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Lewis Hamilton Q&A: I have nothing to lose 05 Oct 2013

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 4 October 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 garage sign.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 4 October 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrate in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013

Having topped both practice sessions in Korea on Friday, Lewis Hamilton headed into qualifying on Saturday as a serious threat for pole position. In the end the Mercedes driver had to settle for second best behind the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, but Hamilton doesn’t intend to let the reigning world champion have an easy ride on Sunday…

Q: Lewis, P2 looks like a quite satisfying result. How was the pace of the car today? Promising?
Lewis Hamilton:
Yes. Since Friday we’ve been very close and we all know that a race is something completely different to qualifying, so we can be satisfied for now. There is a chance of conditions changing tomorrow and that might mix things up, so we are heading into an interesting race.

Q: Was pole position possible for you today?
LH:
It was not impossible. But he (Vettel) did it on his first lap so the chances were that he could have gone even faster on a second lap. The fact is it would have been hard for me to gain two-tenths. So generally I think they are still faster.

Q: How much impact can changing conditions have if the temperature drops again on race day? The track temperature has already fallen somewhat today…
LH:
Well, today the first sector was good, the last sector was not so fantastic, but sector two was really great - and that is good news, as it shows that we have found a promising set-up for the race.

Q: You have frequently said that you like this track. Why?
LH:
This track is great to drive. I like it a bit more aggressive and here you can do it. Of course, it is another matter if we are fast enough, though. You see, I came into the weekend knowing that these guys (Red Bull) have an advantage and I was going out to make the best out of my situation. That’s all.

Q: So how are you going to approach the race? Do you have a plan for how to pass Sebastian?
LH:
Going as fast as possible - and if there is a gap going through! Does that sound logical?

Q: You’ll be starting alongside Sebastian on the grid - how will that go?
LH:
Normally the Red Bull just goes. But there is hope that tomorrow it will be different. I will do my best to make it different! (laughs)

Q: Do you think that a wet start could play to your advantage?
LH:
It wouldn’t make any difference. The car is good so we will take it as it comes. A race on a track like this here is never won at the start. So we will focus on our strategy and stay as close as we can in the race to grab the chance should it arise. I will attack as much as I can - I have nothing to lose. He (Vettel) has more to lose than I do.

Q: Were you surprised by Seb’s ability to pull another pole position out of the hat?
LH:
No. These guys had an advantage at the last race and had an advantage all weekend so far. Our focus was to close the gap as much as possible. Unfortunately it was still not enough to pass them. Pole position is not such an easy business here. You’ve got two long straights that you have to drive through. But these straights could be our advantage tomorrow - and our long-run pace. Let’s wait and see.

Q: You said that your real fight is against Ferrari - that you are going to battle them for P2 in the constructors’ championship. Do you see your chances rising after today’s qualifying?
LH:
That’s difficult to say. We’ve worked hard on our long-run pace to stay in front of them. My impression is that we’re a little bit quicker than Ferrari - but I am hoping to fight Red Bull. That’s the real aim.

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