Questions from the floor

Q: (Fr?d?ric Ferret - L'Equipe)
Michael and Sebastian, you are two World Champions, can you rate one another's seasons and both of you, do you think that Sebastian could become the next Michael Schumacher?

Sebastian Vettel:
I can rate many seasons by Michael, he did a lot of seasons and he obviously won the Championship seven times. Obviously he's sitting next to me, so whatever I say, he can hear as well but I don't think we have to go through all this again. You have been there for most of the time as well so I think you remember. He had very good seasons, but he also had seasons where he was in a bit of trouble and came out of it, made huge progress with the team and himself, even though he didn't win the championship.

And on the second question - yeah, I'm not his brother, he has one already. Surely, for all of us, except Michael, we will always be compared to him and left with his big footsteps or footprints, but it will be very, very difficult to catch up. Everything he achieved is quite phenomenal, so the question is not only if there will ever be a German achieving that again, the question is if there will ever again be a driver in Formula One achieving what he has done.

Michael Schumacher:
Well, as he talked about footsteps, I think we both have similar sized shoes so it should be good.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
To all drivers, six drivers means 25 per cent of the grid; why do you have so many German drivers in Formula One?

Michael Schumacher:
Why? At the moment, I think the general reason is that we have a huge German industry for cars that is interested in Formula One and that in the past - not only Mercedes but other manufacturers - have invested in Formula One and have invested in young driver programmes and still do. So motor sport in general is of a much higher importance than it used to be and there are lots of schools and talent scouts to find the drivers of the future. Luckily, because of this possibility there is a big mass of drivers anyway who do go-karts, do many, many kinds of categories, so we were lucky to establish the final six ones that you see at the moment here. This is part of the reason that finances and support have been given to us and the opportunities have been given. But then, why did we have, at certain moments, so many Brazilian drivers, so many Italian drivers? I think it's a sort of phase of life that you go through. Why were there more than 10 Italian drivers - I think even 12 or 14 Italian drivers when I started Formula One? Why we have almost none at the moment, apart from Jarno (and Vitantonio Liuzzi)? I don't know, whether it's just because of the financial side or whether there are other reasons or it's just coincidence.

Sebastian Vettel:
I agree with what Michael says. In a way, it's also as he said, sometimes you have more Italian drivers, there are a lot of French drivers. At the moment we have one Italian (two), no French drivers. I think it changes naturally, but surely, I think for the future, it will be even more important, very difficult. I still believe we have great categories in Germany, giving chances to young drivers, but overall, I think motorsport becomes very expensive from an early age, so you need strong people behind you to support you so unfortunately it's no longer as open as maybe it used to be, just because you need so much money right from the start to go karting. I hope that in the future, there will be manufacturers like Michael said, or individual companies supporting young kids and giving them the chance to, one, have fun, and secondly, maybe live their dream and end up in Formula One or DTM or whatever.

Nico Rosberg:
Surely, Michael himself is also responsible for there being so many good Germans in racing, because he's the one who gave the sport such a boom in Germany, and then there's a knock-on effect from there, that more kids want to start racing, there's more money to support them and everything.

Q: (Gary Chappell - The Daily Express)
Sebastian, you probably won many fans with your impressions of other drivers on Top Gear (UK TV show) recently. How determined are you to do an impression of, say, Mark Webber and win at the Nurburgring here and claim your first home win?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think the impression I did was about what happened in the past, so it's a bit more difficult to predict what is going to happen in the future. I really enjoyed the show, it was great fun, not just the lap I did in the Reasonably Priced Car but also afterwards. Obviously I've now had two full years with Mark and am now in the third year alongside him and I still sometimes struggle to understand everything he says, whereas I get quite familiar with all the accents we have in the garage, with people from the UK, even from Ireland and I get along quite well; with Mark's accent here and there I still struggle, so it's not an easy one to copy either.

Q: (Marc Ellerich - Sport1)
Mr Schumacher, there are reports that maybe it's the last time that the Grand Prix will take place at the Nurburgring. What is your comment on that?

Michael Schumacher:
It would be a shame.

Q: (Adam Hay-Nicholls - Metro)
Adrian, I heard you went to the Nordschleife yesterday and had a small accident with a rather expensive car. Is that true?

