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Japanese GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.1

Drivers - Paul di Resta (Force India), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Sergio Perez (Sauber), Jenson Button (McLaren).

Paul, first of all, you're coming here off the back of your best-ever result in Singapore, your hopes for this race.

Paul di Resta:
I suppose to lead off where we finished in Singapore. It was obviously a great result, I think, given Monza qualifying and then taking the penalty, having a reasonable race but then going to Singapore and doing a bit better. Certainly it was a very strong fourth towards the latter stages of the race. A lot of points needed, obviously, to try to catch the Saubers, y'know, and thankfully they didn't score. But this will be a testing track for us and we know it's going to be a lot of hard work to try to achieve some good points for us.

Kamui, obviously the home favourite: is that a distraction or an encouragement for you when you come here to Suzuka?

Kamui Kobayashi:
I think it's more an encouragement, that means it's great to be here, back to Suzuka, which is a really great circuit and my favourite as well. And definitely our car could be competitive here as well. After Singapore, which is a little bit difficult circuit for us, back to Suzuka which is our best track, I think it will be great. Really, there will be a big amount of power from a lot of fans and the Japanese people at the race.

Felipe, on pole and a second place here in the past. What are your hopes for this weekend?

Felipe Massa:
Similar result to what you just said! The track is really fantastic here, it's a great place, very challenging to drive here, y'know? One of the best tracks, so, looking forward for a good result at the end, a good race for us.

Lewis, you had success at Fuji but third place here, a podium obviously, in 2009. What are your thoughts about coming to this race?

Lewis Hamilton:
I generally love coming here, the whole trip's been fantastic so far and the track is one of the best in the world. It's one that I haven't won at before but we've got a car that I think can win - so let's hope it's a better weekend.

Sergio, 17th on the grid to eighth place last year, which is a pretty good drive and an interesting tyre strategy as well. Kamui says it's a circuit that really suits the car, what are your hopes?

Sergio Perez:
Yes, I think it's a really good circuit for our car. Last year we didn't have such a good car as this year and still we managed to come from the back of the grid - we had a failure, a problem in qualifying in Q1, so we start really from 17th and managed to do a good race, a good strategy as you just said, so I'm looking forward a lot of fight for the victory here. I think we've got a very strong car at this circuit.

Jenson, 12 out of 12 races you've finished here. That's a pretty good record, you've never retired, never had to walk home. Last year's winner as well, what are your expectations?

Jenson Button:
Well obviously I've got a little penalty which doesn't help, especially around here because it's not the easiest place to overtake - but I'm really excited. I think this is one of the most special races on the calendar for all of us. We love - well I personally love - driving this circuit, it's a real challenge and a circuit you love to win on. Especially with the crowd here, the spectators are very supportive of us all so it's a special place to win. A good result is something I'm obviously looking for. The win is more difficult than it would have been without the penalty but it's still definitely a possibility and we're doing everything we can to make it possible.

Related Pictures

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04.10.2012- Press conference, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05
04.10.2012- Press conference, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
04.10.2012- Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
28.10.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and a fan with a Mexican flag.
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid.
Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38.
Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C35 with the Halo cockpit cover.
Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09.

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