F1 » 4 July 2013
German GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2
DRIVERS – Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Sergio Perez (McLAREN), Adrian Sutil (Force India), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
You are now 50 points behind Sebastian, Nico. How many percentage would you give yourself to catch him in the championship?
How many percent chance? Short term, I just want to annoy Sebastian and Red Bull a little bit race by race, by being ahead of them and that's the most important thing, really, to be ahead of not only them but other teams and try and win more races. That's what I'm focused on at the moment and that's what the whole team is focused on.
Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe)
Question for Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel: the new Pirelli will change things; what kind of things will change for Red Bull and Mercedes this weekend?
Early days. We ran them in Montreal, didn't have the opportunity to learn much there because of the weather, so really there are some question marks and we have to really try and run them as much as possible in relevant circumstances this weekend, to try and learn as much as possible. But it will be interesting and it's likely to shuffle things around a little bit.
We're going to get lots of running in FP1, is that the case?
Q: (Luke Smith – NBC Sports)
For all of the drivers: Pirelli are bringing in new construction of tyres for the race weekend. From a safety aspect, how comfortable do you feel racing with these tyres?
Well, I think it's definitely important to change something for safety, no longer for the performance. I think it's very important that we as drivers feel safe, something that could really happen, a big accident in the last race weekend, so I think that definitely it's a good thing that Pirelli is reacting to make a change.
Yeah, I agree with Sergio. I think it is for safety now and there must be some action and there is some action, there are changes and I think generally this track here is not as high speed, not as many high speed corners so the tyres don't get as hard a time as they did at Silverstone. So I'm confident that this will be safe now.
Yeah, as long as it's for safety, I think they have to improve it, yes, but it hasn't been a hundred percent that it was a rear tyre issue, so one says it's a tyre issue what caused the punctures at Silverstone, some people say it's maybe kerbing or something like that, so it's always hard to see where the problem is, but four punctures in a race is too much, so they have to get behind it. I feel safe on these tyres and had no problems with them. I had some two stop races, I did a two stop strategy in Silverstone so for me the concern is not so much.
Not much more to add. All I can say is that you're driving as hard as you can and you don't really put it... it's definitely at the back of your mind. As we saw at the weekend, the tyres that went... it was pretty instant... I don't think any of the drivers felt much before it happened, so all we can do is drive hard and hang on, but I'm definitely... yeah, I'm sure the changes that they've made are going to be for the best. But it's definitely at the back of our mind whilst we're in the car.
I think first of all that it's good that within not even a week's time, how we were able to get a different tyre for this race which hopefully is safer for all of us. Obviously the last race was not what we want and not satisfactory so I think it's good that we have a new tyre here. How much better and how different it will be is difficult to judge at this stage but I'm confident that it's a step forward.
Tagged as: Sergio Perez , Nico Hulkenberg , Pirelli , Daniel Ricciardo , Nico Rosberg , Red Bull Racing , Nürburgring , Mercedes , Silverstone , Adrian Sutil , Sebastian Vettel , FIA
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