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Japanese GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1.

Press conference:

Q:
Jenson, your thoughts about this circuit?

Jenson Button:
This is an interesting circuit, I find. It is very different to most places we go. There are a lot of very late apexes and it is very, very different to most. Last year we went well in the wet conditions. I am not sure if it is going to be the same situation this year. From looking at our weather forecast it is not going to be anywhere near as wet as last year either, so we don't really know how we are going to fare until we drive tomorrow. But it is nice to be back and it is nice to be back in Japan. I have had a good time this week. We had an event on Sunday which was good fun and it has been a nice few days relaxing in Tokyo.

Q:
Looking ahead to next year, what are your expectations and hopes?

JB:
Every team will say they are going to be quicker next year than this year, they are going to build a good car. There is one thing we can't do and that's make a slow car. I am positive for next year and hopefully I will be with Honda next season and we can build a very competitive car. I know that the team will do a great job in building a new car. It's what other people do, that's what we have got to wait and see.

Q:
There will be a lot of changes next year with the new regulations. But you are not confirmed at this stage for next year?

JB:
No.

Q:
When are you expecting an announcement?

JB:
We are not in a rush, it's fine. But as you said there is a lot changing next year which makes it very exciting. Ross is very good at new regulations and I am looking forward to it, driving with slick tyres and new aero spec and obviously the KERS. There is a lot to play with there and a lot for us to get right.

Q:
Kazuki-san, your first full season of Formula One. Has it been easier or more difficult than you thought?

Kazuki Nakajima:
I would say whilst not easy, probably it was similar to what I expected. But I think I could improve myself all the time until the last race. At the beginning of the year I think our car was a bit more competitive and there was a bit more chance to have a good result. We had quite a few good results in the first half of the season and then from half way in some races in the middle of the season we had a lot of difficult races but I had a feeling I was improving all the time and at the last race in Singapore we had a very good result again, so I am quite happy with my first season.

Q:
And of course your home race. Has there been more pressure than you expected?

KN:
No, at the moment I am very relaxed. I feel excited for the first drive in F1 at this track. It has been quite busy from last Saturday to yesterday, but actually it was very good fun and for me it allowed me to forget about the racing a little bit. Tomorrow will be the first proper job for us and I just feel excited.

Q:
And you have been confirmed for next year. Does that take a little bit of pressure off your shoulders?

KN:
Yeah, I think so. I feel in a good way and feel relaxed after the announcement. For the last three races I can be a bit more relaxed in a good way and I can push a bit harder and try to get something more. I am really excited to know that I can drive for Williams next year. Next year is going to be very interesting. I am sure everybody is hoping to be good for next year and I believe the team can do a good job for next year.

Q:
Are we finally going to see your father this weekend?

KN:
I am not sure. He will be here but I don't know if he will come to the paddock or not. Maybe he will stay somewhere behind.

Q:
Timo, you don't have any worries about next year as you were confirmed quite some time ago or even when you first signed.

Timo Glock:
Yeah, for me it was quite clear that next year I am at Toyota again. That put me in a quite nice first year, a quite comfortable position. I am happy. Next year everything will change with the regulations and I think it will be really interesting, nobody knows so far where the teams are. But first testing I am looking forward to it and back to slick tyres is another good point for myself.

Q:
And another home race in many ways for Toyota and yourself.

TG:
Yeah, it will be quite special. It is my first time here in Fuji and first time with Toyota together and so far I have enjoyed the time quite a lot. I have been here since Friday last week and had a couple of events, PR and marketing stuff. It was good fun. I have met a lot of fans already that support us and hopefully they will give us a little bit extra boost here and we can fight back against Renault in the Constructors' Championship.

Q:
Looking back on what is your first full year in Formula One, what has been the impression of your and your team's performance?

TG:


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