TV UNILATERALS
Q:
Mark, it is not your team-mate for once. Your first pole of the season and your first since Belgium 2010. How did you do that?

Mark Webber:
Well it was a good session. I think it was pretty clear going into qualifying we might have had a bit of margin so it was going to be probably down to Seb and I, maybe, for the front row. Without being arrogant, but it just looked like that. You can never underestimate these guys but we thought we were probably going to battle for pole between ourselves. We got through on the first set of hards so that was nice to do that. Some other people did as well. Then coming to the crucial part of qualifying it was just getting the lap right for Q3 so that lap was pretty good. I was just praying my number went above number one when I crossed the gantry over the start-finish line and it did. It was a nice lap. It was a good battle with Seb and today was my day.
Q:
Was it important for you to be second out on the track to Sebastian so you knew what you push for, what you had to achieve?

Mark Webber:
I don't have a clue what time Sebastian does. You don't know if he makes a mistake or if he does a phenomenal lap or whatever. You have just got to take control of yourself and get the job done.
Q:
Sebastian, I suppose the consolation is that this is your 10th consecutive front row start. But how disappointing is it that your run of pole positions has come to an end?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I don't think we can speak of big disappointments. At the end of the day I think we made a good step forward. Barcelona is usually the place where everyone brings a lot of parts and you are here to find out if all of them work. I think we did a step so did the others, but it looks like we like this track and our car feels very comfortable. In quali itself, Q1 I did not really get into the rhythm immediately so it was not the smoothest run but I made it on the primes. Then Q2 I felt much happier on the soft compound and unfortunately then the last qualifying I lost a little bit too much. I wasn't entirely happy with my lap. We had some problems. Mark did a good job so it was between us and he did a better job today. We see tomorrow. It is a long race. We saved a set of tyres, so did I think the top three and Jenson (Button) as well so we will see what we can do tomorrow.
Q:
Talking of problems. Was it KERS? You didn't use it on your final run. How much did you lose from it and how big a problem could that be in the race?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I am not afraid. In the race I think we will be on top of it again. It seems to be a bit of an endless story. The guys are pushing very hard and I think we did an exceptional job today. We proved that our car has become quicker. We had a quick base but we made it even better so big compliments to the aero department in the factory and to all the guys. Yes, we are working very hard on the KERS. No, I didn't use it for Q2 and Q3 but I am sure we will have it tomorrow. It is difficult to say. It is not right to say I did not have KERS that is why Mark is on pole. I think he deserved pole. He did a better job today but surely it was not ideal.
Q:
Lewis, third place in the current climate I am sure was exactly what you were hoping for. But you were pushing very hard and made a slight error into turn 10 that may have flat-spotted one of your tyres. Can that be a concern for the race?

Lewis Hamilton:
No, I don't think it will. I do have a slight flat spot but fortunately I can start on those tyres and we can rebalance the wheel so it shouldn't be a problem for the race. But, no, very happy with today's result. Obviously you can see the gap between ourselves and the Red Bulls has increased. However, we have improved this weekend so the guys have been working extremely hard. Fortunate just to stay ahead of the Ferrari. That was very close.
Q:
Looking ahead to tomorrow's race. We have seen more overtaking in 2011 and this track could be the acid test for the new regulations. Do you think your race pace is good enough to keep with Sebastian and Mark?

Lewis Hamilton:
No. No. They have got a second in qualifying, probably a second and a bit. But we will push as hard as we can. Obviously we have got to push to the amount where you also save your tyres through the run. We have been closer in the previous races so I anticipate we will be much closer than one second but whether or not it's within a tenth or so we will wait and see.
Q:
Mark, pole last year and winner here last year. I am sure you would love a repeat?

