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Belgian GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2.


Questions from the floor

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, you have a variety of weather here; what would you prefer for this weekend?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Either it's dry or raining all the time. It's much easier for everybody. When it gets between those two weathers you have more luck involved. It's more if you get it right or wrong when it starts raining and it gets drier, so hopefully it's… for me, anything is good but maybe dry would nice.

Q: (Juha Päätalo - Financial Times Deutschland)
Kimi, last year you had similar problems in qualifying but you were able to solve that. How much can the work of last year help you to find a solution because it hasn't yet been that way. Is the car very different from last year on that point?

KR:
No, but we haven't solved the issues yet. We had similar issues last year at some point of the season. We were pretty OK at the beginning of this season and then it seems to have turned a bit worse. Hopefully we will get back to where we were earlier on but we will see now if we have made improvements or not, then we will go from there.

Q: (Mike Doodson)
This is a question for all four of you about pit-stops. David Coulthard recently said that he thought the racing would be more interesting if there were no pit-stops. He thinks that pit-stops distort the results of the races. We've also had incidents with fires in Hungary and a mechanic who was hurt in Valencia. I'm interested to know if you drivers would be interested or would like to see the end of pit-stops, which, incidentally, came in 15 years ago.

Nick Heidfeld:
Well, hopefully we will see more overtaking next year with the new regulations but, until we've had a couple of races, we don't know. And as we all know, overtaking is so difficult that I think it would be a good idea to keep the pit-stops to at least see some (overtaking).

KR:
We see now most of the overtaking taking place at the pit-stops, so without them, we probably will be running behind each other more, nothing really happening. Sometimes people get hurt in the pit stops unfortunately but that's part of racing, so it hasn't been too bad.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think when we are about to retire, we are looking for more interesting races as well because we will be in a position to watch the races. Honestly, in the car the races are pretty interesting and you are pretty busy. As Nick said, next year there should be more overtaking, so hopefully that by the time we are retiring the racing is more interesting.

Kazuki Nakajima:
In my opinion it's better to keep the pit stops because at the moment that's the thing which makes the difference between other drivers, so we have a bit of choice for strategy. Sometimes it makes the racing more interesting.

Q: (Thierry Wilmotte - Le Soir)
Kimi, everybody knows that team orders are not allowed, but can you imagine that at the end of the season you can decide on your own to help Felipe to fight for the title?

KR:


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