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Brazilian GP: Post Race press conference

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15/11/2015

Podium Interviews - Conducted by Martin Brundle

Nico, your 40th time on the podium, surely one of the sweetest? Another great drive, your second victory in a row.
Nico Rosberg: Yeah, for sure, thank you very much. It was a great weekend for me here. Of course everything relative with what happened back in Paris. But still, very, very happy, it went perfectly. Lewis put on a good challenge but I was able to control it and never give him a chance, so I'm pleased with that.

There was a time, around lap 16 or 17, when you were really slow down into Turn One, when you braking early. What was the reason for that?
NR: I don't know!

Well, maybe Lewis was just mighty on the brakes then. It looked like you were pacing yourself, tyres, brakes, or were there any kind of issues you were carrying?
NR: No, no issues. It was just controlling the pace - never overdoing doing, not to risk doing a mistake and also to not risk having too much degradation. We saw Lewis dropping off a lot with degradation in the second stint and that confirmed that it was important to take care of the tyres.

We heard you on the radio saying 'don't talk to me anymore', the pressure was intense, Lewis was trying his hardest towards the end.
NR: It just depends. Sometimes I need the information but at that point I just wanted to focus on driving and get the job done.

You've got to do this earlier in the year, so you can have a fight in the world championship...
NR: Thank you very much for that piece of advice, I could figure that out for myself!

So how can you do that, how can you change that?
NR: Well, I'm pushing now and I was pushing in the beginning of the season. I don't have an exact explanation for why it's going so strongly now but I just want to keep it going.

Well, what a brilliant drive again today, congratulations. Lewis, fastest lap of the race but you didn't quite have enough pace to challenge your team-mate today.
Lewis Hamilton: Hola Brazil! No, I had the pace, it's just you can't overtake around here.

You were on the radio complaining, [saying] "I just can't follow around this track" and then dropping back towards the end.
LH: Yeah, I mean obviously I was behind Nico and in traffic for some time and it just killed my tyres. It's a shame because it's such a great track but you just can't get close enough to race. I don't know if there were other people overtaking. Unless you have a huge advantage on the guy in front... Motorsport is about fine lines, you know, about tenths of a second, but you can't get close enough within a tenth of a second to be able to fight. It's a shame because it would be good if we did some overtaking here.

You were on the radio saying "give me a different strategy, let me get ahead somehow", but you can't do that within the team I guess. Is that frustrating?
LH: Well, I mean, I'm here to race and when you both have to do pretty much the same order it's kind of already set from the beginning, so for sure I'm like "if there are any other strategies, let's do it, let's take a risk, let's do whatever" and they're like "look after the tyres", and I'm like "No, I'm racing", you know and I think that's what people want to see, but unfortunately today, as I said, I couldn't get close enough to ne able to really put on a great, so it was relatively boring following in a tow.

This guy has got the legs on you at the moment. You've got to come back for Abu Dhabi somehow.
LH: Yeah, Nico has been driving fantastically well. He did a fantastic job in qualifying, especially in the last few races. The last race he drove fantastically well, today no mistakes, so he did good.

Sebastian, it seems that you've got the VIP invitation for the 13th time this year on the podium to the Mercedes-Benz party up here.
Sebastian Vettel: Thank you but... I think it was a good race for us. I was hoping that at the start maybe we could do something, but it wasn't possible. The start was OK, but it wasn't any better than Lewis or Nico's. After that, I thought halfway through the first stint that maybe we could stay with them, but then they were starting to pull away. Overall, I think we have to admit that they were just a bit quicker. But overall, I would say we were probably closer here than in many, many races before in terms of race pace - only one, two, three tenths maybe at the time - and in the last stint we were even a bit quicker. Overall, it felt like a good race but yeah, for sure, it was not very exciting, we were a bit in no-mans land, we didn't have anybody to fight with but hopefully next race we can be again a bit closer.

You put the soft tyres on, trying to do something different but you just didn't have the speed.
SV: I didn't hear! They are so loud!

It's wonderful. Alright, we'll go back to Nico. Nico, you're on a roll. It's not through luck, it's through speed, but maybe you should go to the casino or play the lottery or something - everything is running for you at the moment.
NR: Well, I've been working hard also, because Lewis had the upper hand for a lot of the season and I needed to try to turn it round, so at the moment it's going really well, I'm pleased with that and next race now Abu Dhabi, I want to try to go for the win there again.

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