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Japanese GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Nothing at the moment. Our team's policy is always not to talk about driver contracts and there's not much more I can say. Things have progressed quite a lot since Singapore and I'm sure the reactions to that will obviously be sorted soon.

Kamui Kobayashi:
Same as Paul. I have no idea. I think we still have six races left to race and Suzuka for me is pretty important, so I just try to focus and think later. These two drivers are the first movement (in the driver market) so this is quite exciting for the rest of the time.

Felipe Massa:
Nothing at the moment but I'm pretty confident things will be OK.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
A question for Felipe: with Sergio signed for McLaren, that's one of your rumoured replacements at Ferrari out of the picture. Does that give you additional confidence that your contract will be renewed for next year?

Felipe Massa:
Well, I think maybe. I don't know. As I said, I'm pretty confident things are going in the right direction. Also, I think Sergio is doing a good job this year and he showed his performance and I'm happy that he can sign for a big team as well. But anyway, I need to concentrate on doing the best and that's the way it is.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sergio, was Ferrari ever an issue for you? Were you talking to them?

Sergio Perez:
Yeah, we were talking to them but it was never an option. I've been talking with them because I was part of the academy. I have a good contact with them and good communication, but obviously the place I got is the best place I can be and I'm so, so happy and thankful also for them (Ferrari) because at the time they helped me a lot to come into Formula One, but now I'm moving forward and I want to thank McLaren for taking me on board and trusting in me.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters)
Lewis or Jenson: what's the best piece of advice you could give to the new McLaren driver in the middle there, for next season?

Jenson Button:
I don't really think Sergio needs any advice. He's let his driving do the talking and he's had some very good performances over the last couple of years and that's the reason he's got the drive he has at the moment and why he's got the drive he has next year.

Lewis Hamilton:
He'll be fine.

Q: (Marco degl'Innocenti - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sergio, when Luca di Montezemolo said some weeks that you were not yet mature enough for a big team, had you already made an agreement with McLaren?

Sergio Perez:
No. Not yet.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Felipe, you had a good race in Singapore and perhaps your expectations of staying at Ferrari increased. Do you think that another strong race here would be enough to secure your place for next season, or will we still have to wait a little while?

Felipe Massa:
Let's concentrate on having a good result and then we will see. As I said, things are not signed so it's better not to talk so much and concentrate on the job. We're going in the right direction so let's hope we can have a good race here, a good race in Korea and a good end to the championship. That's very important for me, for the team, for everybody.

Q: (Andrew Gwilym - Press Association)




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04.10.2012- Press conference, (L-R) Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27, Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
04.10.2012- Press conference, (L-R) Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27, Sergio Pérez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
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27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
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27.07.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Crash, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
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27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07

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Nick636

October 04, 2012 3:50 PM

You know, looking at the first few comments from Lewis, it would be very easy to say, "Ah, what a git, look how he talks to the media...". BUT, I can't understand how Perez, Di Resta and Massa weren't reacting EXACTLY THE SAME! They ask the same question over and over, a question the drivers make clear, from the first time asked, they can't really answer... Anyway, let's hope for a good race! GO JENSON!!!



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