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Korean GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2

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


Q: (Johnny Herbert – Sky Sports F1)
Romain, clearly you have the speed to be a Formula One driver, it's a first time here in Korea, we've got a tricky couple of corners on that first lap, Eric Boullier said it's really down to you now to sort out your situation. Tell me what you're going to do different here this weekend.

Romain Grosjean:
Not having any contact on the first lap, that's clearly one of the objectives. I'd say there's work in progress and it takes a bit of time but yeah, it's a cycle as well: things have been going bad, and the more it goes bad… I'm conscious of the risk at the start. The Spa accident was quite impressive and I was the first one to be happy that Fernando had nothing [injured], I'm conscious of the risk; I paid the price as well for my mistake. In the team we spoke quite a lot; they are not happy, I am not happy the way we have been going through the first laps. There is 550 people working at Enstone to give us the best car and if you ruin everything in the first 100m it's not good. I'm conscious of all of that and will try to take as many precautions as possible to go through the first lap – and then normally in the race we are OK.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, what is Ferrari bringing here as updates, and do you feel confident that you're going to have the speed to fight with Red Bull?

Fernando Alonso:
Not many updates, obviously it has been only four days from Suzuka to here so we will try to set up the car as best we can for this race, this layout. But, I remain reasonably confident that we will be competitive. We've been more or less competitive in the last eight, ten races – maybe not the fastest but always in position to fight for podiums etcetera. I think here will be no different.

Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta)
Fernando, do you believe that Kimi Räikkönen must apologise with you, like Romain with Mark Webber?

Fernando Alonso:
No, I think in the start in Suzuka it was very tight in between all of us, that's the problem of starting in the middle of the group: I had Jenson on the right, Kimi on the left and you cannot disappear in those moments. It was an unlucky situation with the front wing of Kimi and my rear tyre. After the puncture I could not start the car on the corner – so it was a mix of things that were not in our part – but y'know, in the last seven, six races, when we were in Suzuka, now five races, one or two have gone wrong, and one or two will go wrong for the others.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Mark, you are sixty points behind the leader of the championship. How is your role now? To help Sebastian or try to recover this gap?

Mark Webber:
I need to win, so that's my goal, I've come here to push. It was a good little battle between Seb and I in Suzuka, he did a very good job in Q3. We did a very good job, and looking to finish the season as strongly as possible for myself.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, with only four points advantage, obviously your strategy has to change in the last few races. Are you going to attack more?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we've been attacking in all the races. We were fighting in all the races the maximum we can, approaching the races to maximise the points we have available. Sometimes we were on the podium, sometimes we were fourth, sometimes we were fifth and this will not change now. I don't we can over-drive or over-do what is available for us. As I said, now we have lost many points, in the last four races let's say, because at Spa we had a DNF which we had nothing to do with. In Monza we had a Q3 problem and started in tenth, and in Suzuka we had a puncture at the start, in the first corner. All these last four races, in which we lost a lot points, I think are just some unlucky situations. Things normally change, they go up and down. Hopefully our bad run will finish and we will start a run of good runs until the end.

Q: (Luis Fernando Ramos – Racing Magazine)

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11.10.2012- Press conference, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
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