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European GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2.

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association)
Lewis and the other guys: I've just been with Fernando Alonso at his personal press conference. He's just mentioned that in the light of what happened yesterday, the Spanish plane disaster, that he's hoping to get you guys together to hopefully observe a minute's silence as a mark of respect before practice. Presumably that is something you would be more than happy to go along with providing the FIA also agreed?

Lewis Hamilton:
Yes. For me, I would definitely be looking forward to doing that. I just want to send out my heartfelt thoughts and best wishes to all the families and to all the people in Spain. I think it's a tragedy, I was really sad to hear it had happened. We're in a beautiful country, in a beautiful city. I just hope that doesn't stall our weekend. I hope we are able to move on and do the country proud.

Felipe Massa:
I think last year we had a similar accident in Brazil, and it was a disaster, it was so sad. As Lewis said, I give 100 percent support to the people because we are here for sport and there are so many important things apart from sport which are the lives of these people, and it's a very sad moment. I think all of us need to do everything we can to help these people.

Jarno Trulli:
I share the same feelings.

Q: (Peter Windsor – Speed Channel)
Lewis, I'm just wondering what the verdict was on the puncture in Hungary, now that Bridgestone and your engineers have presumably had time to look at it? There was talk about possibly the serrated edge of the apex kerb on some of the corners being the cause. Equally, it may have been debris. Any information on that?

LH:
For me, I've not spoken to my engineers about it. That was the last race. You might want to ask them if you do a press conference with them, but for me it was a tyre failure, it was just one of those things, a little bit unfortunate, but I don't think they really found the exact cause of it.

Q: (Peter Windsor – Speed Channel)
Felipe, Ferrari's engine reliability, touch wood, has been brilliant. We saw Kimi with the exhaust failure still finishing second in France. What was the verdict on your engine failure? Could it have been managed any differently by the engineers? What is the thinking on that?

FM:
No, definitely not. We had a completely different problem, which maybe you can have once every ten years. It was a manufacturing problem of the piece and you cannot do anything. We have never had this problem except at that particular moment, so there's nothing that can be done about that.

Q: (Livio Orrichio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
To all the drivers: are you satisfied with the run-off areas of the track?

JT:
Well, I did have a look and it's difficult to comment at the moment because we don't know exactly the speed in certain corners but I must say it's a safe circuit anyway, and so far I can see that they have done a pretty good job, but it's probably still a bit too early to judge.

RB:
It's very similar to Melbourne, in a way, because you have limited space on a road circuit. I think it's nicely done. Obviously if you have problems in turns nine and ten which is the bridge – if a car parked there – I think you would have to stop the race because it's not even a safety car issue. You would have to take the car away and bring trucks onto the bridge. It might be a bit of an issue but I think, so far, as Jarno said, we have to really understand what is the speed of the cars, and the only corner that we were concerned about, as a team, was turn one, because you don't have a lot of run-off in that turn but apart from that it looks okay to me.

FM:


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