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Bridgestone press conference - Tokyo.

Q:
Kimi, how do you look back at this season so far?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It definitely wasn't the season that I was expecting after the last season. I think we started pretty well, but after that it has been quite difficult, especially the last four races, five races, it wasn't good for me. But, we are still in the championship for the team, and we'll try to get that one this year again. For myself, it's more or less over, but we'll do the best job we can for the team, and look for next year again.

Q:
Felipe, you're in second place. How do you look back on the season so far?

Felipe Massa:
Well I think the season is very competitive, for sure some ups and downs sometimes, which make it even more difficult, the competition. But I think we showed many good performances in so many races. We showed sometimes a slight issue when we couldn't bring the car to the end of the race. And, for sure, our main competitors here at our side showed great performance as well. We are still seven points behind, but we still have 30 points in front of us. We're going to do the best we can to fight until the last lap in the last race. I think we still have a big possibility in front of us, and we will not give up, that's for sure.

Q:
Heikki, you won your first victory in Hungary. Looking back at the 2008 season, how do you feel?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Well, of course, the highlight for myself this season was the Hungarian GP. Winning my first grand prix was a very special moment for me. Now I think the target for the rest of the season is to try to repeat that again. Otherwise, echoing pretty much what Kimi said earlier, it's been a difficult season for me, with some very difficult moments in the season, not being able to score enough points. But likewise we're trying to do everything we can for the team to maximise the result. And that's all I can say at the moment.

Q:
Lewis, you are leading the world championship at the moment, how do you look back on the season?

Lewis Hamilton:
Firstly, konichiwa! I don't know too much Japanese, sorry. My season is perhaps not as a strong and as competitive and as consistent as last year, but still a very competitive year for me. I think the team have performed fantastically through the season, and showed that we have a great pace, a great package, and the reliability has been fantastic. Especially at this point of the year I feel a lot stronger than I was last year at this point. Obviously, we have three races left. I think there's going to be a big
battle until hopefully the last race, and we're going to make sure we do everything we can as a team to make sure we come out on top.

Q:
We have the four top drivers. Mr Hamashima, what can you tell us from the tyre perspective?

Hirohide Hamashima:
The way they use the tyres, the Ferrari and McLaren machines are different in their characteristics. There are some strengths and weaknesses of course. The Ferrari machine is very good with longer runs, but the McLaren is very fast in qualifying, and they're also very strong. Both teams are doing excellently in terms of performance because of this strength.

Q:
Mr Yasukawa, the two McLaren drivers have experience of using Bridgestone tyres from the days of the GP2 Series, and they have come up to Formula One.

Hiroshi Yasukawa:
That's right. Just over eight years ago in 2000 they were in Motegi, for the World Cup kart race. Then they have very rapidly stepped up to become F1 drivers. They were in the GP2 Series, and GP2 has become the gateway to move up to the F1 stage, and it's a pleasure for Bridgestone to be able to provide tyres for the young drivers in GP2.

Q:
Kimi, last year you were third in the Japanese GP. How about this year?

KR:
Definitely, we'll try to improve on last year. We don't know how the weather is going to be. I heard it's going to be a little bit tricky on Saturday, and it should be better on Sunday again. Last year was very difficult with the weather and the conditions. It's a nice circuit, but unfortunately, like I said, last year was tricky with the rain conditions and the visibility. We'll see how we do. We should have a strong car, and like I said it's a fun circuit, so we'll do the best that we can, and try to be on top.

Q:
Felipe, what are your aspirations for the Japanese GP?

FM:


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