Press conference

Q:
A question to all the championship contenders. How do you approach this race? Do you approach it tactically, just to win, or does the approach evolve during the weekend? Lewis, from your point of view I guess it is relatively simple?

Lewis Hamilton:
For me, I have nothing to lose. The guys in front of me have everything to lose, so for me I am going to be flat out as always. They have got generally faster cars than me but that doesn't mean that we cannot fight for a win. Obviously I have to win this race. That's what we plan to do.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I am in a little bit of a similar situation to Lewis. It is pretty easy. Some 40 years ago, or a bit more, a Formula One driver said that in these races there is no tactics, the only tactic is to go flat out. The approach hasn't changed for the last couple of races and, for myself at least, it will not change here. It is a long weekend and we try to do our best and ideally try to put us in a similar situation as in Korea and the last race and then we see.

Q:
Fernando, you are in the strongest position.

Fernando Alonso:
I think we will still see how Friday goes, how Saturday goes as to how we approach the race on Sunday. I think it will depend on how the weekend is going. We will change the tactics depending on how competitive we are or which positions we are.

Mark Webber:
The same as Fernando. We will see how the weekend shapes up but Fernando is in the best position. Then it goes a little bit down after that, so looking forward to it. It should be good.

Q:
Looking at this circuit, the strengths of your cars around this track. Where are your cars particularly good for this circuit? Nico, I know you haven't been here before?

Nico Hulkenberg:
That's why I don't know. I think in Brazil it showed in the Sunday race that it was pretty tough for us to keep up with the big boys. The pace wasn't quite there, so I don't expect any magic here. I think it will be as always from around P8 to P12, that's our range. I would be very happy if we could squeeze it into the points again.

Q:
Lewis, your car's strengths around here?

Lewis Hamilton:
We have got a good engine. We have got relatively good downforce. I think in general we are quite quick down the straights. Maybe we have a little bit less downforce than the guys in front, so the straight really is our main strength. There are quite a good few straights here, so overtaking is definitely not impossible here.

Sebastian Vettel:
Corners. But I think the last couple of races we were also quite competitive with our F-duct getting better and better. We shall see. It should be okay.

Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think we don't have the cornering speed of Red Bull and maybe we don't have the straight line speed of McLaren but that has been more or less the season so far for us. We are not the best in the straight line, we are not the best in the corners, but in general overall we are always quite competitive. We can adapt to any circuit in a good way, so I feel relatively confident for the performance of the car but let's see how it is going.

Mark Webber:
Same again.

Q:
Nico, after the pole position in Brazil has your position for next year changed in the team? Do you know what you are doing?

Nico Hulkenberg:
No, unfortunately not. There is still no news regarding Williams. For me the most important thing is to remain in Formula One next year and that's the main aim.

Q:
What really clicked in Brazil or was it just the conditions and you were there at the right time?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I think it was a few circumstances. We had a very good tyre pressure. I was very aggressive from the out lap with the tyres and that is why every lap was getting better and better. I was just getting more temperatures into the tyres and my car worked very well at that stage. If you see the on-board TV it was a very tidy lap with no mistakes in the conditions and I think all that together meant the pole position for us.

Q:
To the remaining four title contenders. If I might ask your engine position as, of course, one or two of you have had engine problems in the last couple of races. Have you got one engine to use for the whole weekend or are you going to be chopping and changing? Lewis, what is the situation?

Lewis Hamilton:
We are in quite a strong position with engines. Mercedes have done a great job. We have worked very hard over the last few years with the engines, so we have been very, very fortunate this year. The reliability has been fantastic. Hopefully that will continue this weekend. We have got quite a fresh engine that hasn't done many miles, so hopefully in a slightly better position than the guys in front.

Sebastian Vettel:
We have a Friday engine and spares if something goes wrong. Then for the weekend we have the one that was in the car in Suzuka for one race, so it should be fine but probably a bit similar to Fernando if something goes wrong it is not looking too good.

Fernando Alonso:
We have one of the eight engines on Friday and one for Saturday and Sunday.

Q:
So it has still got some mileage?

Fernando Alonso:
Plenty.

Q:
Mark, what about the engine that you had in for Brazil which was overheating?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, that was a big concern in that particular event. We are going to use that engine again in the first part of the weekend. Have a look at it. Also just for a bit of peace of mind to understand what the problem was, so we are going to do that. Then for Saturday and Sunday we have a pretty decent engine ready to go. It should be alright.

 

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