Mark Webber:
Absolutely, yes. I can go and relax tonight, have a good sleep, and come back and do the best job I can tomorrow. I am looking forward to it. It should be a good race. As you say, a lot of changes from previous years with the tyres and the rear wing around here but in the end I have got a lot of experience already from the first few races and looking forward to trying to get the victory tomorrow.
PRESS CONFERENCE
Q:
Mark, from what you were saying a couple of days ago we must assume all has gone perfectly so far?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, it was a pretty good Friday. Nice build up this morning and got a reasonable lap in the end there. It was nice to get a clean lap and get a reasonable lap time down. You never know if it was quite enough but today it was. Obviously Seb did not have the smoothest of days so that can happen. I have had plenty of those. That's the way it goes sometimes. We are both on the front row so great for the team. We didn't bring any developments here but we just brought the new spark plugs but it seems like everything is working in the right direction. The guys have done a great job at the factory. Again it is a credit to all the team. We can get very, very blas? with these type of performances but it is down to a lot of hard work from everyone at Milton Keynes and also Renault, endless effort from them as well at Viry. Seb and I are working reasonably hard as well so in the end good result for the team and we're in reasonable shape for tomorrow's race.
Q:
Your seventh pole position and last year you were again on pole here and you became the 10th winner from pole in 10 years.

Mark Webber:
I hope we make it 11. I think it is a different Barcelona grand prix tomorrow, like we have not seen before. For sure there will be a few lead changes, here and there maybe. I hope not too many, but if I am in this position coming round the last corner then, of course, I will be happy.
Q:
Talking of the last corner. Another journalist asked, did you use the wing in the last corner. Was it open?

Mark Webber:
Yep.
Q:
It is thought that perhaps you were the only team to do that.

Mark Webber:
Yeah, it is not easy. I don't know if I opened the lap with it but I think I might have closed the lap with it, but you have got to concentrate. The car is good, no question about it. We have a good car aerodynamically, there is no secret about it, and we know how to get the car to perform well in most conditions. This is what we decided to do today and we won't leave much change on the table in terms of performance wherever we can. We try to give the maximum. If the corner is a corner which you can take in that style then we will try.
Q:
Sebastian, how much were you were hurt by this morning. You didn't do one lap.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, not much. Nothing big. We had to fix the car a bit and I didn't get too much of an impression of the car. We planned some things to test but couldn't do that, but nothing big. After we fixed the car, the boys did a good job, and at least I had one lap so nothing to worry about for today or tomorrow.
Q:
An amazing lap as well.

Sebastian Vettel:
Probably better than the one in quali in Q3. It was important to get the lap. This afternoon was a bit more difficult. Initially in Q1 I didn't feel too happy. Lost a bit too much. Q2 on the soft compound I felt much more comfortable and then in the last run maybe didn't do the best lap of the weekend. Lost a bit too much time.
Q:
The race itself, how do you see that?

Sebastian Vettel:
It is long. Is it 66 laps? It is a long time I guess and as we have seen so far there are a lot of things that can happen in the race so it is over when it's over, not before. Usually around Barcelona it is quite tricky. I had some races where I followed one or the same car for 60 out of 66 laps and it was not very entertaining but I think tomorrow could be quite different.
Q:
Lewis, Fernando Alonso was very close at the end there. Was that a surprise for you?

Lewis Hamilton:
Not really. We knew they were going to be quick. When we looked in Q2 they didn't look to be that close then all of a sudden in Q3 they were a lot closer. But it doesn't matter now. It is the pace we have in the race and it is going to be interesting how close we are and if we are able to stay ahead of them.
Q:
You have been quite a critic of the harder tyres. What are they going to be like to race on?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think on that side of things I really was just joking. It was a bit of a disaster to drive yesterday with the balance of the car that I had and I think everyone was struggling to switch on the tyres. If you look at the season so far Pirelli have done an incredible job really. I think we have all underestimated how good a job they would have done and when we got to the first race the tyres were fantastic. These tyres, the super hard, isn't as good as the hard tyre that we had previously but hopefully tomorrow they will go longer, which will still allow exciting racing. I did say it was a disaster, but I was really referring to the balance of my car and I think they are pretty good.
Q:
Was there more time in the car this afternoon?

Lewis Hamilton:
No, that was as fast as it was going to go. We made some changes going into qualifying with the set-up, which was the wrong change basically, and the car was quite a bit worse in qualifying than it was in P3. But you are stuck with it and you have to go through qualifying and the race with it but it would only be maybe a tenth or two if you were to improve the set-up. But I did the best I could with it and the team, as always, did a great job getting us out in good gaps so I am looking forward, hopefully, to a good battle, at least for the first 100metres with the Red Bulls. After that with whoever is behind.

 

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