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Friday press conference - German GP - Pt.2

Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg (Williams), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

Team representatives: Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Adam Parr (Williams)
Questions from the floor

Q: (Ralf Bach – R & B)
Nico, what happened to your front wing in practice?

Nico Rosberg:
The bollard was too big.

Q: (Ralf Bach – R & B)
Did you get a new one?

Nico Rosberg:
I took Michael's! He went back to the old one!

Q: (Marc Surer – Sky Deutschland)
Mrs Kaltenborn, you are supporting a young driver, Esteban Gutierrez. How can you do that without the team having a main sponsor and yet having enough money to support a young driver? What is the reason for it?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Well, we at Sauber have always had a history of looking into young drivers and getting them pretty early, giving them their racing chance. Now supporting the driver doesn't necessarily have anything to do with how many sponsors you have. When Peter Sauber bought the team, he had secured the package for this year which allowed us to continue our programme with Esteban who was actually engaged last year. So we think he's a very promising talent and we'll continue with him.

Q: (Stefan Skolik – Mannheimer Morgen)
Nico, can you explain some of the difficulties in today's practice session?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, it was just because the conditions were changing all the time. We started with a very, very wet track, so we had to fit the full wets. We got some good running in there, so we learned a lot if it rains for tomorrow. I'm very confident, especially in those conditions. I think we were very quick this morning, or at least, I was very quick this morning, so I'm very confident in those conditions. We got a few laps in on the intermediates, it was very difficult with those. Then in the dry, with the track still being a bit wet at the beginning, so it was changing a lot and considering that you also need to do high fuel running for the race, and trying to do everything in the one hour of dry running that we got at the end, it's difficult then to do much with set-up work and things like that.

Q: (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special)
Adam, the Williams team had a pretty poor start to the year; can you explain why and what was changed to make it better?

Adam Parr:
Well, I can, but I'm not sure I will, actually, because I think understanding where the problems are and being able just to know that gives you a pretty good starting point, doesn't it?

Q: (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special)
Norbert, Michael Schumacher came back to Formula One this year and everyone expected a great deal. He still hasn't delivered. We're waiting to see it, we've heard many times that he will catch up with Nico and overtake him, but he hasn't. Can you talk us through that a bit?

Norbert Haug:
Well, I think that has been done quite a few times. I'm happy to do it again. I think Michael is in a good position. He's had some very good races, for example in Barcelona and Turkey, he came home fourth with a car which was probably not supposed to – compared to the competitors – to be fourth quickest. So that was a good job from the team, from Michael, from the execution of the strategy, from the pit stops and so on. Having said that, remember last weekend at Silverstone, I think it's not necessary to defend Michael, but you can look at the figures in Q2. I heard yesterday that Q2 doesn't count. I've been in the business long enough to know that but I also know that if you are capable of doing the job in Q2… you will not get a present in Q2 because everybody tries to be in the top ten. He did a very respectable lap time in Q2. His best sectors in Q3 would have put him sixth, so I think it's basically there and it will come sooner rather than later. I think Nico can probably explain it as well. He's certainly a very, very quick driver, a very talented driver, a very focused driver but I think Nico won't be the guy to say that it's easy to keep Michael behind, so we have a lot of respect… I think we all, in Formula One – Hockenheim especially, this event – we should all be proud that he came back. He did a lot for Formula One, and he does what he loves to do and I hope that sooner rather than later I'm sitting here in a press conference explaining how it could happen that he has had such a good result. It will come, it's up to us to improve the car. We are completely composed in the team, working together. Just give us some time. We are not yet there but in the meantime Ross Brawn, Mercedes Benz, Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, these are names that are working together, that know how the business goes. I'm not the man to make predictions but believe me we are going to catch up step-by-step and Michael will play an enormous role in that process.

Q: (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special)
Monisha, the Sauber team didn't start the year very well and has managed to improve; could you explain how you managed to do it?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Well, I said earlier on, it has a lot to do with the technical director. The team was determined after all it went through and getting the grid slot finally at a very late stage. What was not lacking was the determination of the team, and we've shown in the past that we have the capabilities. And then getting James Key in, who was used to these kinds of surroundings and to work within the certain limitations that we definitely had and in the process, we were becoming the private team again that we were actually, he was the right person at that time, and he brought in a lot of impetus, new ideas, simply fresh thinking, so I think all that together, it took its time but it set in and we hopefully will continue this way.

Q: (Moderator)
Nico, as the most experienced driver here can I ask you about the interesting tyre choice this weekend and not the temperatures that I'm sure were expected when that tyre choice was made. What are the tyres like?

Nico Rosberg:

Related Pictures

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Friday Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER), Mercedes GP F1 Team, MGP W01
Friday Practice 1, Nico Hulkenberg (GER), Williams, FW32
Friday Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, C29
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Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
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