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Canadian GP: Post Qualifying press conference

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08/06/2013

Sebastian, you seemed to be on top of those extraordinary conditions all the way through qualifying. Was that the case?
Sebastian Vettel: Well it was very, very tricky, especially because you never knew what the conditions were like the next time you were out. So obviously it was intermediate tyres throughout but extremely tricky to adapt, especially in the last qualifying section. We decided to have two runs, we thought the second run will be quicker because we had a new set of tyres left but it started to drizzle, in the last sector in particular, in the last chicane. I went straight on one lap and then the second lap I had a mistake somewhere else, so it turned out that the conditions were best for the first run. So that was a bit of a surprise because obviously you target on a set of new tyres to push a little bit harder. Very happy the first lap was good enough. It was very tight with Lewis. I think at the end everybody was improving in the first two sectors but then the last one was... yeah, those last two corners didn’t allow anyone to go quicker, which surely I didn’t mind but I think it was showing how difficult the whole qualifying session was for everyone. Congratulations to Valtteri, I think he did an extraordinary job putting the Williams on P3 but for us, extremely happy with the result and looking forward to the race tomorrow. I think we had strong pace yesterday so no matter the conditions, we should be in decent shape.

Lewis, is that what cost you right at the end? Was that the rain in the final sector?
Lewis Hamilton: I don't know really... no, I was doing a pretty good lap, I think I was six or seven tenths up, even so I went wide. I don't know whether I would have kept it but all I needed to keep was a tenth or so, a bit unfortunate - but I'm still happy to be here for the team.

Valtteri, congratulations. What does this mean, to be in the top three?
Valtteri Bottas: Thank you. Of course it means a lot. It's way more up in the grid than what we really could ever imagine. It's been so difficult, the first six races for us and it will be a nice boost for the team. We really got everything quite right today.

Sebastian, as you say, no points today. What chances tomorrow? As you said, you don't really fear any of the conditions. Are you worried about rain or not?
SV: Well, I don't know if there's anybody who can give a precise forecast for every corner. As we saw today, it was really tricky in some places, then drier than expected in other places and the next lap was completely different. So, yeah, a bit difficult to foresee how the weather is behaving tomorrow - but the forecast, I think, looks a little bit friendlier than today. So at this stage - the last thing I heard at least - we expect dry conditions. But we'll see. It doesn't really matter. We have a couple of tyres left, surely lots of slick tyres but also in the rain we should be in decent shape. I think it could be an interesting race with mixed conditions tomorrow. So, a long one, 70 laps here and a lot of things that can happen in every single lap.

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