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Thursday press conference - Hungarian GP - Pt.1

Kimi, presumably you feel the same way about the crowd, but what about the car. Is it progressing? People were talking about it as a winner earlier this season. Is it keeping up that reputation? Is it keeping that performance?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Well, it hasn't won any races, so it's not a winner. I mean, we have a good package but for many races we probably haven't got the best out of it in all conditions at all races but that's up to us. We are still pretty happy but of course you want to do better. We wish to win races but it hasn't happened so far, so hopefully we can win some this year. It's not easy and we know that. We keep trying to improve things and learn from the things that we do and we'll see what we can do in the second part [of the season].

Is fourth the best you can do at the moment and is qualifying an emphasis for you?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We had a good speed last weekend, apart from the rain. We couldn't get anything in the rain for some reason. That really put us in a not very good position. If it's a dry weekend… the car has been good in the wet in Silverstone but for some reason not in qualifying in the last race. I think we're finding the place where I want to be with the car and the set-up and things like that and hopefully we can be a bit better here than we were last week.

Fernando, since last weekend, you and Felipe felt the moral obligation to visit earthquake victims very close to the factory at Maranello. Can you tell us of that experience: what you found, what you saw?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, we were visiting some of the camps that still have people there and it's not clear when they will come back home, because some of the cities are still quite damaged and most of the buildings will still need some repair. For sure, it's not an easy situation. A sad feeling a little bit. We tried to give them some support from the Ferrari factory and all the team. When the earthquake arrived everyone cares about these people and they were in the news everyday, but now after a few months or whatever, people tend to forget, so we were just visiting them to give them full support and to wish that everything will become better and better every day and that normality will arrive sooner rather than later.

You've come into this race obviously having won last weekend, you won your first race here and you'll go into the break leading the Championship. Do you see yourself as favourite to win the Championship and, if not, who is?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think we are in a good position in terms of points that we achieve in the first half of the season, in the first ten races, but we are, as you said, only half. We did ten and there remain another ten important races with the same possibilities for everybody. I think the distance between the top five, top six is not a distance or a gap that is impossible to recover. You just need one good race or two good races and you are up there. So, we need to keep the concentration, try to keep maximising what we have in our hands every weekend – sometimes we know that can be a podium, sometimes maybe it's a fifth position, sometimes a seventh, but we cannot afford to make any mistakes or anything that we will regret. So, we need to keep doing good – some good consistency but in terms of the Championship it's obviously way too early to think and still McLaren, Red Bull, Lotus, Mercedes – anyone is in contention at the moment.

Pastor, obviously you won in Barcelona: what has changed, what has happened since then – you really haven't followed that up. What's happened since then>

Pastor Maldonado:
Yeah, I think after Barcelona, for whatever reason we didn't consolidate our results. I did a couple of mistakes and then I've been a bit unlucky as well at the same time. We've been working so hard in the team, trying to keep our performance. Maybe in qualifying we did a great job and as I mentioned, for whatever reason we haven't been very strong on races. Now in the second part of the Championship we are looking to recover the points we lost and to every time be strong and the strongest.

What about this circuit? You were very quick in Monaco, there are mid-speed corners just like in Barcelona as well. Is this looking a good circuit for you?

Pastor Maldonado:

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10.06.2012- Race, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
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10.06.2012- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34
21.07.2012 - Qualifying, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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