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Thursday press conference - United States GP - Pt.2

Yeah. I think it's normal, it's motorsport. When I won the second championship I was also around this number of races. I start in 2003 in Renault and then in 2006 won the second title. And 2007 fight for the third title until the last race, so similar of what Sebastian is now. It's good, it's sport and everyone has his own career. We saw many examples in Formula One. We saw with all the drivers, with Michael, now after winning seven titles, three years with not very good results. We saw Barrichello for example, was a man who raced more times here in Formula One, he was fighting for Q1 with Williams and fighting for world championship with Brawn GP the following [preceding] year. It's up and down for everybody. I'm proud of my nearly 200 grand prix, always fighting with all the cars, always winning some grand prix every year and yeah, fighting for the world championship already four or five years. So, it's good and I'm happy.

Q: (Richard Oliver - San Antonio Express News).
Sergio, could you quantify emotionally how you're feeling? You started in Guadalajara and now you're not that far away; this track has been erected over the last year. How do you feel emotionally about the evolution of your career and how you're here, so close to home?

Sergio Perez:
I feel very happy to be so close to home. I left Mexico at a very young age. All these guys, they always do a race or two during the year in their own countries and they have done all their careers in their countries. I had to move to their countries to do my own career which means that I left Mexico at a very young age. I think it's the closest that I will race. I will have all my family - even my grandmother is coming here, my friends, all the people who never saw me racing live, they will be here, plus lot of Mexican fans, so it's great. I feel very emotional about this weekend.

Q: (Stefano Mancini – La Stampa).
Fernando, after the aero tests Ferrari had recently, are you now more or less optimistic?

Fernando Alonso:

Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
To Fernando: as you said, it's not the first time you have fought for the World Championship at the last races. What's different, compared to the past? How have you changed compared to the past?

Fernando Alonso:
I'm much more relaxed, much more focused. In 2006, I arrived at the last race fighting with Michael in Brazil. It was quite stressful, quite an intense weekend and not easy to get focused or sleep or things like that because it was a very emotional weekend. The year after, 2007, it was also a very stressful last race, three of us fighting for the World Champion: Lewis, Kimi and me and it was also a stressful weekend and not easy to do things. In 2010, we arrived in Abu Dhabi, again fighting for the World Championship at the last race. I was much more calm there, I was more confident and things in the race, in the weekend were quite good for us and we did more or less - in terms of preparation and approach - it was much more calm and more mature, I felt, in 2010. The race was what it was and we didn't win in the end but feeling-wise we were much more prepared. In these last two races, I feel, as I said before, completely normal. It's good experience. It's the fourth time we have been fighting for the World Championship up to the last race - hopefully - and you really feel the difference, being much more focused, concentrated, trying to do the job and understanding that if you do everything perfectly you have a chance; if you make a mistake you will lose the chance, so let's focus on us.

Q: (Simon Cass - Daily Mail).
Fernando, is it an advantage for you that you've never raced here before this weekend, in terms of the fact that you need to take it to the next round, and also, just how confident are you that you are going to make it, and if you are, what gives you that confidence?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't think it's an advantage for it to be a new circuit. I think we all will adapt very quickly in first practice and we all have simulators and everything that we use to prepare for the race, so I think that's more or less the same as every other race. Confident? I'm very confident, I trust my team, I trust myself. We are honest with ourselves, we know that we don't have the quickest package out there and we've qualified an average of sixth or seventh this season, so if we see that on Saturday we are sixth or seventh, people will say 'maybe you say bye bye to the title'. No. I think it's our normal position but even with this normal position, we were leading the championship until three races ago and we are ten points behind the leader, so this is not our strong point. Our strong point is to score more points than the others on Sunday and I'm sure we will do this in the next two races.

Q: (Pierre van Vliet - F1i Magazine).
Lewis and Kimi: if you have a winning package this weekend - if after qualifying you realise you have a chance, what can you do not to disturb the World Championship battle between these two?

Lewis Hamilton:
Go for it Kimi, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Kimi Raikkonen:
We try to do the best that we can as a team in the race, and wherever we end up, if we take some points out of either of them, that's racing, that's life. We don't try to disturb anything, we're just doing our normal race and see what happens. I'm not looking who is there or if I'm taking points from them or somebody else. We just try to win, if not, score as much as we can.

Lewis Hamilton:
It was a good answer. Yeah. We have no means to try and get in the way of anyone, but we want to beat them, we're still fighting for position in the championship, even though we're not fighting for the top position so we just have to focus on our job. Kimi did a great job in the last race. I think we were very strong as well, hopefully we will have less reliability issues this weekend and hopefully we can compete right at the front with all these guys.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta).
Question for Kimi, Pedro, Lewis and Segio; between Sebastian and Fernando, who would be your bet for the championship?

Kimi Raikkonen:

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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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