F1 » 25 July 2013
Hungarian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2
Is any choice for next year complicated by the fact that the engine regulations, the rule regulations have changed quite drastically?
Obviously it would be much easier for everybody to more or less get an idea what will happen next year without those big changes but that's how it is. It really depends on whether one engine manufacturer gets it right and one wrong, then it might be a long season for some teams and an easier one for others but I don't know. You hear rumours but that's all I know about it.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Lewis, your team didn't take part in the Silverstone test; how does it affect your team and you and Nico from a driver's point of view?
To be honest, it doesn't really faze me. I think it would have definitely helped if we were there and we have an understanding of how to set up the car with the new tyres and to see what kind of characteristics they have and how they behave on long runs and all those kind of things but we will try and find that out this weekend. At the end of the day, it is what it is and we will just try to do the best with what we've got. It's a great team, I have no doubt that we will make up for the lost time.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Gentlemen, you may have seen the story last week that Sauber are due to fast track a young Russian by the name of Sergey Sirotkin into F1. If he is on the grid at the start of next season, and he gains the necessary super licence, he will be 18-years old. Is 18 too young to be racing a F1 car?
It's a difficult one because I don't know the driver very well. It's difficult to say. I think it's more up to the team and not to us.
Yeah, I don't really know the background of this driver so it's difficult to say.
Paul di Resta:
It's unfair to say anything. I don't think anybody knows too much about him because he's not been in racing cars too long.
But is 18 too young to be a Formula One driver, if you take away the individual concerned?
Paul di Resta:
You can never say never, can you? People surprise you with what they're doing. If that's a decision I'm sure there's a reason behind it.
I wasn't ready at 18. I was pretty good at 18, so...
I'm sure there will be and has also been an 18-year old, I guess. For sure they will take him if they feel it's the right thing, so I don't see that age will be the problem. It's about experience and that. He might be ready, he might not. Time will tell.
He might need a good teammate to look after him, Esteban.
Well, very difficult to judge. What Kimi said comes down to experience, results. I think all of that should be taken into account.
Q: (Jose Maria Moreira – Organizacion Editorial Mexicana).
Esteban, will Sergey Sirotkin and the Russian backers affect your future at Sauber?
Well, that doesn't really make a difference to my current season so to be honest, my focus is here, it's on this season and I know very well what I have with the team, what has been my path with them over the last few years and what we're looking into in the future.
Q: (Gergely Denes – F1-Live.hu)
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