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
Questions from the floor
(Julien Febreau – Canal Plus).
Question to all of you except Romain Grosjean: do you feel ready to be a father?
I don't know. Maybe. Obviously Romain is a father, so maybe he can comment on what made him think he's ready or not. I think in the best case it doesn't take too long to get the job done! I think in that case we are all ready!
Well, following what Seb says, I will be ready to do the job but not the rest.
Giedo van der Garde:
I think when Seb does one he will have a nice boy or girl with the same hair. Just kidding. I don't know. First of all, I've been with my girlfriend for quite a long time. We're getting married this year and after that we will see what comes. I think we'll wait for a few more years.
We are still in free practice!
I think it's the same (for me); I don't feel ready at the moment but I'm practising!
For myself at the moment I'm focusing on racing and my season and after that we will see.
(Pierre van Vliet – F1i.com).
Jean-Eric, do you still believe that you have a chance for the Red Bull
drive next year?
It's a difficult question. Obviously I don't know much more than you. I don't want to think too much about it so it's difficult for me to answer this question but I still believe in our chances to have a good car next year, whether Red Bull
or Toro Rosso
but if I'm at Toro Rosso
I'm sure we will have a good car. I don't have much else to say.
(Kate Walker – GP Week).
Sebastian, I've been bothering you for the past few races asking about the prospect of racing against Kimi in the same car and you were quite positive and enthusiastic about the challenge. How does it feel now that you know that prospective challenge has been taken away and that you might be racing somebody entirely different? Are you looking forward to it?
Well, first of all, I didn't know how realistic it was or not. Obviously I've learned similar to most of us from the press that as it looks, it's not the case (that Kimi will be my teammate). For sure I'm talking with the team, but as I've said many times, it's not my decision and also I don't want to get too involved. As I've said, I think Kimi would have been nice in many ways. Now it's not happening so it doesn't make much sense to talk about that but who knows? He's still young, I'm still young so I don't know. A lot of things can still happen. Never say never but probably for next year it's not going to happen.
(Jerome Pugmire – Associated Press).
Sebastian, after Hamilton's win in Budapest, do you now see him as your most dangerous rival for the remainder of the season?
Well, I think he's one of them. Obviously, like I said, we had a good first half of the season. We can be very happy with that. We just need to go step by step, race by race and then not get distracted by too many things happening around the outside, outside of the team. I think Mercedes has been very competitive, not just Lewis, also Nico who has won two races already this year. We know that they are very quick in qualifying. Hungary, in a way, for the first time – not really the first time – they had the ability, let's say, to show their speed in the race as well but really since Monaco, in a way, they've been competitive in the races. As I said, Nico won the race at Silverstone. Lewis was in the lead when he had the tyre failure. Surely, the last couple of races they were most competitive but then I think Lotus has always been there scoring points with Kimi. Romain is fighting his way back. Ferrari, I think, has a little bit of a low at the moment but still they've got good points so I think all of these teams and the drivers, you still have to keep them in mind but as I said, for us it's not that important to pick one particular driver or person or team. As I said, first of all we have to get our own stuff sorted and then we will see what happens.
(Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, there are rumours about Kimi that he might go back to Ferrari. Do you think that he and Fernando could be a more threatening couple for you, or would you prefer him to stay at Lotus?
I don't know. I get along quite well with Kimi so I would be happy in a way if he finds a spot where he's happy. I think he has a good seat at the moment with Lotus but if he can improve then I would be happy for him. I think Kimi is very straightforward, you don't get any bullshit with him and politics so in that regard I don't know how realistic it is for him to return to Ferrari. Obviously he has been there and then Fernando came and Kimi left to go rallying. I think he's very uncomplicated.
(Peter Farkas – Auto-Motor).