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Friday press conference - United States GP - Pt.2

Just a quick one but that basically as a pure driver he's keeping developing his speed and getting more mature, definitely, more consistent and can bounce back from any difficult situation and take any opportunity so definitely you can see him growing even higher as a World Champion and future World Champion..

Q: (Sarah Holt - CNN.com world sport)
I just wondered, Stefano, if you'd like to state the case for Fernando, who's also had a brilliant season, because he's not had the fastest car, so I just thought that in contrast to the Seb stuff it might be nice...?

Stefano Domenicali:
Well, I think that Fernando this year has, up to now, done an incredible season, maybe the best, up to now, considering above all the starting point that we had at the beginning of the season with the car. Without maybe something not connected to any kind of his fault, maybe the position in the championship would have been different at this stage. But that's the way it is, so we need to start from that, but for sure, Fernando's season, in terms of maturity, in terms of driving, is really - I would say - incredible and I rate this season so far, honestly, as one of the best of his career, considering the situation that he was in together with the team, at the beginning, above all.

Q: (Sarah Holt - CNN.com world sport)
Regardless of what happens in the championship this year, it's really difficult to judge whether Seb or Fernando is the better driver of the two unless they're in the same machinery, I suppose.

Stefano Domenicali:
We can do a Ferrari challenge because we have all the cars here, but that is part of Formula One. For sure drivers can make the difference but alone cannot really win. It's a matter of teamwork, it's a matter of a good performing car, a reliable car, good teamwork during the race in terms of strategy, good pit stops. It's all about this. This is really the best thing about Formula One I would say.

Q: (Ralf Bach – R&B)
Martin, why do you think Lewis will regret his move to Mercedes next year?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Well again, as in a lot of journalistic quotes, they're not always wholly accurate and not always completely in context but I think the question I was asked was 'would I or would he regret...' and I said 'well both of us might do,' but again, I don't think any of us can look forward and predict with absolute certainty what's going to happen. At the moment, we're focused on racing the last two races and we'll focus on that, try and do a good job. I'm sure Lewis will do a great job next year driving a Mercedes.

Q: (Eddy Javier Tobias Carrillo – Wise Racng)
I want to ask any of you about the tyre challenge this weekend. Mr Martin (Whitmarsh) mentioned that the tyre (selection) was probably a conservative choice for this weekend from Pirelli. I wanted to ask how do you compare that with the braking zones, because the braking zones are very hard? I saw many drivers locking up in the braking zones. Is that helpful or not? How are you going to cope with that? And how many stops do you think you will be doing?

Eric Boullier:
On paper, we could say maybe a conservative choice but it's normal for Pirelli as well. It's a new track, new tarmac so no racing before so everything has to be built up. We could see a lot of track evolution over these two days, during the two sessions, so that obviously has to be taken into consideration for the rest of the weekend, especially for qualifying and the race. Actually our engineers are still analysing with Pirelli the wear and the degradation and these kind of parameters, so at the end, I think it's just a choice which was done and we have to deal with it and we cannot complain or do anything.

Norbert Haug:
We have to have an understanding for Pirelli in this case. Of course it's easy to say if you would have brought softer tyres but I think they just didn't have enough data about the circuit so they didn't exactly know how challenging this track would be so they went on the safe side and I think that's understandable.

Martin Whitmarsh:
We probably felt happier about the tyres here than we did when we were in Indianapolis a few years ago, so conservative is not such a bad thing.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)

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