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Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.1

Thursday FIA press conference from Abu Dhabi with Vitaly Petrov, Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Pic, Kamui Kobayashi, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button

Drivers: Vitaly Petrov (Caterham), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Charles Pic (Marussia), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Jenson Button (McLaren).

Press conference

Vitaly, like a number of drivers here today whom we'll all be talking to about the same subject, the future is not decided for you. What are your feelings about that, what's happening and when are we likely to hear about it?

Vitaly Petrov:
Bob, I think you'll know what I mean when I answer this question. Last time you asked Nico [Hulkenberg] the same question so, I think I will answer the same: I'll focus on this year trying to do the best race to race. My management is doing the work and that's it.

What about the recent performances? The car seems to be going better. Are you happy with that? You've been matching Heikki pretty much if not finishing ahead of him.

Vitaly Petrov:
I'm working quite hard to beat him every race and I have a goal. Look like we now understand much more the car and the set-up. We're very excited for this weekend because we bring quite a big package of updates, so we'll need to test a lot of things in P1, P2 and P3 – probably even in quali. We're looking forward to understanding them, as those updates will probably be on next year's car as well. So I'm really excited to see how they are because in the last few months we bring some updates but we didn't bring in… towards being quicker, you know. So this is why this test is quite important for us.

Daniel, the news came out a couple of days ago that you're staying with the team. I guess everybody thought that was automatic but it doesn't seem that way.

Daniel Ricciardo:
I guess until something's signed and sealed, you always keep a bit reserved, so it's nice to get confirmation that I'll be back with Toro Rosso next year. Yeah, it's good to now focus on the last few races and it's good to know we've got that behind us for next season. There are some big expectations there have been some big changes throughout this year and they'll be in full effect next year essentially. It's been a little bit too late to make a huge difference this year but we're definitely expecting good things for next year and I'll have a bit more experience behind me, which will help as well.

Talking about improvements in the car, will there be improvements here?

Daniel Ricciardo:
We hope so. We're not bringing any big updates this weekend, nothing to brag about. We've been pretty good since the summer break, we've definitely been more consistent in compiling the points more regularly. Unfortunately, in India it wasn't the case, but prior to that we've been pretty good. This weekend we'll see what happens. Quite a few sponsors and guests here this weekend, so we'll do our best to impress them all.

Charles, also a question about the future. What is there in the pipeline for you?

Charles Pic:
I don't know, there are still three races to go and I want to be focused on this. Of course we are asking about next year but nothing is done, so I will have to wait.

Are there updates coming for the car here?

Charles Pic:

Related Pictures

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13.10.2012- Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
27.10.2012- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
27.10.2012- Free Practice 3, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
27.10.2012- Qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
13.10.2012- Free Practice 3, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
07.10.2012- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
08.09.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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