Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber), Alexander Wurz (Williams)

TV unilaterals:

Q:
Lewis, what a day - four safety cars, obviously that big accident with Robert, who we hear is okay now. What a day for you!

Lewis Hamilton:
It has been a fantastic day. This is history. To come here, my first time in Canada... it's really been a fantastic season already. We've had six podiums and I've been ready for the win for quite some time. It was just a matter of when and where. The team gave me the best car. I had no problems during the race at all, a few safety cars which sort of made it a little bit boring at some point but as soon as we got going, it was exciting again. But I did hear about Robert. He's a good friend of mine. I hope he's okay, and so best wishes to his family and everything. I have to dedicate this win to my Dad because without him this would not have been possible.

Q:
Lewis, now that first win is behind you, talk us through the closing stages; what was going through your mind, what did it feel like to take the chequered flag?

LH:
As I said, we sat behind the pace car for quite some time so it sort of dulled down for a while, and then it was about building it back up. The team did a great job in getting me in before the first pace car, and so I was out in the clean air and I was very fortunate. I had a good pace. Nick wasn't very close to me, so I was able to keep a good gap and then the last few laps, I was just counting them down. I could see my board; I'm the type of guy who usually pushes right to the end but it's a tricky circuit and if you make one mistake you get on the marbles and you're in the wall, so I quietened down towards the end and just enjoyed it and it really was about just enjoying the whole moment.

Q:
And you made a great start too, Nick Heidfeld right behind you too going in there, and Fernando on the outside. I say a great start, you came out of the second corner in front, anyway.

LH:
Yes, I made quite a poor getaway to be honest. I don't know what exactly happened. I'm supposed to have a certain amount of revs and I went over it and then under to try and get it back so I had a pretty poor start and I saw Nick getting close, so I had to close the door, and then I saw Fernando fly past. Obviously I didn't want him coming past but somehow he got onto marbles I think and went straight on, and I just took the corner as normal and then Fernando came flying past. It was quite exciting, but it was just great to get out in front.

Q:
Nick, qualified third, finished second: a fantastic day for you also and for the team.

Nick Heidfeld:
Yeah, it was great and definitely the start was a special moment, as we just spoke about. I had a fantastic start, easily overtook Fernando, I was right behind Lewis in the slipstream, tried to get to the inside but he closed the door. I saw that Alonso was probably just pushing a bit too hard and then went off, and then the safety car. Let's put it this way, I was not unlucky but I lost a lot of time I pulled on the other guys behind me, but I have to say that the team did a great job today. I was happy to hear that Robert is okay. It was difficult to get some information at some point. You just saw the car on the side with nothing left, and I think he's fine.

Q:
Obviously very, very difficult conditions today for the drivers; talk about that and the marbles off-line.

LH:
Well actually, I don't think it's acceptable that we have that many marbles here again. I doubt that it's just the rubber off the tyres coming loose. We had it yesterday. Fernando probably lost pole due to that. We've seen in turn ten that they did something to the circuit. We had it numerous times in the last couple of years and okay, we are the best in the world and we should keep on line but we're talking about centimetres. You just go off half a meter and you lose a lot or you can even crash, so that was a difficult thing again.

Q:
And Alexander Wurz, P3 in the Canadian Grand Prix; 24 hours ago that would have seemed like a dream.

Alexander Wurz:
Yes, it's still a dream. I had a difficult weekend, never found the rhythm but hey, if you just keep pushing... I've showed the whole year that I'm a strong racer. Today I was a bit lucky as well as just keeping the pace all the time on the option tyres, out for very long, very difficult but the car was running fine, no problems and I made no mistakes and I'm very pleased to bring that third place home.

Q:
As you say, difficult with the option tyre, the only driver, the only finisher on a one stop strategy. What was it like in that second phase of the race?

AW:
To be honest it was hell, so I thank God for the safety cars, because the tyres just grained to bits. What I did, tactically, was I really scraped the tyres as much as I could, just to get rid of the graining quickly and that was very important because in the end I had Kovalainen behind me on the prime tyre. But then my tyres cleaned up and I could control the pace. I actually got close to Nick but there weren't enough laps. But anyway, I'm super happy with third, exactly on my tenth year anniversary. It's a bit kitsch but I'll take it.

Q:
Returning to you, Lewis, finally for your thoughts: leading the championship, going to Indianapolis next weekend, so not too much time to enjoy this win of yours, but nonetheless I guess it will be a great evening for you?

LH:
It will and there is plenty of time to enjoy it. I have to say hallo to all my family back home. I know they are all sitting at home watching me, supporting me, and to all the fans, they have been great, and the team - what a job they've done, back in Woking, in Brixworth, in Stuttgart to prepare the car and make it quicker than everyone's. There's really a big thank you to them but going into Indy, obviously I go there with great confidence. We have to try and continue with the performance that we have, and I have no doubt we can do that.

Press conference:

Q:
Lewis, fantastic. In many ways an incredibly complicated race for us watching, but I don't know if it simple it was for you, you didn't seem to have any problems for you in front?

LH:
No, to be honest it was a fairly simple race apart from the restarts, making sure that I pulled a good gap from Nick here but yeah, it was great. I got a reasonably decent start, it wasn't great to be honest, and Nick was right up the back of me going into turn one, so I covered my position and went through the first corner and saw Fernando just fly down the outside, and I thought 'no, I'm going to lose it here.' But he just went straight, so I was able to continue with my line. And then I got a fantastic exit and at the same time, Fernando came flying across the front me and I just had to make sure. And that was it, this is my opportunity to get away into the distance but from there it was fairly smooth.

