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Q:
Felipe, it looked like a brilliant qualifying session for you: quickest on both your last two runs and the only man under 1m 12s in qualifying.

Felipe MASSA:
Yes, it's a fantastic feeling. Being back in Brazil, with pole position is always fantastic. In qualifying I had a very good first attempt and in the second I made a small mistake. I improved my lap time a lot but I made a small mistake and afterwards I was a bit afraid that Lewis could beat me but it was a good lap and I was quite happy to come back here in front of my people. It was big emotion.

Q:
Pole last year and you won the Grand Prix, but a different Interlagos this year, a different track surface, much smoother but I guess the same atmosphere.

FM:
Yes, the atmosphere is always the same. Yes, they are very nice people, they enjoy being here at Interlagos a lot, being here with the Brazilian flag and that's amazing. I think last year we had a fantastic weekend. This year it was a good start, so hopefully we can finish in a similar situation as we finished last year. It would for sure be another dream.

Q:
A new track surface, but very very close between you and McLaren Mercedes.

FM:
Yes, it was very close between me and Lewis in the end. I was also slightly expecting my engineer to maybe say P2 but in the end one tenth was close but it was enough to be in front. The asphalt is pretty nice, I have to say. We don't have the bumps like we used to have in the past. It's very smooth and it was a great job by the Brazilian people.

Q:
Well done to you, Lewis. I'm pretty sure you're where you want to be; do you want to know that you were actually fastest as you went into that last corner and it was very close between you and Felipe. You almost had the pole.

Lewis HAMILTON:
Yeah, very close. I really enjoyed the qualifying session actually. We seemed to have very good pace here, the car was great to drive and the team did a good job as always in getting us out in good space. Yeah, it was a really good lap. I think I just lost a little bit of time in the last corner. It wasn't a mistake. I just didn't want to lose what I had up until then, so I lost half a tenth or something like that. Apart from that, it was a close to perfect lap and I'm very very happy, a good place for us to start.

Q:
It looked like an interesting fuel-burning period as well, you leading the pack and everybody seemed to be going for an extra lap if it was out there. It was pretty quick and of course you and Fernando had a stacked pit stop as well with Fernando right behind you.

LH:
Yeah, it was good to get out first. The team as always did a really great job and I like to be at the front of the pit lane, I think it's a good place to be, get out there with a clean head and no one messing around in front of you. Yeah, we came in, obviously I was ahead of Fernando but I just had to - as soon as I got my tyres on - leave as soon as possible which worked perfectly actually. I just came out each time close to Kimi and just had to let him past but otherwise it was perfect. Q:
Well, speaking of a clear head, a slight glitch yesterday with a very small infringement on the tyre regulation. How are you faring up to the pressure: Brazilian Grand Prix and a big day for you tomorrow?

LH:
It's nothing to do with pressure. It wasn't me, you know. I sit in the car and I do what I'm told and but that was just... we made a slight mistake there but that's the way it goes. But we got a fine, fortunately I didn't have to pay for it but we've come in today, we've got the pace. I feel very confident for tomorrow and I really hope the weather's good and we can continue and have a good weekend.

Q:
And what's it like from Lewis Hamilton's point of view going into what could be the biggest day of your life?

LH:
I've not reached that point yet, and I'm just buzzing, I'm really buzzing. I'm really excited, I feel very relaxed, the car feels great underneath me, I love the circuit and the food here in Brazil is great and the fans are extremely enthusiastic. I've seen quite a few British flags out there, so I'm very very happy to see that we've got some support.

Q:
Kimi, quickest in Q2, not quite there in Q3. How do you feel about your lap? It looks as if you ran a little bit wide coming out of turn four?

Kimi R?IKK?NEN:
Yeah, I got sideways in turn four, lost some time, but for sure it could have been a better lap but I think the car was not too bad itself. The first try I didn't really get the tyres working as I wanted, but the second attempt was good until that point, and even after that point, but it was a bit late at that point already. I think we still have a good race car tomorrow, we're still in a good position to start, so I need a gap and we just need to go for it and see what happens.

Q:
I suppose you don't need Lewis Hamilton ahead of you on the grid; how do you see the Ferrari v. McLaren Mercedes battle tomorrow?

KR:
Probably as close as it's always been. It's going to be a long race, a hard race. I think the tyres will be a bit on the limit, so I think whoever can use the tyres in the best way probably will make a bigger difference. Hopefully we get everything working and we can achieve what we want.

Q:
Felipe, returning to you for final thoughts: in a grandstand position tomorrow with the World Championship to be decided around you and you're on the pole.

FM:
It is important to do a good start and I'm sure the fight behind me - hopefully behind me - will be a big fight and I'm sure it will be very nice for the spectators to watch a nice race, a nice fight between these three guys. Hopefully I can drive to victory.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
Felipe, obviously, what does this fantastic pole here in Brazil mean to you?

FM:
It means a lot, it means, it is my country and if you see how enthusiastic the Brazilian people are here and especially when you have a Brazilian guy fighting for the pole position and I think coming back after one year ago when I made a pole, before I won, it is a fantastic feeling for me. It is another fantastic day of my life, which is difficult to forget. Hopefully tomorrow I can have another fantastic cay and another one that it is difficult to forget. But it is a great feeling for me, a very big emotion, when you cross the line and you see that you have pole position and you can see all the Brazilian people in the grandstands are jumping... It is a very unique feeling.

Q:
And you are good at converting poles into wins?

FM:
Well, these things are never good to say before the race but let us try to do another one.

Q:
From a Ferrari point of view, is this job done - and is this what they wanted out of you?

FM:
Well, for the team, what they expect of the driver is to be in front and I am in front, so the team is happy with me.

Q:
Lewis, second on the grid, but on the front row - that is the important thing. Are you happy with that?

LH:
Yes, absolutely. It's a good qualifying session for me and I had a good battle with Felipe with the times and he did a fantastic job to get pole, but it was quite straightforward and the car was very good. I was very happy with it, so turning to tomorrow, we sit in a good position.

Q:
And on the left hand side of the grid in theory, is that still the dirty side? Or is it not so dirty here?

LH:
I haven't really thought about it actually, it's my first time here, so I don't really know, but I am guessing it is dirty because the track is new and I don't know about you, but I've not seen many cars come across to this side of the track, so I assume it is going to be quite dirty, but we will do the best job we can.

Q:
What about the tyres? Kimi said they are on the limit - are they on the limit for you as well?

LH:
Yes, I think it is pretty much the same across the whole paddock. We were all on soft tyres and I think the track is getting better and better in terms of grip level but graining is the problem for everyone.

Q:
And you said you were very relaxed a few days ago. Are you the same now?

LH:
Yes, it must be the food I have been having...

FM:
Keep on eating it...

LH:
Yeah, I am fully relaxed and I feel very comfortable in the car and it has gone very well. Front row is what we needed.

Q:
Kimi, I think two times you had to overtake Lewis as he was on a slow lap or coming out of the pits - was it a distraction?

KR:
For sure, it didn't help, so anyhow I ran wide and it cost a bit of lap time, but still I am in third place, so I think it is an ok place to start the race and we should have a good car and we'll see what we can do tomorrow.

Q:
Starting behind your team-mate is that also encouraging?

KR:
Yes, for sure we wanted to be one and two, but it didn't happen. But like I said we should have a good car tomorrow and it is difficult to say how we will do here with the new surface. But I am still looking forward to the race and I think we have a good chance.

Q:
You are not too disheartened by third on the grid?

KR:
Like I said, I would rather be in the front, but it is where we are now and we cannot change it right now and so tomorrow we can try to do different things and we'll see what can happen.

 

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