1. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), 1h33m27.515s
2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), 1h33m29.875s
3. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari), 1h33m38.354s
Q: Felipe, what a fantastic day for you after Malaysia. A perfect afternoon for you?
Felipe Massa: Yeah, definitely. For sure now we have a good break, so it will be a good time to think about things and enjoy this nice result. The results in the first two races were not like I expected. I think something was missing, especially in the first race when we had a problem and then what happened in the second race, with mistakes and also something missing. This time we put everything together and I’m really pleased for the whole team. The job they made here, the strategy, the set-up, everything, I’m really pleased. But now we need to push even harder because McLaren is quite close.
Q: Let’s talk about the start – a lot of pressure, a lot of talk, what was it like from your point of view?
Massa: The best way is to make a good start straight after you’ve had all these problems in the media during the week – fortunately only for one week! Then to do a good race and to finish at the front. I’m sure now they are going to talk in a different way.
Q: You looked to be in control but Lewis started to come very close to you towards the end of the race. What was it like at that point?
Massa: In the first stint my car was not really well balanced and I was suffering from a lot of over steer. Lewis was quite close for the whole stint but then the second stint was fantastic for me. The car was behaving very, very well on scrubbed tyres and I took away a bit of front wing and it was really much easier to drive and I could build a nice gap. Then in the last stint I had hard tyres and I saw also that the gap was reasonable and I started to look after my car and maintain my pace and go through the traffic to the finish.
Q: Lewis, congratulations, let’s hear about that first lap first of all, it was very close?
Lewis Hamilton: Yeah, unfortunately I didn’t get as good a start as Felipe, he did very well down to the first corner. He managed to keep his place and I had to make sure I stayed as close behind as possible to maybe have a chance on the first lap, but I think we were fairly well matched. I tried to stay as close as possible until we came in to pit and I knew that he was going a lap more than me. I struggled a little bit in the second stint but Kimi was very strong at the end.
Q: Can you talk a little about that second stint. Why was that, you were still on the soft tyres at that point?
Hamilton: Yeah, I was still on the soft but the car was quite a bit different with the scrubbed tyres and I had quite a bit more under steer. I guess that was really where I was losing, the balance wasn’t very good and I was unable to brake as late and carry as much speed through certain corners and therefore I was losing a lot of time to Felipe. But then we got back onto the hard tyre and I was able to keep up the pace.
Q: It looked as if you saw quite a lot of Anthony Davidson’s oil as well towards the end?
Hamilton: Yeah, I don’t know if that was oil, or what, but it looked as if something was damaged on his car. But I think the marshals did a great job today and the stewards, getting the blue flags out. I think it was a lot better here than it has been in the past and so fair dos to them.
Q: You have made history today – three successive rookie podiums. Your thoughts on that?
Hamilton: Sweet! I’m happy with it. I think this weekend we have definitely closed the gap to Ferrari and to have another second in only my third race, I couldn’t ask for more. There’s only one more step for me and we’ll be pushing and making sure that in
Barcelona we’ll be just as quick.
Q: Kimi, stuck behind Fernando Alonso in the early stage of the race. How much did that define the day for you?
Kimi Räikkönen: I think it did. After that it was too difficult to come back and challenge at the front. I got past him but we needed to go a little bit shorter in the middle stint to make sure we got in front of him but then it was too short to challenge Lewis. I came very close at the second stop but it wasn’t enough. I think there was also a bit of a mistake by me also on the start button but we got third place and we know where we are losing time, so hopefully in the next test we can find something which is a bit better for me.
Q: You made a very aggressive start down the outside there but I guess from the second row it was always going to be difficult?
Räikkönen: Yeah but then I was also getting very close to Lewis and at the left-hander after the first corner I needed to back off because I got under steer and so Alonso got a very good run at me into the next corner. I was on the inside but he could brake later and took the place from me.
Q: When you were very close to Fernando you seemed to have a lot of moments running wide under braking. Was that just losing down force being so close to him?
Räikkönen: Yeah, it’s not easy to be very close to people and also the wind was making it even more difficult and so at places where it was hard even on your own it was even worse behind someone, but that’s normal. I think this year it’s even more difficult following people than previously.
Q: Felipe, a bit of a break now before the Spanish GP, three drivers tied for the lead of the world championship, you’re just behind them, you’ve come away with a win, it looks like an amazingly close season?
Massa: Yeah, for sure the season is really close and looking at how the championship is, it’s very exciting. Ferrari and McLaren are very close together and it’s a very important break for us to work really hard to try to improve our car a little bit more and to try to work on every detail because for sure the championship is important now but also right through to the end. It will be important not to lose any opportunity. But it is also a nice break to be thinking about a good result and not to have so many people talking badly about you. That’s also good!