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Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.1

No. I think from Singapore we made a step and we are much closer to Caterham, our direct competitor and our objective is to try to keep this 10th position.

Kamui, again, another future question for you, what's happening with you?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Hi everyone. I have the same thing as the guys – we have to work hard to get next year's seat. I think I'm pretty confident to deserve a Formula One seat but for sure we definitely need to focus for these last three races. So, let's see. We don't have so many seats [available] either, so this is also a big question, so I think I try to focus on the results and also negotiate with other teams or the same team, I don't know.

And this is a circuit where you scored your first World Championship points, so it must be one that you remember.

Kamui Kobayashi:
Yes, definitely. I have a good memory here. Abu Dhabi is one of my good memories of track, and especially I think like Toyota's race is something special for me and at the same time scoring first points here. Of course I think we had different cars and I think had to take a different approach. But the last two years experiencing it with the same team I have quite a positive feeling for here.

Felipe, we haven't spoken to you since you were decided for 2013 for Ferrari. It must be a relief to be signed.

Felipe Massa:
Yes, I think it's very nice to stay with Ferrari after a long time now. Going to the eighth championship for Ferrari, not counting even when I signed the contract when I was a young driver. Not so young anymore but still a young driver, before Formula One, when I signed a contract for Ferrari. It's a long time now. It's very nice, and really looking forward to finish well this end of the Championship but also to concentrate 100 per cent for different and very competitive 2013 as well.

The race results have been getting better for you over the last few races. Has that been because the car has come towards you with the development?

Felipe Massa:
A little bit, yes, but also I think, y'know, I would say maybe I had a better direction for the second part of the season. I had good races before, for example the pace was very good in the race, the possibility to score good points and finish in the points was high but always something was happening with some race and I couldn't put it together. I would say after August everything was much more in the right direction. Nothing was happening during the race; the position on the start was better; so I think you know, this helps a lot. Also my mind, I mean I put it on my mind that if it's OK, it's OK, if it's not OK, is not OK and that's fine. I try to enjoy, like I always did in my career, going in the car, trying to have fun, enjoy and I think when you do that, you can put the best possible and make the car as quick as possible and the result is there.

Jenson, you've had three third places here. Is it a track that's going to suit the McLaren this year?

Jenson Button:
I really don't know! I think as you've seen in the last few races, Red Bull, the Ferrari and our car have been relatively strong. Maybe Ferrari and us not quite as strong as the Red Bulls but this is a very different type of circuit to India. It's not front-limited like India was, I think the rear is going to be the limitation. So, we will see. It is going to be very competitive, I think. And that's just those three teams: I think you'll also have a couple of other teams that we've seen be strong on occasions. Especially the latter part of the season, that we'll see at the front fighting as well.

I don't know if you've been out on the circuit but they've added some kerbs, quite a few kerbs around the circuit.

Jenson Button:
I haven't, no, I'm going to head out this evening. This is a fun circuit to drive. It's a difficult circuit to overtake on but it's fun to drive and it's good that they've put bigger kerbs in, I think. Last year, if you saw the footage, we were using probably more of the circuit than we should be because there isn't a limit in terms of a big kerb to stop you from going over the white lines. Now there are bigger kerbs, I think it's a good thing: it keeps us all on the circuit, keeps us in the right place between the white lines. Now we have to see what the kerb ride is like because obviously it's different to what it was last year.

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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