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Japanese GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Lewis, this is obviously the first race since your move was confirmed. Have you spoken to your mechanics at all since you've been in Suzuka, talking through your reasons. I could imagine that they might have been quite disappointed that you are leaving.

Lewis Hamilton:
I haven't... I've been to see them but no, I haven't spoken about things. It's business as usual which, here this weekend, is focusing on trying to win. That's how professional they are and vice versa.

Q: (Dan Knutson - Honorary)
Lewis, you may have covered this with the Brits (British press), but we weren't privy to be there. In life, when you make a big decision, many of us, once it's made, you can relax because good, bad or indifferent, it's done so do you feel calmer now, that the decision is made?

Lewis Hamilton:
Absolutely, yeah, I feel fantastic. Very, very happy and excited and grateful that I can now just focus on these next six races. I know there's a lot of work ahead of me. I know I'm leaving a very, very good car for this guy (Perez) to step into...

Sergio Perez:
Thank you.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah. Trust me, it will be a good car next year as well, I know. I know exactly what's going on next year with your car.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz - ESPN Radio)
Sergio, you just said that Ferrari was never an option. What did you mean, exactly, that it was never an option - for you or why it was never an option for Ferrari? Why?

Sergio Perez:
It was never actually with them... if they wanted me or no, they wanted me to go... it was never actually, basically... it was difficult for them, Ferrari, to make that decision. I think they are happy with Felipe. He's a very good driver, a proven driver as well. I'm not a proven driver, I'm not a guarantee as Felipe is so probably that's why I was never an option for them. The opportunity for me never came so I never saw them as an option for me.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe)
Jenson, can you talk about the special relationship that you have with Japan and the things you did last week?

Jenson Button:
Ah, yes. Obviously I was working with a Japanese team for many years. The biggest connection is obviously my girlfriend, Jessie. And yeah, I love the country, I love the culture, I love the people, I love the food. Last week, last Thursday, yes, I was in Japan, I've been in Japan all week, and I headed up to the Sendai region and visited what used to be a town very close to Natori. It's where the tsunami hit. So basically (I was) still raising awareness for what happened last year and also for what is still on-going here in Japan, especially in that region and the difficulties that they still have. So it was a very emotional day but I think a very good day, and hopefully we can help the people that have suffered from the disaster, the people who don't have homes at the moment, so that was the main reason for doing it. Also in the afternoon I went to a local kart circuit, a place called Sugo. It's got a big history of motor sport. I think it's the place where Michael Schumacher raced in an F3000 car, I think the only race he did in an F3000 car. And then I watched 15 or 16 kids driving around the local kart circuit there, all people who were affected by the tsunami in that region, which is a really good experience, to see them in the different categories of karting. It's such a pure sport, karting, it's just pure driving and that's why I think we all still love it so much. Hopefully, one day we will see one of those kids on the Formula One grid, because there's a lot of talent here in Japan and it would nice to hopefully help one of those kids one day.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
Another question for you, Lewis: when you were working your way up through the ranks, Michael Schumacher was the man to beat. Now you're replacing him. Can you tell us what that feels like for a driver; are they big racing boots to fill, is it an ego boost to replace the legend? What's it like inside your head in that context?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't see myself as replacing Michael. I don't think anyone can replace Michael, he's a legend in the sport, has achieved so much already. I feel privileged to have been in Formula One in the time where... I watched him winning all his World Championships at home in my living room so to have been on the track with him in 2006 and then for him to come back and for me to get to race with him has been a real privilege so I hope that one day, I can achieve some of the things he has done.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Paul, we know that your name has also been close to Ferrari for next year. Would a year at Ferrari be something that you would agree to do or, looking at your career, are you looking for something longer term with another team?

Paul di Resta:



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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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