14 November 2013
United States Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from the Circuit of the Americas in the USA with Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Paul di Resta (Force India), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Sergio Perez (McLaren).
Drivers: Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Paul di Resta (Force India), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Sergio Perez (McLaren).
Sergio, we know that you're leaving McLaren, because you've told us that, and obviously we learned today who will be replacing you, but could you explain how this came about and particularly the timing?
First of all, hi everyone. As you already said, on the letter I did, and I published that. There is no secret. Everything came really late, which puts me in a very difficult position for my future. But at the end it came. I'm relieved. Obviously, McLaren is a great team, I have nothing bad to say about them. I really want to wish them the best. We have had a very difficult season all year long. It was definitely not what I was expecting and also not what McLaren was expecting, especially as when I signed for them they had such a competitive car and it's not what we have right now and we didn't have it all season long. It's no secret that it has been a disappointing year for both parts. McLaren decided to go another route, I have to find my own route and hopefully I can find the best possible seat available for my career, because I am only 23-years-old, I have a lot to give to the sport and I really hope I find a good seat.
As you say, it's all happening quite late now. What are your options for next year and do you feel there is still time, because it seems a very fluid driver market at the moment?
There's no secret, it's very, very difficult right now. I know there are some options. As I said before, I want to stay in Formula One but I will no stay in F1 just to stay. If I don't find the right option for myself then I have to look at something else but I'm pretty confident something good will happen and hopefully I find a good seat. I think I have a lot to offer a team. I have been three years in F1, one year with McLaren. A very difficult year but I think I learn a lot. I think this year, although it has been very difficult and probably one of the worst in terms of results for myself, I think I am a good driver and I can do good things out there.
Thank you for that. Moving on to you Esteban. Obviously you've been doing pretty well lately, a big score for you in Japan. What's been the catalyst do you think for you turnaround in the last period?
Well it's all related to a balance to between how conservative you want to be and how risky you want to be and how much you want to put yourself in a risky position. It all takes time. In Formula One right now there's not a lot of testing, I didn't do a lot of testing at the beginning of the year and a lot of things I took time to adapt [to]. Somehow during the year I was gaining a lot of experience even though the team situation was not the best. There was always quite a lot of distractions around with the economical situation but finally I found myself through a good challenge and to find myself and to find the right balance on every aspect and then decided to do a step into the more aggressive side and it worked out pretty well. This is the rhythm we have been showing lately and this is how I plan to go towards the future.
As we've been mentioning, one of the themes of this part of the year is a very fluid driver market for 2014, where do you fit into that?
There are a lot of things happening around, that's true. At the moment I'm focused on what's happening right now. Right now we are in Austin, it's a very important race for us, one of the most special of my career, of our careers, because we are both Mexicans. We are here to do our best and we have great opportunities to do good results in these last two races. So I'm going to try to take advantage of that and then after that see what's going to happen. Obviously at the same time we have been looking to different options. My idea is to continue with Sauber, obviously, because we have been working on a good relationship for a long time and we'll see what's going to happen next year.
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