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Thursday press conference - European GP - Pt.2

Fernando and Lewis, some countries are no longer in the European soccer championship like Holland; some of their soccer players are being criticised for not talking to their fans. Do you feel that F1 and you as drivers are doing enough for your fans?

Lewis Hamilton:
Do we think we are doing enough for the fans? I don't know. If you look at the last race, for example, we had such a great event. There are definitely races where there aren't so many people who come to watch the race, but I think we're doing a pretty good job. I don't know what else… I'm sure we can always do better, but I don't see a problem, personally.

Fernando Alonso:
Yes, I agree. Anyone can do more or less, depending on which one, but apart from NBA (National Basketball Association) I don't think there's any big sport that does a better job than Formula One.

Heikki Kovalainen:
I think that FOTA has asked the fans many times… Martin Whitmarsh has been very open and the fans have had a word, and I think many times the fans have been happy. I don't see any problem there, no.

Q: (Patrick Grivaz – Radio France).
We are here in Valencia, Spain and there is an economic crisis in Europe and in Spain particularly. I want to ask a question to Pedro and Fernando: what is your feeling about the economic crisis in Spain and what can you do about it?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we obviously feel sad and worried about the situation in Spain which is not ideal at the moment. I think we are in a completely different matter which is sport and we are having a great event in one city which will be known worldwide on Sunday on millions and millions of televisions throughout the world, so it's very good publicity. At the same time, I think the economic crisis is not only in Spain, not only in Europe but worldwide and if we question races and sporting events, we will never finish, because then we have to question why, in Poland, they hold the European Championship, maybe the Olympic Games and so on and so on, because there are macro-sporting events over which there is always a question whether they are necessary or not.

Pedro de la Rosa:
I fully agree, it's terrible for Spain, it's terrible for Europe, the world. We are in crisis. We have friends in Barcelona who have lost their jobs and it's very bad. But as Fernando said, it's not only in Spain, it's everywhere, I would say. The only thing we can do is first of all concentrate on our job and try to make their lives better with a good entertainment show on Saturday and Sunday and then also, as a team, I think HRT is an example of what you can do in Spain: invest at a difficult moment, give opportunities to young mechanics, engineers, people, drivers and this is what we are doing. It's very bad, but as I've said, crises come and go. It's not the end of the world. We have to look ahead and we have to recover, we have to fight crises and wait for the long straights that will come.

Q: (Jonathan Legard – BBC Sport).
Fernando, how much involvement do you have when teams come to select teammates, wherever you've been. Do they consult you, do they ask you what do you think of him, could you work with him?

Fernando Alonso:
In the past, never. Now at Ferrari, yes. I'm in Italy every week so when we are there, sometimes I see the president, I see Stefano (Domenicali – team principal) and we talk about development of the car, we talk about GT, now there is some work on a new GT car that they are doing some test with at the end of year. We talk about the future of F1, about Corsa Clienti which is owners of old F1 cars which they want us to take to some circuits to teach some senior drivers, and also about the future and teammates as well.

Q: (Jonathan Legard – BBC Sport).
So if you said you didn't want A or B would you hope that they listened to you?

Fernando Alonso:
I doubt it. It's an open chat, we talk, but in the end, it's their decision.

Q: (Jonathan Legard – BBC Sport).
So would you welcome to chance to work with Lewis again, would that be on the agenda or is that..?

Fernando Alonso:
No problem.

Q: (Jonathan Legard – BBC Sport).
Not a problem, no one at all, even Sebastian Vettel?

Fernando Alonso:
No problem. Why?

Q: (Jonathan Legard – BBC Sport).
There should be no reason, absolutely, but you would welcome the challenge from whoever would be deemed good enough to be a Ferrari driver or whichever team you were in?

Fernando Alonso:

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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
21.06.2012- Press conference, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
21.06.2012- Press conference, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
21.06.2012- Press conference, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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