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Q:
Lewis, on behalf of all race fans we have to thank you for making that such an exciting race by not coming in with the safety car. You gave yourself so much work to do in the latter stages of the race.

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, thank you. I didn't plan on doing that. I would have much preferred an easy comfortable afternoon out in front. But it didn't work that way. We had got off to a really good start. We had two very comfortable, two very decent stints and the team opted for me to stay out. I guess they thought I could pull out a gap but it was a 23 second gap I needed and I only had seven laps or something, so I don't know how that worked out. I kind of understood and I just kept pushing. I was over the limit, pushing and pushing trying to get the gap but I came out behind Heikki. I have to say a big thank you to Heikki, he was a great team-mate. He didn't put up a huge fight and saw that I was quicker and enabled me to get past quicker. And so a big thank you to him. I was able to pull it off. I had good tyres. I guess it was exciting for him and it was exciting for me.

Q:
I take it there was not much discussion between you and the team about the decision?

LH:
Not really no. I said 'you sure about this' and they said 'fine'. But we all have decisions and opinions on certain things and for sure we will learn from this one and move onto the next race. But still we had the best car. The quickest car this weekend and we came out on top. That's due to a lot of hard work from all the guys here. The team is fantastic, here and back home and also in Germany. They have all done a phenomenal job.

Q:
And talk about those two great passes on Nelson and Felipe.

LH:
With Felipe I saw that I was a lot quicker than him. I was told I was a second quicker than him at the time, so I just tried to keep up the pace. Obviously I was on the early few laps with my tyres and I knew I only had a small window to get past him before they began to grain and before they would slide around. I had to push to get as close to him as possible but the great thing about this track is that you can follow other people. Or so I found. So I was able to get quite close through the last two corners, follow him all the way down to turn two and slipstream him. But again towards the end of the straight he sort of matched my speed and I found it difficult to get past, so I just had to do it on the brakes. He gave me plenty of room. I think it was quite a good battle. It was fun. I think for Nelson, I thought my work was done but they said 'you still have to get past Nelson.' I was thinking 'okay, I've just worked my backside off but that's fine'. Again he put on a good battle but again it was very fair.

Q:
Nelson, you must be euphoric to start 17th on the grid and finish on the podium. That is the first time two Brazilians have finished on the podium since your Dad shared it with Ayrton Senna back at Spa in 1991.

Nelson Piquet:
I don't even know where to start. It started to be a good weekend on Friday and in first practice Saturday. The car was getting better and better and our set-up was working very well. Fernando even used a bit of our set-up as I think they went the wrong way a bit. Things went well until qualifying when I didn't have a very good run in the first outing. When I went out the second time I got a bit of traffic and that was it. I couldn't get a good lap and started near the back. I thought that had finished my weekend but obviously with these safety car rules you can get quite lucky. The team did a good decision by calling me in at the right time. Obviously before the race we had a bit of a gamble between one and two stops. We had an option open for when we started the race. I think that was the perfect strategy. If we had gone for an aggressive short first stint to try to overtake in the beginning I wouldn't have arrived here. Everything worked out great as well. I got lucky and just maintained my pace in the end and finished here.

Q:
Your pit stop window coincided with the safety car. But you had tremendous pressure at the end form Lewis and Felipe.

NP:
Yeah, I mean after the safety car I knew I just had to keep my pace. I didn't want to push the tyres at the beginning. I could have pushed a bit more the first phase but I wanted to keep them until the end as I knew I had to run until the end. When I was leading the race I knew Lewis was coming by quick and I knew Felipe wasn't that much quicker than me, so I decided not to make it such a big fuss with Lewis. And he was so much quicker than us. If I would have fought it would have been a risk for maybe Felipe to arrive and he could have overtaken me. I just decided to have a safe second place than to have a third or fourth place and not be too happy. The race was good. I just maintained the pace, no mistakes and kept the rear tyres to the end.

Q:
Felipe, a difficult day for you. But talk about the start?

