Quotes of the Year 27 December, 2012 Dec.27 (Grand Prix 247) Here is our selection of some of the better quotes from the 2012 season, where some will wonder what they were thinking when they said what they said. The sum of all the quotes also provides the background story of what was an amazing season of Formula One racing and a lot was said from March to November – here we have most of those memorable bites. January Button: We must start the new season stronger Di Resta: I want to race Vettel at the front Raikkonen: I haven’t sat in a[n] F1 car since 2009 Marko: Buemi and Alguersuari not good enough Domenicali: 2012 a very important year for F1 Domenicali: Fernando best, Vettel very close Domenicali: Our new F1 car is not that pretty Montezemolo: We want to win F1 title in 2012 Massa: Something needed changing on my side Massa: With a good car I can fight for the title Alonso: I have always stood up for the team Alonso: One cannot say that Ferrari has to win Lopez: We aim to challenge the top three Di Resta: Nico and I need to work together Horner: We have a great driver pairing Hembery: We will be more aggressive going into 2012 Senna: I am very proud that Williams has chosen me Barrichello: I’ll just enjoy my family for a year Buemi: I just want to get better and better Alonso: Vettel still slightly below the level of Hamilton Trulli: I have confidence in Caterham Mateschitz: Vettel will be stronger than ever Ecclestone: I don’t want Red Bull to dominate again Raikkonen: It was nice to get back in the car again, I feel very positive Webber: Always sunny when we drive the simulator! Hembery: The highest level of quality in F1 ever Gascoyne: It’s time we moved forward again Fernandes: We will be a danger to many midfield teams Raikkonen: I expect to fight in the middle group Whitmarsh: Hamilton is truly brilliant racing driver February Sutil: Lewis is a coward and not a man Button: We have every reason to feel optimistic Whitmarsh: We aim to challenge hard for both titles Hamilton: I feel very free of the burdens I had last year Button: My head’s definitely in the right place Szafnauer: Force India needs to grow to win Montezemolo: Massa has to do something great Di Resta: We’ve got to start stronger than we did last year Hulkenberg: It’s exciting times and I’m looking forward to it Alonso: I am sure we will do well this year Grosjean: It’s a dream come true to get this drive Boullier: Our driver line-up reflects the ambition of this team Lopez: Kimi will provide a vital ingredient in driving us forward Raikkonen: I think people expect things from me Hamilton: I out qualified Button when my mind was elsewhere Newey: RB8 is the fourth generation of what started with the 2009 car Vettel: The target is to obviously try to do it again Newey: I can’t see myself going anywhere else Tombazis: We cannot be accused of being timid with the Ferrari F2012 Massa: Still a lot to do, maybe more than we expected Schumacher: I’m around to fight for the championship Alonso: There is much to do but that does not scare us Lopez: We feel very good with Kimi and he clearly feels at home Red Bull: Our attitude has not changed, there are no team orders Lotus: Everyone seems to have a smile on their face at Enstone Mateschitz: Vettel still has great potential because he will be given free rein Hulkenberg: I have to get back in the groove and get that F1 feeling back Tost: Alguersuari and Buemi lacked the right stuff Horner: There’s a race committed to Bahrain and we’ll be there Stirling Moss: Vettel is a modern day Fangio Massa: A lot of work to do to fine tune the Ferrari F2012 Horner: Red Bull RB8 secret is in the detail Schumacher: W03 instantly gave us good feedback and sensations Kovalainen: New teammate doesn’t change my life in any way Rosberg: Webber was tougher team mate than Schumacher Alonso: At the moment we are not where we want to be Button: I have best manager in F1, best PR man, best PA and best physio Ecclestone: I’d like to see Schumacher in the second Red Bull Buemi: I am amazed by the negative comments from Toro Rosso Alonso: We’re only taking small steps forward but they are constant Webber: Being at the front is a big factor for me to stay very hungry McLaren: It’s 100 per cent game on for the title March Perez: Ferrari is the greatest team and I would love to be there some day Grosjean: The Lotus chassis is stronger and the team is stronger Karthikeyan: HRT is not a Mickey Mouse team Domenicali: We can’t be happy how testing went, considering our goals Vettel: We have