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British GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Well, I think the best person to explain that will be the engineer at Renault Sport F1 but no, we have been trying to analyse what has happened. There are a few ideas on things that have been changed since the last race and hopefully it was a one shot experience that we are not going to have again. But on the other hand, it's the first time that we've had a reliability issue. It was a 'stupid' issue, not a big deal, so it should be sorted out by now, and we shouldn't have any more.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)
Romain, you said that you were fighting with big guys, with three World Champions. How far are you from them, what are you missing, what don't you have to be a winner?

Romain Grosjean:
At least one World Championship. The more you race, the more you have experience. It's only my first complete season. I'm in a good team so I'm lucky to have a good car. I'm very pleased to fight at the front but in terms of results, I'm missing at least one World Championship.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association)
Bit of a sensitive question but to anyone who would like to answer: obviously we had the accident suffered by Maria de Villota on Tuesday, I'm sure you're all aware of that. Just your thoughts on that, first of all, if anyone would like to pass on any thoughts and secondly, obviously it was a straightline aero test. I'm sure you've all probably done that at some time in the past. Is there anything that can be learned from what Maria went through, going forward in terms of safety and that kind of thing?

Fernando Alonso:
Obviously we are very worried for this situation because we are still waiting for some more news. We only know what you all know and there are still some difficult days until the situation is completely clear. The operation has passed completely etc. Sad days, for sure, completely shock when you hear the news and how what happened is possible. Obviously we don't know all the information it's difficult to talk about the reasons etc until we know the official version but at the moment, it's so difficult to imagine how this can happen.

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't know her personally, but when I read about it I was absolutely devastated for her and for her family. I think it's very very tragic and myself and my team, we send on our warmest wishes her way and hope that she has a speedy recovery, hope that things get better.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
On a lighter note, when I look through the preview press releases, a lot of the drivers spoke about the fans in the UK being very knowledgeable. I was wondering if any of you can think of any interaction you've had with a fan here that made you really step back and think 'wow, this person really knows what they're talking about'?

Paul di Resta:
I think something that is quite unique here is that a lot of the Formula One teams are based around this part of the country and based in Britain, the majority of them, and obviously you get a lot of factory staff, people that are involved in the manufacturing side, smaller companies that are involved, and it's nice to see the support and see that people are as dedicated to Formula One as they can be. It's a shame that obviously they can't get a bit closer to see the design work that they do but the support is well-respected by us.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz – ESPN)
Bruno, we heard that Williams are bringing a lot of updates. Pastor was saying earlier that he feels a lot of pressure because it's Williams's home race and there are the updates, and a lot of expectation also because he has already won a Grand Prix, so I wonder how you feel about it, and also if you could explain exactly what you're bringing here, because you've been testing it since Mugello, if I'm right?

Bruno Senna:
I feel really happy that we're bring updates because everybody else is also moving forward. We have a few bits and pieces. We have wings and pieces of the bodywork that will be different, so it's always hard to quantify how much that will improve the car, but every little helps as we've seen in Barcelona when Pastor won. There was a bit of an update there. So, for sure, it's going to be the case of trying to maximise the package but again, as Paul said before, the weather is very changeable here and that can mean everything or it can mean nothing. But for sure, it's the team's home race, we want to do well, it would be great to finish with both cars in good points-scoring positions. I think that listening to everybody here, everybody is very optimistic about their chances on this track because everybody seems to think that their cars should be well suited to this type of track so I guess we're going to see another tough weekend, very close battles. Hopefully we can score some good points from there. There is always pressure on a driver, pressure is there every single time we're in the car.

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22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
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22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
22.06.2017 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
22.06.2017 - Renault Sport F1 Team RS17, detail
22.06.2017 - Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
22.06.2017 - Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
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11.06.2017- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08

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