Drivers: Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
Fernando, you seemed to imply that Felipe drove dangerously. Is that what you want us to believe?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't want to say anything that you should believe, or should not believe. I think what I mean is that in this type of incident 99 per cent of the time both cars will finish in the first corner as we saw in GP2. I think when you are fighting for the championship it is very risky to be as aggressive as this in the first corner, sometimes, and I only mean that. We were lucky today that both cars finished, one first and one third, and thanks to that the incident will become a little less important.

Q: (St?phane Barb? - l'Equipe)
Felipe, you said you were not aware you had a flash fire at the first pit stop...

Felipe Massa:
I did not know this. I did not see anything. It was not a dangerous thing and I think they solved the problem. Everything was normal.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, do you think that Felipe was not too correct in that first corner?

FA:
No, I don't mean that. You will keep asking me until I say something wrong and I will not say. I think what I mean is that it was a very risky point in the race and I nearly finished my race in the first corner, unfortunately, when I felt that I went into the corner a little in front of the other car.

Q: (Ottavio Daviddi - Tuttosport)
Felipe, we have Fernando's opinion about the first corner. The question is: do you think too great a risk? Or not?

FM:
Both of us... But usually I was inside, so I had the car inside, so I don't understand his point. It was just a normal race accident and as long as I am inside, close to the car going to the first corner, I will keep there. I will not move. So, if somebody was aggressive, it was Fernando, it was not me.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Felipe, you are now the Ferrari driver with most points, what does that mean for the rest of the season for you?

FM:
Try to make more points... Just to try and work hard and make points. To keep working and doing the job, that's it. So, I think the job this weekend was fantastic. Unfortunately, Kimi had a problem. I am sure we had a very good car and it was possible even to finish first and second so just that's it. Keep working. I think the job done in the factory and at the track was very good. So we just need to keep that job going.

Q: (Luis Fernando Ramos - Racing Magazine)
Felipe, Ferrari have three wins and four poles this year, but McLaren is leading the championship. Will reliability be the key to the championship and are you concerned at Ferrari's reliability?

FM:
For sure, if you saw that we finished with just one car, it is a concern. We need to improve and make everything right, so that we finish the race with both cars so the consistency of both cars is very important in the championship. We need to keep improving. And if McLaren finish every race with both cars, then that is very important.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Fernando, you decided to use the harder tyre in the middle stint. Why? Was it a good idea?

FA:
Well, as I said before, being fourth in the second corner and with one or two laps less fuel than our main opponents, I think your race is a little bit over. It is difficult to overtake anyone on the track and I think that strategically it is difficult to stop one or two laps earlier. So at that time we thought that the prime tyre was maybe a surprise in terms of grip and performance - we were unsure before the race - so we took the gamble. We took the prime tyre in the first stint and kept our fingers crossed and waited to see the result. Looking back at the race, it was not a very good idea because when I put the soft tyres on after the second stop, for the last stint, the car became much quicker and easier so maybe the softer tyre was quicker and better for the middle stint. But I think the final result would have been exactly the same if I had put the same tyres as Lewis and Felipe I would have been behind them all through the race.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Lewis, now you have the outright lead in the championship, do you feel greater belief that you can win the title?

Lewis Hamilton:
I wouldn't say that... It does certainly feel positive. Even from the last race, we knew that there was a possibility of winning the championship, but we have to be realistic. It is only my first season and there are going to be ups and downs. I have done a good job up to now and the team have done a fantastic job and as long as we keep the reliability good on the car and I don't make any mistakes then I am sure we can continue with the performance that we have. If we can keep on scoring points, and keep on getting podiums, then the results will be good I think...

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, is Lewis now a different opponent for you than he was a few races ago?

FA:
No. I think it is still the same. He is still my team-mate. After one or two races, we saw him become a championship contender and we still see him as one now. In a way, I look at him the same way I look at Kimi or Felipe, opponents for the championship. I have to beat them all if I want to become champion, but he is the one who worries me least because he is my team-mate and we are here to help each other. I worry more about the Ferrari pace than if Lewis is two points ahead of me.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - Diario AS)
Fernando, which driver stayed on the correct side for the second corner? And do you think the stewards should investigate the incident?

FA:
I don't know. I think the stewards are a little bit up and down. They investigated me last year in Monza when I was half a kilometre in front of the other car and maybe this year they don't investigate too much these things. I think the incident is one for which everyone can have his own opinion. If you look at my car, at my side-pod and the rear side of the car, it is completely touched. I think that shows everybody who arrived first into the corner. I was more than half a car in front. The other question, I don't know.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - Diario AS)
And Lewis, what was your opinion of the incident?

LH:
I got on with my race and I didn't see it. I was focusing on my job.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Will this incident change the relationship between you two, Alonso and Massa?

FM:
For me, for sure, not... If I am wrong, which in my career I have always been the first one to say when I am wrong, or made a mistake, but this time don't tell me I made a mistake. Come on, this is racing. This is Formula One and this is the first corner. When I make a mistake I will be the first one to say.

FA:
Yes, same thing. It will not change anything. We were racing and these things happen. As I said before, these things normally have both cars DNF. So we were lucky to finish. Nothing changed.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere della Sera)
Felipe, did you talk to Michael (Schumacher) at the end of the race? Did he congratulate you?

FM:
Yes, I said thanks to him for last year because it was a good school and I learned quite a lot.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Lewis, did you ever think this was possible - for you to lead the championship after four races - when the season began?

LH:
No, not at all. I came in with an open mind just to do the best job I could. I knew from testing that we had a similar pace to Fernando, but the races are a different thing... I just wanted to do a good job and that is what I am doing. With that in mind, I've got the points. But, no, I definitely did not expect to do as well as I am doing.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
When did you realise you were leading the championship?

LH:
I knew it straightaway after my third pit-stop that if I was second and I had Fernando behind me that I would be leading, I knew that in my own mind...I wanted to win, so I kept pushing.

 

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