a long list of points we must improve Montezemolo: I hope that it is not true that we are going to suffer Raikkonen: I have never had issues with motivation Schumacher: Victory for me in Melbourne is unlikely, I see Red Bull in front Kobayashi: We must score more consistently in 2012 Kovalainen: I’ve made a couple of changes off track to help me focus Petrov: I think we have a good year ahead of us Rosberg: We are really ready for the first race Vettel: You never know where you are until we get to Melbourne Hamilton: I feel more relaxed and ready for new season than ever before Ecclestone: Still too many people in F1 with rose-tinted glasses Grosjean: I want to make the least amount of mistakes possible Raikkonen: I’m very confident that we’ll get it right when the time comes Di Resta: Our goal is simply to try and pick up points at every race Hulkenberg: ‘Excitement’ is the word I keep using to describe how I’m feeling Horner: It’s important to have the right balance within any team Horner: Webber is going to be a contender this year Alonso: I’m confident and relaxed about the possibilities of our car Vettel: As a kid I had posters of Michael Schumacher on my wall Hamilton: I’m still here living my dream, very happy and in a good place Massa: It’s nice that the time for ‘blah blah blah’ is over Raikkonen: We could have gone a bit faster in testing if we wanted Vettel: I’m here to win the championship, so that’s the target Webber: McLaren looks nice but we’ll see which one gets most champagne Alonso: There is a great spirit as we want to be world champions Raikkonen: It feels like I have never been away Button: Starting the year strong for this team was really important Raikkonen: There’s a lot of speed in the car and much more to come Grosjean: A great feeling having a team behind you who all work for each other Vettel: We need track time to really understand what’s going on Webber: I think the usual suspects will be up front at Sepang Schumacher: We have to do a better job in terms of race pace Vettel: We’re motivated to make sure McLaren don’t keep the upper hand Alonso: This year we are convinced that we will fight for the world title Domenicali: Of course with no magic stick you can’t do anything Raikkonen: We’re still working on the steering Alonso: We knew it was impossible to compete with the guys in front Alonso: To be honest this win [in Malaysia] changes nothing Perez: I will stay with Sauber for the whole season Button: I deserve the pain after Malaysia Perez: In an ideal world my first F1 win will happen this year Hamilton: The main thing is I need to pick up my race pace Senna: A good result takes some weight off your shoulders Vettel: As in real life, there are a few cucumbers on the road Karthikeyan: One does not expect Vettel to be such a cry baby Red Bull: Sebastian did absolutely nothing that was against our wishes April Massa: Not scoring any points in two races hurts Di Resta: You’re seeing the strengths of our team at the moment Vergne: Racing, qualifying, working in the garage – none of it seemed strange Button: If Lewis wasn’t in F1 it would be exciting to be Fernando’s teammate Horner: You can’t blame Sebastian for being a bit frustrated Raikkonen: People see me more relaxed which I think is down to the team Barrichello: Massa has to close his eyes and enjoy Button: I’ll definitely stay with McLaren for the next few years Vettel: Sometimes you let some emotion show it’s part of the sport Alonso: I won’t let anyone else do my tweets on Twitter Grosjean: When you make mistakes you have to admit it and not repeat it Button: When you’re fighting for victories it makes a massive difference Raikkonen: For my comeback I have a good car but Schumacher did not Hamilton: It’s important to get some good results in the bag while we can Raikkonen: We have new parts for the E20 so that should be good Vettel: McLaren seem very strong right now, they are the team to beat Pat Fry: I wasn’t expecting to have one driver leading the championship Red Bull: We have a plan to solve our problems Alonso: I never expected to arrive in China leading the championship Massa: It’s a tricky time for me and it cannot go on Perez: People in Mexico were going crazy, it was great result for my country Alonso: Nothing changed. I think it’s going to be a tough weekend for us Senna: I’m still learning the team, learning the car, learning the tyres Hamilton: I love the challenge of coming through and gaining positions Vettel: I don’t think it’s right to blame the package now Alonso: