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FIA post-race press conference - Monaco, Pt 2 01 Jun 2003

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren in the press conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 1 June 2003

1. Juan Pablo MONTOYA (WILLIAMS), 1h42m19.010s
2. Kimi RAIKKONEN (MCLAREN), 1h42m19.612s (+ 0.602s)
3. Michael SCHUMACHER (FERRARI), 1h42m20.730s (+ 1.720s)

Published with permission from the Federation Internationale de l' Automobile.


Q: Juan Pablo, this obviously means a huge amount to you, tell us about it...
Juan Pablo MONTOYA: It does. It's been long waiting for my second win. First one came in the first year. Last year I had seven poles and none of them converted into wins. The car worked pretty well today, the car was good all weekend. The fight with Kimi was very good and I had to push as hard as I could to try to stay ahead of him because he was going longer than me on every stop and I managed two stops to do that and then from there it was just to pace myself to the end.

Q: What about the start, that was obviously important getting ahead of Kimi?
JPM: Yeah, as soon as I let the button go I had great traction and just had the jump on Kimi straight away.

Q: I understand you were fairly noisy on the radio at the end, what were you saying?

JPM: Nothing really...I was pretty excited.

Q: What about at the end there, how much pressure was there?
JPM: There was a fair bit because I backed up the pace quite a bit but I didn't want Kimi to get too close, so on the last few laps I started pushing and made a bit of a mistake, not on the last lap but the lap before in the last corner, a little bit, but apart from that it went pretty smoothly.

Q: Were the tyres good?
JPM: Yeah, the tyres were really good, very consistent. They were coming back really strongly at the end of the stint. It was really good.

Q: Kimi, what happened to you at the start?
Kimi RAIKKONEN: It looks like it's not very good for me to start from the second place, because every time I have lost at least one place. But I don't know, I just didn't get the traction and lost one place, almost two, but I just managed to keep the Renault behind me.

Q: Then what were the tactics towards the end when you were right on his tail?
KR: I was just hoping that something would go wrong or that he would make a big mistake so that I was able to pass him. I knew that he wouldn't have too many problems to keep me behind, but I still tried to keep up some pressure. I was a bit unlucky with the pit stops because every time when he went in I was stuck behind the cars and I wasn't able to push but that's racing and maybe next time it will go better.

Q: How about the car during the race, and the tyres?
KR: It was great. I think at the beginning of the race I was a bit slower than them because we started with very low pressures and these took a little while to come in. But after that it was really good and I think we got the quickest lap time in the race and I was quick, but just not at the right time.

Q: How worried were you about the track conditions, starting on the front row, given that there was so much dust down from the previous races?

KR: Yeah, I was pretty worried about it. I was watching the race when they put it down because I think there was oil and liquid on every corner and it wasn't very good for us but actually it was OK, the circuit was fine and we didn't have any problems.

Q: Michael, fifth to third, at least you made up a couple of places but even so I don't suppose it was what you were hoping for...

Michael SCHUMACHER: Yeah, you always hope for better but realistically, from how the race developed falling back with Jarno actually it is quite reasonable to end up third.

Q: What about the car during the race - at times you were perhaps a couple of seconds off the pace, but that probably had something to do with fuel, obviously...

MS: Yeah, obviously the strategy was staggered differently to others but I wouldn't say the situation was the greatest with my second set. I really struggled up to a certain point and then it got going but at the end of the day I think it would have been very difficult to jump another position.

Q: Then at the end you were catching these two, what was going to be your tactics then?

MS: See and wait. You never know what happens.

Q: But otherwise, obviously, six points. Not too bad...

MS: Yep, that's the way you have to see it. We lose another two in terms of the championship, it is back to four, but it could have been worse.