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Korean GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1

11 October 2012


PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
Nico, coming first of all to you. It has been mentioned that this is a better circuit for you than Suzuka. What are your feelings about that?

Nico Rosberg:
Already in the race in Japan things were looking better. Michael put in a consistent pace there. For sure here this track should suit us more. All the conditions, all the circumstances, the long straights and everything. I'm definitely looking forward to it and I'm confident that we can do better again.

Q:
The big problem is keeping Sauber at bay in the Constructors' Championship, isn't it?

Nico Rosberg:
Personally, I'm looking forward, so I want to try to maximise the points that we can get and I'm convinced we can do (that)... there are still a lot of points to be had in the next few races and that isn't going to be a concern.

Q:
So you're quite happy with the way things are going?

Nico Rosberg:
Yes.

Q:
Romain, there is a new exhaust system on the car. What are you hoping for from that?

Romain Grosjean:
Hopefully some good performance. We were one of the only teams not to use it so it may help us to go quicker. We know our weakness this year on the car and this may help us to improve quite well.

Q:
Obviously you had the problem last weekend and went to see Mark after the race. What did you say and are you quite happy that you've cleared the air?

Romain Grosjean:
Yes, Mark came to see me and I completely understand that he was unhappy. The only thing I could say was to apologise and that's what I did. I'm clearly conscious of the risk at the start, I'm working on changing on quite a lot of things but work doesn't come from one day to the other one. There is a process going on. I said I was very sorry. I'm not stupid and I'm conscious of the risk. And hopefully by now it will be a different and I will not make the mistake of focusing on the wrong targets.

Q:
And Mark, are you happy with that?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, absolutely. I went to see Romain, we had a discussion about it and that was that. So, yes.

Q:
Pastor, again a team that feels the car is suited to this circuit. Is that your feeling?

Pastor Maldonado:
I hope so! I hope to have a competitive car and a part of that is to be quite competitive in quali. We missed a couple of tenths in the last qualifying in Suzuka and we were out of Quali 3. It was quite a good pace during the race but we are really looking forward here to being in Quali 3 and very competitive. But it's very difficult to know exactly where we'll be.

Q:
At the moment your future seems to be undecided. Is it your decision and have you been in contact with other teams apart from Williams?

Pastor Maldonado:
To be honest I realty want to stay with Williams. It's a good team and the team is getting better and better every day. We've been rebuilding everything in the team and I think now it's more compact and the car is looking, as I mentioned before, every day better and better. So good confidence with them but at the moment there is not confirmation. So looking forward to seeing that but otherwise looking forward to remaining in Formula One for sure.

Q:
Mark, you've had an unfortunate second half to the season, since your win at the British Grand Prix. This is a circuit that has been up and down for you. You pretty much sealed the championship here for Red Bull Racing when you finished third. Can you get it back? Can you turn things around here?

Mark Webber:
Yes. That's the goal, mate. As you've said, we've had a few ropey runs of late. Lost of different reasons: a few on my side ā€“ not driving well enough ā€“ a few on some dodgy strategies, and last weekend was out of my hands. In that case, all of a sudden, three or four or five races with definitely not the points you want. I'm really looking forward to this race. It'sā€¦ in terms of atmosphere it's not off the charts, we know that, but in terms of the race track, it's not a bad little circuit to drive on so I think the car will go well here.

Q:
Fernando, how badly do you need a good result this weekend?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, I think we all need some good points this weekend but it's the same situation for everybody, if not worse, so that's it.

Q:
And with five races how much are Ferrari pushing as well.

Fernando Alonso:
I think we have been pushing from the first test in the winter, so nothing has changed in the last five races. We just need to keep doing the things we've been doing so far. I think it has nearly been a perfect championship for us at the moment, with good strategies, good starts, good approach to the races. Everything we had in our hands on Sunday we maximised the points. We had one zero in Spa and one zero in Suzuka but things completely outside of our team, so apart from that we don't need to change too many things.

Q:
Of course your rival is Sebastian there, winner here last year and winner of the last two races this year. Does that give you confidence? What is the feeling coming to this race:

Sebastian Vettel:
Of course. We had a good two last races as you mentioned. We obviously come here on a high and we try to produce the momentum to have another very strong result here. We know that this circuit should be quite good for us. Historically we have been competitive here. The two years we have been racing here before I think we always had a very good car, so try again.

Q:
It's interesting that people say this circuit suits the car or vice versa, as this seems to be a circuit that has a bit of everything: it has a lot of straights, it has the twisty section at the end, it's got some fast, flowing corners in the middle. Is it just an all-round car that you have?

Sebastian Vettel:
In the end I think it's the nature of the track that maybe we used to like in the last two years. We should be reasonably competitive but then again, this year I think it has been very unpredictable and you don't know what happens so it could be the case here. We have to try our best to get another strong result. If you look at the layout, for sure you start off with a lot of straights and then you finish off with corners. It looks a little strange compared to other places because usually it's a bit more of a mix. But here you get the straights first and then the corners.



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