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?

Nico Rosberg:
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.

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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?

Nico Rosberg:
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.

Q:
We're going to get lots of running in FP1, is that the case?

Nico Rosberg:
Possibly, yeah.

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?

Sergio Perez:
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.

Nico Hulkenberg:
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.

Adrian Sutil:
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.

Daniel Ricciardo:
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.

Sebastian Vettel:
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.

Nico Rosberg:
Well, I trust the FIA is going to make the right calls, as they are, they're working on it flat out together with Pirelli, so I'm sure there's going to be progress and it shouldn't be a concern this weekend.

Q: (Ralf Bach - Sport Bild)
Nico, how much is your advantage, do you think, because I learned that you tested these tyres at Barcelona?

Nico Rosberg:
To me? Oh yeah. Obviously! Yeah, so there's no advantage and we don't know if we ran this tyre in Barcelona. You have to ask Pirelli.

Q: (Rene Hoffmann - Suddeutsche Zeitung)
To Nico Hulkenberg, how do you rate the overall condition of your team? We hear stories that you haven't been paid your wage or the full wage. How do you rate the situation of the team right now?

Nico Hulkenberg:
How do I rate the situation of the team? I think it's a difficult situation, like Monisha (Kaltenborn, team principal) told the press yesterday but I think she and the team and the management are working on a solution and trying to work a way out of it, to get better things. She's assured me that she's busy working on that and there's not much more I can say, other than that.

Q: (Flavio Vanetti - Corriere della Sera)
To Sebastian and Nico: do you believe that the change in the tyres will let a new championship start from now and above all, in Hungary when more changes are expected?

Nico Rosberg:
For sure it's very likely that it's going to have an impact, on performances, differences, qualifying/race, so it will be interesting. It's possible that it's going to mix things up a little bit but it's also an opportunity, yeah, for us as a team to try and understand it better and earlier than other people and try and make the most of it.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it's difficult to foresee what's going to happen, as Nico said, but I think Pirelli has absolutely no interest in trying to shuffle things around. They obviously try to supply every team with a tyre, whether you like it or not, it's completely up to you but I think as we learned last weekend, it has to be safe.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta)
Sebastian, would you like to have Daniel Ricciardo as your teammate next season?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I don't mind. As I said at Silverstone, after Mark announced his retirement, obviously I think it's early days to talk about that and even if it's not my decision, he sits here, right now so if I could I would give him the seat but equally if Kimi was there, I would give him the seat. It's not my intention to do any good or any bad to people. I think it's something decided by the team and so far we haven't really spoken about it. At the moment, we have other concerns. As you saw last race we retired, that was the number one concern, so to fix that problem for this race to make sure that we don't retire for the same reason again and maybe a little bit later we talk about drivers as well, but again it's not my decision. As far as I know, I think Daniel is doing a very good job and all the rest is not in my hands. Sorry mate...

Q: (Don Kennedy - Hawkes Bay Today)
Sebastian, it's already been mentioned that you haven't won your home Grand Prix here. Do you feel extra pressure coming here, knowing that, or is the overall picture more important to you, in terms of the championship?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, in terms of the championship points you can score here, it's just the same as every other place so obviously it's something special to race in front of your home crowd and I feel quite happy to have the possibility to be honest. There's other nations in Formula One and other guys that don't have the possibility to race in their home country. For example, there's no race in Mexico and Sergio would probably love to race there but it's not possible. I think it's a privilege, it's not really extra pressure. I think it's nice to see the support we get and their fascination for Formula One. Motor sport has a big standing in Germany, I think, so it's good to come here, good to come to the Nurburgring. I like the track and we will see what we get.