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Korean GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2

Sebastian, in all your complete seasons in Formula One, we have seen an improvement in terms of results in the second part of the season, after the summer break. Is it just a coincidence, or do you feel that you put all the bits together and feel more confident and improve in the second part of the season?

Sebastian Vettel:
I have good holidays in the summer, so I should consider doing the same in the winter break! I don't know. As Fernando has said a couple of times now, I think it has been fairly up and down for a lot of us. We have seen this year that there are a lot of cars that can surprise. Look at the race we had in Barcelona for instance, where the Williams was very competitive. Pastor drove a fantastic race and won. In China Nico was very strong and won the race so there's more than one or two cars that are able to win. Of course you need to get everything right for every weekend in order to be competitive but I think it has been the story of the championship. It has been up and down. Same for us, we have good races, bad races. I think the last couple of races were good for us but again, only three races ago we didn't finish the race in Monza. Things can change quickly, so we need to stay focused and concentrated on what we have. Whether there is a trend where we do better in the second half I don't know, but throughout the season we are pushing very hard, trying to get our maximum.

Q: (Jonathan Ledgard - BBC Sport)
Fernando and Mark, as very keen cyclists and very knowledgeable, I was wondering what you made of the news overnight about Lance Armstrong, who has allegedly been involved in the most systematic, professionalised form of cheating ever, and how much your faith in your beloved sport has been shaken?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, disappointing. I was a keen cyclist fan through the early 2000s. But slowly, slowly, slowly, over time lost a little bit of passion for the sport. It has been quite obvious, in the last few years, that this was probably going to come, from people on the inside, but the damn wall has now broken and I think that obviously he was the last tree in the forest they wanted to drop down, and a big tree at that. It's good that they're trying to clean the sport up, and even retrospectively, it sends a message to lots of different sports that irrespective of what you've achieved and how you've done it at the time - first of all, it's a good message - the karma, we'll come and get you.

Fernando Alonso:
The same. Nothing really to add. Obviously I love cycling, I love bicycles and sure Lance was more than another rider, he was some kind of idol for many people and inspiration for many of us and many media people in the world. It's not easy and I think he will remain an inspiration for many people, whatever happened, whatever the result. Not easy to put together all things.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere della Serra)
To Fernando and Sebastian: Lewis seems to downplay his chances in the championship. What's your opinion on that?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know how many points he's behind now. Well, I think it's more difficult (for him) because now there's not only one driver ahead that you need to take some points off. We are now two with more or less the same points ahead and he's behind, so for sure the chances for him are a little bit lower. If we see the form of McLaren and Lewis before Suzuka, there's still plenty of time and plenty of points to do it. I think he still has the possibility...

Sebastian Vettel:
I think they are still fighting for the championship. I think that is their target, or has to be their target. I think if you look at the races we had after the summer break, so far, I think if you summed them up, in average, I think McLaren was the most competitive car. They are the ones which will be very competitive, no matter where we go, at least that's what the last couple of races showed. I think they still have a very good chance.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
To anyone who wants to answer it: we've all heard a lot about how the season is up and down. Psychologically, from a driver's point of view, does that make it easier for you, when you're gearing yourself up, mentally knowing that it could be anyone's weekend, or is it more difficult, knowing that it's more variable, that it's not necessarily about your car, your talent or about that circuit?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, for us, in our situation, for example, for me it's an extra motivation, because I come here and I'm not sure that I'm definitely going to be in the same position as in Suzuka. There's a chance that I will be able to be a lot further up and fighting for much better positions, so it's quite a nice thing.

Pastor Maldonado:
All the races are difficult, not only this year. For sure this year, the championship is more competitive. The strong teams, the medium grip teams get closer and we have more chance to fight for good results, but for sure it's more challenging for us but we are enjoying that.

Mark Webber:

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