using it out of some corners and trying different things with it and if so, would you be able to share some of your discoveries?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't think it's rocket science. It's the same for all of us, we use it as much as we can and we have 400 kilojoules, around six and a half seconds, I guess, to use over a lap, so you generally try to use two seconds or a second a time out of every corner if you can use it but you have to spread it out throughout the lap.

FA:
Same. Obviously for optimum lap time normally we follow the instructions of our team, our engineers which is to use a little bit of KERS every place they tell you. But we still have the capacity or the possibility of using all the KERS in one place but that will be maybe more in a race situation if you are fighting with someone, if you really want to attack in one manoeuvre, try to overtake him. Maybe you save all the 400 kilojoules for one time but this is something that we will discover in the race for the first time because in testing it's different and it will be the first time that we race with KERS obviously and it will be a new experience for everybody.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Lewis, you've been used to running at the front in Formula One for the past two years now, pretty much throughout most of your career. I'm just wondering how difficult it might be for you in the short term until you hope the car comes good, running towards the back of the pack, midfield if that's the way it's going to be, looking at the practice today.

LH:
I think it's tough for anyone, but we've got a lot of experience as a team, but personally I've got a lot of experience of running at the back in other categories, so it's not completely new to me and we have had some races where I have been a bit further back but for sure we're not in the place where we would rather be but we're working extremely hard, as hard as we can and it's actually a good opportunity for us to try and turn it round. We've got a steep, very tough challenge ahead of us but if anyone can do it, I believe my team can and so we've just got to remain positive and keep pushing.

Q: (Mike Doodson)
Mark, I understand that marshals have had to take special precautions if they are handling a car that's fitted with KERS. I believe this involves heavy gloves. I wonder if you, your fellow drivers, the GPDA are concerned at all about the possibility of the delays that this could create in intervening if there's a serious incident.

MW:
That's a very good question. Obviously if there is a large accident, like Robert's for example, and we need pretty good medical attention and very fast, it has been mentioned a while ago that we would like it to be addressed. They're pretty sure that they have the right type of gloves to still do the procedures that they need to do quite quickly, the important procedures that they need to do at the scene of such an accident, to make sure everything's OK, so hopefully we don't have to experience that at all. As usual, you do gain knowledge and experience sometimes on the front line, so we will see how it goes. I think that there's not many cars with KERS anyway, so hopefully they will have some common sense that they know that the cars with KERS, the cars without KERS, can be treated a bit differently in the case of a panic or an emergency.

Q: (Mike Doodson)
I don't want to put you on the spot, but there was an incident in Adelaide involving Mika Hakkinen in the nineties when it was instant intervention which actually saved his life. Presumably you have that sort of thing in mind as well.

MW:
Of course, yeah. Now we know what procedure Mika Hakkinen had on the day and that was of course what saved his life very quickly. The FIA and the medical team and all those people understand what we need in a very critical situation like that, so they need to be aware of it and deliver for us, of course, they need to do it. I bloody hope so.

Q: (Chris Creswell - Herald Sun)
I've just been reading your diary, S?bastien, it's very funny. Did you really get your Toblerone chocolates taken off you by the customs?

S?bastien Buemi:
No, it was a joke.

Q: (Chris Creswell - Herald Sun)
And that $350 taxi fare was a joke too?

SB:
Yup.

 

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