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Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.2

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).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Alex Popov - RTI).
Vitaly and Kamui, since nobody in big business in Russia and Japan are interested in following you or supporting you next year, if it's like this, would you consider looking for a foreign sponsor, a big international company, not specially Russian or Japanese?

Vitaly Petrov:
I don't think it's my job to do it, because I don't understand too much about it. My management must do that, and I hope for that, so I don't know what to say.

Kamui Kobayashi:
I think it's interesting, but after the race at Suzuka this year, since then I think Japan is more interested in motor sport, especially F1. I think if I had a little bit more time I could find more sponsoring from Japan. This is what I'm looking for. After Suzuka, we definitely had a lot of contact from a couple of companies. It's very difficult to judge what I have to say, because I'm not deciding the team and I don't know the budget. I have no idea. This is a very difficult moment, but at the moment I could find quite a lot of sponsors and we definitely see a lot of good signs after the Suzuka result. It's very important to get international but also my preference is if I could bring some sponsoring from Japan, to get more popular in Japan. I think this is what I'm really focusing on at the moment.

Q: (Ross Macdonald - Gulf News Broadcasting).
Jenson, what is Abu Dhabi to you? Is it just another day at the office, or is there something special about the place?

Jenson Button:
I haven't actually spent much time in Abu Dhabi. The only time I've actually been in Abu Dhabi was for a party, post-Grand Prix. Apart from that, I've never actually been to Abu Dhabi. I've only stayed at the hotels on the outskirts. I've obviously been to the circuit. The facilities out here are phenomenal, probably the best in the world. I think for the people watching and the people watching on TV, it looks like a spectacular race. I think everything's done very well here. It's a good Grand Prix, not a bad Grand Prix for me over the last three years. I like coming here, it's an enjoyable Grand Prix for me but as I said, I haven't been here, I've been down the road in Dubai for the last three days.

Q: (Ross Macdonald - Gulf News Broadcasting).
How was the party?

I can't remember. It must mean it was good

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
Jenson, just been speaking to Sergio earlier and he's mentioned that he's already had a couple of conversations with you about McLaren, what it's going to be like joining next season. I was just wondering about the ten year age gap between you two, whether you feel like an older brother to him in some respects?

Felipe Massa:
Getting older.

Jenson Button:
I don't actually think I'm that old. I was surprised when I was told he was 22-years old. It seems like he's been around for a lot longer than that. But no, I don't feel like an older brother, no. It's important to work closely with your teammate. I think that when he's in the team he will probably learn a lot from someone who is older, with more experience, which is me but I still think that when you're an older driver you can still learn from a younger teammate, to bring fresh ideas to the table. But as an old brother? No, I definitely don't feel like that.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
What do you expect to learn from him?

Jenson Button:
I don't know yet. We'll see.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters).
Jenson, just following up on Parksey's question: how much has Lewis learned from you, given that the age gap there is a few years as well?

Jenson Button:
That's a great question. I don't know. I think you will have to ask him that. You'll get a good answer, I'm sure, on that one.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).

Related Pictures

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04.10.2012- Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
08.09.2012- Free Practice 3, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Charles Pic (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR01
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
11.10.2012- Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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