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China - Thursday press conference - 2.

Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Renault), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes), Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Chinese media).
Kimi, you said you would challenge for a win for your birthday present, so what will you do if you are first and Felipe was second?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I always try to win but hopefully we are in a position this weekend to fight for that. I know what the team expects from me and I know what they want, they want both championships, so we will see how the race goes and where we are and then maybe there is some different approach we can take. That we will see during the race.

Q: (Chinese media).
Fernando, you said earlier this week you would do your best to help Felipe win the World Championship. Could I ask in which aspects in detail, what you will do? By the way, my home city is the sister city of Oviedo.

Fernando Alonso:
Very good. Obviously I was asked this question. When I said this in Fuji what I meant is that now we have a competitive car it seems that we are able to fight sometimes with Ferrari and McLaren and first of all we need to have a competitive, hard car here in Shanghai and Brazil to be fighting with Ferrari and McLaren. If we do that and Felipe wins the race and I can be second or third I will be happy to help Felipe to take as many points as possible and this is the only approach.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
To all drivers. What do you think about the last punishment by the stewards? Do you agree or do you feel some hesitation next time you try to overtake your competitor?

Lewis Hamilton:
We both had penalties, Felipe and I, but that is motor racing. You move forward and try to avoid it in the future.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Does it affect your driving?


Robert Kubica:
It is very easy. I haven't seen them, so I cannot judge them. I don't know what happened.

It is the same as always. We probably believe that there are too many penalties because sometimes the races are decided by the stewards. Sometimes they are wrong, sometimes they are fair.

I haven't been hurt too badly by any of those but I mean sometimes it is difficult to say. Everybody has their own opinions whether it is right or wrong and that is always going to be the case. Some like it, some not and for me it is okay. Whatever we say is not going to change much, so there is no point to put too much input in.

Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association).
Lewis, can I just get your opinion on Fernando's comment that he is willing to help Felipe get the title?

Honestly, I don't have an opinion on it. I focus on my job and that's the most important thing. I think we can be competitive this weekend and challenge for points and try to win. What the others do is none of my business.

Q: (Jon McEvoy – The Daily Mail).

Related Pictures

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23, Japanese F1, Fuji, 10th-12th, October, 2008
Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R28, Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza, 12th-14th, September, 2008
Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber.F1.08, Japanese F1, Fuji, 10th-12th, October, 2008
McLaren MCL32 [credit: McLaren Twitter]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Sauber F1 Team
McLaren - Honda MCL32
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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October 16, 2008 1:11 PM

From Autosport Red Bull''s Mark Webber admitted he was shocked by the penalty given to Toro Rosso driver Sebastien Bourdais at Fuji. "I think it was a surprise how many drive-throughs were dished out, even Felipe, so that day they just liked dishing them out. Which was a bit odd," Webber said. "It (Bourdais'' penalty) is a real shock for everyone. We are on the racing track and racing around Turn 1. The trajectory is different which is what made the speed difference so high. SO THE OTHER PENALTY YOU DIDN''T MENTION WAS JUSTIFIED, AND YOU UNSCRUPULOUS MAN, YOU DIDN''T CALL FOR BOURDAIS TO GET HIS POSITION BACK,

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