Adrian Sutil:
It was on Tuesday, yes.

Q: (Adam Hay-Nicholls - Metro)
Can you tell us what happened?

Adrian Sutil:
Well, it was made up to be very dramatic but it was just a technical problem that I had. I went out of the pits and something was broken at the rear of the car so I lost control at a very slow speed and I touched a barrier at about 10km/h and that's it. Nothing really major was broken. I stopped the car there because it was not good to go back to the pits like that and I changed the car. There were a few more cars there, same ones and I had a good day, three great laps in this Gumpert Apollo, a very fast car, very amazing around this place and that was it. When I read the newspaper the next day, I was laughing really hard because they said I lost all my teeth and I just made it out of the carbon wreck of this car and I thought, OK, well, that was lucky then. So I'm in one piece and in good shape and it was just nothing to mention, really.

Q: (Walter Costa - Saarbr?cker Zeitung)
Michael, at the beginning of this season, you announced that 'this year we will be stronger, we will be better.' Do you remember your points and place after nine races last year? I can tell you. Thirty-four points in ninth place and this year, 28 points in tenth place. Are you disappointed until now?

Michael Schumacher:
Yes, I am, yeah, absolutely. I think we all expected something different, as we all remember coming to Australia, to the first race and we were very excited, having had a good winter test and then it didn't transform. Now we all know the reason and now we are on the way to improve our game, but as I mentioned at the beginning and have done so very often, it's a mission and the mission unfortunately doesn't always go in one line upwards. It's like a stock market: before it goes up, it falls down a couple of times and the general trend, what I can see in the factory, the progress that we are making in terms of the infrastructure, how the team is building up, I see very good signs that we can make it.

Q: (Gary Chappell - The Daily Express)
Sebastian again, if you're coming into the last few corners on Sunday behind Mark Webber, chasing victory at your home Grand Prix...

Sebastian Vettel:
Or Michael....

Q: (Gary Chappell - The Daily Express)
Well, maybe, but if...

Sebastian Vettel:
What do you mean, maybe?

Q: (Gary Chappell - The Daily Express)
But if you're told by your team to maintain the gap behind Mark, what do you think you will do?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it always depends on the situation in the race. Obviously I know where you're coming from. I don't think there was anything for us to gain as a team in the last race. Fernando was quite far away and whoever was fourth, Felipe or Lewis, they were battling, they were quite far away from us, so as a team there was nothing to gain. Surely, as Mark said, he wanted to race, he wanted to improve that one position. I didn't want to let him by, I tried to defend. Surely, if he would have been useless in terms of if I would have had no chance any more, then there's no point because at the end of the day he's my team-mate, I move over and let him go. It depends, as I said, on the situation. On the one hand you want to race for yourself and on the other hand you try the best for the team. To be honest, I don't think there's much we have to talk through and go through again. On Sunday, obviously for that to happen, first of all we have to have a lot of good laps to then be in a position to fight against each other for the victory, so I think that stage is quite far away so I would rather start tomorrow morning with free practice one and go from there.

Q: (Ralf Bach - Autobild Motorsport)
Sebastian, why the hell do you have 80 points more than Mark Webber this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think I've finished in better positions in the races so far.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Sebastian, the blown diffuser is back, do you think we will have a similar situation to Valencia here or similar to Silverstone?

Sebastian Vettel:
First of all, I think you need to see that Valencia and Silverstone are very, very different from each other. At Valencia, there are no really fast corners and there are hardly any slow speed corners at Silverstone - just a couple in the new layout - but the circuits are very different to each other. It's difficult to say. Here you have a bit of both, a bit of slow speed, more than in Silverstone, and more high speed than in Valencia, so I would say right in the middle, but we need to see. At this stage, after Silverstone, it was very difficult to say OK, now because of the rule change, that's why Ferrari was quick, that's why - I don't know - McLaren was maybe a little bit worse that weekend. I don't think that was the reason. In the end, we all lost a little bit. It's difficult to measure. Now we go back to where we have been in Valencia, so I think, generally, we didn't change the world switching the blown exhaust or the blown diffusers on and off. As I said, the most important thing is that we focus on the racing again.

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