Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Jenson Button (McLaren).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado do Sao Paulo).
Jenson and Lewis, it looks like the result is under investigation because both of you maybe didn't respect the yellow flags, didn't reduce speed as the marshals wanted. I've just received this information...

Jenson Button:
That's not something that's to be talked about here then, is it? But yeah, in a race situation you see yellow flags and you obviously back off. I'm guessing that Lewis did the same.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, absolutely, you know, but the thing is that we're always going to be getting quicker and quicker and I don't know when the yellow flags were out exactly but I think at the time we were maybe out on fresh tyres, I don't know what the situation was. But if we'd gone quicker in the sector it's only because that was the way the track was going. Of course when you see an incident you obey the rules and try to stay clear of it.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Lewis and Jenson, have you any explanation why your car was so much better in the race this time? In Turkey, the difference between qualifying and race performance was not as big as it was today.

JB:
No, I think is the answer on my side. We obviously have upgrades on the car which have helped our performance compared to the cars behind but yeah, to see such a big difference in qualifying, a second to the Red Bull and then see our pace in the race, I was a little bit surprised. And the car felt better than what we experienced on Friday. I think the circuit came to us a little bit and maybe the temperatures helped. But the car was much better today than it has been. For me, it's got better throughout the weekend which is great.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado do Sao Paulo).
To all of you: were you surprised that all of you fought with Alonso and suddenly he was a lap behind?

JB:
One lap?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I was surprised. At some stage, I saw into turn seven that there was a Ferrari that went off but it was Felipe and then I think ten or fifteen laps to the end - ten laps from the end - we caught up Fernando and we lapped him. Obviously we passed him, I passed him, I undercut him at the pit stop and Lewis stayed out longer and went past him that way but I don't know. Obviously I had Lewis in my mirrors for the rest of my race so I was quite busy so I don't know what happened to him, but then I saw his number going down on the tower on the straight, but I don't know why there was such a big gap all of a sudden.

JB:
I don't think his pace was very good in the race and basically he stayed in front because people couldn't overtake.

Q: (Byron Young - The Daily Mirror).
Seb, could you just explain what the crazy frog impression was for, over the team radio?

SV:
It's a long story, to be honest. I think the first time we picked it up was in 2009 at Silverstone when we won the Grand Prix there, and then, I don't know. It's a bit of a joke between my race engineer and myself that he comes on the radio and gives this crazy impression and if I feel like it I do it back.

Q: (Mike Doodson - Honorary).
Jenson, you mentioned the passing of Mark and Alonso; we don't often see great races here so that was a pretty exciting moment for us, but do you think you caught them by surprise, is that how you got past them? Could you tell us what was the advantage you had?

JB:
Well, I was on the option tyre and they were on the prime. I knew, when I caught them, it was going to be very, very difficult to overtake, because Mark was obviously able to use DRS to overtake Fernando, so when you're behind a guy that can use DRS it makes it very difficult to overtake, because he's got the same advantage as you. But I think Mark dropped back a little bit from Fernando and I was able to get in the DRS zone and use DRS and get him into turn one which was a lot of fun, and then I think that with Fernando, I don't think that he expected me to be able to pull alongside out of Turn Ten. I also saved KERS - I was saving it for the end of the lap and it was the perfect opportunity to get on the power and use KERS and it gave me a little boost up the inside. It was fun to make the move, but I still - as most races this year - I still didn't know where I was going to end up. I'd taken third place but we were on different strategies so I wasn't sure where I would end up - but in the end it was a good result.

 

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