GP3 Series: Congratulations Antonio! You started P8 and recorded an amazing victory, becoming the first driver in GP3 history to record back-to-back wins duringh the race weekend, that must feel very special?
Antonio Felix Da Costa: "It's nice to make some history. We beat the track record yesterday in Race 1, so made history yesterday and a little bit more today by winning two races. It's all been about team work and we had a good strategy from the moment we woke up today. We could see it was not dry enough for slicks, it was too wet, but we knew it was going to dry out. The strategy was planned very well and it worked very well. We were lapping nearly 11 seconds faster and as I said after qualifying, we don't have the pace to be on pole, though that's something we are working on. But we have the pace to win races and that's what I am going to keep doing."
GP3 Series: How fun was it out there in the final laps when you could lap so much quicker and pass everyone?
Antonio: "The whole race was a lot of fun. After you win on the Saturday, you arrive into Sunday quite relaxed. But for me it makes no sense to score two or three points, I don't need to defend anything, I need to catch up. When I was running in fifth I couldn't see myself winning the race from there and my tyres were starting to go. Then they told me on the radio that the drivers on slicks were starting to go quicker so I decided to pit that lap. It was the perfect timing, it was so much fun."
GP3 Series: It must be nice to have a weekend like this after the disappointed of Hockenheim with the non-score, plus you have moved up to third in the standings?
Antonio: "Yes exactly, in any normal race we are very quick and we get the results. The speed is there for sure and we should be fighting for the championship but we are not. I am just going to keep having fun and keep trying to win races and see what happens. I am going to push 200% from now on and I said before this weekend all I wanted was P1. We did it twice. I'm not stupid, I know this isn't going to happen every weekend. Next up is Spa which is my favourite track and I think I've got something else to give there and Monza I won there last year so I am looking forward to those rounds very much."
GP3 Series: Do you have any special words about the Carlin performance as a whole this weekend?
Antonio: "Everyone is so relaxed here, even being two tenths of pole yesterday and six tenths off pole in Hockenheim, we just keep hope, stay relaxed and plan the weekend well. This is what works as when you start stressing that's when the problems arrive. The environment in the team is so nice. This is the year I am enjoying the most in my whole racing career, the team is incredible, we have won three races here this weekend (along with Max Chilton in GP2)."
GP3 Series: Congratulations Patric, another podium with P2 today. You started on slicks, how was the race for you today?
Patric Niederhauser: "On the green flag lap I could see there was a lot of water on the track, much more than there was in Silverstone whenWilliam Buller made his decision to start on slicks. I knew the sky was clear and that the track would dry quickly, the only question was how much time you would lose at the start at the beginning of the race with slick tyres. I took the result and it was very difficult at the beginning. There was so much spray at the start, I couldn't see anything and I didn't know how the grip level was. I lost a bit too much time at the beginning but then the slick tyres began working better and better. I was able to overtake Brundle and Venturini in front of me, so once it got dryer I was getting much faster.
"I think the drivers who started on wets still made the best decision, because Tamas Pal Kiss for example started on wets behind me and pitted for slicks and then was in front of me by quite a large gap. It was such a difficult decision but as always the team made a great job of choosing the strategy, they always make the right decisions, I have to say thanks to them. With six laps to go, I was still a long way behind., but I knew I needed to push, and then in the last few laps, they told me on the radio 'Come on, you are fighting for the podium' so that give me a little extra kick. I didn't know what position I was, I just knew I had to pass Pal Kiss and I did it in the second from last corner. It was a very difficult and nice move because on the inside it was still wet and I decided to take the risk and make the move. It's great to be on the podium again and some important points in the championship."
GP3 Series: It must be nice to finish the weekend on a positve note after your difficult Race 1?
Patric: "It was bad yesterday when I stalled on the grid, I lost a good chance of some good points, plus a chance of a much better grid position today. I felt positive today when I saw the rain, I knew I had a better chance and anything could happen."
GP3 Series: "How difficult was it in the early stages of the race to stay on the track, as we saw a few early casualties?
Patric: "It was not easy at all, I had a lot of near-miss moments. I nearly spun because there was that much water on the track. It was not just the wet surface, it was the spray at the beginning. I had the opportunity with guys like Brundle and Venturini in front of me to see what lines they were using. You could see a lot of drivers made mistakes and spun. I am very confident looking ahead to the next two races, Spa is my favourite track like it is for most drivers and I am sure Monza will be an incredible race."
GP3 Series: Conngratulations Tamas! P3 in front of your home fans, after a troubled day yesterday, you must be pleased to turn your fortunes around?
Tamas Pal Kiss: "It was a really good race. To come third after the problems I had yesterday. We suffered with engine problems in qualifying so I had a poor grid position, so this result today is unbelieveable. I made a really good start from 14th to 5th on the first lap. I was giving it everything. We deciced to start on wets and made the set-up for that weather. I had a bit of an issue with my radio as my team were telling me to come in and I was telling them 'Give me one more lap and we will see' and then on the next lap I couldn't here them but I made my decision to come into the pits. I heard that the cars on slicks were 3-4 seconds quicker, so we made the right call.
"I couldn't see so well early on in the race as my visor was so dirty. I started going quicker than the top 3 in the race. I think if we could have been quicker in the dry we could have won the race today as I was in front of Antonio and Patric before I pitted. But they were really quick and Patric made a great move on me. I had no chance to defend. Everyone is happy with this result, it's good for the team to motivate everyone and to do this in Hunagry is special."
GP3 Series: Tell us about the last lap and the move Patric made on you.
Tamas: "We were ten second quicker than the guys on wets and I was P4 so I knew I had to push. But with the full wet set-up I was struggling to get quick straight away on the slicks. I could see Laine and Vainio in the distance but they seemed so far away and I thought I would need luck to pass them as they were involved in their own fight. I passed them in turn two and Patric couldn't. I had a small advantage over Patric but then I went wide and on the grass at turn 5 and I could see Patric coming. We fought the rest of the lap, in the last two corners he was a lot quicker than me. Patric could brake really late and he came up the inside. He drifted towards me and it ws like do we crash or do I save it. I saved it, but I was a bit scared whether I was on the podium or not. I am happy I was."
GP3 Series: Could you hear the fans today, did that make a difference?
Tamas: "Yes it did, I could see all the fans before the start and it sent a shiver down my spine. I could hear them when I was passing people, especially on the last lap I could see the marshalls were cheering me on. It was a great experience out there today."
GP3 Series: Your thoughts about the remaining two rounds?
Tamas: "I've never really had a good race at Spa, but if it rains it could be another good chance there. I think we need to do a lot of work so that we are a lot quicker in the dry. We are chasing a lot of experience that is missing from last year. This result will give us the motivation we need to improve."