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Brazilian GP: Post Qualifying press conference

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06/11/2010

Nico, your first pole. What a time, what a place to do it and you were in a class of your own on slicks at the end and almost a second faster than the two Red Bulls. You must be in dreamland.
Nico Hulkenberg: Yeah, I mean it is amazing. I still cannot believe that I have done it. A big, big thank you to the team putting a good car together for qualifying. To go on slicks was obviously the right decision and my engineer told me I had one last lap but I was good in the rankings already. I was just squeezing everything I could out of my car, trying to do a very smooth lap, not to get on any wet parts and make a mistake. What a nice surprise for us on Saturday to be on pole. Very, very happy obviously and I am just enjoying the moment.

Sebastian, it really is all about timing and there was an awful amount to lose for the championship contenders, but you managed to get through.
Sebastian Vettel: Yes, it was a tricky session. A tough call in the end in Q3 after the first run on inters. The circuit looked dry but still the last sector, particularly, was very tricky but I think everyone decided in the end to go on drys. It was getting better and better but extremely difficult, slippery. At first I thought I missed pole by a tenth but then I saw there was another digit. It was a four instead of a five, so one second. Congratulations to Nico. It is very tricky in these conditions, very easy to make a mistake, so as you said we were targeting for pole, but Nico was better than all of us today. But still it was very tricky but I am very happy with second.

Mark, third for you today but the championship leader Fernando Alonso is a couple of places back from you. Tell us about your qualifying and how do you see the race tomorrow?
Mark Webber: Well, I enjoyed qualifying. It was a very challenging session for all of us. It is very easy in those conditions to get things wrong, so first of all I am very happy to be right towards the front and to get something out of that last session. It was really, really tricky to get the clean laps in and I did my absolute best. It was pretty close between Seb and I, and then similar to Sebastian I looked at the times and Nico, his car was obviously working very well and he was very confident and got the most out of it. Congratulations to him on his first pole. I think it was pretty eventful for people watching it at home and also for us not to put any stress in the cockpit. Enjoyable session and I am happy to be near the front.

Nico, there has been a lot of talk lately that you might be under pressure for your drive in 2011. Tell us what this pole means for you.
NH: Well, obviously first pole position is emotional and hopefully an historic moment as I want to be in Formula One for many, many years. At the minute I miss the words of what I want to say as I am still shaking from the lap and all the thrill. I have to realise what we have just done and get on with the job tomorrow.

Press Conference

Nico, how did you do that? It is all a mystery!
NH: I came here into Formula One for a reason. I don't know. When my engineer said 'you have got one more lap mate, squeeze everything out' I must say I did a pretty good lap without any mistakes. Very smooth, trying not to get on any wet parts as it was still pretty tricky out there, especially sector three, the last corner. It was very easy to make a mistake but that lap was spot on and enough for pole position.

You were consistently quick all the time.
NH: Yeah, also a big thank you for the team. They have prepared a very good car for qualifying which gave us the opportunity first to get into Q3 but then also to have a good result. Even Rubens (Barrichello) is on P6, so it was a very good team effort and yeah, what can I say, it is amazing. I miss the words a bit what to say but obviously very happy and just want to enjoy everything.

Up until now you have had a best of eighth on the grid. This is your eighth time in the top 10 as well and your first time here at Interlagos, first time you have seen the circuit. Are you now in love with it?
NH: I like the circuit. I must say it is not one of my very, very favourite ones. There are better ones but I still enjoy driving a lot here. It is a left hand circuit. It is a very competitive circuit and in some corners it is tricky and you need to understand it but since the second half of the season, since I am more familiar with Formula One, with the team, with myself and the car, everything comes a lot easier to me. I can push the car more, learn the circuits quicker. It is just a whole learning process I guess.

You have got this whole World Championship battle perhaps taking place behind you. How is that going to affect you? How do you not be affected by that?
NH: The best thing is to do a good start and drive off from them but I think if it is dry it is not going to happen. I just try to do my race and do a good start. I know these guys are fighting for the championships, so I don't want to cause any trouble but I also have to look for my own performance. We are also battling with Force India for P6 in the Constructors', so I am sure I can manage it and I hope I can bring some good points back home tomorrow.

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