Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, did anything come to your mind in the last laps about what happened in Adelaide corner five years ago?

Kimi Raikkonen:
For sure, I remember that, but I wasn't expecting to have the same problem. It was an unfortunate thing that time, but I made sure that nothing like that would happen.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere della Sera)
Felipe, okay for the traffic, but was your second pit-stop a little bit slower than it should be?

Felipe Massa:
I don't know. We need to check the numbers. Maybe. I didn't check on it. I felt it was a bit, but maybe you saw the numbers. If it was slower, it was, so...

Q: (Sal Zanca - Associated Press)
Kimi and Felipe, is this the beginning of the expected Ferrari revival?

KR:
I think so. We didn't expect to have the problems that we had in the last few races, so I think we are back where we expected to be. It wasn't that we lost something. Maybe we just didn't get everything out of the car. Everything works well and we try to keep it up and improve.

Q: (Mark Hughes - Autosport)
Kimi, how tough was it to stay within striking distance of Felipe? Some drivers this year have said it is tough when behind another car to prevent tyres from graining... Did you have that problem?

KR:
No, I didn't have a graining problem, but it hurts you when you are behind someone. You think they are quite far away, but it still hurts. Once I was in the pit lane, my car improved suddenly, so it was something to do with when you follow people very closely. It is never easy. You try to hang on there and stay close enough. For sure, the traffic did not help anybody today. But it is part of the racing and sometimes you are lucky with it and sometimes you are unlucky.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lewis, was it a big disadvantage to lose so much time on Friday, seeing how far you were behind Ferrari?

Lewis Hamilton:
No, I don't think it had anything to do with it. We just had one of the sensors saying that we were running too cool, that we needed to come in, and the engine just shut off in case, just safety precautions. It made no difference to the race weekend.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Felipe, do you see this race as two points gained on Hamilton or two points lost in the end?

FM:
No, for sure these are two points gained on Hamilton, so it was a positive race and also gained compared to Fernando which now means the difference is reduced a lot. I think it was a good result today.

Q: (Fr?d?ric Ferret - l'Equipe)
To both Ferrari drivers, can you explain where the Ferrari car is better now compared to two weeks ago?

FM:
I think we improved it well everywhere, so it works every corner and it is just better everywhere.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
The question is for Hamilton, you arrived 32 seconds behind the Ferrari car and last week at Silverstone in the test, they were very quick. Do you think it is possible to bounce back for first position?

LH:
Yes, as I said earlier, I think you can't win every race and the most important thing is that you are consistent which I think we are. And I think here as you heard both of these drivers said they made a good improvement, a good step forward at Silverstone, and even we made a step forward, but this weekend when you are behind people it is a lot harder to show true pace. I don't think they were as quick as they looked today, not that much faster; I don't know what times they were doing, but there was obviously a big gap and traffic and strategy had a lot to do with that. I am sure we can bounce back at the next race, without a doubt.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Kimi, how far from perfect was the Ferrari car today, for you?

KR:
I think the car was good, but it is never perfect. There are always places where you can improve and you can always push forward, so even the car sometimes it is very good and you can still improve some areas. We can still improve and get the car quicker.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Lewis, is it fair to say that any kind of lead, let alone one of 14 points, going into your home grand prix would have been unimaginable?

LH:
Absolutely. I think and I keep saying that I didn't even expect to finish on the podium in my first race let alone eight races in the season so I am very happy with the job that I have done and the job that the team have done and I think that going into my first Silverstone grand prix in the team that I have always wanted to drive for and leading the world championship is one of the greatest feelings that a driver can have.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Felipe, which was the car that you were trying to lap for three laps?

FM:
Many cars... It was the two Red Bulls, one Toyota, which was more difficult, and also a Williams as well. It was a big fight from them.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, how well do you feel in your car now?

KR:
Like I said, it is not only the car, but a lot of areas like in qualifying and in the race and there is no point to talk about it here. As long as we know what we want and expect to do, that is the main thing. We are working all the time to improve those areas and if we can do that it will help me a lot also.

 

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