22 August 2013
Belgian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2
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.
Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto-Motor).
Jules, can you make it clear if your running for the Ferrari seat, and what other options are there for you apart from Marussia?
Well, obviously I don't know. Actually I am just focused 100 percent on my season and I just let my manager decide it for me. I think it's not the moment to look at that, but for sure I will be ready if Ferrari call me, but for the moment I feel good at Marussia.
Q: (Luke Smith – NBC Sports).
Romain, there are rumours of Kimi Raikkonen leaving the team at the end of the season; do you enjoy the prospect of potentially leading Lotus next season, in potentially a World Championship-leading car?
Well, I always say that losing Kimi would be a loss for the team, he's very good, he's a World Champion, it's good to have him as a teammate. We push each other to the limit but if he leaves then we still have to do the job and to try to win races and score a lot of points. So at the moment I think we have a good way of working together but yeah, if he leaves then I would be more than happy to get the deal and try to keep Lotus where it is or still improve.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speedsport News).
Sebastian, we're at Spa, a track you guys all love and we're going to Suzuka, a track you all love. What is your most memorable race at Suzuka and why?
So you're not… you don't want to talk about Spa? Correct. Nice introduction though! Looking back to Suzuka, I think I've had fantastic races there. I've been very lucky. I think the last four years I've always been on the podium: won three out of four races there so yeah, I really like the circuit, it's fantastic. The first sector is great, similar to here: you have some corners which are very similar. I think we all enjoy the fact that when we get to challenge ourselves, not only ourselves but also the cars, and really get the cars to their limit and feel, once or twice, on these special types of circuits, what the cars can do and the corner speeds we have just through the first sector at Suzuka is very impressive. I enjoy that a lot, to feel the speed, to really get that sensation. It's just a great level of satisfaction and that's why it's like a drug, you want more and more every lap and if you have a great car which fortunately I had the last couple of years, then it's just great to go for another lap and another lap. I think the best memory I have is winning the championship there in 2011, even though I didn't win the race but still it was a great experience, a crazy day and crazy karaoke at night after that.
Q: (Marc Priestley – F1Times.com).
For anybody who has been to do a track walk today; you will have noticed that the first few grid slots have had some drainage channels cut into the track surface. Has there been talk amongst your teams, firstly about the different strategies for the start procedures and secondly about the possibility of even doing practice starts at some point over the Grand Prix weekend before we get to Sunday?
Well, we noticed it while doing the track walk but we haven't spoken with the start guy yet. It's true that it looks different when you do the walk but I think the first eleven grid positions are more or less the same so there is no disadvantage; the advantage will be more with the eleventh, twelfth positions if there could be any problems, but I think from the first few rows, it should be the same for everyone.
Actually, we had a meeting just before the press conference and we were discussing it. I think we will probably bring it up during the drivers' briefing or team managers' briefing to try and ask if we can have a practice start to see if there is a difference or not.
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