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European Grand Prix – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Drivers - Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT) Mark Webber (Red Bull)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, we saw that in qualifying in Canada you were pretty close to Vettel and here, with the outlawing of changing engine mapping between qualifying and the race, some are feeling that Red Bull may be penalised so do you think that this is your chance to try to get pole?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know. Hopefully. I don't think it will massively change qualifying. I think Sebastian was quickest in qualifying. It's true that it wasn't one second, it was two tenths, but he was the quickest in wet conditions at the start of the race. We were following him and he was nearly eight tenths or nine tenths quicker than us on Sunday with race mapping. We saw a superior car at that moment, a dominant car, the Red Bull, in qualifying and in the race as well. It seems that sometimes they push a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less. Because of that, in races you seem a little bit closer. We are not desperate to get pole here or to win this race. We need to know where we are at the moment; we need to keep working, to keep working in the direction we took two races ago, as I said. It seems that we are more competitive but we cannot under-estimate or forget how quick our opponents are.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Mark, what's your opinion about this: suddenly the officials have discovered that the exhaust systems that all the teams are using are illegal.

Mark Webber:
There's always something floating around in our sport, isn't there? We know that. We had the double diffuser a few years ago; some people say it's right, some people say it's wrong and now we obviously have the exhaust thing which is their interpretation. Obviously it's not within the spirit of the rules so we change the rules. Obviously it would have been very, very cost effective for all of the teams to know this before the season started because everyone was already looking at it at the end of last year. Obviously, you look at the people from Enstone [Lotus-Renault] and those guys have done a huge, huge job, packaging their car and designing their concept around something like this working. So it's not a trivial thing to throw into the middle of the season for the teams but they will all adjust. Everyone is in the same boat so yeah, [change it] either at the start or at the end [of the season], but in the middle - it makes it a little bit more difficult, but it's the same for everyone. We're not overly concerned. I'm not sitting here saying they shouldn't have done it, it's just that it's not a cheap exercise for people to make adjustments off the back of that.

Q: (Julien Febreau – L'Equipe)
Jaime, what is your situation with your Toro Rosso? There are rumours that Daniel Ricciardo could jump into the car to race even this year, or alternatively, if we listen to your boss, there is maybe a chance of you driving for Red Bull for you or Sébastien next year? What is your situation for the rest of this season and what about next year?

Jaime Alguersuari:
Well, at the moment... I've said so many times that I think both of us and the team are still developing the car, still working on the car a lot. As I said before, I still have to learn lots of things, just to develop lots of things on the set-up of the car to feel better. I don't know about the situation regarding the future, because I always try to do the best that I can at every single race. I try to enjoy it because this is my job and if I was not enjoying my job, I wouldn't be here. This is the first thing to do and yeah, I'm quite relaxed, quite confident because I know what I can do, what are my possibilities and at the moment the situation is what it is. I'm here with Toro Rosso, a fantastic team, a good family and lots of things to learn still, lots of things to see, to develop, to work on and as I said, I hope to be in this race again. I hope to do a good race. I'm still learning, still developing the car until the end of the year.

Q: (Alex Popov – RTR)
Kamui, two weeks ago, you drove a beautiful race but after the finish, two different drivers - Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld - accused you of deliberately braking or at least lifting off just in front of them. Your reaction, and I will also ask Mark to comment, because you know well the danger of this type of situation.

Kamui Kobayashi:
If you want, I can show you the data. I have nothing… Off the line, because only the car is able to stay on the track and I was really pushing. The front tyre lost the grip line, the clean line and I couldn't change the car's direction. I just had to wait otherwise I would be completely on the wet part. I tried to do the best thing, but this was coming from a bit of overdriving.

Mark Webber:
I think people at hairpins are always trying to mix up the pace a little bit, particularly in Canada. Michael was also doing a good job to make the rhythm a little bit different each lap; that's normal. But obviously hitting the brakes is a different story. Obviously if you're a bit later, a bit earlier on the throttle, that's part of racing but if you're playing with the brake pedal it's obviously not something that we all agree to. I'm sure he's not playing these tricks

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)


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