1 September 2012
Belgian GP - Post-qualifying press conference - Pt.2
I think it's difficult for me to predict the races but starting from a very good position off the grid, for sure the points will be important for the team, it will be important for me as well, so I will always try to do my best against top teams and even Sauber and whichever team is fighting with us. But for sure, again I repeat it will be very important to be in the points tomorrow.
Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport) Jenson, you already mentioned there was restricted practice time. What do you think is the biggest question mark for tomorrow: the tyre degradation, the choice of tyres later on in the race or whether the choice of set-up with less or more downforce is the right one?
All of that. We're not sure whether we've got the right downforce for tomorrow. Our straightline speeds seem pretty good which is important for the race, especially when you've got a lot of fuel on board but then the negative is,you spend a lot of time in the middle sector. Possibly you can damage the tyres more with less downforce but maybe that's not the case. Maybe with more downforce you generate more heat so I don't know, we have to wait and see. It's all very unknown at the moment. I think the important thing is that I thought we expected the guys with higher downforce to maybe be quicker compared to us in qualifying. It's a nice feeling being on pole by three tenths and these guys are obviously still pretty quick in a straight line compared to others but it's nice to have that advantage.
Q: (Vladimir Rogovets - Znamya Ynosty)
Jenson, for the last three years, your friend Sebastian Vettel was very often in the press conference on this day. Today he is missing. Do you like this situation and what would you like to say to comfort him today?
Nothing! I'm not the person to be comforting Sebastian Vettel. I think he's eleventh on the grid, is that correct? I've started worse than that and finished on the podium so it doesn't mean his weekend is over, it does mean that it's a lot more difficult than maybe it was for him last year, starting on pole. He'll still be quick. There are many places to overtake here. I think we'll still see Sebastian fighting for some very good points.
Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
Jenson, earlier on in Q1, we heard you complaining about understeer and then seconds later, top of the time sheets, you were really fast on it and stayed that way. What happens? Is this the tyres coming in or psychologically you just think sod it and you get on with it and do the business?
I wish it was that easy. Especially with these temperatures and limited running it's been difficult to get the tyres in the working range. This morning it was the other way around, they were working very well and then later on in the run they weren't working so well. In Q1 it was the other way around: lap one, I just had no front grip at all as you probably heard me say, and then it was better on lap three. It's really difficult to understand how hard to push on an out lap and also if you're doing a three lap run, on the second lap how hard to push, whether you should put more heat into the tyres, the bulk or the surface. It's not just drive round as fast as you can any more. It was good to get the balance today and get it right.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kamui, you are one of the drivers that people love the most because you are always attacking everything. Lately there are a lot of rumours - even from the fans - that would like to have you in Ferrari next year. Is it something you are thinking of, considering?
It's the first time I hear that. Nobody has told me, so I'm really surprised to hear that. At the moment, after the holiday, our results compared to our speed of the car, I'm not very happy with how many points we've scored, so I am focusing on the last nine races to score more and still, of course, nobody's discussed about next year so it's not a bit too late and of course there's a good option to stay with Sauber as well, but we never know what's a surprise. Definitely my target is focusing on my races for the last nine races.
Tagged as: FIA , Mclaren , Jenson Button , qualifying , Pastor Maldonado , press conference , Spa , Sauber , Maldonado , Kamui Kobayashi , Kobayashi , Belgian
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