This does not mean that I have lost hope, quite the contrary Rosberg: My Dad said when the time is right [victory] will come Schumacher: The way I can drive this car is how I have driven my whole life Mercedes: We are a small team, with a small budget Ross Brawn: I told Nico that it was my ambition to help him win his first race Al Zayani: I don’t think anything drastic will happen [in Bahrain]. It’s not Afghanistan or Syria Massa: I hope the Bahrain Grand Prix can be an occasion for unity Alonso: At the moment we are too far behind to fight for the championship Hamilton: Finishing on the podium for the first three races has been fantastic Grosjean: I’m very, very happy to be on my first podium Raikkonen: The team is doing good work and we deserve to be here Vettel: I owe this one to the team, to the boys Ferrari: We’re working day and night to give our drivers a much better car Boullier: There’s more to come, I’m sure Red Bull: We’re not as confident as we used to be Raikkonen: I don’t really like Twitter… or Facebook. I prefer privacy Raikkonen: I’m only here for racing, all the other bulls**t I can do without Button: Consistency is going to be very important this year May Schumacher: 2012 is a 1000 piece puzzle you need to put together at each race Alonso: I feel like Rocky, always fighting Hembery: We built the tyres the way we were asked to by F1 Massa: I am confident about the work we have done in these past few weeks Alonso: There is no magic button but I am confident for the future Rosberg: We do need to improve our car in fast corners Grosjean: We were not looking specifically to try to top the times Alonso: Fear and competition are not compatible Raikkonen: After China people probably started thinking that we are idiots Boullier: Barcelona might be even tighter than what we have already seen Schumacher: We drive like on raw eggs and don’t want to stress the tyres at all Hulkenberg: The first four races have been quite tough to be honest Raikkonen: You don’t have to be on pole now to win Alonso: This is not a mathematical problem, it’s a sport, we all try our best Vettel: I think the races have become much better De la Rosa: We’re establishing ourselves, restructuring the team, we’re growing Schumacher: It is certainly nothing to do with me being frustrated Massa: I hope we will benefit from having a better car from now on Maldonado: I’m lucky to have not only a sponsor behind me but also a country behind me Maldonado: My first podium, my first victory, you can imagine what I feel Williams: Maldonado deserves to be on the team, with or without money Kobayashi: We have a good car and good chances for good results Maldonado: At the moment of the fire I was so scared for all of us Maldonado: I prefer to do my talking on track and do the best job for the team Massa: I don’t feel in any way different to the way I was before the crash Heidfeld: It’s very difficult to accept I am no longer an F1 driver Montezemolo: Massa must bring home the results we expect from him Maldonado: We are not the best team – but we are not that far [off] Brawn: Next few months shape of Formula One future will become clear Mallya: Di Resta is a huge asset and a very valuable asset to us Massa: I really hope I can always be in the fight for the top places Grosjean: There wasn’t enough room and next thing I’m facing all the traffic Ecclestone: KERS should never have been introduced June Alonso: They’re limiting creativity and F1 is looking more like GP2 Raikkonen: We’ve been competitive in most places, our day will come Montezemolo: Perez too inexperienced for Ferrari and still too early to judge Massa Vettel: I’m fine at Red Bull and I have no intention of leaving Villeneuve: Today’s F1 drivers are children, babies – and they’re kept like that Hamilton: The championship is more important now than my next contract Massa: I’m really looking forward to getting stronger race by race Perez: We have enough speed but we’ve been very unlucky since Malaysia Alonso: We need to improve the pure pace of the car Sauber: Grosjean has both of our drivers on his conscience Villeneuve: Hamilton or Alonso or Vettel in a Lotus might have won every race Sam Michael: I will pay for beers when they average three seconds a pitstop Montezemolo: We need to tackle urgently and with determination costs in F1 Lotus: There won’t be a seventh version of the steering system for Raikkonen Peter Sauber: In 20 years for me F1 has never been better or more exciting Allison: To win races we are going to have to improve