Podium Interview - Conducted by Nelson Piquet
First of all, a question for the winner. For sure, you've done a fantastic job all year round? But the best race was the most exciting race I ever saw in Formula One. The question for you is, I'm sure you're very happy in this race, but are you happy also that you get Hamilton out of the way?
Jenson Button: First of all, I want to congratulate the whole team. This is the perfect way for us to end the season. We started on a high and we've had ups and downs, and to end on a high is fantastic. It bodes very well for 2013. Congratulations guys. We fought for second in the Constructors' today but these boys were a little bit too strong. Thank you very much.
Alonso, I'm sorry. You did a fantastic job all year round. Massa can say, you have some accidents that were not your fault. I'm sorry about you because I have also… I lost two championships at the last race, I know how it feels. Actually, I'm asking about your feelings now.
Fernando Alonso: Well, first of all I feel very proud of my team, very proud of the season we did. Obviously we lost the championship now, but I don't think, as you said, that we lost here in Brazil, we lost in some races where we were a little bit unlucky. But this is a sport, but when you do something with your heart, when you do something with 100 per cent, you have to be proud of your team, happy for them, and we will try next year.
And my friend Massa: you started the year not very good but you have been improving all the time. What about next year? Are you going to start in the right way?
Felipe Massa: Yeah, for sure. I think the second part of the year was the preparation for next year. It's such an emotion to race here. I think the race was really fantastic. For sure, it could have been a better position than what I finished but anyway I didn't know what to say. Just crying and I didn't know what to say. I didn't know what to feel, it was so amazing.
Jenson, congratulations, what an amazing race for you. First of all, that tyre strategy, staying out, it really worked well for you.
JB: Yeah it did. It was one of the toughest races I've had. It was very tricky. It was on that point many times when you think Inters is the right tyre. I kept asking the team "what's going to happen with the weather: it's supposed to be light showers?" Well OK, we'll see how we go but it was so, so difficult. You're locking up tyres here and there but you've just got to push to the limit. You have to wait for the team to give you the information about all the other people on Inters so it's not just about driving the car at that point. Y'know, you need every single piece of information that's out there to know that you're doing the right thing. But it was a really good race. Obviously things were made more difficult with the first safety car. Lost 40 seconds, the race was between me and Nico then. It was made a lot more difficult. And then when the safety car came in I grained the front-right tyre. I really struggled but when that went away it was good. The two guys in front obviously had a coming together, which helped things but in that sort of race you never really know what the outcome is going to be. We still had a lot more rain coming. We still had to make the right call on the pitstop again, which I think we did, and then we just tried to hold the gap really to the Ferraris, which was about 20 seconds, which was difficult in itself, because there was so much water out there for Inters. But really happy with the end result. We started the year so strong and we've ended it so strong. Just a few areas that we need to improve in the middle of the season. It's sad that Lewis isn't here to enjoy his last race with the team but it's racing and these things happen. I'd like to bid him farewell. We've had a good time together over the last three years and I think we've proved that on the first ten laps of the race with how close our fighting was. I hope he has a good career in his next team. Lastly, I'd like to congratulation Sebastian on his third title in a row. He's very, very impressive so congratulations to him and also Red Bull for clinching the Constructors' at the previous race.
Fernando, you wanted unusual circumstances but it seems they weren't either the right ones or not enough. But it was just an incredible race for all of you.
FA: Yes, it was good I think. It was more or less what we wanted. Mixed conditions and very, very difficult race. It was one of the most difficult races we ever drove, I think with the conditions out there and you feel that you are with the wrong tyre every lap but you ask the team and everyone is in the same position so you need to keep fighting. There was a lot of risk every lap to crash and have an accident and finish the race there. So we could not afford this for sure because we needed a podium finish to have any chance, so it was a very delicate situation but we managed very well and again we starting in eighth or seven or something like that and we finished in the podium one more time. As usual in the last couple of races. So this can only be achieved with perfection from the team, with good strategies, with good start, with good pace in the car. And today we mixed all again and it was very fine. Obviously you are not in control of what your rivals do. And I think we need a second place and Sebastian eighth or something like that, which we know that is a very strange combination of results because to be out of the first eight positions for Red Bull in this race is not so easy, so we were hoping a little miracle, as we were hoping for all through the year, I think from the start to the end it was a dream and we had this little present to fight for the championship until the last race. So we enjoyed the race, we did our job and the dream continued until today. And this was… thank you for the team to have a perfect season.