19 July 2012
Thursday press conference - German GP - Pt.1
You always need luck, of course. You also need pace and speed and you know you need to be competitive, especially in a midfield that is very tight and very difficult. We see each Saturday and Sunday that one or two tenths can make a big difference and our main rivals have scored some big results, a lot of points. So now we really have to dig deep, keep our heads down to be within reach and keep the momentum up.
Mark, after 99 grand's prix with Red Bull Racing, you've re-signed with the team. What does that mean to you to re-sign for them next year.
Yeah, it's been a long relationship and yeah we're going to be working together again next year, which is very exciting, to continue the challenge to stay at the front. This year's obviously going pretty well and there's a big reason to keep the focus on for that as well but the continuation of that moving on to next year is also helpful.
Looking at the last couple of grand's prix, Red Bull Racing have been very competitive, you obviously won the last one. How important do you think the Valencia update was and to have it in Valencia rather than introduce it as Silverstone?
Well, it's two different venue and two different temperatures, so it was important for us to get those parts to the track in Valencia to validate a few things and give us a direction. Yeah, it's always nice when you get them a race earlier rather than later as you just learn so much earlier. I think ultimately it was a good decision. Very difficult to get the equipment to the track but the boys did a great job and Valencia was the first step to understanding some new stuff with the RB8. But, as we've seen, it's very, very tight, you need to pull everything together to win and yeah, we want to be at the front again this weekend.
Timo, obviously Marussia's development has been very difficult over the last few weeks – but how much optimism did you get from the update at Silverstone and how is that going to play out in these next two grand's prix?
I hope we just have more stable conditions here to learn more about it. It was quite difficult for us to see really what the update gave us – but it definitely felt better in the race, the pace was quite good, so I'm looking forward to a good weekend here, we have some little parts again which should give us a little gain but it's difficult if everyone else makes at the same time, at the same race, an update, or brings an update, then sometimes it's a bit difficult to see the step. But the car did improve and in the next couple of races we should have a couple more bits and pieces coming.
Nico Rosberg, after a very good start to the season things seem to have gone off the boil a little bit, how can you turn that around?
I don't think that's quite right – it's just that we haven't maximised what we had in the last few races and that then eventually finished with the race in Silverstone where yes, the track didn't really suit our car. So, it's maybe not quite the right picture: I still think we have a good car and I still think if conditions suit us and we get a grip on the tyres – like at the track for example, here in Hockenheim , which should suit our car a lot better, I think we should be able to do a much better result.
So you'll be turning it around here?
Yes, for sure.
Sebastian, a very strange statistic that someone's come up with: you've never won in July – and yet you really want to win this grand prix, obviously. Talk to us about that.
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