5 September 2013
Italian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Monza in Italy with Max Chilton (Marussia), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).
Drivers: Max Chilton (Marussia), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Jenson Button (McLaren), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).
Let's start with the man of the moment, who I don't expect has stopped smiling since the announcement was made a few days ago that he is going to be joining Red Bull Racing next year. A fantastic moment for you Daniel, but how easy is it going to be for you to concentrate for the remainder of the season? How will you keep that focus?
Good afternoon everyone, how're you going? I think it's a bit of a relief now that there's no more speculation and no more dodging questions and all the rest of it. Everyone knows what's happening, including me. It's nice. It's something to look forward to and obviously I'm very pleased with the news but I have eight more races this year and looking forward to giving Toro Rosso a nice farewell I hope and I'll put all my energy into that. I think this weekend will of course be a bit hectic because the news is fresh but I think from this point on it should start to settle down and get back to normal stuff.
Mark, I guess you're very pleased it's gone to your compatriot, but also it must be quite difficult for you with these remaining races. This one for example hasn't always been kind to you. Talk about your end of season in some ways.
The writing was on the wall for me. I knew once I made the decision that the season was going to come to a close eventually. The clock doesn't stop in Formula One and I'm actually happy about that, otherwise I wouldn't have made the decision. Looking forward to getting as much silverware and the best results I can before the year's out and Brazil Sunday night, the next chapter. Yeah, it's all good.
Pleased for Dan?
Of course, yeah. It's very, very rare to have any Australians in Formula One but to have us I suppose handing the baton over in a very, very successful team… it's great for Dan obviously, he thoroughly deserves it. The junior categories for him in Europe initially is a great test. Not easy for us to come from that part of the world, which he's done brilliantly with. It's the perfect scenario I think for the team, it all fits very, very well. After DC and myself they've finally got another driver from the junior programme, which is what it's all about. So that fits in very, very well. Perfect age. It's all in his corner. So he can do a tremendous job and yeah, it works out well for him.
Jenson, what's your situation contract wise?
Good afternoon everyone. As all contracts are, confidential.
Have you signed?
Are you happy to stay with McLaren?
Yes, I'm very happy to stay where I am. I think it's very easy, when times are difficult, to look elsewhere but when you're in a team like McLaren that has been fighting at the front for so many years it's definitely the wrong move to move elsewhere. I feel I have a very good family in the team and at the end of last year we had the quickest car on the grid. We don't now but it could easily come our way again next season. I feel we are making good progress so this is the right place to be.
Max, similar question to you. You just had your best qualifying and best result as well, what's your situation with the team at this stage?
Good afternoon everyone, I hope you're having a good day. My situation is the same as it's been all year. I've got a one-year contract. Obviously I'm a rookie and so is Jules and we're here to learn as much as we can. You learn a lot before you get to Formula One but there's an awful lot when you do get to Formula One as well. So the main thing I'm trying to do is focus on my skills, get the most out of the car and do the best job for the team. I think for the last couple of races it has been difficult for us but we still have got that 10th place in the championship, so it's key for us to get the most out of the car when we have the opportunity to get a good race result and if we can get another 12th or 13th that would really help us in the overall championship.
And is there a deadline?
Not that I know. All I know is the team are happy to keep both of us and I'll just keep trying to do the best job I can.
Felipe, I guess a similar question to you: what have you got to do to continue with Ferrari?
Tagged as: Ferrari , Mclaren , Mark Webber , Jenson Button , Webber , Red Bull Racing , Fernando Alonso , Toro Rosso , Felipe Massa , Monza , press conference , Daniel Ricciardo , Italian Grand Prix , Ricciardo , Chilton
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