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Thursday press conference - European GP - Pt.2

Thursday FIA press conference from Valencia with Heikki Kovalainen, Daniel Ricciardo, Kamui Kobayashi, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de la Rosa.
Drivers: Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Pedro de la Rosa (HRT).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Question for Fernando and Lewis, first of all for Fernando. It seems to be already a silly season but not even for the next one but for 2014 and beyond. It seems to be a lot of rumours, even from your team, about you and Sebastian together. What do you think about the possibility of this cooperation? And for Lewis, about this point, you seem to be a lot more friendly with Fernando now than back to your cooperation. What do you think? Maybe in the future would you like to work together in the same team.

Fernando Alonso:
Rumours, I think, with Ferrari are always the same: when I won the 2005 Championship with Renault, I was linked to Ferrari immediately – and I arrived in 2010. So, if Sebastian is linked now, maybe he'll arrive in five year's time. I don't know. Every summer it is the same with Ferrari, as I said, but at the moment we repeat the same thing. Extremely happy with Felipe, whatever team-mate comes in the future will be welcome, will be part of the team and part of Ferrari and, as I said, when I joined this team the most important thing in Ferrari is to help each other to make one red car win. It's something that President di Montezemolo is very clear on when you arrive on day one in Ferrari. So, whatever teammate is coming in the future, if it comes, will be no problem and we will try to work as we are doing now with Felipe.

Lewis Hamilton:
I really don't know what else to say. It looks like they have a good team already and me and Jenson provide a strong line-up here at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. That's the thing I need to focus on; that's the most important thing for us at the moment. I don't really know what else I can say.

Q: (Adrian Huber – Agencia EFE).
Question for Fernando: Fernando, would you be happy repeating last year's second place, or do you want to win here, considering this is one of the very few circuits where you haven't won yet?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, difficult question. Sure, getting some podiums now, in the next couple of races, especially in July when we have three races in four weeks, it will be important to have some consistency in this very important month, we think. But, being on Thursday, we only think about victory, because we want to win, especially here in Spain, in front of our fans and we will try our best. Difficult question because we know second in this type of Championship is also good points.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Fernando, what do you like on that track, what do you dislike and how to you rate the atmosphere of this venue?

Fernando Alonso:
From the track, I like the heavy braking in the last sector especially, which is maybe the most challenging one. The first two sectors are more or less the same. So much straights but they are not really straights so you are always turning in and it's not so easy maybe for overtaking for this reason – but in the last sector you find some interesting combination of corners that I think you enjoy. The high-speed corners plus the last braking which is a little bit challenging. What I don't like from this circuit… nothing really. I think it's all fine. There is not any place or anything that is a big problem. The atmosphere is one of the best. It's one of my preferred grands prix of the year. I like the city, I like the atmosphere here, there are a lot of activities around the grand prix as well – like Singapore in a way, with a lot of music concerts around. There are some go-kart circuits outside for the fans and some other activities, so I think the weekend overall, with the beach 400m from the track etc., makes something nice for the people that come for the weekend. I think we also like it from a driver point of view.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Lewis, Ron Dennis came out with an interesting comment after the Canadian Grand Prix when he was asked about you staying with the team. He mentioned that you were coming towards the end of a contract that was signed at a time when the economy was somewhat different. He said 'now there has to be a balance.' Can you understand Ron's comments, first of all, and do you appreciate that when it comes down to negotiations with McLaren and yourself and your management team, you might have to ease off on your financial demands because economic times are very different now?

Lewis Hamilton:
Ron is a very tough negotiator. He was very tough when they negotiated the contract that I have now and I expect him to be the same when we go back in (this time). I don't see there being many problems, to be honest.

Q: (Julien Febreau – L'Equipe).

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21.06.2012- Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
21.06.2012- Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
21.06.2012- Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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21.06.2012- Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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