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German GP: Post Race press conference

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22/07/2012

Congratulations Fernando, your third win, what go you think of a Spaniard in an Italian car, to win the German Grand Prix in front of all these German people here?
Fernando Alonso: OK, so I'm not a fan of politics so much but it is true that the situation is not great in Spain but it fun to drive an Italian car - designed by a Greek man - it's good to win here. But, we enjoyed the race. We were competitive yesterday in wet conditions and today, starting on pole was, I think, the key factor, because it was difficult to overtake. We were maybe not the fastest but we keep the position.

Sebastian, I have a difficult question. First of all you are second, congratulations, but I know that the stewards are looking because Jenson wasn't very happy with the way you passed him. So, what do you think about it?
Sebastian Vettel: Well, he didn't say anything to me, so... he didn't complain to me so... it was a difficult one, I wasn't sure whether he was still on the inside or not and obviously the last thing you want to do is make contact, so, yeah, because at the angle he's side by side but not really and I can't see him from the inside of the car, so I tried to give enough room and then went wide and obviously we're all struggling with our tyres, Jenson in particular, and that's how I was able to get close and pass him.

Congratulations Jenson, congratulations being third. Quick comment on the pass from Sebastian. Happy about it?
Jenson Button: Well, first of all I want to say thank you to the crowd. It's amazing to see so many people here in the paddock. I had a great race out there. It's nice to be fighting at the front again. It's been a little while. But I had a great race and I don't wish to comment at the moment on the manoeuvre at Turn Six.

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Fernando, well done, you were under pressure the whole time, I think the biggest lead you had was two seconds. How tough a race was it?
FA: It was tough, definitely, I don't think it was an easy race because maybe we were not the quickest on dry conditions. But we were quite competitive, enough to maintain the lead. Also it was some good calls by the team in terms of strategy in the first stop and then obviously in the second stop when Jenson pits, we have to react, Sebastian and me, and up to that point I knew it was a long race, 27 laps to the end with Jenson putting a lot of pressure, but I don't know, the car was feeling good, feeling good on traction and top speed, so it was enough to keep the lead into Turn Six. And then after that it is not possible to overtake in the last sector, so you try to control the tyres and, a little bit the race.

How much of a mystery where the tyres?
FA: It was a question mark, I think, for everybody because we didn't test on Friday enough laps to understand the tyres, also last year it was at the Nürburgring so the first time for Pirelli in this asphalt. The predictions, more or less, were right; we were thinking to do two stops and at the end it was two stops. The lap, I think, it very flexible. It depends on when the others stop, especially if you are in the lead, because you just need to cover them. But yeah, it was not big surprises, degradation was quite low, as suspected and it was fine.

Looking back at the last couple of races, and this one now as well, what are you feeling about next weekend?
FA: Well, it's going to be tight again. It's a very short circuit in Hungary again, and as we saw this year, in two- or three-tenths there are eight, nine cars. In Hungary we need to make a perfect preparation again, a perfect qualifying, because you can be starting in 12th or 13th if you make a little mistake, so we need to approach the race in the same way we did the last couple of races, try to maximise what we have in Hungary and hopefully bring in some new parts that can help us in that circuit.

It's a circuit where you have a little history, I think your first win there?
FA: Yes.

Is it a circuit that will also suit Ferrari?
FA: I think so. I think at the moment the car seems OK in all areas, there is not weak points, as maybe we had at the beginning of the season, that we were suffering a little bit on traction and top speed. Now I think that we are OK on that. In Hungary I think with these slow speed corners, traction etc., I don't see any problem with the car and we should be competitive there.

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