Questions from the floor

Q:
(Wang Wenfei - Titan Sports) Sebastian, you were leading and I wonder if you remember what the team told you on the radio on lap 29, and are you going to change the nickname of your car to get more luck in the race?

Sebastian Vettel:
Whether I remember on lap 29 what the team told me over the radio? And if I'm still happy with the name of the car? No, I think we have to keep our feet on the ground. I do. We've had three races, we've finished first, first and second. There's not a lot of room for improvements. Obviously, today, we could have been one step better but Lewis and McLaren were too strong and not within reach for us, with the strategy that we used today. I'm very happy. To be honest, with the radio, I have no clue what I was told because some bits I heard, other bits I didn't. As I said, I think they asked some questions, didn't get any answer and the other way around. Sometimes it worked. Fortunately, the pit board was always there, and looking for the pit stops, I got the call to box. But these days, with the racing that we have, it's quite important to have the communications and if one step doesn't work it's not really a pleasure. As I said, I'm happy with the name of the car. She behaves well.
Q:
(Michael Schmidt - Auto, Moto und Sport) Sebastian, if you had been first at the start, would you have done a three-stop strategy and secondly, what did you think when, at the first pit stop, Jenson Button tried to park in your spot?

SV:
If we could have stayed ahead at the start I think the race could have been different, probably not the first two or three laps but after that I felt quite comfortable in the position that I was. On the other hand, you obviously need to remember that Jenson, who was leading at that stage, is not able to use the DRS. I was always fairly close to Lewis and it is around half a second that you gain just by doing that. But as I said earlier, I had the feeling that I could have gone longer but there was no point, for strategy reasons. So, if we would have stayed ahead, we would probably have been able to pull a gap and then react to the people behind, too, and then maybe it would have been a bit more clear to us - what to do, two stops or three stops. The first time I came in I was fairly close to Jenson, obviously he was the race leader. I just got past Lewis on the back straight and came in to pit and I thought "what's going on", because I looked at my box, but I have to say, I stayed quite calm. He pulled over and into my slot, so I was just hoping for the front jack man to react and to indicate to him to keep going, you're wrong. I lost a little bit of time because I waited, I didn't want to stop then and then go again. Fortunately, Jenson realised and I could do my pit stop. It's not easy for the guys, as I said earlier, it's very easy to lose the rhythm, wrong car and imagine if they've changed the tyres. Then it's a big mess and I have to go one spot further to McLaren and ask them: 'hello'. If I would have come in at the same time with Lewis and if he was supposed to get his new set it would have been nice, but that way, no way. Lewis Hamilton:
I would have got tyres. SV:
From my team or from...LH:
Yeah, yeah, from your team.
Q:
(Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo) Sebastian, how much does the KERS affect your result today?

SV:
We had some trouble in the race and for the majority of the race, unfortunately, we had to do without KERS, so the first stint was fine but then we lost it fairly early after that. Yes, it's a big hit, obviously. Here you have the long straight, the back straight, where it has a big effect, so it surely doesn't help if you try to pull away.
Q:
(Edd Straw - Autosport) Sebastian and Mark, obviously the KERS problems have been there during the first three races: how important is it that the team gets these problems sorted out as soon as possible, especially with McLaren getting stronger by the race?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, it's a key component in Formula One these days, mate, so it's completely obvious that we want to address it as soon as possible. McLaren have a huge amount of experience with Mercedes from 2009 and they're doing a good job of it, and that's not an excuse, it means that we have to work harder, we have to work as cleverly as we can and as fast as we can. Fortunately, we now have a bit of a break, so it will be a clear focus for us in terms of durability and consistency and also understanding the system. It's not only a performance thing but it's also incredibly disrupting in the garage for... my car was rebuilt about four times this weekend. It makes it so much harder for them in terms of making mistakes, when you open a car up and put it back together all the time, it's not easy. We have awesome guys on the case. As I say, with the limited experience we have, that's the way it is and we're still going OK in the Constructors' championship, I think, so let's regroup, get to Turkey and work hard on it.
Q:
(Dan Knutson - National Speedsport News) Mark, a mega race, tons of passes, a bunch of fastest laps, does this make your top 10 list?

