F1 » 1 September 2012
Belgian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
Drivers: Jenson Button (McLaren), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Pastor Maldonado (Williams)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Adrian Huber - EFE)
Pastor, would you be happy repeating this position tomorrow and being on the podium or are you aiming for a win?
I think we need to go for the best we can do. For sure it's going to be important to be on the podium, it's going to be important to score some points tomorrow but if we can go for more, we will do so.
Q: (Simon Cass - Daily Mail)
Jenson, presumably it's going to be quite difficult for you to be the sporting role for Lewis tomorrow, given your positions on the grid. How irritating has that talk been for you and just how easy has it been for you to focus on the rest of the season, just in terms of forgetting all the talk about where you are in the championship and making sure you're in a position to win races?
Obviously not that difficult. It's halfway point and maybe we haven't had enough to talk about over the five week break so you get asked unusual questions and very unusual for this point in the season. It's part of F1 and I've experienced it before. The important thing is that within the team we've got a very good relationship and we're working together to build the best car we possibly can and on the weekends trying to extract everything from it. Today is a very good day for us, and I'm sure Lewis is disappointed to be where he is but for me, a great day and hopefully this makes our life a little bit easier tomorrow but still, as I said, we really don't know what's going to happen in the race here. We missed Friday because of the weather and it's going to be difficult to know what the consistency is of everyone here. A little bit unknown, but we'll run through everything tonight, every scenario I'm sure and make sure we're ready for tomorrow.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
How crucial is it for you to win this race tomorrow, trying to come back and catch up some of the guys who are ahead of you?
It's very important. A lot of people have asked me if I can still fight for the championship. It is a long shot; I'm 80 points behind Fernando. I need to be on the podium and finishing in front of Fernando at every race for the rest of the season, which is not easy, given his consistency but this is a good start. Yeah, a win is very important tomorrow, to fight for the championship.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1 Live)
Jenson, how do you motivate yourself today before qualification?
Same as always. You know, I'm doing the best job in the world. I get to drive F1 cars every other weekend. It's something that we all dream about as kids, I think. It's easy to motivate yourself, especially when you're working with a team like McLaren, a team with such history and a team that really is behind its drivers and supporting them all the way. And also when you have your friends and family that come here to support you it makes a big difference. It was pretty easy to motivate myself and also it was such a long break for us to get back in the car is a really really good feeling. Nothing leaves you; you don't forget how to drive but there's a little bit more of a buzz there when you jump back in. We were unable to really use that yesterday because of the weather but today it was great to actually push a F1 car to the limits. I enjoyed today very much.
Q: (Oana Popoiu - F1Zone.net)
Pastor, you were talking about ups and downs this season. What is the reason for your bad races? Do you think it was pushing or not pushing too hard?
I think we still need to push hard. Yes, I've been involved in many accidents and a lot of bad luck at the beginning of the season, but the most important thing is to be competitive, to be consistent from now to the end. I think we have everything to do that and concentrate on this second part of the season. The team is pushing hard as well so everything looks quite good for us so I'm looking forward to the end of the season.
Q: (Pierre van Vliet - F1i.com) Kamui and Pastor: do you think that the fact that you are not title contenders compared to your direct rivals tomorrow... can you take advantage of that, maybe taking more risks than others?
I'm not going to take any risks, of course. Races are something different. Starting second I think is not a risk, it's quite important, it will be important to manage the race. I definitely have to say it's not a risk race, we need to manage it well tomorrow.
Tagged as: FIA , Mclaren , Jenson Button , qualifying , Pastor Maldonado , press conference , Spa , Sauber , Maldonado , Kamui Kobayashi , Kobayashi , Belgian
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