Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (McLaren Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat).
Kimi, considering what happened this afternoon, was it the most demanding qualifying of your career?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No, I wouldn't say so. I think certainly I have had more difficult times. Probably Monaco a few years back with Fernando was harder.

Q: (Ottavio Daviddi - Tuttosport).
With the crash of Robert Kubica in Canada and Hamilton here, do you think that there is a problem of safety in Formula One at this moment?

KR:
It is always going to be dangerous, you can't take that away. Even though we try to improve the safety, you can get to a certain level but we go so fast that usually when something goes wrong somebody gets hurt. But luckily enough it is nothing serious so this is part of racing really.

Fernando Alonso:
The same for me. I don't think there is a problem now with the safety. It is just motor racing and it has been an unlucky period with the Kubica accident and as we saw in GP2 in France and now with this one, these things happen. But I think everybody did a good job in terms of the safety in terms of the circuits. From a drivers point of view we know there is a risk to have an accident in Formula One, what we don't want is to get hurt, to have a problem. So thanks to God, or whatever, all these three accidents, even though they were big, nothing happened to the three drivers, so that is the important point.

Felipe Massa:
I think for sure we proved that the cars are safe. But we always have room for improvement. That is just the way it goes. People cannot say it is safe enough. With the technology we have we can always improve. I think Lewis was quite lucky that he had a lot of space there. If it was a corner where the barriers were close... For example at city tracks where you have tight corners, it would have been a massive shunt. You have this kind of problem when you are at high-speed like that. I think that is why we must think very carefully for the future when we think of doing more city tracks. I think we need to do very safe tracks and that is the way it goes. Fortunately, Lewis is fine.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
For both Ferrari drivers. Yesterday the feeling was that with a used tyre you were faster than McLaren. This morning and this afternoon did you have the same feeling?

KR:
Today it is very difficult to say. We didn't do too many laps in a row. I'm pretty happy with how my car is performing in race conditions, as close as we can see. I think we will have a good package tomorrow.

FM:
It is difficult to say. Yesterday was yesterday, Sunday is Sunday, we will see how the car goes on Sunday but it seems to me that our car is quite competitive.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Kimi, we saw your grandmother in the boxes, have you had some time to speak with her after the pole position?

KR:
I'm in here, so what do you think?

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
But it seems lucky, you know because this is the second pole position for you this year...

KR:
Yeah, but she wasn't at the first one, was she? So that doesn't change anything. But it is nice because probably it is her last race to be here and she is so excited, so it is good for her.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
The last question for Felipe...

FM:
Is it about my grandmother as well? I called her straightaway after I left the car.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
It seems that you struggle a little bit with a heavier car and you are better with a light car?

FM:
No.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
Obviously, no-one likes to see an accident like Lewis suffered today, but is this the opportunity you have been waiting for to close the gap on Lewis in the Driver's standings?

KR:
For sure it is not the way we want to do the racing but that is a part of racing. Sometimes you have an accident, sometimes it is not your fault, sometimes it is your mistakes, but it all counts. The main thing is that he is ok and probably is going to race tomorrow, but we will see. Anything can happen tomorrow, similar things can happen to us, we will see.

FA:
The same thing. These things happen. Sometimes when you open a gap, sometimes you have opened it because the others have problems. As Kimi said, we have to wait until tomorrow. Maybe tomorrow the three of us have problems in the gearbox and nobody scores points. Tomorrow afternoon we will see what happens with the points.

Q: (Rene Hofmann - S?ddeutsche Zeitung).
Fernando, do you have a hint as to what caused the crash?

FA:
I don't know.

Q: (Rene Hofmann - S?ddeutsche Zeitung).
Your engineers were checking your front right suspension, is that right?

FA:
Yes, but it was quite busy in the garage, I didn't talk with the engineers to interrupt them, so I have no idea.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany).
Fernando, considering that it is hard anyway to keep your concentration after such a big break, what did you think when you knew your team-mate had a problem? Did you think you may have a similar problem with your car?

FA:
Yes, always when you see a similar car with a problem, you are not 100% sure whether everything is ok. But in this case today, I had no worries. No worries because it happened in Q3 and we had been racing with this same car all Saturday. So P3, Q1, Q2, and nothing happened with both cars. So the way it happened in Q3, in the middle of Q3, I was quite sure that my car was perfectly ok. But yes, maybe if this happened in a race, if you see your team-mate retiring from a race, you always think that maybe it can happen to you as well. But like I said, today I had no worries because my car was running fine all day.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
Fernando, just for our information, can you just confirm the speed that the car was going where Lewis came off?

FA:
I don't know but... 260, 270 (kph) maybe.

 

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