our qualifying performances Todt: F1 is too expensive and teams could go out of business Domenicali: Alonso’s level of competition is fantastic, we cannot ask for more Schumacher: I will certainly not be driven by emotion regarding my future Domenicali: Alonso and Vettel could easily co-exist together at Ferrari Massa: I’m much happier because I can drive the F2012 the way I like now Alonso: At Ferrari the key is for two drivers to make one car quick Massa: I would be very happy to be the eighth winner Ecclestone: I was a little bit stupid Hamilton: I don’t see there being many problems negotiating my new contract De la Rosa: We’re having fun because in the team we are all pushing very hard Alonso: Whatever team-mate comes to Ferrari in the future will be welcome Haug: I feel sorry for Michael, the team can do a better job Schumacher: Where did we finish? Third, that’s podium. I can’t believe that! Raikkonen: You’re never happy until you win Montezemolo: I am worried because we’ve seen Red Bull is very strong July Ricciardo: When you’re out there it doesn’t matter who you’re racing Ecclestone: Of course I’m going to Hockenheim Raikkonen: I am disappointed not to have a win yet Grosjean: Reality doesn’t always follow the script Hamilton: I’m in the battle for the title and there’s still a long way to go Marko: Serious differences in Pirelli tyre quality this year Hamilton: I would like to keep the trophies I win Raikkonen: I have no feelings at all towards Ferrari, neither good nor bad Massa: We believe our car is not too bad in the high speed corners Rosberg: We can win the title this year, we are very close Senna: We’re always trying to find the magic button to make the car faster Alonso: We know that there are still a few cars quicker than our car Ecclestone: If it was up to me, [Schumacher] would stay [in F1] forever Vergne: I am told Vettel had a disastrous first season with Toro Rosso Webber: Decent chance I will be in F1 next year, let’s see who it is with… Grosjean: I’m pretty surprised with the way the season is going Alonso: I want to dedicate this pole to Maria de Villota Perez: If they don’t do something, Maldonado could hurt someone Maldonado: Sergio can say what he wants, we are trying to do our best Hamilton: Hopefully at some stage we’ll get a car to challenge at the front Button: We don’t have the pace of the top three teams Webber: In the end signing with Red Bull for 2013 was an easy decision Schumacher: I’m highly motivated and getting to where I can get the most out of the car Horner: Webber and Vettel have a genuine respect for each other Ma Qing Hua: It was a fantastic experience and really hard to put into words Karthikeyan: F1 is complicated but I would like to remain with HRT Vettel: Truth is I haven’t signed with Ferrari and I haven’t shaken any hands Stella: Michael is a great racer, Kimi is very quick, Fernando has no weaknesses! Massa: If I carry on performing, then I don’t feel too worried about my future Sam Michael: Two seconds for a pitstop not unrealistic Schumacher: Tyre war in F1 would be good, we would have decent tyres Alonso: I’m in the best condition of my career Webber: The decision was straightforward, stay at Red Bull or move on Glock: Every day is a new possibility and it’s very easy to motivate myself Lopez: We have a strong, fast car and one of the best driver pairings Alonso: Extremely satisfying, a feeling you really have given your all Hakkinen: F1 is much more exciting now than when I was racing Vettel: Hamilton is a bit stupid to race the leaders [in Germany] Hamilton: Vettel’s maturity has come through I guess Ferrari: Fernando was perfect, not one mistake, pushing to the maximum (in Germany) Domenicali: Until we have the quickest car, we cannot claim to be happy Whitmarsh: Our car is good enough to win races and the title Raikkonen: I want to win and the team is pushing hard to make it happen Montezemolo: Our rivals will redouble their efforts to beat us Marko: Nowhere does it say we can’t use regulations in our favour Hamilton: There’s every good reason to feel confident Alonso: When I was karting Ayrton was my idol and my reference point Kovalainen: It’s the time of the season where you hear a lot of rumours Maldonado: We are looking to recover the points we lost Raikkonen: The steering is not perfect, it’s improved, but still a way to go Hamilton: If I had given up… then I would expect to be fired Hamilton: Martin Whitmarsh is my boss [not Ron Dennis] Wolff: My role involves helping Frank in the daily job running