GP2 Series: Lucas, congratulations on your first win of the season with a strong drive today: you must be delighted... Lucas di Grassi: Yes, I think it's what I've been telling everyone: we've been fast since the pre-season tests, but since the...
GP2 Series: Lucas, congratulations on your first win of the season with a strong drive today: you must be delighted...
Lucas di Grassi: Yes, I think it's what I've been telling everyone: we've been fast since the pre-season tests, but since the first race things haven't fallen into place for us, things that are out of our control, mechanical problems and other things. But since yesterday I was P20 with 10 laps to go and I overtook 10 guys and finished actually in P8: I think the luck has changed for us and we have the possibility to fight for the championship. Now I'm 16 or 17 points off the lead, and that is Petrov, and we're going to keep working to make the car better because I believe at this stage we are still worse than Addax. They have the best car: I don't think it Grosjean or Petrov, because this time it is one, another time it is the other. I was Petrov's teammate last year, and with six races less I finished 30 points in front, so I know that the car is really good now, and that's why we need to work so that the car is better for the remaining races.
GP2 Series: It seems that this year if you get a chance to be in front, or in clear air, that you are able to push a lot harder with much less effort: is that the answer, just find some clear air?
Lucas: Yeah, I mean if your car is fast and you have clear air, you are able to do fast laps: that's what happened to me today, and in Monaco too because qualifying wasn't too good, but when I had clear air I almost jumped Petrov and finished on the podium. I'm pretty satisfied today: I think the answer is to be in clean air as you said, and the rest comes.
GP2 Series: You're a little off the championship lead, but only two points off third place and with Silverstone next: what are your thoughts for there?
Lucas: I'm not thinking about points at this stage, I'm thinking about getting the car better and having the most points possible each weekend, so we need to beat Addax, that's the priority to make the car the best on the grid, and this is how we're going to work from now on.
GP2 Series: Vitaly, congratulations on your second podium which hands you the lead in the championship: satisfied with your weekend here?
Vitaly Petrov: Yeah, but one weekend is not enough! [laugh] I'm happy of course to have a brilliant, well, not brilliant but very, very good result here, and we need to try to stay until the end of the season the same, to try to push and do a good job like today, and yesterday.
GP2 Series: It looked like you had a tricky moment off the start and into turn one: how was it from inside the car?
Vitaly: When I analyse a lot the start procedure, how I use my clutch and my pedal, it is quite tricky here, and we found a very good solution here with my engineer because we analysed yesterday, we analysed today, and after free practice too we decided one way to go, and I think we did a good start and I won a lot of places at the start. And then I did absolutely like I did in the first race to overtake two guys [in the final corner] to take the lead, and today to take third place, I took wide and take a little look, and then I just accelerate through, and I think it was brilliant! [laughs] But at start I think everything was in my control: I just went inside, brake, and because I know I'm winning already in the points I was just taking it easy and Valsecchi was just wide and on the grass so I overtook him for fourth, I think.
GP2 Series: You're now into the lead of the championship, two points ahead of your teammate, which should make things very interesting here in the truck, I guess...
Vitaly: Yes! [laughs] It will be very, very interesting I think, because the fight is not here, it will be at the last race I will be very, very happy, I think! [laughs] But for now the time is not to relax, it's just to keep pushing.
GP2 Series: Silverstone is next: what are your thoughts for there?
Vitaly: In Silverstone I had some problems in the dry before, but I hope we will have some time to analyse things and I will try to do good also there. But it's very important to have a good set up there: I was quick enough in the rain because I know very well the circuit there, because I won in Formula 3000 and in the rain last year I had the fastest lap, so I just hope now that we will have a good car like here, with a good feeling, and we will do our best.
* Javier Villa had to leave the circuit early, and was unavailable for comment