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

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Fabritsio Lazakis - Four Wheels Magazine)
Fernando, was your last lap perfect or did you make any mistakes?

Fernando Alonso:
It was good. I think as we said before, I was up one-tenth [of a second] in the first sector and I lost it again in the second sector so it was quite similar to the previous lap and I didn't improve the lap by half a tenth or something like that. It's on the limit. We are all on the limit. Sometimes you find one-tenth when you didn't expect a mistake and sometimes you lose some and you don't know why. No, the lap was very good, no big problems.

Q: (Paulo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Felipe, when you came here to Indianapolis you said this was a track that was supposed to suit Ferrari much better than Canada. Are you surprised that they [McLaren] are still in front?

Felipe Massa:
When you see them in front in the last two races you cannot say that this is a surprise because they are already quite strong in the last two races. But we expected to be better than at Canada, which we are. So I don't know if it is enough to win the race tomorrow... But I believe we need to fight and thinking for the next race already, we have two weekends, two weeks to work on the car and it will be very good to bring our best to the next race. I think we are better than Canada and I am confident for tomorrow as well.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri)
What is the main problem that you are facing? The tyres? Or the set-up?

FM:
I think in terms of set-up, we have worked over the weekend to find the best set-up and we have found a good set-up. We were just missing a little bit of speed compared to McLaren. So that's it.

Q: (Dave Kallmann - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Lewis, in this country there seems to be a real urge to compare you with Tiger Woods, or refer to you as the Tiger Woods of motor racing. Is that fair? Is that accurate? Can you do anything for the profile of Formula One in the United States like Tiger did for golf?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't really know what to say to that, to be honest. It's obviously nice to be compared to somebody like Tiger Woods but you just have to remember I'm not Tiger Woods, I'm Lewis Hamilton and this is Formula One it is not golf. Whether or not it can have a similar impact on the audience in America? I'm not sure. It will be good for the sport if it can. I hope my purpose here serves its place.

Q: (Carlos Miquel - Diario AS)
Question for Fernando, in the last stages of your last lap you braked to save fuel?

FA:
Yes. Yes because I can see the time I will do here on the steering wheel. I knew it was slower than before so we started thinking about tomorrow's race.

Q: (J?rome Bourret - l'Equipe)
A question for Lewis. Last week you started from first position in Montreal. Have you learned something about starting first in Formula One or was it just the same as GP2?

LH:
No, it wasn't the same as GP2. Obviously, I had a bad start in Canada, but it's just a different experience and there are definitely some things I've taken from it. To see how aggressive some of the drivers are... You know you have to be cautious but at the same time you want to keep your spot. I just have to make sure tomorrow I get a good start and try to defend my position. You can't win the race in the first corner, you have to get around and be safe and bring it home. So that's going to be my target.

 

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