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United States GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1

15 November 2012

Drivers: Pedro de la Rosa (HRT), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Sergio Perez
(Sauber), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus).


Press conference



Q:
Gentlemen, a question to you all to start with: what are your impressions of the circuit so far; your feelings about being back in America. What it's like to be back here?

Pedro de la Rosa:
Good morning to everyone. I've just been doing a lap, just walking around. I don't know much apart from this lap, and apart from what I've been able to see from the internet – from the lap Jérôme [D'Ambrosio] did in the Lotus -– and it looks fantastic… a very difficult track, with very big gradient changes and very challenging because most of the corners, the apexes are blind. So let's see tomorrow, but it's one of those tracks that you can say it's going to be difficult and challenging.

Q:
Lewis, have you done anything on simulation?

Lewis Hamilton:
Good morning everyone. Yeah, I think everyone's done simulations probably. It's quite an interesting track. It's quite difficult to learn initially but it looks fantastic to drive. I really started to enjoy it once I got used to it, which took perhaps a little bit longer than some of the other circuits to learn but it's going to be very interesting this weekend.

Q:
Sergio?

Sergio Perez:
I haven't done any simulator, we don't have one with Sauber. I've seen some video of the track and I walked the track and it's amazing. I think it will be very enjoyable for all the drivers.

Q:
Fernando, have you been around the circuit, done any simulation?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, we did some simulator programmes, after Singapore it was that we started. A bit more intense this last week and yesterday I also did two laps on the bicycle. The programme is to do some more this afternoon. So, we are more or less ready. The track seems spectacular, very, very nice. It will be challenging for us drivers and for the engineers as well. I think it will be a good show for everybody and hopefully some good overtaking opportunities as well around the track. It can be a very good weekend.

Q:
Sebastian?

Sebastian Vettel:
We also prepared in the simulator but apart from that I haven't seen much. I will walk the track this afternoon but I think if we have to wait until we get out until we have a judgement on how the circuit feels. So by the looks of it, it looks quite interesting, but you know it's always the feeling you get inside the car that is most important, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

Q:
Kimi?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I've only seen the video from when they did the demo run here, but I haven't seen the circuit itself. I will see tomorrow how it goes.

Q:
You won't even walk the circuit this afternoon?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know yet. I'll have to see.

Q:
After the comment from the last grand prix, it's good to see…

Kimi Raikkonen:
Well, I mean, if I found a golf cart or something.

Q:
Some individual questions now. Pedro, there have obviously been some stories around about HRT etc. What can you tell us? What are your own personal plans? What do you know? Maybe you can't tell us anything.

Pedro de la Rosa:
Well, unfortunately there's not much I can say really. It's a corporate decision, which I'm not involved in. All I can say is, we are here, that there are two grand's prix to go and no matter what's going on in the background, we will give it 100 per cent like we've always done. No matter in which position we fight and who we fight against we will do a professional job. We are here to do that and there are two very interesting grand's prix left. Hopefully there's some more retirements than in the last few races, even more and we can achieve a good result. But first we have to finish the races and make sure that we do as much as we can on both Friday sessions that are left.

Q:
Lewis, obviously winner of the last US Grand Prix which took place on this soil in 2007 from pole position, an interesting comment from your team boss saying that you regret your decision, or you may have regretted your decision to change teams. What's your reply to that?

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, I was a little bit surprised to hear that. It's clearly absolutely not the case. But I've got a great team and I've been with them such a long time. So, I'm sure everyone has emotions within the team but I'm still here giving 100 per cent to them for the last two races. Of course it's quite emotional for me but I'm very, very happy with the decision I've made.

Q:
Sergio, do you call this your home grand prix? To what extent is it?

Sergio Perez:
Well, it's the closest one I have ever raced in the last eight, nine years in my life, so I expect to have a lot of support here, many Mexicans coming because it's quite close to Mexico. I think it will be a great weekend.

Q:
Fernando and Sebastian. It's interesting to come to this race with the championship the way it is with this very much a level playing field: a circuit that no-one's ever raced on before. What sort of preparations can you make? What are your feelings? What sort of plans do you have? Has anything changed for you just for this one race?

Fernando Alonso:
Nothing really changed in terms of preparation and approach for the weekend. Maximum concentration, maximum effort from everybody in the team. Preparing some new parts that we are bringing every grand prix and hopefully that we can test them tomorrow and have some feedback about that. Try to do our very good, smooth Friday, good test and here, maybe more important than some other circuits, to do a lot of laps, to learn the racing lines, the possibilities and some… maybe tricks… that the circuit can have. And a good Saturday, try to be in the best position possible for the race and 58 or 60 or whatever laps, qualifying laps, Sunday try to score as many points as possible. Exactly the same as every other weekend.

Q:
Sebastian, is there any more you can do? I mean you do a huge amount anyway…

Sebastian Vettel:
Usually you try to prepare as much as you can. It's not the first time we've raced on a completely new circuit. Obviously we had this kind of challenge previous years as well. I think we do what we can. The most important is to get into the rhythm tomorrow and have a good start and go from there.

Q:
Kimi, winner of the last grand prix, what has changed in terms of your feeling coming to a grand prix. Has anything changed?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Not really. Of course the team is happy, I'm happy that we finally win but it's a new place, new race again and we try to do the best. I don't expect we suddenly going to start winning or being in front. Probably it's going to be very similar to where we've been in the last races in top five and then go from there and see what happens.

Q:
Have they all brought their T-shirts with them?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't know, I just arrived here. I don't know yet.


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