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Thursday press conference - United States GP - Pt.1

Lewis, obviously winner of the last US Grand Prix which took place on this soil in 2007 from pole position, an interesting comment from your team boss saying that you regret your decision, or you may have regretted your decision to change teams. What's your reply to that?

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, I was a little bit surprised to hear that. It's clearly absolutely not the case. But I've got a great team and I've been with them such a long time. So, I'm sure everyone has emotions within the team but I'm still here giving 100 per cent to them for the last two races. Of course it's quite emotional for me but I'm very, very happy with the decision I've made.

Sergio, do you call this your home grand prix? To what extent is it?

Sergio Perez:
Well, it's the closest one I have ever raced in the last eight, nine years in my life, so I expect to have a lot of support here, many Mexicans coming because it's quite close to Mexico. I think it will be a great weekend.

Fernando and Sebastian. It's interesting to come to this race with the championship the way it is with this very much a level playing field: a circuit that no-one's ever raced on before. What sort of preparations can you make? What are your feelings? What sort of plans do you have? Has anything changed for you just for this one race?

Fernando Alonso:
Nothing really changed in terms of preparation and approach for the weekend. Maximum concentration, maximum effort from everybody in the team. Preparing some new parts that we are bringing every grand prix and hopefully that we can test them tomorrow and have some feedback about that. Try to do our very good, smooth Friday, good test and here, maybe more important than some other circuits, to do a lot of laps, to learn the racing lines, the possibilities and some… maybe tricks… that the circuit can have. And a good Saturday, try to be in the best position possible for the race and 58 or 60 or whatever laps, qualifying laps, Sunday try to score as many points as possible. Exactly the same as every other weekend.

Sebastian, is there any more you can do? I mean you do a huge amount anyway…

Sebastian Vettel:
Usually you try to prepare as much as you can. It's not the first time we've raced on a completely new circuit. Obviously we had this kind of challenge previous years as well. I think we do what we can. The most important is to get into the rhythm tomorrow and have a good start and go from there.

Kimi, winner of the last grand prix, what has changed in terms of your feeling coming to a grand prix. Has anything changed?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Not really. Of course the team is happy, I'm happy that we finally win but it's a new place, new race again and we try to do the best. I don't expect we suddenly going to start winning or being in front. Probably it's going to be very similar to where we've been in the last races in top five and then go from there and see what happens.

Have they all brought their T-shirts with them?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know, I just arrived here. I don't know yet.

Related Pictures

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27.10.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
07.10.2012- Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
Press conference: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 (2nd position)
Press conference: Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20 (race winner)
Press conference: Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 (3rd position)

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mikeyd - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 1:18 PM

I really hope that one day there is a book based entirely on "Things that Kimi has said in public or on the team radio". It would make the most fantastic toilet read!

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