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Austrian GP: Post Qualifying press conference

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21/06/2014

Felipe, pole for the first time since, I think, Brazil 2008. Describe your emotions now.
Felipe Massa: Yeah, I'm so happy with what's happened today with us and our team. It was such a great moment. It was already long time when I had my last pole position, which was, yeah, in Brazil, 2008. So, such an incredible moment. For sure we need to concentrate on the race tomorrow, you know, it's a difficult and important race for us. But I think it's a great moment. The best place to be is here in the first place. It's something that I got the chance to be many times in all my career and I am again now. After a long time I couldn't be in this place and I hope this is just the beginning of maybe some great possibilities to be here again, not just in the qualifying but also in the race. The race is tomorrow but I'm so happy, very emotional - not just for me but I think it's a similar feeling what I feel and what Williams feel as well. Williams Martini had an incredible career in the past and they are back to the top, they are back to the fight. There is still a lot to do but the work is going on the right line. I'm so pleased for me and for Williams Martini as well.

Very well done. Coming to you Valtteri. Your best ever Formula One qualifying in second place. You were in provisional pole though, but it looked like a mistake on your last and it ended up very close with Felipe, I believe only nine one hundredths of a second the gap between you.
Valtteri Bottas: Yeah best position so far in my career, so one more place to go. Well done Felipe. I'm really happy for us as a team. This result is really good at this point. We've made some big, big steps from last year and now we get a result like this. Of course it's only Saturday but still we can see that all the hard work really starts to pay off. I'm really happy for us. As Felipe says the race is tomorrow, so we need to focus on that. It's going to be a different story tomorrow, it's not going to be easy to keep the Mercedes cars behind for sure, and even some other cars like Ferrari and Red Bull are going to be strong. Yeah, not a bad day today but we just need to keep focused now.

Very well done. Nico, coming to you now. Championship leader but it's not the first time that you've not been on the front row of the grid. Did you expect to have these two cars in front of you and what happened today for you?
Nico Rosberg: No, of course, I definitely didn't expect the Williams to be ahead of me today but they did a good job and it just didn't come together perfectly for me. I also lost out on that last lap because of Lewis spinning in front in the corner, so I couldn't do that lap. You have to lift off two tenths of a second you know and doing that, to do at least two tenths you have to do three tenths and it's just… it wouldn't have been possible to improve on my lap time so I backed out of it. So that definitely cost me today but that's just the way it is. But still third place is OK, it's OK to start from there tomorrow and I have a quick car in the race, so I'm still looking forward to it and I'll make the most of it.

Well done. Coming back to you Felipe. Obviously the race tomorrow, but there's a big football tournament going on at the moment in your home country. I guess though that all eyes will be on you in the early part of tomorrow, what do you expect?
FM: Yeah, I think there is a lot going on in Brazil in this moment so I really expect that we can have a great show, a great show for everybody which is looking, you know the World Cup in Brazil. So I hope the best definitely for the World Cup in Brazil but I hope the best for Brazil. Just before I go to the car my son gave me a little Neymar, a little one, so I bring the little one to the car and I put on the side of my helmet. It was a nice feeling. I'm a great fan of football, so I hope we can have a great World Cup. I know what it is to win at home so I can imagine winning the World Cup at home is like a dream come true, not just for the players but also for everybody which is watching, so I really hope the best for Brazil.

Press Conference

Felipe, it was noticeable this morning in Free Practice Three that you guys were working on qualifying from fairly early on. Was it a real plan here to really focus on qualifying and do the best possible job that you could do here this afternoon?
FM: Well, it was not different, what we was doing this morning compared to the other races. We were doing similar working compared to what we was doing before, so definitely… also the Saturday the qualifying is the main focus y'know, but it was no different to what we did in the other races so… but I mean it's pretty clear that our car was good, our car was competitive and it shows really a very good performance today and also yesterday since we started, both tyres it shows good performance. And it shows again in the qualifying that definitely we are a little bit surprised - we expect maybe Mercedes to be a little bit heavier, y'know? Just preparing the qualifying to put the right level of fuel and be like they were in the last races. Maybe not a big gap because this is a small track but, yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise - but it was a great job from us. From both of us, from the team, from everybody.

Valtteri, it's obvious, as Felipe was saying, the car is working well. But it seems this year, your team, when you've bought updates to the car, they've worked straight away. Obviously the correlation is very good between the wind tunnel and the race track and everything seems to be pointing in the right direction.
VB: That is true. We haven't been making any bad updates. We've always… if we have bought something it has always worked and that has been a big improvement from last year. We can really put all the energy into the right direction, developing parts and knowing that they will work, so, no energy wasted there so that's good. Like Felipe said, I'm really happy for the result today. For us as a team it's a great achievement. Of course it's only Saturday but we are really looking forward for tomorrow, trying to get some really good points with both cars. So, we really just need to focus on that.

Nico, some thoughts from you. Obviously still a good chance for you to win the race tomorrow, taking on these two gentleman here. And also some thoughts on your team-mate who's going to be starting down in ninth.
NR: Yeah, chances for the race are obviously good from P3. It's more difficult than starting on the front row, of course, but it's still a good chance there because I think it's possible to overtake on this track. First stint, also, the tyres are going to degrade massively on the Option, so already there maybe at the end of the stint there's a little bit of a chance. And I'll have a good race car for sure. The balance was not ideal today in qualifying but definitely more a race car. So, in the race I'm sure I'll be more happy with it. So I look forward to trying to make the most of it. Points-wise also with Lewis starting in ninth, that's of course for the team not good but for me it's, yeah, good that way. I need to make the most of it and try to extend the gap tomorrow.

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