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

Questions from the Floor

Q: (Spyros Pettas - Auto Motor und Sport Greece)
The World Motor Sport Council decided that McLaren had Ferrari technical information and broke Article 151c, but were not penalized. Then came Hungary where McLaren and Fernando Alonso were severely penalized because he just stood in the pits for 30 seconds for whatever reason. Is this type of justice flattering to the sport and the F1 fans?

Felipe Massa:
I am not going to comment on that.

Lewis Hamilton:
And neither am I.

Kimi Raikkonen:
The same.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, yesterday you said you would prefer P3 to P2 if you were not on pole. Do you still agree?

KR:
I think so, if you look at past years the clean side of the circuit seems to be the better place to start. I think it might make a difference here but we will see what happens tomorrow.

Q: (Ian Stafford - The Mail on Sunday)
A question for both Kimi and Felipe: There are 50 points still to play for, so both of you could still be world champion, but realistically what have you got to do now to stop Lewis and Fernando? I think that you need to be beating Lewis by three and a half points per race between now and the end of the season, so what do you have to do?

FM:
We will try to do exactly that!

Q:
Can you elaborate on that?

FM:
We will try to put both Ferraris ahead of both McLarens in every race. The championship is not easy, 21 points is not comfortable but is it possible? We are going to try.

KR:
We will do our best and hopefully win races and you never know what is going to happen in the last six races. We will keep pushing for as long as we still think we have a chance. The next three races are important but we need to wait and see.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe)
For Lewis, how disturbing was it to not be at the circuit on Thursday to prepare for the weekend?

LH:
As you can see we are still second in the qualifying session, so it has not really had any effect on our preparation. We were still able to prepare and I met up with my engineers earlier in the week, so it made no difference to me.

Q: (Steve Cooper - Autosport)
Felipe, there was a report in the German media earlier this week that you had received information about the McLaren Hungary penalty before it had been officially released. Is that true?

FM:
That is crazy.

Q: (Ian Stafford - The Mail on Sunday)
Lewis, obviously you have to keep an eye on the Ferrari boys but Fernando is your nearest challenger in the world championship so, with that in mind, how happy are you about qualifying second when Fernando is fourth?

LH:
It is obviously a positive. Going into qualifying I knew that Fernando had been improving all the way through to qualifying and I seemed to lack the pace initially, but I am very relieved that I was able to pull out the time on my last lap and qualify ahead of him. Obviously tomorrow is another day and I will just have to try to get as many points as possible and finish ahead of him. But it will be good for both of us to finish ahead of the Ferraris.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
For Massa, you did a fantastic T3 and Kimi said it is easy to make a mistake there, so can you explain how that was so good?

FM:
It was very difficult especially since from the morning practice to qualifying the wind direction changed a little bit and affected these corners. I didn't have the same grip again in the last corner compared to before but I was able to do a good T3, not pushing as hard in the corner as before. I just tried not to be too aggressive and managed to do a good T3.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
You said you didn't have as good a car in Q3 as in Q1 and Q2, so can you just describe what happened with the balance of the car?

KR:
It was nothing specific, I just think that when you put more fuel in the car it is always going to be different. You are always guessing a bit how it is going to be and although it was still good I could not quite put a lap together as well as I was hoping. But I think for long runs in the race the car should be good. I am not too disappointed although for sure it makes it easier if you start in first place, so we will just have to see what happens.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Felipe, which one was more difficult to get, pole this year or last year?

FM:
I think both. Pole position is always difficult. Last year was tight and this year we have also had many tight qualifying sessions. I was able to do a good lap here and in Malaysia as well it was very good. Even Bahrain was tight. It is always difficult.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Kimi, can you describe how it felt when you made a mistake, I think between T12 and T13? Did you analyse in that moment that you had lost pole position?

KR:
I didn't know. I knew that I lost time because I was a bit off the line. I don't know how much I lost but for sure it would have been a lot closer. It just sometimes happens when you push to gain time and you overdo it. It is part of the game.

 

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