27 June 2013
British GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2
Probably. That's something we will have to face up to but I'm not really expecting us to have an easy weekend. I don't think we've really made a huge step since Barcelona. The last couple of races have been a little bit easier on the tyres so we've definitely made a small improvement but I don't know whether it's going to be good enough this weekend to come out ahead of the Red Bulls and the Ferraris but time will tell. We definitely have some components that we've developed since Barcelona to help with the tyres, so I'm hoping that they will help this weekend.
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week)
A question for everyone except Mark: if and when the time comes for you guys to move on and to retire, are there any series that you find particularly appealing? Anyone want to try their hand at NASCAR, motocross? What gets you guys excited as future possibilities?
I don't know. I haven't any plans for leaving for a while. I've not really thought about it. I love quite a lot of the different sports that are out there but I don't know whether I would consider doing any other sports after Formula One. This is the pinnacle of motor racing and I think that for me personally, anything after this would be a little bit boring for me.
I don't know. I will think when I arrive at the time.
Yeah, I haven't thought about it a lot to be fair. Categories that I would like would be... I think Le Mans is a very special race, a very big team race, big team effort. I also like Super GT in Japan. I think that's a good category with the new regs that they have it looks pretty exciting.
Paul, you've been in DTM, would you go back?
Paul di Resta:
Yeah, I had some great memories there. I don't know. Hopefully my journey has only just started here. It's a few years away. There might be new series by that point.
I've planned to get success in Formula One first. I've done a Le Mans race before and loved every moment of it so I might go down that route and maybe go on to touring cars after that because I started – after karts – in a thing called a T-car so I'm used to the weight transfer. It was quite nice to drift a car without doing stupid speeds but I'll think of that when I've gone through my twenties.
Q: (Graham Keilloh – F1Plus.com)
Fernando, do you have any thoughts on this being the first race weekend after the sad passing of Jose Froilan Gonzales?
Well, obviously it's sad week and a sad news for all the Ferrari family and for the motor sport family. I remember two years ago when we won the race here, I spoke with him on the telephone after the podium ceremony because it was a very special day for Ferrari and we dedicated the victory that day to he who is a legend at Ferrari. Obviously this weekend it's important if we could do a good job to dedicate again to all his family and all the passion and the fans that he brought into Formula One from his country and we would like to do a good job for him and for all the Ferrari fans.
Q: (Michelle Foster – PlanetF1.com) Mark, will you be walking away with any regrets?
No, no I don't think so. At this level, you're always open to some adversity here and there and challenges, that's how this sport is, any top flight sport is going to be snapshots of different things which you could probably have done better here and there, but there's no career which is like this. You're going to have ups and downs and getting off the canvas is part of the rules, so I've been very fortunate to have some very very special memories for sure. How long is a piece of string? You could have more in terms of championships or whatever, but 2010 was a very very big battle with lots of quality drivers and it went to the last race so of course I remember that, I led the championship at the wrong race but it was... I'm looking back with very fond memories and I've still got races to go obviously this year so still looking to add to those great memories and helping Red Bull still achieve very very good results.
Q: (Jens Wolters – ARD Radio) Lewis, for me it's seem like since the decision in Paris that you and your team are the new bad guys in Formula One. Do you feel that? Do the other drivers still talk to you, how do you feel after this decision?
So far, everyone still seems to be speaking to us. I feel that it's one of those experiences that we've gone through that if anything it's made us stronger. It's been quite encouraging to see how the team has pulled together and how they've turned a negative into a positive and now moving forward and hungrier than ever to win, so that's encouraging for me, that brings me great energy to come here with and hoping that we can get some good results moving forward.
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