MW:
It's a different type of racing, Dan. There were some phenomenal races even when you drive for smaller teams, but today worked out for me. I had a good feeling from the middle part of the race to 60-70 per cent of the way through the race that things were starting to come to us, so it's easy to sit here and say yeah, it was phenomenal, top-three drive, overdone, rah rah rah, but in the end, that's my job, mate, isn't it? You've just got to (get your) head down, arse up and get into it - so that's what I did.
Q:
(Stephane Barbe - L'Equipe) Lewis, could you describe your move on Jenson?

LH:
Ummm. I don't remember it. I can't remember it. I'm in a daze right now. Where did I overtake him? First corner. Yeah, I remember now. I'm not joking. Jenson seemed to... I think it was on our last or second stint and basically I was able to catch him. I had my new tyres which, as I said in qualifying, I was able to save and they just seemed to hold on a little bit longer than Jenson's, so I was able to close the gap and I knew that I had a pit stop coming up, so I was able to push quite hard in those last few laps and I was very, very good on the brakes into turn 14, very close on the way up to turn 16 and I was able to get a real good tow from him out of the last corner. I'm not sure whether he expected me to go on the inside there into turn one but, fortunately, he left me enough space and I was able to capitalise on that and he put up a fair fight but there was nowhere really for him to go, because I was fully up alongside him. It was a great move and a great little battle. As I said, just with everyone generally, I had really good fights with everyone. None of them made it easy and that's the kind of racing I love, so I think that's why it feels even better than perhaps it's felt in the past.
Q:
(Michael Schmidt - Auto, Moto und Sport) Lewis, would you say that the tyres saved yesterday were the key to your race win today?

LH:
I don't think that was the only thing. I think all my tyres were in good condition. I think it's always a combination of things but that definitely did help. Without that, I wouldn't have overtaken Jenson. It would have been hard to get close enough. But, obviously, I had quite a lot of key moments through the stints in which I needed to really maximise and I think today... in some races you're able to maximise and things just go the way you want it to go and then in some other races, some parts of it will go well and then one part you're a bit unfortunate. I had a close coming together with P?rez, I think, at turn one, I think it was. I was coming out of the pits and he cut across and touched my wing, I think, or my tyre. I thought I had a flat spot or a flat tyre but otherwise, just cool fighting.
Q:
(Bo Zhao - Wenhuibao) Lewis, there is an interesting phenomenon in Shanghai in that there are seven champions here. Not one seems to have been able to repeat their victory here, but you have broken that deadlock. How do you value that? This time you see more and more fans coming to watch the race; do you want to say something to them?

LH:
Absolutely, and I think that's a good point. Coming into this weekend and coming here, every year I've come here since 2007, I've come here and I've had the fans, who are just incredible. While the grandstands aren't as full as we would like, perhaps, but every time I arrive at the airport, I've got fans standing there waiting. I think it started off with maybe one or two at the beginning and each year it gets a little bit more. Their support is just incredible and you go back to the hotel, they might be outside the restaurant, they're back at the hotel when you come from the restaurant, they're there before you leave in the morning and when you come back, it's absolutely unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it. I've had great letters that are read each night from several of the fans that give me a letter outside, and also gifts. Every day, I spend a little bit of time with them, try to give as much time to them. But that gives energy to me. They've not been overbearing or anything, they've been really supportive but that's also the same of my fans around the world, I'm so appreciative of the support we get. It makes a big difference. I don't know how it is for everyone but definitely for me.
In my long answer, I was trying to say that this weekend some of the fans said "can you make it two?" and I said: "I will do absolutely everything I can" but obviously I was on P3, it was going to be a very tough race, but you can never ever imagine a race like today and what happened throughout the race and even before the race, so I feel very, very blessed to be sitting here, very, very happy.

 

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