19 July 2012
Thursday press conference - German GP - Pt.2
Thursday FIA press conference from Hockenheim with Nico Hulkenberg, Mark Webber, Timo Glock, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
Drivers: Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Timo Glock (Marussia), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Question to all the German drivers – have you ever been to Hockenheim camping, and what are your memories there?
I haven't been camping myself but two years ago, last time we've been here, we've been to the campsite to visit the fans, so yeah, there have been plenty of fans and obviously the atmosphere was very special. I don't know if you have been there already but if you haven't then you should go – I think you will get a beer for sure. So, yeah, it's a good atmosphere, a good vibe, so I think the people come here and enjoy the whole weekend. Hopefully the weather is not like Silverstone this week, otherwise it will be quite poor for them.
Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
I have a question for all of you please, a driver's career is full of highs and lows; I was wondering if you could tell me how you keep your motivation, how you keep your focus in the low periods, so that you can get back up to the highs?
It's really normal in sport, y'know? Sport is all about highs and lows and the lows that are the difficult ones. I for myself have learned to push through them and come back stronger, and that's motivation alone: you want to come back on the other side even better than before and do a very great job.
Adversity comes with the territory. If you have a very low ambition and set your goals very conservative then it might be a bit more stable but when you want to achieve great things or special things, there's going to be some adversity along the way and getting back up from the canvas is part of the rules and sometimes our failure is part of success: we need to have that [failure] to be successful.
In our sport we are privileged to drive these cars and for us it is a big excitement to be involved in this sport and it's natural that you want to do the best that you can do. 'It doesn't matter what happened yesterday' is something that you learn very quickly. It only matters what you do at the moment and you might do in future. That's what it's all about. I guess it's a school that you go through in the early days in karting and that's what you grow up with. Partly it's a character that you have or build up, so to all of us I guess it's very natural.
I think in generally we had that question yesterday from a fan as well. For me it's quite easy. Every day is a new possibility and it's very easy for me to motivate myself. We are in the greatest championship in motorsport and there is no reason to not be motivated.
Q: (Simon Cass - Daily Mail).
To anyone who wants to answer this: it's Lewis's 100th Grand Prix this weekend. I'm just wondering what you've made of Lewis's time in the sport up to now, what impact he's had, how you rate him as a competitor and just generally whether he has made the best of the advantages that he's had up to now?
I think a happy 100th, then, and you'd better ask him whether he feels he has done the best or not. You'd better ask him whether he feels he has done the best.
Tagged as: Sebastian Vettel , Mark Webber , Glock , Mercedes , Rosberg , Webber , Red Bull Racing , Nico Rosberg , Timo Glock , Michael Schumacher , Hockenheim , press conference , Force India F1 , Nico Hulkenberg , Hulkenberg
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