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

Questions from the floor

Q: (Mathias Brunner - Motorsport Aktuell)
Lewis, you've pointed out how much the wind has picked up since yesterday. How much did that affect driving?

Lewis Hamilton:
For me, not that much. Obviously we have a tail-wind going into turn one and so just a little bit more understeer than perhaps this morning or yesterday but everywhere else it seems to help through turn seven and turn eight, so it doesn't really hurt or make the lap any harder.

Q:
And is there a cross-wind on the straight?

LH:
I've not noticed a cross-wind.

Q: (Jia Chen - King Sports)
Question to Lewis. You have already won two chaotic races in Canada and Japan, so do you hope it will rain tomorrow?

LH:
No, not really. I think it would be good to have a dry race. We've experienced wet conditions in the last race and it's tricky for everyone and it's just - I wouldn't say easier - but it's just different, so it's a cool race when you're... perhaps a little bit closer when it's dry and you don't get all the spray and it's not so difficult to follow each other and so I'm not bothered. Either way we've got a good car in the dry and wet and as you can see from last weekend, the car's very good in the wet, so if it rains, I will be just as happy as if it's dry.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Lewis, do you hope that the storm comes and the race will be cancelled?

LH:
No. Do you know what? I'm really surprised that you've asked me a question because all season you've not asked me one question. Whenever you get the microphone I know the question's going to Kimi. No, I think no, I just want to race. I'm going into tomorrow not thinking hey, this is the championship. There are still two races left and that's the way you've got to look at it. I will try to do the best job I can tomorrow, finish in the points and then we'll see what happens afterwards but I want to race. I hate all this preparation and then the race is stopped or you finish on the first lap. I love to have a real battle and a challenge.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Question to all drivers. After everything that's happened in the last few days, is it clear now what the rules are, how to behave behind the safety car?

LH:
I don't think it's ever been that clear. I think it's clearer but I think we understand a little bit better but I put my hand up after yesterday and perhaps I didn't do the best job under the safety car in the wet but it was my first experience in the wet conditions behind the safety car. It was tricky for everyone, visibility was the biggest problem but I think we have a better idea or at least, if I was leading again in those conditions under a safety car, I would do the best job I can to do a better job. I don't know about these guys...

Q:
(Jia Chen - King Sports)
A question to Kimi. I wonder why you came back into the pits after only one lap in Q1.

Kimi Raikkonen: We just wanted to check the car after we had that power steering failure in the last practice session, just to make sure everything was fine.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lewis, to win the race tomorrow would be the perfect way to win the championship. Are you going to try to win the race or are you going to play it more conservatively considering that you can also work on your advantage?

LH:
I'm going to try to win the race. When I play golf, and I'm in the bushes, I don't play safe, I go for the trees and it's a similar thing tomorrow. I'm not going to go out and let people past. I'm going to try to win the race but obviously be sensible and the important thing is to finish the race, to do the best job I can.

Q:
Lewis, I want to know, do you think you can replace Alonso, the former champion and will create your own times?

LH:
I don't know. I haven't really thought about it but it's been a phenomenal season and I really don't know what to say. I came into the season just hoping to do a good job and it's just been a mind-blowing season for me and I think for my whole team and for everyone in the Formula One paddock with everything that's gone on. It will be great to win the World Championship. If not, there's always another... I'm only 22, so I've got a long long time here hopefully.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Was there any moment yesterday evening when you were talking to the stewards that you feared that you might get a penalty?

LH:
Well I'm the type of person that as soon as I heard that they wanted to see me, I always think the worst, that's just like my dad. He thinks of the worst things that can happen and thinks that that is going to happen to you and they were going to call me up and I just immediately accepted the fact that I would almost probably get a penalty here and for what, I don't know. Obviously when I went in I told them my views and they listened to the other drivers and they came out. For me, it was obviously the best decision. I think it was right and so I was quite happy and I was quite relieved last night. I was able to get rid of that heavy bag that was on my shoulders and there's already a huge weight on my shoulders from leading the World Championship but this and all these extra bits, it wasn't really needed.

 

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