Q:
But four times the whole field was bunched up behind you again.

LH:
I thought it was quite a good challenge, to be honest, because obviously I got such... I think it was an eleven second lead from the start and then we got the first pace car. Fortunately the team did a great job pulling me in a lap before, and I have to say that was just a very good call from them, because I think that was earlier than I was supposed to stop. And I think some other people got caught out with the pace car but I came out just behind Felipe and then it was again, to try and get the gap, and each time I managed to do it. I think Nick was learning and getting better and better towards the end, because I think it was a bit closer right at the end, but still I managed to hold it.

Q:
You must have thought 'somebody doesn't want me to win this, they keep on closing it all up again.'

LH:
That's what I was thinking, I was thinking... because each time your tyres get cold, your brakes get cold and it's so easy to go back out and just put it in the wall. That was the real challenge: warming up your tyres enough and don't make any mistakes.

Q:
And when was the big realisation that this was really coming to you?

LH:
It all started coming to me on the last five laps. I could see four, three, two, one, and I was thinking, OK, and each time I was getting slower and slower and thinking 'stay off the kerbs.' I had some problem... I noticed towards the end, after the last pace car, that I was turning into turn five just before turn six and the car was turning really well, and I found out my steering was a little bit off to the left and I didn't realise that for a while and I thought maybe something was wrong so I just tried to stay off the kerbs, but other than that, the car was superb.

Q:
And the emotions on the last lap?

LH:
I was just trying to control myself, to be honest. I wanted to stop the car and jump out and just do, I don't know, cartwheels or something! I just had to keep it going and it was just... the fans were fantastic, to come to Canada for my first time, they really have been fantastic supporters, so thank-you to them but it was extremely emotional: to get all way into Formula One and to have my first pole, my first win and... who had fastest lap? Don't know, I don't know, it would be great to know if I got it or not.

Q:
Nick, I guess after those fourth places this is definitely better.

NH:
Yes, definitely. We hoped to get a podium but we were speculating about third, maybe, but definitely didn't expect second. And more importantly, or even more satisfying actually, is that I think I had a very good chance to finish second, even in normal race conditions, without so many safety cars, without Fernando being penalised, because I was pulling away from him. I had a good gap and after the stop I would have left him and that was definitely unexpected, so great thanks to the team. I think they developed the car very well. Until nearly the beginning of the race we didn't know how strong we were, just because I had so many problems over the weekend, especially on Saturday, and then seeing the pace I was doing, I was speaking to the team and asked them to confirm if it really looked as good as I thought. And they told me 'we have a very good chance to finish second' and I just kept the car on the road. As we said earlier, it was quite complicated. As Lewis said, my restarts were getting better following him, but also at the beginning I was a bit worried about Fernando, so I was not only looking forward but also looking backwards a bit.

Q:
Yes, he did have a go at you a couple of times.

NH:
Nothing serious, really, but he's quite hard on the tyres, he's aggressive with the tyres, and on the restart, on hard tyres, I did expect him to be strong, so I knew what to expect.

Q:
And you got news of your team-mate during the race?

NH:
Yes, I asked the team when the accident happened, because I saw the car upside down. I saw on the big screen that my team was putting their hands above their heads so I knew there was something serious, but they told me they didn't see anything on the screen, and they didn't speak to Robert, so there was no information for quite a long time. And then later, in one of the later safety car phases they told me that he seems fine.

Q:
Alex closed on you right at the end there; were you in control?

NH:
Yes and no. I think if it would have been a lot longer it could have been difficult, fully depending on how the tyres would have worked. Alex was on the soft tyres for a while so he already got rid of the graining, and I was right in the middle of it. Actually I had already backed off, reduced the rpm but then I just decided to raise my rpm because it was just so difficult to drive and yes, there was a problem at the end but it worked out.

Q:
Alex, I got reprimanded for reminding you it was ten years since your debut; now you're telling everybody!

AW:
Well, it's nothing to be ashamed of but it's a bit kitsch, after ten years' celebration, finishing third here. Of course, I will take that because I might have been a bit unlucky sometimes at the beginning of the season, but if you can't live with bad luck, you will never get luck, so I'm very happy now.

Q:
The tyre strategy was an interesting one but a tough one.

AW:
Yeah, very tough. We said let's go for this one. The first stint was interrupted with all the safety cars. At one point I was already sixth to fifth and then I was back in 18th but the one stop was quite critical when we put the option tyre on because with the heavy fuel, the car was just sliding all over the place, especially here with off-line, the tyre-graining stuff, whatever it's called. It is so difficult not to make a mistake. I had to draw on all my experience not to crash it or make a mistake. And in the end it worked out fine. And right at the end, after I got rid of my graining, I actually closed up to Nick. I wasn't looking at how many laps to go, I was just looking at his rear wing just to get it and eat it up, but there weren't enough laps left.

Q:
Talking of rear wings, I think you had a chunk out of yours.

AW:
I had a collision with one of the Toro Rossos, I don't know [which]. He tried a manoeuvre, touched my rear wing and I saw that part of the endplate was broken. It cost me a lot of top speed, so I was a bit like fish food out there when Kovalainen passed me on the straight just like nothing. I think I lost about six or seven km/h top speed. But the wing structure was intact. They checked it at my one stop so I could just push right to the end.

 

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