Hugarian GP winners' press conference

Q Damon Hill your last victory was back in April in Imola. You must be more relieved, I think, rather than delighted to win at last? DH No, not at all. I'm absolutely delighted. This is the best victory I've ever had. We actually...

Q Damon Hill your last victory was back in April in Imola. You must be more relieved, I think, rather than delighted to win at last?

DH No, not at all. I'm absolutely delighted. This is the best victory I've ever had. We actually beat Michael hands down. The team did a brilliant job all weekend. It was a race I had to win, and I won it, so I'm absolutely delighted and ofcourse Michael not finishing is a bonus so I think it's a bit of a pay back day for me. The atmosphere out there is tremendous as well, so it's a fantastic day.

Q Did you originally plan a 3 stop strategy today?

DH Yeah, originally, yeah.

Q Nothing changed during the race?

DH No

Q Damon Hill, the timings on your pitstops were very different from Michael Schumacher what was the thinking behind that today?

DH I don't understand why Michael made such early stops to be honest. It was a plan that was obviously their strategy, maybe something went wrong, I don't know. I think we proved that we have everything we need to plan our strategy right. We chose the right strategy this weekend. I got through traffic well, won the race so I'm absolutely delighted. A first class job from the Rothmans Williams Renault team.

Q And you're now 11 points behind, a much better situation than at the beginning of the weekend. Is this the start of the Damon Hill revival?

DH Well it has to be I'm afraid if I'm going to win the championship. But the only way to win the championship really is to keep winning races. The pressure's back on Michael again, I think, now.

Q Over to David Coulthard, congratulations, another 2nd place. You had an excellent start but you did seem to be holding up Michael Schumacher in the first laps and allowing Damon to get ahead. Was that your pace or was that team tactics?

DC I wish I could say it was a plan, but unfortunately I just couldn't keep up with Damon, he was setting a blistering pace at the start and although we were both running the same strategy he was really able to attack the circuit. I had a lot of problems with oversteer at the start and that's why eventually I made a mistake which allowed Michael to come back, and then that's why I decided to stop early to try and get back into a rythm. After that 1st stop my lap times were a lot better and of course unfortunately then I was out of sync with Damon and Michael.

Q Now, Goodyear supplied softer compound tyres this weekend. Did that affect your tactics in any way?

DC Not really, no. I think it was quite clear it would be a 3 stop race to keep out of traffic. We did do 2 stops last year and that kept you in the traffic all the time so 3 was definitely the way to go and with the softer tyres it just meant a quicker race.

Q Gerhard Berger your sixth 3rd place of the year in what you must consider your home grand prix at the moment. You had a huge battle with Johnny Herbert in the end. When did you know that you were 3rd?

GB I honestly didn't really have time to look where, I just had all hands full to do with I think it was Panis behind me pushing Brundle in the beginning and then, I think, Eddie Irvine and finally Johnny Herbert really hard and I had really to put all my experience together to keep him behind me. I had unbelievably big understeer. I did some changes on the starting grid and it was big mistake. I had a big understeer and than I have broken a front end plate and my car just went straight everywhere when I turn in. The only way to keep Johnny behind was really to boot my car sideways everywhere but, finally I could do it and I am happy with the 3rd place. Better 3rd place and 4 points than no points.

-- David Goodwin

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Johnny Herbert , Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Gerhard Berger , Damon Hill
Teams Williams