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Saturday's FIA press conference

2013-11-23 19:55:00

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Saturday's FIA press conference

Sebastian Vettel was joined by Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso for Saturday's post-qualifying press conference in Brazil...

Sebastian Vettel was joined by Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso for Saturday's post-qualifying press conference in Brazil...



Q: Congratulations Sebastian, another excellent qualifying for you, your 45th pole, your second here, and your ninth this year. But what a margin as well, that's incredible.

Sebastian VETTEL: Yeah, big surprise. I was so happy after the quali, obviously, especially Q3, it took a long time for us to get out. There was a lot of rain after Q2, already at the end of Q2. Yeah, we need to wait. If there's too much water it's a shame for the people who wait for us to come out, but there's too much water and the risk of aquaplaning is too high. So it took a long time and then got out. I was surprised by how much of the water had gone. I went straight on intermediates and was able to get a very, very good lap in straight away. Tried again in the second to beat that. It was very close, so with both my laps I was very happy. Surprised by the margin. When I was told I was very happy. I even mixed up Spanish and Portuguese. I was on the radio saying "olé, olé" but olé is Spanish so I don't know the expression in Portuguese but maybe someone can tell me today and hopefully I'll have another chance tomorrow. But great in these conditions to get it all right., We had very little practice and still got the car where we wanted it to be in the end so very happy.

Q: Nico, your best qualifying here, ever. You wanted to give the Red Bulls a hard time, well, second is a good effort. What are your feelings?

Nico ROSBERG: It was a good day today. Everything went to plan. It's always extremely tough in these conditions because it's just all over the place and you need to make sure you don't get caught out. But the whole team, we all did a good job and perfect strategy also in the end doing those two consecutive laps with the inter, got a good lap together, so happy with that. Surprised about the gap to Sebastian, that's very big. Definitely would have been difficult, even getting everything perfect to come close to him. That's fine. Optimum we're second place and got that, so it's OK. It's a great place to start tomorrow - front row of the grid.

Q: And Fernando, your equal best grid position this year. A bit of a surprise or not?

Fernando ALONSO: Well, we know that in wet conditions normally we improve a little bit our performance. We were waiting for wet races this year but it came only in the last in Brazil. I have mixed feelings to be honest. I'm happy to be so up on the grid, finally, because we start between seventh and tenths in the last five or six grand prix, which is not ideal. So being in the first three is good, but not totally happy with my lap. I lost a lot of time. Not obviously to beat Seb, he's too far in front of us. But I think for second place it was not difficult. I lost something like seven or eighth or tenths in Turn Four, off the circuit in the paint area, losing a lot of time there. I think second could be possible but obviously I'm not sad with third and all the opportunities in front of us in tomorrow's race starting up at the front.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: Sebastian, facing the race tomorrow with so much wet running but not so much dry running, what sort of conditions do you want? What is ideal for you?

SV: Well, I don't think we had that many laps in the wet, to be honest, because we were all of us trying to save tyres as much as we can. Especially yesterday, we only had one set, and this morning. But... yeah, very pleased with the result, first of all. Tomorrow, I think Nico touched on it, it could be 50:50. It looks to be the best day that we have out of the last two but, yeah, we don't know, anything is possible here. We saw in the race last year how quickly things can change. So, yeah, looking forward to the race in general. It's great to start from pole. Very happy with the laps I had in the end in these tricky conditions. Hopefully we can carry that momentum into the race, no matter what the conditions.

Q: Nico, you've been quickest in both sessions yesterday, what sort of conditions would you like for the race itself?

NR: I don't mind. Whatever. Whatever is OK. It can be dry or wet. Maybe in the wet I have a little bit of a better chance against Sebastian but anyway, it will be tough either way. Maybe a mix will be good for a little bit of an opportunity.

Q: And Fernando, what would you like?

FA: Yeah, I think mixed conditions would be the best thing - and that's what it's going to be, probably, with the weather forecast we have and we saw also today how quickly it goes from extreme to nearly dry, so tomorrow will be fun.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport) Nico, in comparison to Sebastian you lost four tenths in the last sector which is a pretty straightforward one and Fernando, I think you lost six tenths in the middle sector. You said something before, I couldn't understand it. Can you explain what happened?

NR: I finished my KERS unfortunately, for the last sector. That's just a compromise because of doing two consecutive laps in these wet conditions and so it was to be expected and we chose to do it that way but for sure, that cost some lap time so it was down to that.

FA: I went off in turn four. I braked very late and I missed the corner and then I was on the extra circuit that is painted and obviously very slippery and I arrived braking more or less with zero on the target in the lap time, compared to the lap before and I exited with eight tenths slower so I lost these eight tenths, which obviously aren't enough for pole but maybe it was enough for second place. That's the way it is. The lap was not completely clean today.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere della Sera) Fernando, how do you see the fight for second place, is it good news for the team to have the Lotus behind, because they could try to overtake Ferrari?

FA: Yeah, definitely. I think it's going to be tough. Obviously the second place in the Constructors' is getting very difficult and the Mercedes were very strong all weekend so I expect them to be very strong tomorrow as well. But yeah, you are right, we cannot forget Lotus, that they have been scoring a lot of points in the last races and they are also a threat for third in the Constructors' so it's good to have them behind. It's also good to have Felipe performing well today, with both Ferraris in Q3 and hopefully tomorrow both Ferraris can be in good points and I can help, failing anything, to have a very good last race with Ferrari.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta) Fernando, do you think victory is a possibility tomorrow or maybe it's very difficult?

FA: Well, I think it's going to be very difficult. Obviously every Grand Prix you go to, inside, even in a small

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