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British GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1

Coming to your own thoughts about these two races, this race and a week's time in Germany, how important are these two races for your championship hopes, given the deficit that exists at the moment?

Fernando Alonso:
All races are important from now on, especially in the position we are in. 36 points behind the leader, we don't have much more room to do mistakes or lose many more points. But, on the other side, we need to remain calm, we need to do our job, the maximum we can every weekend. If we can win the race, if we can finish in front of Sebastian, will be great. If we cannot do it, we will try to lose the minimum points. Last year after Monza I think I have an advantage of around 40 points [39] over Sebastian and it was not enough – and that was Monza time. So now being in the race for the championship 36 points behind. It's not the ideal position but it's not the end of the world.

Q:
The car was on pole position here last year, you finished second. How well is this car suited to Silverstone?

Fernando Alonso:
We'll see. I think it should be a good circuit for us. We've been more or less competitive here for the last three or four years. As Mark said before also, it is the first circuit that is a little bit similar to China and Barcelona – the best circuits so far for this year's car and we have some high hopes for this weekend. On the other hand, Red Bull has been quite strong, and dominant here from 2009 so it will be an extremely close and challenging weekend with Mercedes I'm sure very, very strong as well, as they proved in China and in Barcelona with the first row in qualifying etcetera. So, y'know, interesting weekend ahead of us but we approach it with confidence, knowing that we have a good opportunity.

Q:
Jenson, it's an unfortunate statistic that you haven't been on the podium here since 1999. Is it just an unfortunate statistic? Are you just unlucky here? What is it about Silverstone?

Jenson Button:
I'm sure there's more to it than just being unlucky, I'm sure it is. I've still had some really good races here. My first year in Formula One, my British Grand Prix I finished fifth, overtaking Michael at turn one and finished with nine cylinders and still finished fifth, so it was a great weekend, with DC winning. Very passionate fans here so it was a great celebration. But yeah, I agree, being on the podium here is something I would love to achieve. It's going to be very difficult this year but we'll see. We'll fight as hard as we can and get the best out of the car hopefully. And that's all we can do this weekend: we know we're not quick enough but you want to repay the fans for all their support. They're not just fans in the good times, they're fans in the tough times as well. That's really nice to see. Hopefully we'll have a full house of Union Jacks here and I promise we'll do the best we can.

Q:
We know you've got a difficult car this year. What can you do to help its progress?

Jenson Button:
I think everyone knows, when you watch on TV, our car does certain things a Formula One car shouldn't really be doing. I think our ride is an area we need to improve and an area we are improving. So, with a circuit like Silverstone, it is reasonably bumpy. It's not quite like Canada, and I think our car does suit circuits like Barcelona, like China, Malaysia. So, hopefully the flow of this circuit will help us – but still that's not enough. We need to improve in the areas where we are weak. We're not thinking about 2014 already, we want to get good results this year so we're pushing flat out to make sure we do improve – but it's an area of the car that's also very difficult to improve. But we're trying very hard.

Q:
Paul, you've had two really good races – the last two races in Monaco and Canada – from low on the grid. So what are your feelings about those two grands prix?

Paul di Resta:
Obviously coming away with good results, I think, fighting back. Canada was obviously an excellent result. I think everybody raised their game for Sunday and what we achieved was quite remarkable. This weekend, three more straightforward days I think will definitely be on the cards. To build upon that, to move forward really and to finish in the points. We've managed to score on six occasions this year, the other one, where we didn't score was a DNF. If we can keep that up, and equally try and battle with McLaren, hopefully be in front of them, it makes a big difference to a team like us that's battling in the midfield most of the year.

Q:
You've had two good qualifyings in your two grands prix here. As you say, it's a matter of three days going correctly is it? Getting everything in place?

Paul di Resta:
Canada was very difficult. I think the whole team felt the pain of that but I think here we'll look to gather some data, starting on the tyres tomorrow. Our car seems to be working well in all circumstances this year. It seems very consistent. I think this is a track where tyres are going to be a question. We're normally on the healthier side of tyre wear and really the focus should be on qualifying because that's the big result of the weekend, and then transfer that into the race where we know we've got a strong package to gain some positions from. But it's a long way away and a lot of work to do in front of hopefully some great British support.

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