F1 » 22 March 2012
Malaysian GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2
Drivers - Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Sergio Perez (Sauber), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Jenson Button (McLaren), Fernando Alonso ( Ferrari).
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Alex Popov - RTR)
Two questions for Michael. The first one is about this year, about the new 'W-Duct'. Some people are already saying that due to the very long straights here you already have a pole position, do you agree?
Certainly not. There is no doubt that we have an innovation that gives us some performance but I don't think that it is a huge performance and that we only live from this. We'll find out. I can't really quantify this.
But it will be better than Melbourne?
Well, you're probably talking in terms of nature of the track that it will another slight advantage but I think some get a little bit too excited about this compared to reality but that's the usual story.
And the second question is the story: do you remember well the first grand prix here in 1999?
I do yes. I still have good memories of that.
Are you in touch, from time to time, with Eddie Irvine?
No, not really. I see his sister every so often and I see him maybe once a year and that's about it.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi, La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, how can you manage the situation at Ferrari? It's the third year for you at Ferrari and the third year you are catching up somebody in front of you. How can you stay calm and relaxed and composed in such a situation?
This is Formula One. There is not an easy time for anybody. We need to work hard every day and night to normally catch up people in these three years. But anyway, you know, the experience has been fantastic. As you all know, fighting for the world championship in the first year and then last year with one win and ten podiums. Obviously, the target is always to win the world championship but it was not possible the last two years. This year we are convinced that we will fight for it. We need to stay focused and work more than the others knowing that we are a little bit behind now. But the championship is long. We stay calm, we stay focused, because we see a lot of determination in the team. We see the team with a very good atmosphere, (we) trust each other in the team, we are very united, so the time will come to us very soon.
Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE)
Fernando, what is your state of mind right now? Are you nervous , are you angry, are you anxious. How do you feel yourself?
I'm calm. Obviously, knowing we need to work, we need to catch up the guys in front. We are not in the situation we wanted to start the 2012 championship but after 11 years in Formula One I think you understand how long the championship is, what you need when you have the best and what you need when you don't have the best car - which is sometimes more points or less points. But as far as our targets and our goals (are concerned) we need to score as many points as possible in these couple of races and in a very short period of time try to be on the podium and win races. If we manage to do that we have plenty of races to recover the gap. If we don't manage to do that it's because someone else did a better job than us. We just need to wait and see but I have 100 per cent trust in the team.
Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
A question for Jenson. I presume with these two races between you weren't able to let your down too much these last few days.
What do you mean by that?
Having a good night out.
No, I didn't. I think we're pretty focused on this weekend. It was pretty important to relax after the race because it was a great victory for us. I had a nice evening with friends and family as we all know that's the best way to celebrate a great event. And then Monday/Tuesday I spent a couple of days in Melbourne just relaxing and then arrived here yesterday. It's actually been quite a nice few days. Got here yesterday and thought it was quite important to get used to the humidity, because it's quite different to Melbourne. Yeah, it's been nice, it always is after winning a grand prix and you're always very excited about the next grand prix and obviously your aim is to do exactly the same again.
Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
A quick question for Fernando. You touched earlier on Marco Simoncelli here. Do you have any special tribute planned, anything, a black armband, on your helmet, anything?
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