Felipe Massa:
For sure I expected maybe a different race because the pace of Lewis at the beginning was so quick. By then I knew they were much quicker than us here on the track. Even looking at the pace in the race I would say I did a good qualifying because they had a good pace. Also in the race in the first stint he was just half-a-second per lap quicker and when it is like that you cannot do anything. Then just after the safety car we did the normal job, the team did a good job but it was more or less the normal job. Maybe Lewis was a bit too optimistic on the safety car. We restarted the race and I saw the pace of the car and the brakes and we had the hard tyres as the soft were so difficult to drive as well and I just couldn't have the pace. It was just slow with difficult stability and also on braking I think I had a little problem as well and lost a lot of performance. I didn't have the car to fight. I tried but it was not possible. At the end of the day it was a good race because we finished third. Even with a little bit more than the middle of the season the championship is open. We need to work very hard for sure. But I trust the team and I know they are going to work very hard and we are going to have a competitive car for the next races. Also I welcome Nelson. It is very nice. I am sure he is feeling a great time. The feeling to be on the podium the first time I remember. It was two years ago at the N?rburgring and I was so happy, like a child, I am sure he is very happy and I welcome him to this nice place in F1.

Q:
Lewis, your fourth win in a season and second in a row. You are leading the championship by four points, which is not much, but a nice momentum.

LH:
Yeah, overall it's been a very good weekend. I think it has been our best weekend up until now. I think we have just been very strong throughout the weekend as well as last week's test. But like I said it's just been a great job by the team. We are really on top of our game right now. But I think we have not to get too far ahead of ourselves. We have got a lot of work to do for the rest of the season but if we can continue with this momentum we have got we are looking very good. So on to the next race and Hungary is a very good one for us, so fingers crossed.

Press conference:

Q:
Lewis, tell us about the start and the early stages. You just seemed to be pulling away so easily.

LH:
Yeah, I felt very confident at the beginning that we had a good strategy and a good car. I got a great start, not really much hassle from Felipe or anyone behind, and I was just able to focus on my job then. I just felt at home. I was just driving nice and smoothly and consistently and surprisingly, I was pulling away, by half a second a lap, I think. By then, I was just comfortable just trying to pull the gap and surprise, surprise, the safety car comes out and... it was no surprise, I had a feeling something like that would happen, that's motor racing. That was just before the second stop. We decided to stop a bit early at the first stop just to avoid any safety car issues which was a good call and then we got caught, which made it a lot harder.

Q:
Just now, when Peter asked you about staying out and not coming in, you said 'everyone makes a...' and then you stopped yourself. Do you think the team made a mistake not calling you in?

LH:
I think we probably should have come in but, at the end of the day, I don't understand exactly what's going on behind me, and I have to have full confidence in the guys who tell me what to do. I'm totally with the decision they made. For sure, we could have perhaps done a better job but nevertheless we were quickest and it just made my job a little bit harder but I just told Ron 'that's what you hire me to do. This is what I'm here for.'

Q:
Just now, you also said you needed around a 23s lead before your second stop but you had a 13.7s lead before you came in.

LH:
Yeah, I was told that I needed a 23s lead, so I kind of knew that it was impossible in the short period of time that I had unless I was three seconds a lap faster or something. I just did the best job I could. I nailed it. I really got on. I was pushing even more than I was in the first stint. I was just trying to make that gap. I had a nice clean space, no one to cause me any troubles and we weren't able to do it, we just missed it. We got a few seconds out of it but we just missed it, but nevertheless the great thing was that the team was still very positive. They came across on the radio and said 'don't worry, we can still do it.' And you know that's great, to see the team so positive and so enthusiastic and I think that enabled me to go and go for the win.

Q:
And now a four point lead in the championship which must seem like a luxury after the last few weeks.

LH:
Yeah, sure. It's a good feeling to have come off a strong win at Silverstone and come here and we've pretty much been dominant all weekend, so it's great to see that we have the pace that we have but again, we've just got to take one step at a time. We've got a long way to go and we've got to make sure that we can continue with this performance.