the team Hamashima: Fernando is calmer and Michael is more aggressive Alonso: It seems everyone keeps forgetting we are not quick Hamilton: It’s just like old times, Kimi Hamilton: I reckon it was one of the toughest races [Hungary] I’ve ever driven Senna: I think this is a turning point [Hungary] and hope we can carry this momentum Boullier: I can’t see why Kimi would want to be the second driver at Ferrari August Domenicali: We are aligned with Felipe and we want to protect him Marko: Rivals copy Red Bull or want our innovations banned Vettel: All the trouble lately is binding us together even more De la Rosa: It’s not easy being at the back and finishing last Kobayashi: We missed some opportunities for some more great results Perez: We didn’t make the most of every situation Perez-Sala: My first taste of HRT was a total disaster Pat Fry: We must continue to keep up the pressure to a high level Whitmarsh: Raikkonen is one of the fastest men on the planet Barrichello: Williams would have had a really great year with me Lauda: Vettel is having to fight like a donkey in order to stay in touch Bottas: I hope for a long career with Williams Domenicali: Massa knows what he has to do for Ferrari Maldonado: I would like to win the championship with Williams Karthikeyan: Still a lot to do but we’re making steady progress Alonso: Hamilton and Vettel are the biggest challengers Piquet: If Alonso was at Lotus he would win the championship Barrichello: F1 ended too early for me Massa: I’ll do what I can to help Alonso win the championship Raikkonen: For me there have only been good memories from Spa Grosjean: I’m back from the break stronger than ever and ready for action Schumacher: I have not regretted my comeback for a second Marmorini: Ferrari wants to do even better in the second half of the season Symonds: We need to improve Marussia in all areas Domenicali: Without testing, F1 puts itself at risk Massa: I have no news to give you regarding my future Alonso: We are in no way the favourites for the title Tombazis: We recovered from one of the worst beginnings of my career Schumacher: For the 400? We probably say no for that one September Horner: I think it would be premature to discount Jenson Hamilton: Never just sign the first contract given to you because most of the time it’s sh*t Marko: Now we need to show all of our teeth in the race Button: I need to beat Alonso at every race for the rest of the season Vettel: A lot of races ahead and you see how quickly things can change Button: To get a victory [in Belgium] from lights to flag is very special Button: Very surprised and disappointed with Hamilton’s Twitter rant Alonso: Hamilton is probably the most dangerous opponent for the title D’Ambrosio: It’s a big challenge, but I will deliver 100% Glock: Maybe Pic doesn’t understand the English on the radio Webber: Fernando has lost some of his lead [after the Spa crash], that’s good for all of us Alonso: Grosjean apologised in an SMS Domenicali: The more ‘horsepower’ the tifosi can give us, the better McLaren: Hamilton to replace Schumacher at Mercedes is not true Button: I don’t enjoy standing on the Monza podium Maldonado: I need to think more Hulkenberg: It’s positive press if you are linked to a team like Ferrari Todt: Alonso signing with Briatore in 2000 was something I took badly Hamilton: I learned from Fernando, but I haven’t learned from Jenson Kubica: Myself and Alonso would’ve been a great pair [at] Ferrari Perez: I was fighting for my team and will always fight for the team that I’m in Hamilton: Winning at Monza is one of my greatest experiences Vettel: Our biggest problem is a lack of speed on the straights Button: Every time I jump into the car I know we have a chance of winning Heidfeld: It was not the farewell that I imagined Kaltenborn: No one expected things would turn out so well at Monza Alonso: 37 points is nothing, we have to win more races Grosjean: I can still learn a lot from Kimi Hamilton: Most important that I do not get distracted by all the rubbish Bottas: Keen and ready for Williams race seat Briatore: Alonso is better than Schumacher Massa: No doubt good results will help my future Hamilton: I’m kind of like what’s going on, what’s going on? Vettel: I’m not afraid to go against Fernando in the same team Raikkonen: I have a good relationship with Lotus, they’re real racing people Rosberg: It’s only a matter of time before we build the best racing car Hamilton: You need a team that doesn’t mess up pitstops Da Matta: Every new thing Gascoyne