Sunday, October 18, 2009


"It's a fantastic day for the team to win again, confirming second in the constructors' for us. It was not good enough to win the championship but we have done ourselves proud. I want to thank Renault because the engines were very good, and it was not an easy environment for them."

"Jenson I think deserves the championship. He drove very well in the early part of the season. It was not easy to have error-free weekends. He has driven very well. Brawn had some strengths and weaknesses, but JB did a good job so I want to congratulate him."

"It has been a difficult season for our team, I think yesterday was a big part of the job. We knew it might be a dry race today so we decided to keep our low downforce configuration car that we had on Friday. It was hard to drive in the water in qualifying. Nick Heidfeld went out in Q1, it was not easy to drive a car in the wet. I managed to qualify eighth and some people were disappointed about this qualifying, I don't know why because maybe they think miracles happen!"

"Today I had good pace, consistent. I was a bit surprised about the slow pace initially from Rubens and Mark, I was able to keep with them. But we had straight away the problem with the water temperature and I had to reduce the revs on lap 10. I had to pull out every time on a straight line, slip stream, just trying to cool down the temperatures and bring car home. I was very unlucky with my first pit stop, I got stuck behind four cars, Kamui Kobayashi, Kazuki Nakajima, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel. I was heavy and they were light, I had no chance to overtake them, I had no chance, so Mark Webber built up a good lead. After that I tried to look after tyres and keep the gap to Rubens, it paid off, I had problems with tyre degradation, gaps quite easy and I brought car home."

"Today has been an extremely tough day, a tough weekend. Today is a huge surprise to me, I had no idea that we would be able to get into points. The team did a great job on strategy but I was a on knife edge all the way. I feel great, the car felt great. There are still some improvements we need to make, but to fight up to third from 18th is a great job from team. I am thankful to them for the good job they did. I had an incredible battle with Rubens and congratulations to Jenson, a great job from him and a great season. I have the bosses breathing down my neck to get the job done. Today will make them happy. We really needed it as both of us were at back, so this will be good. I am sure lads in team and happy and bosses are too."