Press conference

Q:
Adam, you have had a new job since the British Grand Prix. How has that changed things for you? How different is it?

Adam Parr:
It doesn't really change anything as it is pretty much reflecting what I have been doing for a little while now. But it is more of a formalization of that.

Q:
What does your job entail then?

Adam Parr:
Well, Frank (Williams) and Patrick (Head) and Toto (Wolff) have given me the responsibility for running the company and the team.

Q:
And you just handle the domestic side of things as it were in the factory?

Adam Parr:
Our chief executive Alex Burns is responsible for the manufacturing side of the business and some other areas but everybody reports to me now.

Q:
Given the resources that you have in the team are you surprised how competitive you have been recently? You, obviously, have been very competitive.

Adam Parr:
Thank you. We are more competitive and I think that is an indication that within the team we have some very capable people who have been able to understand where we were weak and do something about it. But we are by no means near where we need to be yet and I think that even though we don't necessarily have the resources available to some teams I think we can do a lot better than what we are doing now.

Q:
Do you think you can keep up the pace of development and get closer to the front?

Adam Parr:
Yes, I would say we are developing as fast as anyone in the sport mid-season which is a pretty good test of what you have got available to you.

Q:
Monisha, the 40th anniversary of Sauber was last weekend. Tell us what that means to the team and tell us how important that is to the team.

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Well, it is a very special occasion for the team as we are very proud of this, that we have been around for 40 years continuously in motor sports, out of which 18 years continuously in Formula One. There are not many teams or companies around that have that kind of history and I believe it is just about McLaren, Williams and Ferrari, so we are very proud of being with these kinds of teams. That makes us very proud as the small Sauber team as such.

Q:
You had a rotten start to the season. It wasn't exactly what you were expecting after pre-season testing. What has it taken to get to the recent performances and can you continue that progress?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
You are absolutely right. We had an unexpected bad start to the season. We had reliability issues which were quite new for our team. We had performance issues and a portion of bad luck as well. But this gradually changed, especially with our new Technical Director coming in. James Key, I think, plays a very significant role in this. He gave a big impetus to the development of the team and the results we have now especially for the last two races show that we have made significant progress. We are on the right way with our development and we will definitely push hard to continue that and achieve our targets.

Q:
Norbert, looking at these two races together. It's a home race for Mercedes but in eight days time we are going to be in Hungary. How important are these two races do you feel, given they are so close together and they come just before the break?

Norbert Haug:
First of all the lay-out of both race tracks is very, very different. For us back-to-back races are not a big problem but for the guys who really work hard in the garage, who are responsible for the logistics starting with the motorhome, the racing cars, the pits, that's the real challenge and if you have a problem here you are probably not going to sort it out until the next race. But back-to-back races are usual in Formula One and it is the same for everybody and we try to achieve good results in both races. But as you rightly said after that comes the break, so I think you will not find anyone in the paddock who will not say we would like to have two good decent results before the summer break starts.

Q:
Also, you have a new rear wing. How did that test this morning, particularly with these conditions?

Norbert Haug:
It was certainly a little bit tricky in the morning for everybody. But I think our first impressions are quite good. Making big predictions is certainly not what we want and we are not in a position to do so as we don't have the complete knowledge after such a Friday. But I think our basic feeling is that we are going in the right direction. Having said that it is very clear that the quickest are quicker than we are. We cannot catch them up over the course of a couple of weeks but we are working on closing the gap and as I said I think it is the right direction. That's the impression I have got today.

Q:
Nico, how encouraged were you? Fifth and sixth for the two drivers this afternoon.

Nico Rosberg:
Today was very much to check out how our upgrades are working and getting them sorted out and everything and I think we managed well with those things, so we are looking okay for the weekend. But we still need to wait and see. Today was not too bad I think but a lot of things were a bit different because of the conditions and because you didn't have much running, so we shouldn't put too much importance into the times and I still think we can do better than we did in Silverstone or at least the same type of level. I think we are going to have a good weekend.

Q:
This is obviously your home grand prix in many ways. I can remember staying with your father just up the road, so it is very much the family home grand prix as well. How important is that to you? I know you won your first single-seater race here. You have won in virtually every category here.

Nico Rosberg:
Yeah, that's true. I have won in every category I have come here, so it wouldn't be too bad to do it in F1 too. But it is very special driving the silver arrow having grown up in racing terms about 20kms away. That was my dad's racing team where I did all the racing when I was coming through the ranks. It is a great feeling to race here in front of all the spectators. Hopefully we will see a lot of silver caps in the grandstands cheering us on and it will be awesome to put in a good result for everybody, for the team, for the fans, it would be great.

Q:
Kamui, do you regard this as a bit of a home grand prix as well? I believe you live in Germany.

Kamui Kobayashi:
I mean this is kind of a home grand prix for me. Definitely Japan is the home but I have had most of my career in Europe. I think I have had more mileage in Hockenheim especially. In my racing career every year I have been racing in Hockenheim, so I am really happy to drive here.

Q:
You have been in virtually everything here, haven't you?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Yeah, a lot of times. Formula Renault and Formula Three and GP2 as well.

Q:
The last couple of races you have been racing hard. What we expected from you after the end of last season. How has it been from your point of view? Do you feel you are finally where you should be and should have been perhaps at the start of the season?

Kamui Kobayashi:
First of all I think I had more mileage. At the beginning of the season I had no mileage at all as I had so many reliability problems with the car and I had some accidents as well. I didn't gain so much mileage and that was for me the biggest problem. I have not so much mileage in my career, so I think it was really hard. But after Turkey I think we had a little bit understanding about the tyres and at the same moment the car has developed really well. The direction, myself and the team, are going in a progressive way and that's why I think I have pretty good results at the moment.

Q:
So we can expect to see you racing as hard as this for the rest of the season?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Yes, absolutely.

Q:
Nico, obviously a home race for you as well. Your feelings about it?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I am looking forward to it as well. I think, for us, we had a positive Friday as well for what it was. I have good memories of Hockenheim. I like the place. It is always a bit more private. I feel a bit more at home and I am looking forward.

Q:
Do you see the progress that has been made as from the outside we can see progress?

Nico Hulkenberg:
I can also see progress from the inside definitely. It reflects in the results which are getting better. We have improved the car. I have improved myself. We have got more competitive since a few races back. That is very positive to see for us but we have to keep developing at that rate if we want to stay where we are or get even further up the grid.

Q:
How difficult has it been going to all these relatively new circuits and towards the end of the season how difficult is that going to be with probably unknown circuits?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Well, it is always better if you go to a circuit you know well like here at Hockenheim which I know pretty well. A few other circuits as well. But you have to deal with that. Every rookie has the same problem. You have quite a bit of practice. Three hours on Friday, one hour of practice on Saturday, so by the time you get to qualifying you should be prepared. You have to learn the circuit first and you can start your set-up work a bit later than more experienced drivers. We are always a bit behind but that is not an excuse or a reason to be behind.

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