He's certainly been a contender in the championships for many years, so he's one of the stars that we have around. We are, for the fans, so-called gladiators and that's what the fans want to see: to give it all and maybe sometimes exceed limits and to establish yourself. He's been through that in good ways so I think for all of us he's a very serious competitor and it's good to have people like him.
(Elmar Dreher - DPA).
Nurburgring is suffering a lot of economical problems; your comment on that, and what does racing at Nurburgring
mean to you, especially as we might not see it there any longer?
I think generally it would be a shame to lose the race. I hope it's not going to happen. For me, it was great, every time, to race at the Nurburgring
and I hope we stay there for a bit longer. I have great memories there, so I hope they can sort out the problems.
Yes, equally there is a lot of history relates to the Nurburgring
track and race for all of us German drivers. We just wish the situation well and hope that solutions will be found and we will be back there as soon as we can.
I think it would be a real shame to lose Nurburgring
as a race. Obviously we hope that the Nurburgring
recovers quickly, it's one of the most traditional races we have on the calendar so it would be a big loss, similar, for the Italians, to if we lost Monza for instance.
You could buy it.
Yeah, you could. Your wallet is bigger than mine, so you could buy it.
Yeah, it's a sensational little track and obviously you have the big circuit out the back. I think the Nordschleife is a track which has to stay in the same configuration and stay open for ever. It's such an amazing... one of the most famous bits of tarmac around the world. It's just a beautiful, beautiful circuit, the long track. Obviously the short track is also pretty good but let's hope it continues on the calendar. It's a great little venue.
(Matt Coch - pitpass.com).
Mark, at Silverstone you were saying that you'd sort out your contract later on, then two or three days later it was signed. What happened, what changed, why was it so fast?
Well, because I'm not going to tell you guys I'm going to do it in two days, am I? Obviously we get ready to announce things when we're ready, and there comes a date when 'let's announce it', OK, done. For me to keep the situation calm, the tactic worked OK. We have to deal with this stuff in lots of different situations, on many different aspects of our stuff out of the car, and this was just one of them in contractual sense. Pretty straightforward really: stay at Red Bull, move on.
(Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat).
Sebastian, you have 104 points less compared to last year after nine races. How much different is your feeling?
104! No, it's different, of course. Obviously we had an incredible year last year, good start, a lot of points, a lot of wins. This year we've had two DNFs and all in all, I think it has been a tricky season. Obviously a lot of guys and a lot of cars that are very competitive, so naturally I think it's a different season so far but feeling-wise, I feel as happy as last year really, so looking forward to this weekend, but I think we have a long season ahead of us.
(Sonya Kreye- Speed News).
Sebastian and Michael, you took part in the charity football match yesterday. I wanted to know how important it is for you to support kids and maybe also the youth in general?