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British GP: Post Qualifying press conference

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04/07/2015

Lewis, it was the first run in Q3 again for you - absolutely perfect - that nailed it. Pole position for your home grand prix, how are you feeling?
Lewis Hamilton: It's a special day. It's special when you get the pole position here on your home turf. So many people have come today and this weekend and they really do motivate me through the weekend, so it's particularly special when you do get the pole. Generally, it's not been the smoothest weekend, it's been a bit up and down in terms of set-up and balance and getting laps and throughout qualifying, I made a change to the car, going into qualifying, which was perhaps not spectacular for the quali lap but hopefully will be good for the race. But I'm really, really happy and once I got to Q3 I kind of could just go all out and get that lap in. So, yeah, incredibly happy and my brother's here with me as well, so big thank you to everyone for all the support.

Thank you. Nico, you missed out today; you were saying on the radio there were a few problems there on the final run, you weren't completely happy with the balance of the car. Was it something to do with the front tyre?
Nico Rosberg: Well, first of all the first lap was really good, so there's not much to say about that, Lewis was just one tenth quicker, which is annoying, but that's the way it is. Other than that, really awesome to see how many people have come today. Out in the grandstands it's incredible, it's full house already more or less today. It's great to see how enthusiastic everybody is in this country about our sport. And then the last run, something strange. Nobody improved on that one or not many at least. Felipe did? There was something wrong with my left front, so I had big understeer. There was something very wrong, don't know, we need to look into what it was.

OK, thank you for that. Felipe, you've done it again, not only ahead of your team-mate but once again ahead of both Ferraris; good day for you.
Felipe Massa: Yeah, I think it was a fantastic day for us. As they just said, it's amazing to see how many people are here. It's also our home grand prix for the team, so I'm sure it was great to see me and Valtteri third and fourth. We were fighting each other through the qualifying, especially in Q3. I just managed to get a fantastic lap at the end and improve a little bit his lap time. So happy and really looking forward tomorrow that we can have a very strong race, especially in this fight with Ferrari, so today was a very important day for us to see that we can be in front of Ferrari with both cars. I hope we can be also tomorrow. It's really nice and I'm very happy with what we did today and we just need to concentrate for tomorrow now.

Very well done. Coming back to you Lewis, tomorrow the chance to equal Nigel Mansell and Jim Clark as a three-time British Grand Prix winner. Tell us a little more about what the crowd has been doing to motivate you this weekend and also your two previous wins have come from outside the top three so presumably this makes your task a little easier tomorrow?
LH: I think the previous times... well, naturally I've been very fortunate to have had those two wins here and the support has been incredible every year. It's the banners that are out there, it's the flags, it's the team caps, it's the messages that get sent every day through social media. I was replying to some just before qualifying and they just really create the atmosphere and that buzz. When I'm about to start my lap or when I finish my lap, looking out of the corner of your eye and you know those guys are there, they're right behind you, so I hope that that wave of energy that they give will help to carry us tomorrow.

Lewis, pole a lot this season, clearly qualifying has been much, much stronger in 2015 than it was at this stage in 2014. What do you think has made the real difference, as far as you're concerned?
LH: I don't really know. Naturally that was something that I wanted to improve this year and last year obviously, I think I had seven poles in the whole year. It made the races a lot harder for me, to obviously get past Nico on those occasions, which I did on quite a few occasions - but generally made the races a lot harder to win. So that obviously was a focal point. It's difficult to say where it's improved. That first lap in Q3 has been a really important one and generally just through the year I've been having good laps in that session. That's... generally thought the qualifying session wasn't going great, I had a lot of understeer and... so through the session you're putting in more and more wing but... and also the wind it all over the place throughout this great track, it makes it very tricky. But, yeah, I'm really happy with that lap, felt fantastic, particularly the middle sector. My favourite part of the track when you go through Copse and then Maggotts and Becketts, it's fantastic and I really hooked it up on that lap, which made the difference.

It's interesting that, isn't it Nico? Because between the two of you since the beginning of last year it's fairly unusual for whoever gets fastest in the first run of Q3 to be overturned in the final pole position. It does seem to be quite important between the two of you, that first run.
NR: I don't know. I didn't see that trend. And yeah, anyway, for me today it was all to play for with the second run - still pushing all out for sure and the chance was there because it was so close.

And a word from you Felipe about the conditions. In the first two parts of qualifying, we saw a lot of drivers exceeding the track limits at Turn Nine and having their times deleted - a lot of drivers - was that ever an issue for you? And how much of a part did the diagonal crosswind into Copse play in that?
FM: Actually it was a problem. It was so easy... it's a corner where you want to try everything you can - but you have also the wind which sometimes is pushing just a little bit and you lose a little bit of line and you go forwards off. But I was very careful at the beginning not to go off there - but that I was just pushing a little bit harder every lap, a little bit, just to understand what was really the limit but not going to high - and I just managed to do a good job and not passing the lines there.

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