Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (McLaren Mercedes) and Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat).
Kimi do you now have a better feeling going into the second part of the season compared with 2005 when you were chasing Fernando?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No, I think it is a different story completely. A different kind of year, different kind of rules and everything. I have a good feeling but like I said every race can be completely different so I'm not too much thinking that. If we can repeat our times from today then for sure we have a good chance every weekend as long as we get everything working well.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe).
To Lewis: you said you had a different rear end to Fernando. Do you usually have the same type of set-up?

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, we usually have a very similar car. But it was slightly different this weekend. Normally it is not exactly the same but near enough the same.

Q: (Sal Zanca - Associated Press).
Kimi and Fernando. Did the better car or the better strategy win the race?

KR:
I don't know really. It doesn't make any difference any more. We were first, they were second. We had a good speed but I think to look in qualifying Fernando was a very similar speed so if you put the two cars on the same fuel loads it could have been very close.

Fernando Alonso:
A difficult question again. Who knows? As Kimi said, in qualifying we were closer, or maybe I was slightly quicker forgetting the fuel loads that we saw today. And in the race they were slightly quicker. Maybe starting in front of them was just enough to win the race or maybe not.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
As euphoric as you were yesterday after being pole at your home Grand Prix how acute is the disappointment, if any, at not winning it today?

LH:
Obviously, it is not the best result for us. Being on pole I felt quite strongly that we could have had a better result. However, to come to your first home Grand Prix and still get a podium after difficulties on your second and last stint... I have to look on the bright side you know. We still have nine podiums in a row and I don't know if that has ever been done, but I'm very happy with that.

Q: (Marco Evangelisti - Corriere dello Sport).
Kimi, did you shout in the radio after all?

KR:
Still no. It is not what I do.

Q: (Trevor Huggins - Reuters).
Question for Lewis. Given the edge that the Ferraris seem to have today and you said yourself that you made a couple of mistakes along the way. Do you think, realistically, if Massa hadn't stalled on the grid you would have finished fourth?

LH:
Probably.

Q: (Trevor Huggins - Reuters).
So it is down to that that you were able to keep this run of podium finishes going then?

LH:
Take it how you want.

Q: (Sean McGreevy - Motoring and Leisure).
Congratulations on another podium finish Lewis. How are you dealing with being a role-model and the responsibilities that come with that? And who is your role-model?

LH:
I don't particularly have a role-model anymore because I'm 22 years-old. But my brother inspires me because he has always got a smile on his face no matter what. I think you can learn a lot from that. As I always say, whatever he does - he can't play football like the rest of us, he can't play any type of sport like the rest of us - he still gives it 110% even though it is that tough. I think you can learn so much from that so he inspires me.

Q:
How would you judge the first half of the season?

KR:
For sure we would like to be in a better position in the championship but we expected to have a few difficult times and we have so far. But at least it is going in the right direction. So maybe we can have a strong end of the year.

FA:
Same comment as Kimi. It can be better than this at the moment. I have had two seventh places at Canada and Magny-Cours and probably that was not in the plan. But the championship is very long, the second half will be better and everything is more or less ok.

LH:
I think I have had a wicked season so far. I've got no complaints to make.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport).
Fernando, everybody among the top four had a different tyre strategy today. With hindsight would you say that if you had a different choice of tyres from stint to stint it would have been a different story?

FA:
I don't think so. For us the soft tyre works a little bit better for qualifying maybe. We felt it was quite bad for the race. We were quite worried about the graining so we were planning to put the soft tyre in for the shorter stint of the race. At the beginning the last part of the race was planned to be the shorter stint but we changed the strategy to overtake Kimi in the first pit stop. Then we made a very short middle stint so we fitted the soft tyres there because we really believed that with high fuel loads the soft tyre was a problem for us.

Q: (Andrew Benson - F1 Racing).
Fernando you have obviously had some difficulties adapting to a new team this year, there has been the tyre thing as well. But you looked really competitive this weekend, do you feel you are getting on top of it now?

FA:
I think in Canada I was very, very quick all weekend. In Indianapolis I was the quickest in the race. In Magny-Cours I was third quickest after the two Ferraris. So it has been the last four or five races that I was quite happy with the car and quite quick all weekend. This one confirms again that I still learn, I have confidence and I have the speed to be there. Sometimes you can do it sometimes not. Of course we need a little bit more consistency and a better approach to the races from the team, it will be better.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Kimi, you are now in front of your teammate in an important period in the championship. How do you analyse it? Is it easy for you?

KR:
We want to be ahead of everybody so if a guy I race against is in my team ok, but if not I race against all the rest. I am not looking for him [Felipe Massa] really. I'm looking at how we can improve and how we can analyse. If you only race against your teammate it is not probably the right thing to do. Like I said this is a perfect result, this is what we aim for and if we repeat this we will be ahead of everybody.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany).
Kimi, you were quite critical on yourself when mentioning the mistake of yesterday in qualifying. How angry were you after that happened?

KR:
I wasn't happy because I know that this can damage our race. I expected that we would be quick in the race. I really thought we should have started in pole position, so after my mistake I was not happy at all. But luckily enough we could recover from it and still win the race. But for sure I made life much more difficult today than it should have been.

Q: (Bob McKenzie - The Daily Express).
Lewis, was there a point in the race when it became clear - when you thought 'damn this isn't going to be my day, I'm not going to win it.' Do you recall thinking that at some point?

LH:
No not really. I never give up, I just keep on pushing because you never know what is going to happen. They [the leaders] could have come together, they could have got caught by back-markers. Sometimes I could see people ahead and I didn't know if it was them or whoever. I thought maybe they would be getting close to back-markers and I thought 'this is my opportunity to keep pushing because you might get close.' You never know what is going to happen so I find you never give up, you just keep on pushing. The team are telling you to turn the engine down at some point so you are getting slower but then you try to push to compensate for the engine. But otherwise I kept going.

Q: (Jerome Bourret - L'Equipe).
Lewis, you made your first mistake of the season, was it because you felt more under pressure than usual or not?

LH:
No and I don't think it was my first mistake of the season. I've made other mistakes, just ones you haven't seen.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
Lewis with these last two third places and a bit of a gap to Kimi what do you think is required now to go on and win the title?

LH:
I think I need to step up my game which I intend to do. As a team we need to push as always but try to push even more if we can. You know for me as a driver I'm still learning, I still have time to find in myself through experience and I think we are going to a few tracks that I know so it should really make the weekend a bit easier but it doesn't. I've been here before but I've struggled in terms of pace. Making sure we get the car set up right, making sure we keep on moving forward with the car and ideally beat the Ferraris.

Q: (Jaime Rodriguez - El Mundo).
Fernando, did you think that your second stop was going to be later?

FA:
No, the team tell me always which lap I will stop so I knew it would be that lap. It was the only way to leave the pits after the first stop in front of Kimi. To short-fuel and to lead the race in the middle part. If we put more fuel in to stop later then maybe I would be second in the middle part of the race and second in the last part so it was the only possibility.

Q: (George Nolte - Bild am Sonntag).
Lewis could you describe your first pit stop again?

LH:
I think the entry to the pit lane was good. I got to my box and the rear of the car dropped down. I selected first gear, I was ready to go - I thought I saw the lollipop move a little bit but I was maybe wrong - and I let the clutch out to early. You try to be as quick as you can when the lollipop goes up, I tried to anticipate it and I was too early.

 

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