Drivers: Alex Premat (ART), Lewis Hamilton (ART), Nelson Piquet Jr (Piquet Sports)

NB: Third placed Michael Ammermuller was unavailable for the press conference

Questions from the floor:

Q:
Alex, the accident today looked quite similar to one you had with Nico last year, in Hungary I think. Do you think it was like that?

Alex:
Monza. Yes for sure it was maybe the same thing with Nico Rosberg, but it was the beginning of the race on the first lap, and this was the last lap, so it's not really the same thing! When I explained last time I braked quite late and he opened a little bit, and I climbed the kerb and hit the gas very early, maybe too early, and the car flew like I don't know! It was the same thing, and I am very sorry for Lewis.

Q:
Lewis, you mentioned your bad start: was it something on the car, or just one of those days?

Alex:
I think it was just generally a bad start for me. My last start at the last race was quite good, but today I don't think I released the clutch enough, or maybe the clutch was slipping: I'm not sure, and I have to check the data, but it definitely wasn't a good start and I need to get a better one tomorrow.

Q:
Nelson, in the first three laps you opened three or four seconds and then you controlled the pace: was it part of the strategy to go fast for the early laps and then to slow down a bit?

Alex:
No, I think in GP2 you can't really make a strategy for when to stop, because it all depends on when the cars behind you stop and how quick you are after that. Of course I was pushing hard at the beginning of the race to get a gap from Premat, but I was also conserving the tyres in case I had to run with them for a long time. If I pushed I could have gone a bit quicker, but I would have finished the tyres.

Q:
You guys are being very polite, and I have the feeling that you [Alex] are saying you weren't trying to pass him and you [Lewis] are saying you were letting him pass...

Lewis:
I never said I was letting him pass: he is my teammate, and it's only fair that I give him a bit of room, otherwise we would have crashed anyway, and as he said he tried to accelerate as quick as possible and both of our tyres were quite slippery at that time, and he said that he made a mistake.

Alex:
I think we are more racing at ART, because ART are very strong, and Nelsinho for example is really better than Negrao, so it is really hard for Nelsinho and Negrao to crash but Lewis and me are very similar in driving, so there is more risk of this for sure. We had the same thing with Nico Rosberg last year.

Q:
Lewis, your tyres were clearly off at the end of the race, but even earlier than that when Monfardini was in front, when you should have been expected to cut a lot of time out of him, he was actually pulling away a little: did you have any other problems today?

Lewis:
No, the car was good for the whole race. Obviously we tried to ... after my pitstop I pushed very hard for the first ten laps to try and jump as many people as possible when they did their pitstop, and then afterwards when I came out in the lead I was trying to protect my tyres, because here it's very hard on the tyres, especially the last two corners. So just trying to look after them and try and stay consistent in my times, and obviously there were a lot of yellow flags so I lifted plenty, because otherwise they probably would have given me another penalty! In the last ten laps it was a real struggle and I could see that Alex was catching me, and I tried to keep the gap as much as possible, but then in the last five laps the tyres were gone and I was just trying to bring it home.

Q:
Nelson, your car actually looked quite good all day. Obviously you were on a race winning pace other than the drive through. Was the car as good as it looked at the end of the race because you seemed to have no problem passing people.

Nelson:
Yeah it was good. Of course after the pitstop, because I didn't change all four tyres, the balance of the car changed all through the race, and also I had some gearbox problems so I had to slow down in the end of the race and I lost a bit of pace. But for sure if you see just the difference between me and Alex it was only 11 seconds and when you do a drive through you lose about 20 seconds, so I think without it I could have won the race with about... ten seconds at least, and without the traffic I got maybe a bit more. The car was good, really good. I think we can still improve it of course, but it's difficult in GP2 because it's a long race with only one stop. We tried to change as few tyres as possible to try to do a quick stop, and the car needs to be really good, especially at a track like this for the tyres to last. I think its one of the most difficult circuits to set the car up, to make the tyres last. Otherwise the car was great. Tomorrow's going to be an interesting race and we're going to make the car a bit better.

Q:
Did you have the right pit strategy today?

Nelson:
It's difficult to say because I don't know how much understeer or oversteer I would have got if I'd changed more tyres... it depends how many tyres we changed. But I don't really regret doing the strategy I did, but it's difficult to say how the car would react if I'd change a different number of tyres, throughout the end of the race. Would the tyres grain? What would have happened? Maybe the safest thing is to change all four tyres? But then it takes a long time, and Lewis was catching me because he had stopped and he had fresher tyres so... overall the car was good.

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