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Thursday press conference – Australian GP - Pt.1

Do you believe, going into you second full season since your comeback, that you're a better driver this year – that the rustiness you had maybe at the start of last year is gone?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't think it's going to really change. I know the team so it should be a bit easier to start the year but there is no promise that this will give you better results. It's another year and we'll try to do as well as we can.

For you Fernando, another year but a much better car than this time last year – 200 times better I think you said, the Ferrari in 2013. Is this your best chance to become a world champion at Ferrari?

Fernando Alonso:
We'll see. I think it was not difficult to start better than last year because it was difficult to start any worse. We were a little bit too far behind and the winter has been much better than the last year, understanding the car and working with the car and getting the results we more or less expect. That will give us much more confidence and optimism to start the season, but who knows. I think it will be a very interesting championship, very challenging first part of the championship with Australia, Malaysia. Difficult circuits, difficult weather as well – changeable. So we need to start on the right foot and hopefully scoring some good points for the championship.

And Sebastian, three consecutive titles. How much difficult is a fourth title in a row now that you've got those three in the bag or does it make no difference whatsoever?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't think it makes a difference. I think every year we start again from zero. I think everyone has the same chance. As we said, testing obviously this year was probably not as conclusive as previous years, so we arrive here not knowing what is going to happen. But I think it is very exciting so as every year, excited to start.

Not knowing what's going to happen, does that make it even better for you – that the challenge could be tougher ahead?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it's going to be a long year. Obviously we're looking forward to this weekend and this is the first of many. But I think we've seen in the last couple of years, last year in particular, that it's a long season and every race is very important. So this is the place we start but then there are many other places coming.

Related Pictures

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing with the media. 01.03.2013.
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari.

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