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Canadian GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

DRIVERS - Paul Di Resta (Force India), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Sergio Perez (Sauber), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Jenson Button (McLaren).

Q: (Adrian Huber – Agencia EFE)
A question for Felipe. Last week, Fernando said in Madrid, at the opening of the Ferrari store, that he was very much confident that you are from now on going to be scoring tons of points, fighting for podiums, even for victories maybe. Does this give you further impulse and are you aiming for better goals this season?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, for sure. I feel much better in the car. I think you know improving helps a lot the way of driving, especially for my driving style. I'm really looking forward to carry on like that, improving, getting stronger race by race, and fighting for many good points and even looking for victory and podium. This is the really the target, the direction and I feel much stronger in the car now compared to the beginning of the season.

Q: (Daniel Bastien – FM103-3)
Due to the high competitiveness this season, Jenson recently said he's worried that anyone can win a race. Do the other drivers share that concern?

Jenson Button:
I think I said that the worry is that fans think we could all win, we could all lose.

Sergio Perez:
I think anyone can win a race. You never what will happen in any race, so there is always the chance for every driver to have a nice surprise. I think especially this year, most of the top teams and also the middle teams are really close together, so it can be a surprise like it has happened this year with Pastor winning, so some others might come during the year.

Jean-Eric Vergne:
I don't really have much to say. I think he [Pérez] has said everything. I think maybe he forgot his second place as well! I think everything is possible. We just have to be at the right moment, in the right place, with a good car. So, yeah, maybe.

Paul Di Resta:
There's not much to say. I think it's unfair to say that anybody could win but I think if you get the car in a sweet spot over the weekend, you need to be prepared and you can make a massive step forward.

Felipe Massa:
The same.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
A pair of questions for Felipe : first question is about the exhaust system. You will compare, both of you Ferrari drivers, the exhaust systems and I would like to know what is the target for that: if it is to find more downforce, traction and so on? And the second question is if you can clarify your answer in an interview that you gave during the week about the future? You were quoted as saying 'if I can't drive for Ferrari any more, I would prefer to do something else.' Would it possible to see you, in the future, like Barrichello in IndyCar for example?

Felipe Massa:
Well, the exhaust - we have some pieces to try here. The important thing is to find out some things. How much better, it's difficult to say, we just need to try it, on the track, to see if it makes the car stronger, so we will see.

(With reference to the second question) I didn't really say what you said. I said for sure, in the future, the most important thing is to think about the present, thinking about race by race, the results. Try to carry on in the direction that we took in the last race, making good points and for sure, after August, we start to see (look at) what will happen in the future. I didn't say 'if I'm not at Ferrari any more, I will stop.' I didn't say that. I said 'if I need to go to a small team, maybe I will think about doing something else.' I'm here, always want to race, to fight for victory and that's what I did for many years, and I'm looking forward to getting back to fighting for victories and the championship. I trust myself, as I said, it's important to… the season didn't start as I expected, but I think things are getting better so it's important to carry on like this and I think if we do, it will be much easier and we will find a good direction for the future, to stay in Ferrari or find a good direction in which to race.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)

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