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Italian Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2

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).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speed Sport News) A question for Daniel. At Spa the team told us they had not officially signed anybody. Between Spa and now when did you learn you had the seat?

Daniel Ricciardo:
To be honest, in Spa, as I said, I still didn't know – that was the truth. I found out, I think it was Wednesday that following week, so a few days before the announcement took place. I can confirm I still didn't know at Spa, so no lies being told there. Yeah, that's it.

Q: (Miguel Angel Sainz Bernardino – Marca).
Question for Fernando. What result do you need here and in Singapore to avoid Ferrari stopping the development of the car this year? Two wins?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't think two wins is something that we can put up like a target, y'know? We've won two grand prix until now in the championship so we will be a little bit too optimistic if we really think that we can win the next two races. We will try to do so and we will hope for the best but more realistic targets are to finish in front of Sebastian. I think it is a target that we want to do in the last couple of grands prix, we didn't arrive to a situation to close the gap, we only close the gap in Silverstone when he retired. So, we need to change this situation. We will be happy finishing in front of him, I think, here in Monza and in Singapore. Finishing in front of Sebastian means being on the podium. Minimum. Because we know how strong he is and how competitive Red Bull will be. So, two podiums and finishing in front of Sebastian is, I think, the target for these next two grands prix. If we cannot do so, if we keep losing points, obviously we need to start thinking about the 2014 project because we'll be only six or seven races remaining with massive points [deficit] so important weeks coming for sure.

Q: (Anne Giuntini - L'Equipe).
Fernando, you just bought a cycling team. Considering the amount of work you have to do as a racing driver, how can you imagine to commit yourself into this team?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, it was one week with a lot of work, to be honest. Two or three batteries, telephone every day and it was some things to do. Now, more or less, that's everything complete. All the decisions and all the work that we need to do for the cycling team will be passed to other people, some managers and some sportive directors that we need to find. We need to find sponsors, we need to do a lot of things in the next month, let's say, because the first race is in the middle of January in Australia. It's not something that we can delay much more. It's a very ambitious project with a lot of hopes on it. I will not, as I said, put too much percentage of my days on the bicycle team, especially now that we are fighting for the championship. But when I arrive in wintertime, or something like that, hopefully we can create a solid project. Not so much for 2014 because I don't think there are many riders now with possibilities to sign but for 2015 onwards we need to create something big. So we will work a little bit.

Mark Webber:
I think Adrian [Newey] will design the bikes…

Fernando Alonso:
…he's too busy.

Q: (Pablo Grau - F1Aldia.com).
Jenson, you did a good job in Spa, what do you expect in Monza, a very fast track?

Jenson Button:
Yeah, Spa was alright. It's quite difficult to get excited about sixth place but in terms of the pace of the car it was pretty good. Fourth after turn one and finishing sixth isn't so bad. So yeah, we're hoping for a bit more of an improvement. I think we've unlocked a little bit of performance with the car and we're pretty close to challenging the cars in front. Whether we can do that here or not I don't know. It's a very low downforce circuit here and I think we have a pretty good low downforce package, so we will see. I think after three or four laps tomorrow we'll know where we stand in terms of how the downforce is working and the efficiency of it.

Q: (Adrian Huber Rodriguez – Agencia EFE).
Fernando, it's certainly not match-point right now but how would you describe the situation? Could it be like a set-point? How do you feel yourself, psychologically? Are you worried, are you anxious, are you angry, are you optimistic, how are you?

Fernando Alonso:
For what?

The situation in the World Championship.

Fernando Alonso:

Related Pictures

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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
25.07.2013- Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
23.08.2013- Free Practice 1, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
25.07.2013- Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
25.07.2013- Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
09.05.2013- Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138

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