F1 » 25 July 2013
Hungarian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2
Thursday FIA press conference from the Budapest in Hungary with Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Paul di Resta (Force India), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams).
Drivers: Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Paul di Resta (Force India), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Gerhard Potochnik - Kleine Zeitung).
We are talking about the future; a few days ago Red Bull and Bernie Ecclestone announced that there would be an Austrian Grand Prix next July. Can you tell us your thoughts about this?
I was there maybe two years ago or something the last time. It looks slightly different. The circuit is exactly the same, I think. It's a nice place to go, I think. It's not a very difficult circuit because it hasn't got many corners, but it usually produces very good racing because of the layout of the straights and the tight corners. I'm more than happy to go back there.
Paul, a new venue on the calendar, does that excite you?
Paul di Resta:
A new event, yeah. I've never been there so I don't know what to expect but it looks a very good track from what Kimi said.
It looks interesting, obviously another track, hard to know what to expect but it's always interesting to go to a new place.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).
Kimi, if it's really going to be 40 degrees for the race, is that really going to be too hot for you and your car? Is it a big risk for your record of finishing races?
It's the same for everybody, obviously. It will be a bit more tricky for cars and everything, brakes, everything for the drivers, but it's not the first time that it will be hot when we are racing. If it's going to be that hot we will see what happens. It was meant to be hot today and it was raining. Things change quickly.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action/National Speedsport News).
Kimi, following on from the earlier question about Red Bull; you don't like to do PR, Red Bull likes its drivers to do a lot of PR. How much PR work would you put up with if it means you have a winning car?
Obviously you can't have a guarantee what will happen next year with any team or any cars. There are a lot of rumours about PR days but we have ten and some other teams have a hundred. I've been in most of the top teams and I know exactly how it goes and if you count things that you do during the week and during a weekend and you put everything together, everybody has a different way of counting the days. I'm sure it's not – at least in my knowledge – the difference between the teams is in days and it's not a deciding factor.
Q: (Michael Noir Trawniczek - Rally and More).
Kimi, when you are choosing the package and the right team, what sort of questions do you ask, how technical is it, do you visit the factory, things like that? How do you make your choice?
I think it's like I said earlier, it's a combination of things and it has to be right on racing and outside of racing. Basically everything just has to feel right and I think in the end it comes down to whatever I think is the right choice and there will be no guarantee that the choice will be the good one in the long run but I'm fine with it, whatever the outcome will be; you live with the choices.
Tagged as: FIA , Williams , Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes , Kimi Raikkonen , Pastor Maldonado , press conference , Hungary , Budapest , Force India F1 , Valtteri Bottas , Esteban Gutierrez , Sauber , Gutierrez , Lotus
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