QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Lewis, bearing in mind all the criticising and whingeing that Fernando has done of late, which has led to a scrutineer in the McLaren garage today, I wonder how it feels to beat him fair and square?

LH:
It is always good to beat your team-mate in any circumstances and you know we approached this weekend with both of us challenging for the world championship and I don't know for what reason he is P4, but I think we are both doing a good job. For sure, it is nice to be ahead of your team-mate and that is always your goal and for the team we want to be right at the front, so we still have some work to do.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
For Lewis. For everybody it is evident that twice you disturbed Kimi. Is everything good to become a world champion?

LH:
To be honest there is no reason for me to do anything to Kimi because if anything he can win... (inaudible from the audience)

LH:
Well, I came out of the pits and the guys said that, obviously, because Fernando was behind me and I could not hold him up in the pits... So I came out of the pit lane and they said you will come out close to Kimi and I came out and when you are at that sort of speed your mirrors are vibrating and so you cannot see too much and then I realised that he was very, very close and so I slowed down and I noticed I can't attack the corner like he was, so I backed out and he went past me.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
...You never showed him clearly that you would give him the track free?

LH:
What do you want me to do? Put the indicator on?

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
You know exactly...

LH:
I did the best job I could to get out of the way. And I did apologise to him if I did get in his way.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
Is that what you call the best job?

LH:
Yes.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
As a sportsman?

LH:
Yes, how are you at your job? Are you the best at your job? You have never made mistakes... No?

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
Sometimes...

LH:
Oh really.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
Again for Lewis. You have been a part of the McLaren family for about ten years but now for the last 10 months you have been part of the F1 team. Please describe how your relationship has grown and changed now that you are actually inside the team?

LH:
I think like with any relationship it has been growing throughout the year and I think through rough times that I had in life how they stuck by me and through all the sun we had this year we have worked extremely hard to improve the car and challenge for the world championship and we have gone through some hard times and we have all stuck together. So, for sure the bond has grown and we get on as good as ever, so I am going to continue to try and do a good job for them and stay in their good books for sure.

Q:
Felipe, you have done an extra lap at the end of qualifying. Why did you do that and were you afraid of some kind of punishment?

FM:
No, because my car finished while the traffic light was still green, so I can do another lap and get the chequered flag.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, could you count the time that you lost with Lewis and did you feel in that moment that he did something wrong to you?

KR:
I don't know. I haven't seen any data to see what happened. I don't know for sure, I don't know. I think other people can judge what has been done and make decisions. For sure, there could have been a slightly easier way to let me pass, but it is the way it is now and it doesn't interest me anymore.

Q: (Juha P??talo - Financial Times Germany)
Kimi, on your last attempt after you passed Lewis there was some smoke from your car - do you know what that was?

KR:
No idea.

Q: (Ian Gordon - News of the World)
Lewis, while we have been here, there has been a racism row back home following comments made by the head of the Spanish motorsport federation. I wondered what your feelings were about that?

LH:
I haven't heard anything.

Q: (Ian Gordon - News of the World)
Basically, he said that Britain is a racist country and it is ironic that we should now be, that is nine million people, in front of our TVs tomorrow to support you winning your final race.

LH:
Quite surprised by it, but you know they have their right to their own opinion and we just have to rise above it.

Q: (Ian Gordon - News of the World)
Do you see yourself as a role model for the whole of the youngsters in Britain if you are crowned champion, not just one particular part?

LH:
Yes, of course. I am not just going into this thinking I am going to be a role model only for black people. I hope it opens doors for everyone. Just me being in F1 I hope it opens doors for all cultures and all ethnic groups.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Massa, you were so much faster in Q3 than Q2 - how do you explain it?

FM:
No explanation. I did the best I could and I don't know.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Lewis, just to clarify after the ridiculous exchange that you just had, do you feel that you did an absolutely honest job today and if you win the world title do you feel that you will do so honestly?

LH:
Yes, I do. For sure I am going to be accused of something, but honestly I am here this weekend and I need to do a completely clean job and that means just getting up and doing a good job and not making mistakes and not being investigated for some things and that is what we are trying to do as a team and myself and if anything Kimi can win this and that would be good for us and obviously it would be good to beat him but I have most of all got to beat Fernando. But I honestly came in afterwards and he mentioned that and I said I apologised if I got in your way but you know I honestly did not think he was that close behind me, so I was going to take the corner but I really would have screwed his lap, so I moved over and I stayed where I was and braked and I don't feel I have hindered his lap as I did get out of the way.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe)
Let us continue the ridiculous exchange... Do you think you can do everything you want and then you just apologise - is that the way it works in Formula One?

LH:
I'm not going to answer that.

Q: (inaudible)

LH:
Not really, I just don't want to talk to you to be honest.

 

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