Q: Kimi, we all saw what happened on that second run, you ran wide onto the
grass, first of all, talk about that and then you got your pole lap on your
Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah, I was a little bit slower than on my fastest lap at
that point so I didn’t have anything to lose and tried to run a bit too fast;
actually, quite a bit too fast, but anyhow it was nice to get pole. We had some
difficulties but anyhow, I think it’s the best place to start and let’s see what
Q: Obviously it’s the first pole this year as we said; talk a little bit
about the development that’s been going on behind the scenes with Michelin since
the French Grand Prix, and also with the car.
KR: I think the tyres have been very good this weekend, actually. We had
some problems yesterday, graining the fronts, but today we sorted that out with
the set-up and they have been good. We found something new on the car in the
last test which seems to help. It’s always difficult to say during a test,
especially in Jerez, how much we improved, but the car is definitely better now
so we’re going in the right direction although we’re still not where we want to
be, but this is a good way to go and that’s what we want.
Q: So was understeer the limiting factor for you in Q3
MS: Yeah, that’s the way the car was set up but it shouldn’t be a worry for
Q: So you’re relatively comfortable with Kimi on the pole and you
MS: I would be more comfortable sitting in the middle, no doubt, but that’s
the way it is. We’re quite happy to have a strong opponent with us, and having
Alonso where he is right now, that’s obviously a good starting point.
Q: I don’t know if you’re aware of it but Fernando said on his radio ‘did
you see what Michael did?’ as he began his second run. Were you aware of any
drama with Fernando at the exit of the pit lane there?
MS: I exited the pit lane and once I was out, I saw that Fernando was
pretty close to me but initially the lollypop was gone so I went but I wasn’t
aware that he was there, because there were so many people, so much mess and so
tight with Felipe, so if he felt there was some problem for him, then I’m sorry
about that but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Q: Felipe, well done, a strong Ferrari performance today and great pitwork
there having both cars in simultaneously.
Felipe Massa: Yeah, it was good work by the team. For sure, it would be
better to be first and second but I still think we did a good job. I think we
have a good car for the race, very consistent, especially this morning, so I’m
really looking forward to the race. I think race by race we are improving the
car and now it’s very good to be in the top three all the time.
Q: How was your fastest qualifying run from your point of view?
FM: I was not very happy about my lap because the first try was OK and the
second try I just had too much understeer at the end of the lap so I couldn’t
improve my lap because of that, but the car was better in Q1, it was a very very
good car, and then I just picked up a little bit of understeer through Q1 even
more Q2 and Q3. Anyway, it’s good to start here and it’s looking strong for the
Q: People have been talking about understeer here; what difference has that
front wing made?
KR: It’s improving it, so that we don’t have as much understeer. With our
old front wing, we would have been in quite a bit of a worse position here, but
it (the new wing) works very well here, so it’s perfect.