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Thursday press conference - United States GP - Pt.2

Thursday FIA press conference from Austin, Texas with Pedro de la Rosa, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen

Drivers: Pedro de la Rosa (HRT), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Sergio Perez
(Sauber), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Sebastian, do you remember your first grand prix in America, and what sort of memories do you have?

Sebastian Vettel:
I remember my first race obviously. I think you can't forget. There are some positives, some negatives. I didn't have the best start, and not the best first corner but then it was quite an interesting race. And obviously a big challenge at the end of the race. I was physically destroyed, I remember that as well. And I knew that I had a lot to do – but I knew as well that's what I want to do in the future. Sitting here 100 races later is quite crazy in a way. I think if the number gives you anything, it's just that you don't realise how quickly time goes by. I think it's always like that when you do something you enjoy a lot. You don't count the days and the months and the years going by. Looking back now it doesn't seem a long time ago but looking on the calendar it's five years ago. So… yeah.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Fernando, what is your memory for your hundredth grand prix?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't remember anything. I don't even know where it was.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
Question for Pedro, the Spanish media were yesterday reporting that there are concerns within the team that, due to a lack of spare parts, your cars aren't actually going to be safe to run this weekend. Is that media scandal or have those voices, have those concerns been voiced inside the team?

Pedro de la Rosa:
It's something that I'm not aware of and it's the first news comes from you. All I can say is that we might be modest, we are small and we are what we are – but we are a professional Formula One team and for sure when we start running it's because the car is safe. I'm experienced enough to… y'know, I would never jump into an unsafe car because of parts being too old. So no, the answer is, the car is slow but it's safe.

Q: (Jim McEvoy – The Daily Mail).
Sebastian, I was wondering what it would mean to you if, at the end of the week, you have won your third world drivers' [title].

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it would be incredible. Obviously it has been a very tough season, up and down I think for everyone. Extremely challenging, different to previous years in many ways. I think we learned a lot and did way less mistakes this year. We have a very competitive car, we've had one since the start of the season. Maybe sometimes not good enough to win but still good enough to collect a lot of points. I think that put us in a very strong position and we are able to fight for the championship. Only two races to go, so whatever happens this weekend, before anything happens we have to make sure we get the maximum on Friday, on Saturday, because the points are there to grab on Sunday and not before. But for sure it would mean a lot, and probably difficult now to find the right words.

Q: (Jim McEvoy – The Daily Mail).
Fernando, what would it mean to you to do it?

Fernando Alonso:
I think we need to wait and see. I think as Sebastian said, now is very difficult to imagine what it can mean or what emotions that you could feel. We'll just concentrate in our job and try to do a good weekend and then fighting in Brazil for the championship, because in my case I cannot do anything here. I can only save this much points and wait for Brazil.

Q: (Jim McEvoy – The Daily Mail).
Just one more to Lewis. You'd like to be where those guys are, gunning for your third… how hard is it for you to watch on knowing that you are not involved in that? Maybe you could speak about how much respect you have for these guys and how brilliantly they're each doing as well?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it goes without saying that these two are obviously two of the best here. What they've achieved it absolutely incredible and all of us other drivers are trying our hardest to aspire to do the same. They're both incredible professional. Amazing to see how professional they are considering how much pressure there is on the both of them. But they're both World Champions, they handle it no problem. And as for me, it is what it is. Happy just to be here fighting. I've got two last races in my team and just want to do the best job and try and see if we can still fight with them, even though we're not fighting for the championship.

Q: (Azul Ananda – Jawa Pos Indonesia).
Question for Fernando. Sebastian will have his 100th race this week and you are almost 200 and yet both of you are going for the third championship. Can't believe that 2005, 2006 you already won two and now there is another guy, half the races that you did and will go for the third. How do you feel about that?

Fernando Alonso:

Related Pictures

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21.06.2012- Press conference, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
27.10.2012- Qualifying, Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
07.10.2012- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
12.10.2012-  Free Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C31
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8

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