Questions from the floor:

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, why was Ferrari the only team to chose to start with intermediate tyres, even if you didn't read this e-mail from the FIA? Considering the conditions was it not too much of a gamble?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know. It could have gone either way. I didn't have any problems really behind the safety car. The only problem was that I couldn't see anything but we didn't know any e-mails or any new rules that came up and they somehow forgot to tell us but it's quite an unfair situation to end up with, them forcing you to stop when you don't really want to but that's now behind us. We needed to stop because there were so many places but I don't know if it would have made a difference or not.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Heikki, you were certainly not too optimistic when the race started but what was the moment that you realised that this could be your race today?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Well, it wasn't my race, it was Lewis's race. It was obviously a very good result for us but if you're not winning, there's always room for improvement. l was leading the race at some point in the middle of the race, when the other guys stopped. That, for us, this year, has normally been a good sign. Whenever we see P1 on the pit board, regardless of the situation, it's always positive for us. I just kept going, going, going and trying to go as fast as I could and then behind the safety car, I knew that the guys in front of me probably had to pit, and I knew that I was definitely going to go on to the end, so at that moment I thought there might be a chance of reaching the podium but I obviously knew that the Ferrari guys would be coming up behind me. I really didn't think about it too much, I just thought I would try and keep going, trying not to make mistakes, and push as much as I could. Then, going into the last few laps, I knew there was going to be a fight with Kimi. I just didn't know where he was, I couldn't really see and I couldn't defend anywhere. It was difficult to go off the line because of aquaplaning and secondly, I couldn't see him, my mirrors were steamed up. But obviously going into the last lap I knew I was definitely going to be on the podium.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Kimi, how were you told to come in and change the tyres and what went through your mind at that moment?

KR:
The team just told me that I must pit on the fifth lap or whatever it was. They didn't really know the reason why we were forced to at that point but then I heard after the race that there was some paper or some information given but they forgot to give it to our team.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
What did you think at that moment?

KR:
Ah, nothing. I knew that I was forced to come in, so there was nothing that I could have done. The team didn't really know the reason, so we just tried to do the best that we could after that.

Q: (Sal Zanca - AP)
Lewis, how were you informed of Fernando's crash and did you feel there was poetic justice after all the 'stuff' that has happened this year?

Lewis Hamilton:
The answer to the second part of that: no. It must have been a couple of laps or maybe actually the lap that he went off. I was just told 'be careful, debris at turn six, so be careful.' And they said it was Fernando.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Heikki, yesterday in qualifying the Renault didn't look too strong. What made the difference today?

HK:
I think we took a little gamble with our set-up. We thought it would be dry today or we thought there was more chance of it being dry today than wet. After Friday, we were reasonably happy with our competitiveness and we decided to leave the car more or less as it was on Friday, didn't change any downforce level or anything like that, just hoping to look more for Sunday rather than Saturday. And I think I didn't really get the best out of the car yesterday anyway. I don't think the laps were that fantastic. I just didn't get into the track, get into the conditions quickly enough. I think that potentially, even with this car, we should have been in the top ten. Then today, I think running with extreme tyres it was working quite well for us. Even yesterday I think the feeling was better with the extreme tyres, relative to the intermediate tyres. Maybe that was one of the keys today and also our strategy was very good, we had plenty of fuel on board, the safety car was bringing our stop further and further which, in these conditions was better and better. Two or three laps before my pit stop it was getting a bit drier. We were talking about which tyres we were going to chose, but just then a lap or two before my actual stop it started to rain again, so I was relieved that we could stay on the extreme wets, which seemed to be better for us today.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, did you have any problems with the fuel because you had two quite short fuel stops at the beginning of the race, and another one which was pretty long in time, considering how long Lewis pitted?

KR:
No, we didn't.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
To Heikki and Kimi. How did it feel to be on the podium, two Finns at the same time, and the third one trained by a Finnish guy?

HK:
Yeah, of course for me it was a very good moment. It was my first podium in Formula One. Obviously a lot of work had gone towards that and the next thing is to be sitting in the middle. Of course it's very good to be there with Kimi as well. Kimi's obviously been there many times before, so I don't think it's a big deal for him to be honest but for myself, it's a great moment, a great feeling.

KR:
Ah, it's like any other podium really. I would rather be in the middle. Third place doesn't really give me anything.

Q: (Takeharu Kusuda - Lapita)
Lewis, you were so quick, like Ayrton in the rain. What is the most important thing in a wet race?

LH:
You've got to keep the car on the track and combine that with trying to be quick as well. It's really really tricky but the great thing about this track is that there is a lot of grip in the wet, and I think the tyres help as well but it's a great track to drive in the wet. Especially towards the end, it was very very tricky, nearly aquaplaning but generally it's just really quite a nice track to drive, more so in the dry but in the wet it was just as much fun. But there were a couple of rivers coming across the track and the key is just to make sure the car is as straight as possible. You either lift or you just make sure you don't spin. Fernando obviously spun on one those little rivers. But it's all about just staying calm and cool and not trying to be first or fastest in that corner, just trying to carry the momentum through the whole lap.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, what about the Ferrari set-up? It looked like you were not as competitive in the wet as McLaren. Was it because you were hoping it would be drier, so that yesterday you were working with more of a dry set-up?

KR:
It was exactly the same as it was in dry conditions, so we didn't change anything. We were not sure about the weather conditions today. We were expecting that they probably should have been better than yesterday but it wasn't, so it probably could have been better but I don't think that that really cost us anything. The car was pretty nice to drive today and yesterday.

Q: (Carl Cunanan - F1 Racing)
Lewis, did you have enough fuel to finish the race without a second safety car?

LH:
Yes.

Q: (Yuki Ishihara - Sankei Sports)
I have a question for Lewis. Under the conditions were you always driving the car or was the car driving you sometimes?

LH:
I hope not! I was very fortunate, I was pretty much in control the whole way. At the end there was a lot of aquaplaning, my tyres were old because I did one stop and I think the track was a little bit drier after my first stop, so I grained the tyres a little bit, so they weren't as good as everyone else's who stopped a bit later than me. Other than that, some of the aquaplaning... you're still in control, you know, you're still controlling and almost rallying it down the straight. Which is cool. Good fun.

Q: (Niki Takeda - Formula PA)
Lewis, mathematically there are still two other guys who can have a go at you but have you really started thinking about the championship or are you trying to not think about it and concentrate on the upcoming races?

LH:
Well, I think at the back of your mind in the sub-conscious you do think about it a little bit but I think the key for me is just focus on the next race and just make sure my preparations are right and take it as it comes. I hope I finish the next race, do the best job I can. I hope we have the pace to again have the opportunity to win. We'll see after the next race. I think after the next race then you really really have to start thinking about it but I don't think it's something you should think about because you can either worry or... I just really enjoy it. I couldn't imagine having four wins in my first year. After the first pole and after the first win I was like... come on, get out of here but now it's just way way beyond anything I imagined.

Q: (Carole Capitaine - l'Equipe)
A question for Kimi. How do you explain the last pit stop for Felipe at the end of the race when he was in front of you, was it planned or was it a help for you?

KR:
You need to ask him.

 

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