F1 » 22 August 2013
Belgian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2
Yeah, we've noticed it, we've talked about it, we don't know the difference because we've never had starts on that kind of surface. I don't expect it to be a big difference. Obviously I think we are not allowed – at the moment, at least – doing any practice starts. Maybe that will change, to have a look for all the teams. If it's wet, it's better, if it's wet for all of us for sure, but I think that's the reason why they did it. Like I said, no experience so we don't know.
Giedo van der Garde:
I think we are at an advantage then.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Romain, talking about Kimi, one thing that his manager said is that it depends a lot on Lotus whether he can stay or not, from what Lotus can offer technically and also financially. I think this is also something that interests you; have you spoken with Boullier and with Lopez, what do you know about next year? Do you feel secure about this?
Well, I was a bit busy the last few weeks to be honest. I didn't have much time to make phone calls. I feel very happy with the team. It's no secret that I would like to stay there. I think we are on a good progression. There's a lot of talk about Kimi but to be honest, at the moment I am just trying to focus on the way back and having the races that we've had in the last two Grands Prix and doing a good job.
Q: (Andy Young – Richland F1).
Question for the back row: it's forecast to rain on Sunday, are you hopeful that it does and therefore gives you a chance to maybe get a point or a decent result?
Well, obviously when it's raining I think it's better for us because it's like kind of crazy races so we have more chance to finish in the front but it's also a chance for us to be out of the track, so it's not easy. I would like to have some rain on Sunday.
I think, as Jules said, each time you have changing conditions, for us it's good because it means that if you take the right decisions you can take advantage from it and try to get a finishing position that you are not able to get without changing conditions. I think it's good but then after it's the same for everybody so you still have to take the right decision and a better one than the one (driver) you are fighting against.
Giedo van der Garde:
I think it's a good opportunity for us. I think it's always nice here in the rain. I think our car performs quite well in the rain and with that, a lot of things can happen in the race so we will see. I think it would be nice for us to have a little rain, a little luck here and there. Hopefully we can get back our tenth place in the team championship.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Sebastian, yesterday Alonso tweeted impressive numbers about his training during the summer break. Could you tell us what you did during the break?
What did I do? Holiday, so rest a little bit and for sure, you use the time to… soon enough, hopefully, get back into rhythm and train. I didn't log every kilometre that I did on the bike or run or swim so I don't know what I did. I know that he's quite active on Twitter but I'm not following him. I don't have the… I don't know if you actually need the application or not on your phone or if you… I don't know, if you have to subscribe. I don't know. I'm not a member, I'm not part of that exclusive club but yeah, I think he's pretty fit, no doubt, so I'm sure he was training pretty hard.
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