Q:
Nelson, it's great to see you here on a Sunday afternoon. What were you feelings in the car as the last laps unfolded?

NP:
To be honest, I didn't really know it was the last lap. I knew it was finishing but I was so concentrated, so looking forward that I didn't even want to look left or right, look at the boards, I just wanted to look forward. I looked a few times but I didn't want to spend too much time looking for how many laps, I just wanted to focus and when I saw Lewis backing off on the last lap, then I think I realised that this was the last lap and it was, and I saw the chequered flag. It was an incredible feeling. After the safety car left, I knew I was in a very strong position. I just had to push until the end, not making any mistakes. Then I knew Lewis was going to pit but probably he was going to catch up because he was really quick and that's what happened. He came, and I saw him fighting with Felipe and he overtook Felipe, caught me very quickly and I just decided not to make it too hard because I could have a chance to lose time and fight with Felipe. Lewis was much quicker, he deserved to win and I was just worried not to make any mistakes and just keep it quick and finish second. It was a good race. In the beginning I struggled a little bit. The start was good but then I had a lock-up and the beginning of the safety mode in the car. It was a bit difficult on the first lap, sliding everywhere and getting mixed up with all the guys at the back. It wasn't very good. Luckily, after the safety car I got rid of it and I was in front and on the soft tyres the car was really, really good and I was able to push from the beginning to the end and no mistakes, so it was good.

Q:
You've had a fairly tough time in the first half of the season; what do you think this result will do?

NP:
I don't think it's going to change much. Obviously it's always good to get a result like this. I don't think that if you had the normal finish of a race I probably wouldn't arrive here starting from 17th. It was a bit lucky. It's still difficult for me. I'm not saying that in Hungary, the next race, you should expect me on the podium. I don't think it would be like that. Obviously we're going to be fighting for it but for me it's getting a bit tough. We're getting there slowly, slowly, having some difficulties sometimes: qualifying, with the tyres, I'm not getting used to them very easily. I think it's part of learning. I think getting a podium is great, it helps the confidence, good for the team, to push them up a bit but we still need to improve a lot. I certainly need to improve, the car still needs to improve, the team is doing a great job. I think the strategy today was great. We started the race with a flexible strategy between a two- and a one-stop and it was perfect because if we chose a very risky but quick one at the beginning with a short stint - I suggested one at the beginning to try to attack - I wouldn't be here right now, so I think the strategy guys in the team all deserve this podium.

Q:
Felipe, you mentioned that the car didn't feel particularly comfortable; is that a worry for future races?

FM:
I hope not. For sure today was a not great day for us. We had a difficult car to drive, I don't know why. Yesterday was a little bit better than today in terms of competition with McLaren. Today was difficult. Lewis pulled away very easily in the first stint and during the whole race, and then in the last stint, I started to have little problems with the brakes. I had so much smoke coming from the car under braking and just lost a lot of performance. I had a bit of (brake) fading as well. It was difficult to fight for position at the end of the stint because of that and also the behaviour of the car was difficult as well. I'm sure we have a great car but for some reason today, something was not working and it was very difficult to drive but that doesn't mean we will not be competitive in the next race. I'm sure we will be because we were so competitive in many races this year and I'm sure we are going to regain our normal pace.

Q:
Tell us about Lewis's overtaking manoeuvre from your point of view?

FM: Well, first of all I saw him in the slipstream and then I tried to brake as late as I could but I didn't have very good braking performance and then I just saw him braking slightly forward, and then he just came beside me. Then I took the slipstream again in the next corner and he went inside. I tried everything I could on the outside but there was nothing I could do. He was so much quicker that if I passed him again he would pass me very easily afterwards because he had such pace and I couldn't do anything. So at the end of the day, it was a positive race for sure. We cannot say it was a negative race and the championship is open, and I'm sure we're going to get back the normal pace in our car and we're going to fight again.

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