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Korean GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1

DRIVERS - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing)

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
Nico, coming first of all to you. It has been mentioned that this is a better circuit for you than Suzuka. What are your feelings about that?

Nico Rosberg:
Already in the race in Japan things were looking better. Michael put in a consistent pace there. For sure here this track should suit us more. All the conditions, all the circumstances, the long straights and everything. I'm definitely looking forward to it and I'm confident that we can do better again.

Q:
The big problem is keeping Sauber at bay in the Constructors' Championship, isn't it?

Nico Rosberg:
Personally, I'm looking forward, so I want to try to maximise the points that we can get and I'm convinced we can do (that)... there are still a lot of points to be had in the next few races and that isn't going to be a concern.

Q:
So you're quite happy with the way things are going?

Nico Rosberg:
Yes.

Q:
Romain, there is a new exhaust system on the car. What are you hoping for from that?

Romain Grosjean:
Hopefully some good performance. We were one of the only teams not to use it so it may help us to go quicker. We know our weakness this year on the car and this may help us to improve quite well.

Q:
Obviously you had the problem last weekend and went to see Mark after the race. What did you say and are you quite happy that you've cleared the air?

Romain Grosjean:
Yes, Mark came to see me and I completely understand that he was unhappy. The only thing I could say was to apologise and that's what I did. I'm clearly conscious of the risk at the start, I'm working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn't come from one day to the other one. There is a process going on. I said I was very sorry. I'm not stupid and I'm conscious of the risk. And hopefully by now it will be a different and I will not make the mistake of focusing on the wrong targets.

Q:
And Mark, are you happy with that?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, absolutely. I went to see Romain, we had a discussion about it and that was that. So, yes.

Q:
Pastor, again a team that feels the car is suited to this circuit. Is that your feeling?

Pastor Maldonado:
I hope so! I hope to have a competitive car and a part of that is to be quite competitive in quali. We missed a couple of tenths in the last qualifying in Suzuka and we were out of Quali 3. It was quite a good pace during the race but we are really looking forward here to being in Quali 3 and very competitive. But it's very difficult to know exactly where we'll be.

Q:
At the moment your future seems to be undecided. Is it your decision and have you been in contact with other teams apart from Williams?

Pastor Maldonado:
To be honest I realty want to stay with Williams. It's a good team and the team is getting better and better every day. We've been rebuilding everything in the team and I think now it's more compact and the car is looking, as I mentioned before, every day better and better. So good confidence with them but at the moment there is not confirmation. So looking forward to seeing that but otherwise looking forward to remaining in Formula One for sure.

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11.10.2012- Press conference, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
11.10.2012- Press conference, (L-R) Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
11.10.2012- Press conference, (L-R) Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW34, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8
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