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Singapore GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2
20 September 2012
Questions from the floor:
Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Sebastian, you won eleven races last year; what is your opinion, is it possible to win the championship without winning a single Grand Prix?
I don't know. It depends. I think it's easier if you win a lot of races. But it's not impossible. I don't know if there has ever been someone... I think Keke (Rosberg) won one race (when he won the championship in 1982). It depends what the others do. I think that's the most important... if you want to win without winning (a race).
Q: (Ian Parkes - PA)
Sergio, just following on from the earlier question. Luca di Montezemolo has repeated his assertion that again, you lack experience to join Ferrari. Could I just get your thoughts on that first of all, and secondly, over the past week, you have been linked with the possibility of joining McLaren should Lewis leave. Could I just get your thoughts on that as well?
In respect of what Montezemolo said about experience, I fully respect his opinion. I have to know my position, probably, he means, to become a Ferrari driver you probably need more... I don't know, because it's only my second year in Formula One. I feel ready to do a good job, to be in a top team, to be able to fight for the title, for the championship, so in that respect I feel ready but I fully respect his opinion. Regarding the McLaren rumour, as I said, there are so many rumours around. Before it was Ferrari, and now it's McLaren. Always, when I have a good race, they put me in a different team. The most important thing is to keep doing a good job and try to maximise the car potential for the next races.
Q: (Ubaid Parkar - F1 Pulse)
Bruno, what do you have to do in the next few races to ensure that you secure your seat at Williams next year? Do you think you need a podium perhaps, or maybe a win?
I think the focus is to continue scoring points consistently. There's no target for anything. The target for me has always been, since the beginning of the season, to qualify and do the best job I can in the races and I'm sure that, coming to the next few races, I had a pretty decent run last year in a few of them, and I think that with added experience, I can improve and do a good job. Of course every time I get in the car I aim to get a podium or a win, but this is not always possible and if we can do something like that then great news for me.
Q: (Peter Windsor - F1 Racing)
For anyone really, no matter who; my taxi driver said yesterday that he thought it was going to rain on Sunday - local opinion - and I just wondered that assuming you're not behind a safety car and assuming that it is actually raining as distinct from damp, I just wondered what it might be like driving here under lights with falling rain at racing speeds, if anybody's got any thoughts on that? It's different from any other situation we've found ourselves in.
I reckon the glare from the lights on the spray from the car in front can be quite difficult to cope with but we've never had that situation before so it's going to be a bit of a learning curve. We've driven in damp conditions (here) which is already fairly difficult on this track but with spray, I reckon it's going to be a very big challenge and we'll see if it's going to be possible or not. Hopefully it's going to be just like any other day in the wet.
Difficult to know, we've never driven in wet conditions here so we don't know how it will be with the lights. I think no one ever really drove a Formula One car at night during the rain with lights. I think it will be very slippery, because this circuit is not very grippy. I think it was a little bit damp at the beginning of practice last year so yeah, it will be slippery.
Q: (Tom Cary - Daily Telegraph)
Sergio, given the rumour with McLaren, is there anything in your association with Ferrari that you think would not help you there, that could prevent such a move from happening?
No, not really. I have a nice connection to Ferrari through the Ferrari Academy, but I am just part of the Ferrari Academy, not part of the Ferrari team, so it doesn't affect... As I said, still a long way to go in the season and I'm fully focused on the next races.
Q: (Peter Windsor - F1 Racing)
Kimi, you mentioned that there are plenty of nice things to do beyond Formula One if you weren't racing next year. If we exclude trucks and rallying, I just wonder if you could give us some examples of nice things you could be doing?
I always said that I'm not desperate for Formula One and when I feel like doing something else I will. Now I'm enjoying it, I'm in a good team with nice people to work with. We'll see what happens. There is a lot of different racing and doing just normal things in your life outside of Formula One. I will wait and see.