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Thursday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2

Thursday FIA press conference from Shanghai, China with Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil.
Drivers: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Adrian Sutil (Force India).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Bianca Leppert - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Nico Rosberg, did you have the thought in any moment at the end of the race in Malaysia to ignore Ross's words and overtake?

Nico Rosberg:
At the end of the race, I didn't have that thought, no. I had decided well before to fully respect the instructions that Ross had given me.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
Nico, as a follow-up to that question, if you find yourself in a similar situation at this race or any future races are you going to obey team orders, or are you going to rebel and fight for the win?

Nico Rosberg:
The difficulty was that we hadn't really discussed them beforehand, y'know? And so that was the mistake that we did. So, important going forward is that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I'm in front and Lewis is behind then he will respect it and vice versa. Then it's OK. As long as one is prepared for it and it's discussed well and understood, that's the important thing and that's the main mistake we did as a team.

Q: (Qian Jun Pro Car)
Mark, you are one of four drivers who have attended every one of the ten Chinese Grand's Prix. Compared to the first Grand Prix in 2004, can you feel the difference? The atmosphere, races and yourself?

Mark Webber:
I don't think the race has changed a huge amount, I think we've seen a few more spectators coming over the years. The track itself has always been well-maintained, looked after. It's a good track for racing, as we say. It has been for quite a few years now. It's a challenging circuit, it has quite a few different combinations that you've got to get right – obviously with a long straight, things like that. It's a big surprise that we've been coming here for ten years, to be honest, it goes very quickly, as usual. It feels like about five but anyway if it's ten years, it's ten years but it really doesn't feel like a huge amount has changed. It was a very good event from the first year and it's still quite a good event now - obviously apart from the crowds getting better, which is good.

Worth pointing out, Mark, that you've finished all nine of them as well.

Mark Webber:
Hmm, OK, keep going, touch wood and finish the tenth one.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Mark, can you describe to us how was the period after your experience in the last race, and what do you think about what Sebastian said yesterday in the Infiniti press conference, the interview that he did for Infiniti?

Mark Webber:
The second part of your question... I don't know, I don't know what Sebastian said in the press conference at Infiniti. The other part is yeah... the last part of the Grand Prix is... it's normal that there's a lot of emotions going through you because we put a lot of effort in, everybody does, there's never any guarantees for any Grand Prix victories so if the race is going quite well... still had a good result, obviously, but not the result that I would have liked but in the end, we know what happened. But Malaysia is not just one event in this scenario. We know we've had many scenarios in the past, so there's a lot of things which then come into your mind – positive, negative, whatever – how you can make things better in the future, so for me... yeah, and you've still got to drive the car, that's my job, so I still got the car home, good result and yeah, looking forward to this race. I think it's normal for a driver to have a lot of emotions in the car generally. You've got to try and get the emotions down, but it's part of our job, whether you're leading Monte Carlo and finishing the race there with different emotions and different disappointments, ups and downs, it's completely normal that in the cockpit we have emotions in the cockpit.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Mark, when I asked you in Malaysia about your future with the team, bearing in mind what you've just spoken about... the emotions going through your head, you said over those closing laps you thought about many many things. I was wondering what you thought about during these past two weeks, what you thought your future might be now; if Red Bull offered you a new contract, would you accept it going forward?

Mark Webber:

Related Pictures

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22.03.2013 - free practice 2, Adrian Sutil (GER), Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
11.04.2013- Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
23.03.2013 - Free practice 3, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber F1 Team C32
21.03.2013- Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28
21.03.2013- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
22.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
11.04.2013- Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9

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