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Grand Prix du Brésil

São Paulo - Conférence de presse

Dimanche 24 Octobre 2004
J.P. Montoya (Williams)
1 Juan Pablo Montoya
(Williams FW26-BMW)
en 1h28'01"451
K. Räikkönen (McLaren)
2 Kimi Räikkönen
(McLaren MP4/19B-Mercedes)
à 0'01"022
R. Barrichello (Ferrari)
3 Rubens Barrichello
(Ferrari F2004)
à 0'24"099

L'interview des trois premiers de la course

Question: Juan Pablo, is that a preview for next year?
Juan Pablo Montoya: Ho, hopefully (laughs). No I think it was great. I think it was good for Williams, I think it was really good for everybody. I think it was a tough race. I will be honest with you, I came into the race thinking Kimi was going to be the guy that had the chance to win the race. Before the race there are always rumours as to who's got more fuel than who and when I hear how much fuel - supposedly - how much fuel Kimi had I thought 'phew, he will be hard to beat.' But I think the rain in the first part really played into my hands because I was planning three stops from the beginning and it just worked perfectly.

Q: You had a little pit lane race with Kimi as well. We just heard how he saw it, what about you?
JPM: Ah it was great. I went and I saw him starting to move and I thought 'come on, come on, come on' you can get him and it wasn't enough. When we were going down to the lefthander, I was just looking at his tyres waiting to see when he was going to move and he wasn't moving, so I was just trying to go a little bit faster to get the momentum down the straight.

Q: Were you worried about Fernando Alonso?
JPM: A little bit at the beginning but then I started to think that in all the running he did, he wasn't that competitive during the weekend, so I thought we were going to be fast enough to be able to get him. My biggest concern was for the last stop when they told me Kimi was going longer and I came out of the pits behind him and I thought 'no it can't be', but he was fair enough to move over, to be honest.

Q: There was just one incident: lap 33 you lost over two and a half seconds to him.
JPM: Yeah, I was trying to pass a Minardi and I think I braked just a little bit where it was a bit damper, it was starting to drizzle and I nearly lost it, to be honest.

Q: That was the time that it started to drizzle?
JPM: Yeah.

Q: What about at the end?
JPM: No, the end was fine. The pace at the end was pretty good. I think everyone was just hanging out with the neck because the circuit goes the other way, because every time you turn right there's nothing, but you turn left and it goes ooww. It was fun.

Q: Kimi are you a bit disappointed?
Kimi Raikkonen: Of course always when you can't win you are disappointed. We did what we could today and unfortunately we were not able to win.

Q: What about those opening laps... you just streaked away?
KR: Yeah the car was good and the Michelin tyre is very competitive now. They are very good in these types of conditions. Unfortunately I would rather have had a dry race from the beginning because Michelin would have had a better chance.

Q: And then when you came out so close behind him at the end.
KR: Yeah not close enough. We needed to be in front of him but it didn't happen and I could still close the gap. But that is it I couldn't do anything else. I tried to get close enough to do something but I was not able to do it.

Q: If you could go back to do something different is there anything?
KR: I think so when he passed after the pit-stop I took it a bit too careful into the first corner so I think the race was pretty much decided then. I think we were a little bit lacking in the speed in some parts of the race so I couldn't stay with him. It is always easy to say afterwards that we would have done this.

Q: Rubens, well at least you have got rid of the jinx haven't you... and yet you fifth in the opening stint and here you are on the podium.
Rubens Barrichello: I guess it worked OK. Obviously it is disappointing I have not won the race because we dominated the whole weekend in terms of pace and everything and I had quite, maybe not more than Kimi, but quite an amount of fuel in qualifying. Everything went fantastically well. But if we had any weak points it is when it is damp. If it is wet we are the best, if it is dry we are the best. In these conditions we do have to improve a bit, but that is how the race was. It was drizzling and then drying out and drizzling again and just took off all the rubber off the track. It was difficult.

Q: And yet you were leading after five laps by two seconds and then by lap eight you back in fifth, sixth place...
RB: As I said the conditions were quite difficult. It was the same thing as in Monza. In Monza it dried out a very fast and it went into our hands. Like I said I couldn't have done anything better. I feel very proud of myself and the whole team for what we have done. I was knackered on the podium because of the stress of the whole weekend and the neck because it was really hard for neck. I had to sit down for a little bit. Then they knocked me off with the champagne. But I can go out of here with my head pointing high. I think it has been a good season. I wish I could have won the race that is all.
source: FIA.com
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