did, we just got worse, not better Alonso: Lewis I respect most, because of what he can do in good or bad cars Perez: I feel ready to do a good job, to be in a top team, to fight for the title Whitmarsh: Lewis is very, very focused on doing the job Maldonado: Hopefully it’s going to be a good one for us this time Hamilton: It was gutting when the car stopped, I was cruising (in Singapore) Button: Every race we go to we really do have a chance of winning Vettel: I dedicate my victory [Singapore] to Professor Sid Watkins, a very special man Brawn: Decision for Michael to stay or not is a difficult one Hamilton: It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge [with Mercedes] Schumacher: I wish Lewis well and for the team to achieve success McLaren: We made Lewis a very, very big financial offer Whitmarsh: Sergio is one of the best and most exciting talents in F1 Schumacher: It did not go as well as we all would have wanted Brawn: Schumacher informed at every stage of Hamilton negotiations Coulthard: Hamilton’s move is part of growing up and becoming a man October Rosberg: In my contract I have the same opportunities as my teammate Massa: The best plan is to race without worrying about the future Mercedes: Expectations of Schumacher were probably too high Hamilton: One of the most difficult decisions I’ve faced in my life Montezemolo: We would definitely not put Alonso alongside Schumacher Whitmarsh: Lewis won’t be involved in development of next year’s car Alonso: If we win the title, it will be a miracle Schumacher: I have decided to retire at the end of the year Perez: We were talking to Ferrari but it was never an option Alonso: For Lewis it’s a good thing to move on Hamilton: Sometimes you just go the wrong way Alonso: What can I say, other than get angry about being unlucky? (after a Suzuka first corner DNF) Webber: It was the first-lap nutcase again (at Suzuka) Kobayashi: My first podium, in my home grand prix, that’s amazing Massa: Ah, it’s nice! It’s like a relief, y’know? It was great! [to be back on the podium in Japan] Vettel: Still a long way ahead and a lot of things that can happen Webber: Look me in the eye, Romain Boullier: Grosjean must learn to control the pressure Button: I am building McLaren around me De Villota: I have won this race because I’m alive Ecclestone: Lotus should send Grosjean for eyesight tests Montezemolo: I expect a huge effort from our engineers now Alonso: F1 is a team sport – you win and you lose together. Hamilton: Perhaps me and Twitter don’t go together too well Raikkonen: It makes no difference where you finish if you don’t win Button: The constructors’ championship is definitely on Alonso: Red Bull have a car advantage, our advantage is our team Alonso: It will be a beautiful last four races to the end Webber: I have good points and champagne but it’s not what I was after Vettel: We can take nothing for granted Button: I’ve just been hit by Kobayashi. What an idiot! (in Korea) McLaren: Hamilton is loved in this team and he knows that Montezemolo: Ferrari doesn’t give up and we will fight to the end Susie Wolff: It was incredible, I’ve dreamed about this day for a long time Kaltenborn: I’m very happy at the confidence Sauber has placed in me Schumacher: I didn’t return to drive around in circles Räikkönen: My motivation is very high, like it has always been Grosjean: I’ve been my own worst enemy at times this season Ferrari: Many reasons why the wind tunnel is not perfect Hamilton: Ron Dennis and I will go for dinner, have a good chat Massa: I am capable of doing a good job Alonso: Ferrari have a lot of talk but very little updates Mallya: Why should there be even one iota of doubt that I wouldn’t be here? (in India) Alonso: I remain 100 percent confident that we will win this championship Alonso: We’re not fighting Vettel and Webber, but Newey and his car Alonso: Still many points on the table and I’m still very optimistic Vettel: There’s a lot more to come and we’ll take things step by step Vettel: There’s nothing to report about Ferrari, I’m very happy at Red Bull Lotus: Delighted that Kimi Raikkonen is staying with us for 2013 Mallya: I offered extensions to both Hulkenberg and Di Resta Red Bull: It’s going to be a question of having three perfect weekends Raikkonen: I’m looking forward to achieving more good things in 2013 Alonso: I’m sure Michael would have won three races this year for Sauber November: Alonso: There are no victories in war without a scar Massa: It’s nice to be still driving for Ferrari Raikkonen: I don’t see a reason why I should make long term contracts Hamilton: Vettel’s car is just that far ahead of everyone else’s Vettel: I don’t know why I was asked to stop Vettel: It was obviously a chance to f*ck it up and we didn’t do that (on the Abu Dhabi podium) Raikkonen: Leave me alone I know what I’m doing! Raikkonen: I’m happy, but there’s nothing to jump around about [after his Abu Dhabi win] Alonso: The glass is half full rather than half empty Lotus: We show the world that we are serious and can deliver Montezemolo: It’s clear that we have to do more for the coming races Whitmarsh: I hope that Hamilton thinks that he’s made an awful mistake [going to Mercedes] Hamilton: I’m very, very happy with the decision I have made Massa: Circuit of the Americas has more or less everything Alonso: I am very confident, I trust my team, I trust myself Alonso: All sorts of things can happen, we will push to the limit Ecclestone: [Vettel] lacks a little charisma. Guys like Hunt, Rindt, Lauda, Senna were real characters, but they can’t be like that anymore because they are protected by the team bosses far too much Vettel: Going to Brazil in the best possible position (after United States GP) Hamilton: Tough to beat Red Bull and Sebastian but we did it (after United States GP) Newey: Our third alternator failure this year, which is a ticking time bomb Hamilton: Last race in Brazil is going to be a really emotional sendoff Hamilton: I vow that I’ll give it my all on every single lap at Interlagos Hulkenberg: I think we can be proud of the results we achieved together [with Force India] De la Rosa: None of us know what will happen with HRT Hamilton: I leave McLaren with greatest memories and a lot of good friends Ecclestone: Interlagos is an old race track, a bit tired, but with a good update and some plastic surgery, it’ll be alright. I know [that] it will happen soon. Alonso: We have nothing really to lose Vettel: Schumacher was a hero and inspiration for me Marko: If Alonso says he’s fighting with blunt weapons, then he is whining Alonso: I am hoping for a chaotic race [at Interlagos] Schumacher: My final F1 race was tremendous fun Hamilton: I feel numb, it is mixed emotions at the moment Alonso: I’m so proud and happy to fight until the last lap with what we have Vettel: It was the toughest race of the season (after Brazilian GP) Vettel: I don’t feel more or less important than other guys on our team Alonso: We cannot fight for a world championship if we’re too slow Montezemolo: Not winning the title is cause for great sorrow and great regret Lotus: The kind of speed Grosjean has does not grow on trees Massa: I was crying more because of the difficulties than the joys (on the Interlagos podium) Horner: We have yet to see the best of Vettel Frank Williams: Excited about what Pastor and Valtteri can achieve Maldonado: I want to be a part of a new era of success for Williams Bottas: Incredible to be driving in F1 next year with a team like Williams Webber: I’m not going there thinking in a supporting role at all Montezemolo: I want to start 2013 immediately capable of fighting for wins Ecclestone: Vettel will suffer no consequence and is 2012 world champion December Ecclestone: I would rather [that Schumacher] had stopped as a seven time world champion than stopping now Domenicali: 10 for Alonso, 7 for Ferrari Marko: Alonso seems to have problems if he doesn’t win Massa: I paid too much attention to the speculation about my future Ecclestone: F1 is my baby and I want to look after it Alonso: To be one of the greats of F1, it’s not enough to win titles Adam Parr: Very regretful I wasn’t able to finish what I set out to do Alonso: The objective is to be ahead of the field, on Saturday and Sunday Ecclestone: We’d rather have 10 teams so long as we don’t lose Ferrari Ecclestone: when I feel I can’t deliver, I will certainly say goodbye Lauda: Haug felt responsible for Mercedes F1 failure Stuck: Mercedes failure Brawn’s fault not Haug’s Horner: I would have ousted Massa Haug: I’m not being made a scapegoat for Mercedes’ lack of success in F1 Vettel: I admire Alonso very much and I respect him as a driver Domenicali: Why does Webber have so many failures on his car? Because the best parts go to the driver getting the better results Subbed by AJN. jmartinez2767 Best one…Raikkonen: Leave me alone I know what I’m doing! Joe Kinnear Kimi wins hands down. I know what I’m doing! kaka007 Kimi wins……….. maybet Raikkonen: It makes no difference where you finish if you don’t win what a ledge!!