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Belgian GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.1

We have been working really hard with the team to try and improve the car as much as possible. I would say the last race in Budapest was really good for us as we finished eighth and tenth so we scored a lot of points for the team. Hopefully now we can have a good weekend as well. We know in Spa everything is possible with the weather and also that can change really quickly. I think we have got some new stuff on the car which will help us as well so hopefully we will be able to use the maximum out of it and score points again.

Q:
So quite hopeful of improving on that 16th in qualifying and 12th in the race?

Sebastien Buemi:
Yes. I mean we know that qualifying is important but not as much as in the past so even if we qualify there the race is really long and everything is possible. I am really looking forward to the race and score points at the end so even if I have to start at the back of the grid or not the best position I will not think too much about it. But it is really important to have a good base and if you have got it then you can finish well.

Q:
Vitaly, a new team-mate. How is that going to affect you? Will it affect you at all?

Vitaly Petrov:
First of all, congratulations Bruno. I know he has signed for the next two races. For me I think it doesn't matter now who is my team-mate. I know what I need to do. I know how I need to improve the car so I will just do my job.

Q:
And your feelings about this circuit as, for example, Renault was third on the grid here last year. You went from 23rd to ninth here last year. What are your feelings about this track?

Vitaly Petrov:
I like this track. I had very good battle with Mercedes with Michael and Nico (Rosberg) last year. Now it is very difficult to say where we will be right now. We bring some new good parts here. We bring some upgrades. We hope these upgrades will work here and we know our car likes this track so we will try our best.

Q:
Michael, a big weekend for you. A 20th anniversary. Can you imagine, could you have imagined 20 years ago that you would still be here?

Michael Schumacher:
Could you? You've been here 20 years ago, haven't you?

Q:
I'm afraid so, yes. But I don't have to be as fit as you.

Michael Schumacher:
Well it is an unusual situation and certainly not something to be expected from the beginning but proud to be here and glad. As I often call it, it's my living room and a very particular place that lots of things, great things and special things, have happened. It is obviously a perfect scenario to celebrate this moment.

Q:
Just looking back at the six wins plus one, but interesting that only one pole position. Is there a reason for that or just circumstance?

Michael Schumacher:
In the end of the day there is no reason for this. Neither there is for other race tracks where I had more pole positions. I don't think it is anything to do other than with having certain characteristics of cars that maybe suit some tracks and other tracks less. In terms of statistics if you look at the number of pole positions or race wins I don't think it is up on the driver that you are particularly strong or weak in one or the other it is more adapting and having the package available for doing one or the other.

Q:
And obviously it worked well with wins, particularly with the six wins.

Michael Schumacher:
Yep.

Q:
Looking forward to this weekend, the team has said they feel the car is well suited to the track. What are your thoughts on that?

Michael Schumacher:




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