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Belgian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.1

Thursday FIA press conference from Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium with Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Charles Pic (Caterham), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus).
Drivers: Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Charles Pic (Caterham), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus).


Press conference


Q:
Jules, can we start with you? Ten races into your Formula One career you've got some solid results. Do you feel you're established as an F1 driver now?

Jules Bianchi:
Obviously the first part of the season has been really good for me and the team. The second part a bit more difficult. Now we're going into the last part and I feel confident. I was really happy with the first result we had but we still need to push and improve.

Q:
What do you feel is the right move for you? I know the Marussia team are keen to keep you for next season. Do you think the right move for you is to stay there or are you looking beyond?

Jules Bianchi:
Well, I think the right move is first of all to think about this year, finish the season and let my manager and Ferrari see what we can do and they will decide and they will a good call but for sure I'm happy and pleased with Marussia.

Q:
Giedo, moving to you now. A bit of a tough start to the year but things have really seemed to turn around recently, particularly in the last race. What was the secret of that turnaround?

Giedo van der Garde:
I think it's a lot to do with the workload. I've been working really hard. Of course, it's for rookies not easy to come in. I think Jules was a little bit better than me at the beginning. But it went better and better and you see a good direction going, especially the last race, it was going really well. Happy with the team, happy with the performance and we keep on pushing like this.

Q:
And your own thoughts about next year?

Giedo van der Garde:
Next year is still far away. I still want to focus on the next following races, do well, maximise myself. I think the new tyres are helping me a little bit, with my style of driving, so then we'll see where it ends up.

Q:
Moving to you Sebastian, I was going to ask you about highlights of the season but I see you've gone out and got a few highlights of your own, under your cap, you're hiding it now. You obviously have a comfortable lead in the championship but after the performance of Hamilton [in Hungary] and with Mercedes winning three of the last five are you beginning to feel less comfortable?

Sebastian Vettel:



Related Pictures

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22.08.2013- Press conference, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
22.08.2013- Press conference, Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
22.08.2013- Press conference, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
22.08.2013- Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21
22.08.2013- Press conference, (L-D) Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
22.08.2013- Press conference, (L-D) Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E21, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02 and Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
22.08.2013- Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9

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