F1 » 14 November 2013
United States Grand Prix: Thursday press conference - Pt.2
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).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Ben Edwards – BBC Sport).
Sergio, just coming back to the decision McLaren have made, do you feel let down by the team at all, not so much in terms of the performance of the car, but in terms of how this has evolved in the last couple of months? As you say, it's given you very little chance to get into the drivers' market, so do you feel let down by the team?
No. No, not let down at all. As I said, it's been a difficult year. People from the outside can think whatever they want, but inside the team, every single person that works in the team knows the amount of pressure we are having, everyone, from Jenson, myself, Martin, everyone, everyone. With McLaren and the year that we have had it was so disappointing for everyone so they have had to make some changes and yeah, they had to change me and that's racing.
Q: (Karen Crouse – New York Times).
Starting with Sergio, could each of you give what you think are one or two keys to the season that Sebastian is having?
Well, Sebastian is a great driver and a great example for all of us. Also, I think the key was that he's having a great team effort, the team is doing a fantastic job for him, he's doing a very good job for them, so it's a combination. This is a sport where you really need the team to be with you, to work together. They have been (together) for a couple of years already so I think they're pretty strong and they will be hard to beat in the future.
Well, I think that right now he's doing a good compliment with Red Bull. They have a great team, he's driving at the peak of his career as well and he's being very consistent so as Sergio said, he's a good example for all of us and I think that it will be quite interesting to see how it will change or influence next year on the rule changes. Hopefully it will make everything more competitive and more opportunities for other drivers as well to be at the front, fighting.
Paul, perhaps you know him a bit better than others having raced with him as a teammate back in F3 days. Your thoughts on his season?
Paul di Resta:
I don't think there's really much more you can say than what Sergio said. I think he's summed up where he's been for the last three or four years. They've done a very good job, very consistent, driver and car, it's been on top form. It would just be nice to be up the front racing where you should be.
Yeah, obviously Sebastian and Red Bull are doing a great job. They are just winning everything for three years now so it's great for them and they're just the best now. It's up to the other teams to push harder and try to beat them.
Yeah, I agree with him. I think they are the number one team at the moment. Sebastian has been doing a fantastic job and it's all about a team job. Maybe this is the most important thing for which team makes the difference. So many people work for a car, so many people work for a driver and everything must be combined to achieve that kind of result.
Q: (Cristobal Rosaleny – Car and Driver).
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