F1 » 15 March 2012
Thursday press conference - Australian GP - Pt.2
Drivers: Charles Pic (Marussia), Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Mark Webber (Red Bull)
Questions from the floor
Q: (Simon Cass – Daily Mail)
For the three guys who've won the world title up to now. Could you just tell me who your grand prix hero is? And Kimi, if you decide you want to say you still haven't got a hero, then could just tell me who you admired when you were coming up through the ranks?
Kimi to start!
I still don't have one! Of course, I was hoping for good results for Finns but I didn't really… it didn't make any difference who won it then. There wasn't one guy I hoped for or was looking up to so…
Do you still want ours or not?
Obviously, when I was growing up, and I think similar to a lot of kids at that age in Germany, we were admiring Michael [Schumacher]. He was our hero, he was my hero. I had posters of him on my wall. And when I got a bit older I took them off and put some other posters on the wall, but anyway… So I was looking up to Michael but there have been and there are a lot of great drivers. For sure for me Michael is one of them.
For me, it was a little bit earlier than Michael. For me it was Ayrton [Senna] and Alain [Prost] back in the early '80s, because that's when I started watching Formula One, at seven or eight years old. Obviously 'Our Nige' [Nigel Mansell] has got to be up there, just for the moustache more than anything else. But yeah, it's difficult. Those are the guys I watched when I was younger. I suppose you get some inspiration from them and you want to be like them in the future. That's obviously a lot of our aims.
Q: (Fulvio Solms – Corriere dello Sport)
A question for Kimi. In this your second career, what do you bring from your experience at Ferrari?
I don't think this is my second career. I've been racing all the time, just in a different thing. I've been racing at a few different teams and all the teams run a slightly different way, mainly because they are all different nationalities, but you always learn from all the people and all of the teams and I have good memories, most of the time, of the teams. I try to get things in the team how I know I like it and I'm very happy with the team, they've been great people to work with – easygoing, no real need to change anything, and just if you like to do something differently, they're happy to try to do it that way and it's just been a good experience.
Q: Paolo Ianieri (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, in 2007, when you started your first race with Ferrari, you won here; it was quite a big surprise. In winter testing, you have been very fast and many people have been saying you could be the surprise here this year as well. Do you think this is something we can expect, or are you ruling that out?
Like I said before, I have no idea where we are going to be. We had a good winter, it could have been better but hopefully we are fast. We will know during the weekend but I think that many teams will be fast so… Are we going to be in the front? I don't know, we hope we are going to be but let's wait and see.
Q: (Julien Febreau – l'Equipe)
For all of you: what do you think about the new noses of Formula One cars, from the onboard point of view and as a viewer? Is it a shame for TV viewers or spectators?
Ours looks great.
You can't see the nose from the cockpit so it doesn't matter if it's last year or this year, you can't see it. Honestly. You laugh, but you can't see it so it doesn't really matter. Even if the front wing is not on the car we can't see it so… we're very low in the car as I found out in Monza last year. The looks? Yeah, they look ugly, for sure. That's disappointing. Adrian (Newey) always make beautiful cars. I still think ours looks better than the McLaren but the McLaren looks nice but we will see which one gets the most champagne. It's an ugly regulation but that's the way most of the teams have gone.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Tagged as: Mclaren , Sebastian Vettel , Mark Webber , Jenson Button , Red Bull Racing , Toro Rosso , Daniel Ricciardo , Charles Pic , Melbourne , Australia , Lotus , marussia , Kimi Räikkönen
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