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European GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2.

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Thomas Richtr – TV Nova)
On the pit entry. It does not seem clear who decided to go in and who decided to stay on track. I believe Nico Rosberg also showed that at times it could be confusing.

Robert Kubica:
I think the pit entry is quite nice, quite challenging. I think if you look into the details you clearly see who is coming in and who is not coming in because if you want to enter the pit you can brake a few metres later, so you can gain something on the braking. Of course there can be some misunderstanding but anyway you are not allowed to cross the white lines, so the rules are pretty clear.

Fernando Alonso:
I think as Robert said it is maybe from the outside more difficult to look who is going into the pits than on the inside. But when a car in front of you goes into the pits you see clearly that he brakes a little bit later and when you go to the pits you brake late. Also you have to stay on the right part of the white line. Today, one time, I was not. It was my mistake and if you stay on the right I don't think it is a problem and it is not dangerous or anything like that.

Q: (Ottavio Daviddi - Tuttosport)
Is it better for Formula One to race on historical circuits or to find new locations like Valencia and Singapore?

Mario Theissen:
There is no either/or. We need both. We certainly need the traditional circuits, like Spa, which have made Formula One what it is now. We also need new venues like this place which is a really exciting place. We see new solutions from the track and also it is very good to be in a place where several hundred thousand people live already, so it is much easier to attract the crowd. It is easier to accommodate people and certainly Valencia is a track which has a great future in my view.

Flavio Briatore:
I think the same. Maybe on the historical circuits like Silverstone or Germany or Spa it is not easy to accommodate all the people we have. When we started racing the team was 120 people or 80 people. Now we have more people, more media, so it is very difficult, especially in Spa or Silverstone, to accommodate everybody. I believe this is the right direction to go with Singapore, with Valencia. It is a fantastic show if you see what has happened here in Valencia with the boats in the harbour. For sure I have a better feeling here than in Hockenheim.

Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association)
Fernando, Rubens [Barrichello] said in the main press conference yesterday that you were in talks with Honda. I just wondered what the situation was, although I know it might be difficult with Flavio sat next to you.

FB:
Don't worry, I am not jealous.

FA:
Nothing at all. As I have said many times, I think for next year the time to think about it will be the end of the season or in the last part of the championship. Now I am not talking to anyone and it is not the time. I am fully concentrated on the championship and I think it would be a mistake to think about next year so early.

Q: (Frédéric Ferret – l'Equipe)
What parts of the circuit do you like best and what parts are the most challenging for you?

RK:
I like tracks like this as there is a lot of heavy braking. The braking into the last corner is quite interesting with lateral load. You go from the corner to the corner and you have to choose a good line over the kerbs which is quite nice. The first braking is quite difficult and also the braking into corner 12 is very good braking.

FA:
I like the last sector. I think turn 19, turn 20 and the last corner, as Robert said, braking with some lateral G, is always exciting and you move a little bit in the seat and the cockpit and it is a feeling that maybe you don't have in any other place.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)


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