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Japanese GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

I've always said, coming through my career and into Formula One, the important thing is winning races and winning championships, and whenever the opportunity is given, that's the position I want to be in but just now, obviously, with Force India, my mentality is different and results like we got in Singapore are big. That's the position I'm in. I've got six races up and coming to try and maximise, to do a job under the contract that I'm in.

Q: (Mineoki Yoneya - La Vie Creative)
Kamui, you definitely need a good result here this weekend, so are you a bit nervous and how is Suzuka different from the last two years, from the mental point of view?

Kamui Kobayashi:
I don't feel so much pressure, quite relaxed, so many people around me want to be close but I'm just here for racing. In comparison to the last two years, we've got more experience. In 2010, I came to Suzuka... I drove only one race in Suzuka (before) so I didn't have so much experience actually other than now, but now it's my third time in Suzuka and I have more experience, and I definitely have the confidence to do well this weekend.

Q: (Andrew Gwilym - Press Association)
Kamui, with Michael leaving Mercedes, he's been linked with a seat at Sauber next year. If you were both to be at Sauber next year, would you welcome the chance to work with Michael?

Kamui Kobayashi:
It's difficult to say. I don't think that's realistic. I can definitely work (with him) but I don't know, we have to ask Michael. I don't know if he really wants to come to Sauber. This is a different story. Easy to make a really difficult connection, but I don't think he really wants to come to Sauber.

Q: (Byron Young - The Daily Mirror)
I just wanted to ask Sergio his thoughts on moving to McLaren and filling Lewis Hamilton's seat there. That's fairly big shoes to fill; is he confident that he can fill them adequately?

Sergio Perez:
Well, of course, I rate Lewis as one of the fastest drivers on the grid, so it won't be easy at all. I know I have very big shoes to fill so it will be difficult but I will give everything I can, I will work as hard as possible to give the best result and to win championships with this great team.

Q: (Byron Young - The Daily Mirror)
And can I get your opinion please on your new teammate, Jenson Button, who is an equally tough competitor?

Sergio Perez:
Yeah, of course, it will be great to have a very good champion. He's a World Champion and it will be a pleasure to work with him together, to reach the same target for the team which is winning and make the best car possible, so I'm looking forward to working together with the whole team and so motivated, enthusiastic to start working with my new team, but first, as I say, I want to finish the next six races on a very high for my team and give everything I can for my team that gave me the opportunity to become a Formula One driver.

Q: (Byron Young - The Daily Mirror)
Surely the expectation from the word go has got to be to win races, hasn't it?

Sergio Perez:
Of course. I think with McLaren there is no other option. You have to win every race, you have a car that you can win every race. It's a guarantee. McLaren is always a guarantee, so I have to work very hard. I have to give everything to my team and I'm ready to do that, once I have finished this season.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
What were you thinking when Montezemolo was saying about you that you are too young, not mature enough for such a team?

Sergio Perez:
Yeah. Of course I respect... he's a person that I respect a lot. Maybe to drive for Ferrari you need more experience. I think he has his arguments, it's better you ask him what he meant by that. Maybe I'm too young to join a team like Ferrari. I don't know. I feel ready to drive for a top team and to fight for the championship. If this answers your question.





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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
23.08.2014- Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
23.08.2014- Jessica Michibata (GBR), girfriend of Jenson Button (GBR)
23.08.2014- Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
22.08.2014- Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
22.08.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05

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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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