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Thursday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2

Well, first of all, I'm definitely keen to finish the season off. Obviously a lot of people were even questioning that one which was certainly not something that was in my mind. I'm definitely keen to race this year and put together a very strong campaign and challenge for more wins, and you do enough of that and some more things can happen. So that's the first goal. The next part is yeah, year by year, that's how it's always been for me, so come the summer, I will talk to Dietrich (Mateschitz, Red Bull boss) and then go from there. If I'm driving well, performances are good, then we'll make some decisions in the future but at the moment, it's the second or third race and I've never ever made decisions on my career at this point in the season and don't see... obviously it's a bit of a topic at the moment for different reasons, but I don't see why I should make any decisions at the moment for the future.

Q: (Trent Price – Richland F1).
Question for Nico Hulkenberg: at the end of Sepang, you said on the radio that you had quite a long list of things on which to improve with the Sauber. Three weeks have gone by; have you come up with any solutions since then?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Yeah, well, sure both the team and I aren't very happy with the recent performance of the car. We know we have to improve and we understand the issue, we know... we've identified it but fixing it is now the challenge and it's up to us. We have some new parts here, some developments which hopefully are going to put us in the right direction but we have work in front of us for sure, yeah. But in the three weeks we have made some progress, for sure.

Q: (Abhishek Takle – Midday).
Adrian, obviously you know the car looked very strong in the dry in Australia and Malaysia. Is it the way you are using your tyres? What do you put that down to? And secondly, how important do you think it is right now to maximise the potential of the car, given that you might at some point have to switch your focus to 2014?

Adrian Sutil:
Well, we've only done two races so we are focused on now. We can improve the car of course; as always, there's space to improve, I think, even when you're absolutely at the front. You have to work on, so at the moment the car feels good but here and there we are always bringing some updates to this circuit, to just get more downforce on the car. It's always the same things that you're looking at. Why are we competitive at the moment? Probably it's a combination, it's a package with the tyres. I just didn't have as many problems as some others have with these tyres, that's probably our advantage, so working on the car – every race we are working on it, to maximise the package which is normal in this sport, it's a performance sport, everyone tries that at every race. Now we've just had two races so of course we will concentrate on this car for a long time. I don't know when we decide to concentrate on the 2014 car. I think it depends on our general performance. If we're really good in the championship we have to push on until the last race. If not, then maybe it's more clever to concentrate on next year's car but it's too early to say; focus now on the next few races.

Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Mark, apparently Mr Mateschitz has said that he doesn't want to hear anything any more about team orders. Knowing that beforehand, does it make life in the cockpit easier or more difficult?

Mark Webber:
Probably easier, yep.

Q: (Tony Dodgins – Motorsport News).
Mark, looking back at that last race, just before the last pit stop, I think you were leading the race by about four and a half seconds if I'm right, and yet Seb had the first stop and that obviously created the situation. Are you free to call your own last stops, was it a team decision and did that surprise you? How did that arise?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise. I think that the gaps were quite awkward, they were trying to manage the gap to Lewis as well which was three seconds. I think Lewis had pitted the previous lap, I'm not exactly sure, but Sebastian was exposed again to going behind Lewis which the team were obviously keen not to have that scenario happen. Four seconds is quite a decent lead but I was already in trouble at the back part of that lap, a little bit with the tyres. Sebastian then obviously had some fresh tyres ready to go and the out lap was strong and my in lap was quick as I could go with what I had so as I said, it dropped him straight back into a tighter situation than had probably been envisaged. Yeah, I asked for that lap, I wanted that lap but I couldn't have that lap so because of the situation I think if I asked for that lap and got it and Lewis was not there I would have got that lap. So I think it was just a frustrating margin as I think between the three of us it was making it quite tricky in terms of managing that last stop window. But a good question mate, anyway.

Q: (Ben Edwards – BBC).
Just to follow up on that one Mark, the decision to change onto slicks in the early part of that race, was that purely your decision as to when to go onto slicks? Was the team involved in that decision at all?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, I was not keen, I was a little bit surprised when Seb went. The first sector was late in terms of moisture compared to the rest of the circuit. I was definitely keen on the next lap, that they could work and I think we then got some information that it wasn't quite right. I think lap seven was super conservative but we could, also you could come out in traffic if you pitted like Seb did. And also Nico was quite late and this helps with your slick management of the race as well, so if you're not losing too much and there's a bit of a... so there are so many scenarios that you've got to look at to say OK, yeah, you've got the crossover right but you've got more range to do in the race on your dry tyres, so you've got to try and factor a lot of that in which is not easy when you're in the car, obviously, to try and think of all that. I was surprised the slicks didn't work as well in the first sector as I probably thought they would. Lap seven was OK, yeah.

Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters).

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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