Q & A with Alex Premat

Q. An awesome race by you today.

Q & A with Alex Premat

Alex Premat: Yeah, I'm really happy about this race! I had a really good start and I was up one place because Negrao stalled, and then after the first lap I was third. And then when I pushed behind Viso he had some problem and he dropped out, and then I was up to second behind Olivier, but the gap was pretty big until the safety car. He did a really good job after the safety car and there were two laps where he was in front of me and the gap was dropping, so I thought he had some problem and then I was out in front.

After that I did a good race, and for sure there was big pressure from Nico, who was behind me, so it is really nice for me to win. And it is also really good for the team, because at the start of the weekend it was really hard after being disqualified with Nico - we started at the back of the grid yesterday but finished fourth and fifth, and today we are first and second. This is really perfect for the team and for the championship, and for me also because I am now fourth in the championship and not so far off [Scott] Speed.

Q. It was a remarkable turn around - yesterday you were both at the back of the grid, today you're both at the front of it.

Premat: Yeah, for sure the format is good because we have the long race and the short race, because if we finish fifth then we start in front - I think this is good for the championship.

Q. Sure, and it was a great job by the team to turn the weekend around.

Premat: Yeah - this was good for Nico, for me, for the team and for the championship. Now I just want to win the Saturday day race - I think that's the next thing I have to do, because the long race is more important than the short race. This was really good, but now I want to win a long race.

Q. You were pretty lucky with the safety car - Olivier had around six seconds on you before it, but then you were both together afterwards. Do you think that you could have caught him if he had stayed on track?

Premat: I don't know, because he was fast - I was too, but it's really hard to overtake on this circuit. I pushed and was really close to him to put the pressure on him, but I don't know what happened to his car so I just don't know.

Q. You have a couple of weeks off now - do you have anything planned?

Premat: Not really - I am just going to be driving the A1GP car in a test. I don't know where it is going to be, though - they'll just tell me where to go and I'll go!

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