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Chinese GP: Post Qualifying press conference

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19/04/2014

Lewis, congratulations, your third pole this year. That must have been so difficult with so many difficult and different conditions out there. What sort of satisfaction do you get from that?
Lewis Hamilton: Definitely the most when it's raining. It's so slippery out there, trying to find the grip, obviously not making mistakes on your lap, and really putting it together, especially when you have these guys pushing you. So, it was a tough session. I really enjoyed it. The car was feeling great. We always have stuff we can improve but the team have done a great job this weekend. A good position for the race and I hope we can follow through tomorrow.

Daniel, you're second on the grid, your equal best ever grid position. What sort of satisfaction for you to put together such a good lap in these conditions - right at the end there?
Daniel Ricciardo: Yeah I think that was very pleasing to do it at the end. To be honest, I struggled a bit throughout the session, at least personally I didn't feel like I was getting on top of the conditions but then the last set of inters right at the end of Q3 we managed to get a bit more out of it and I put a good lap together, so pretty pleased to be on the front row. Yeah, a good day.

Sebastian, is this Red Bull Racing coming back and getting on terms with Mercedes back at the front?
Sebastian Vettel: Well, in wet conditions I think we have a bit more of a chance. In dry conditions they are still quite quick and a little bit too far away. But let's see what happens tomorrow, I think the weather forecast is dry so for sure we'll try. I think we are in the best positions to try to give them a very hard time tomorrow.

Yes, what is the weather forecast for tomorrow, Lewis? What are you expecting? What are you looking forward to in the race tomorrow
LH: I was told it is going to be a good day tomorrow - I don't know if it's going to be the same for you guys? So, we don't know. Here it's always hazy, you don't really know what's going to happen with the weather but it will be cold for sure. Today you didn't see the track drying up at all. But I hope it's a dry race. Obviously these guys are a little bit closer in the wet, but we'll have a good race either way.

Press Conference

Lewis, going into that session I think you just did one lap this morning - so how well prepared were you for that session?
LH: Yeah, I mean, we all had to save our tyres. It's interesting because I'll have to go and analyse it ‘cos I know at least one of these guys was driving a few laps in FP3 but I didn't feel the need to go out really. I think it's kind of... I don't think it's great for the fans that we don't have a huge amount of tyres to... just to go out and run so they can see us driving. I'm sure people are tuning in and turning up to the track to watch us drive and we're kind of a little bit restricted, obviously with the engine mileage and also with the tyres, so it'd be cool if we had a little bit more tyre life, then we would do some more running. But otherwise it was no different for me. The car felt good in qualifying.

And in dry conditions, how do you feel?
LH: Yesterday was not a good day for me, so I struggled through P1 and obviously didn't get to run through P1 and then P2, the car wasn't very good. But we made some changes so I'm hoping... it's kinda strange because we made all those changes overnight and then today it's been wet so I've no idea if it's in the right direction. It looked good in the wet so hopefully it's the same tomorrow in the dry.

So in a way you go into the race tomorrow with a bit of an unknown car.
LH: Yeah, definitely. I do particularly, because I missed P1. So it's a little bit of an unknown - but it shouldn't be too far off.

Daniel, this circuit, just looking at the streams across the track, the changing condition, the rain came and went... tell us all about that.
DR:Yeah it's a challenging circuit, I think, in general. Especially when a bit of water falls on the track it always makes it more challenging wherever you are. And there's a few places across the track here where there's a tarmac change and you get quite a big difference in grip through some of these corners - so trying to basically find the right line and the best way to drive around, particularly these trickier parts of the track with tarmac changes, is a bit complex. Took a bit of time to understand that but I think we got it in the end. Looking forward to tomorrow. If it's dry I think we can race up the front. I'll be ducking my head down the straight, like in a go-kart but yeah, we'll hopefully hang on and fight for at least a podium I hope.

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