Drivers: Charles Pic (Caterham), Max Chilton (Marussia), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing).

Press conference

Q:
I'll start with you Mark: 215th and final grand prix start this weekend. I know you've had time to come to terms with your retirement from Formula One but when you climb into that Red Bull for one last time, it's going to emotional isn't it?

Mark Webber:
I think on Sunday it will be a little bit different but it still feels like a normal race at the moment, so looking forward to Sunday in many ways, in terms of obviously pushing for a good result, but also I'm ready to stop and looking forward to the extended winter that I'll have and the new challenges around the corner. Getting out of the car Sunday there will be a few things that will be for the last obviously in terms of Formula One, but I'm pretty relaxed at the moment and looking forward to the race.

Q:
What do you think you might miss most of all?

Mark Webber:
There are certain situations in Formula One that are super rewarding. Obviously driving the car on the limit at certain venues is still very satisfying, no question about it. You've got Suzuka, Spa, Monte Carlo, come qualifying day and even racing, at certain circuits it's very challenging and rewarding. So I'll miss some of that. But I'm on a little bit of a slippery slope now, in terms of... you've got to be careful not to test it too much in terms of performance and what you used to be able to do. I still think I'm driving well but I don't want to be around not driving well. So it's inevitable that you're going to miss certain parts, for sure the adrenaline and working with people like Adrian Newey. Stuff like that you don't get to do that often obviously. That'll be something I'll miss a bit. But there comes a time when you've got to let go and I'll still have good adrenaline next year obviously with Porsche and that'll be a good balance.

Q:
So many highs and lows from your association with Formula One. Which period have you enjoyed driving the least and which period have you enjoyed driving the most?

Mark Webber:
I think the hardest and most difficult cars to driver were in the mid-2000s, when we had all the refuelling and the tyre war. Those cars were tricky and you had to push every time you went out. There was no such thing as pacing at any point really, in qualifying, practice or Sunday afternoon. So it really was a tight envelope for a grand prix driver in those eras to operate but that's what we trained [for] and we aspire to do. They were good times. Obviously a lot of power too, the V10s had plenty of horsepower. So the lap times floating around then were pretty impressive, and in the early 2000s as well to a degree. We've had a lot of changes in the last three or four years. The racing has gone through some boring phases, so we've introduced some DRS, things like that, things that have been of benefit to the sport. It's taken a little bit of the tradition out of it I suppose, some of the passing moves and things like that, which probably which are not as difficult to achieve as in years gone by. They are achievable now. That's a little bit fabricated but good for the neutral at home. Tyres - we've had some challenging times on those as drivers, and as teams, trying to understand particularly the new brand of heavily modified pace during races is probably not as rewarding as it was. But you can't always have it. I've driven in so many different regulations... one championship but with so many different scenarios but generally you just have to enjoy it, it's your job.

Q:
I'm sure you'll be greatly missed by everyone here in the paddock. Good luck for the future. For you, Felipe, it's the end of an era too. Your association with Ferrari, which begun in 2006, comes to an end and what a place for it to come to an end - your home race, at Interlagos.

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, definitely. It's a fantastic place to race and to finish an incredible time with Ferrari. It's a very long time. It's our eighth championship but I've been inside Ferrari even before Formula One, so it's a long time and I need to say thank you to all of them - everyone who worked together in Ferrari. Stefano as well. You know that he is a big friend and he did a lot for me as well, Domenicali. Everybody, everybody I worked with together. I hope we can enjoy the last race here in Ferrari and having a lot of fun and having a good result as well to have even more emotion at the end.

Q:
Do you pinch yourself when you think back that you spent eight years with Ferrari, the team that every boy racer dreams of racing for?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, I mean I think Ferrari is a dream for all the drivers. I remember, one of the first go-karts I had was red. My first overall was red, so I was always supporting Ferrari as a kid. So racing eight years for Ferrari is definitely a dream come true. So, getting old as well! But also it's another re-start for my career. I'm really happy and looking forward to my future in Williams, a different team. So really, a lot to do still in Formula One.

Q:
How important for your morale was it that Williams had the faith in you to extend your Formula One career, to take you on and try and restart a period of success that they'll be hoping for from next season? And also, how important is it for the sport that a Brazilian driver still stays in Formula One.

Felipe Massa:
First of all, I really believe I can do a lot with Williams. Everything is changing, brand new rules for the championship so I think it's also a good time that we start something new, different. You never know, you're doing a good job in a team that has also all the infrastructure to do - like Williams has - everything inside the company to do a good car. So everything is possible. They believe in me so I'm really happy and motivated to drive for them, to work and to do everything I can to help the team to be competitive again, which I'm sure everything is possible.

Q:
And how important for a Brazilian to stay in Formula One?

Felipe Massa:
It's very important. We know how important is Brazil in Formula One: the history for so many drivers, so many championships, so many victories. For Brazil, Formula One is very important. We have motor racing in the blood. So, it's very, very important to keep Brazilian drivers in Formula One, and also, we're not having a great time in Brazil for the small categories, so I think it's important to give a push and help for our future - because for the moment it doesn't look very nice. I'm trying to help and give some good ideas for the Federation to help and pushing for our future.

Q:
Jean-Eric, your second full season in Formula One. How difficult has this year been for you? Off the track when Mark announced he was retiring there was the hope of a Red Bull seat, tantalisingly close but it never ultimately came your way.

Jean-Eric Vergne:
It was a difficult season. I have to say that I've been quite unlucky in many races, not finishing when I should have been in the points. We had a really good car to start off the season with but then I guess with the introduction of the new tyres, everything went a little bit more difficult for us and, yeah, we were out of the points for a long time. It has been really tough. Obviously there was the Red Bull seat opportunity. They went for Daniel. It was, of course, a big disappointment for me as a racing driver. You want to win races, be one day a world champion and obviously it's the team to be in to do this, to succeed. But, you know, I try to look at the positive. I guess if Red Bull choose Daniel that means there are things I haven't done good. I have to look at myself in the mirror, try to understand the reasons and try to get better. The challenge with Toro Rosso next year will be massive. I'm really happy to stay in that team and everything is possible. Even staying in this team, it's not a back-up plan or whatever. I really believe in this team and I want to grow as a racing driver with this team that is growing a lot too.

Q:
When you miss out on a big seat is it difficult to keep your head high, is it difficult to keep your morale and your focus.

Jean-Eric Vergne:
For a few races it has been difficult because I think I was doing really good races and I was on a good run from Monaco, Canada and Silverstone was going to be really good as well but obviously I had the big tyre explosion and then there was the call of Red Bull to put Daniel in the Red Bull for the young driver test and straight away I understood that this seat was not going to be for me even though I tried to do my best. And then there were a couple of really difficult races in terms of pace, everything, so it was quite difficult to manage it, I guess.

Q: Giedo and Max. Question for you both. We know where Mark's going to be next year, we know where Felipe and Jean-Eric are going to be - but you two, we're not sure at the moment. Max first, what can you tell us about the future?

Max Chilton:
I'm not going to speculate any more than people already have. We've had some good discussions over the last couple of weeks and I'm happy with those conversations, they've gone quite well so I'm just looking forward to hopefully being back next year and having a bit of a better chance.

Q:
No doubt in your mind that ideally you would like to stay with Marussia.

Max Chilton:
Yeah. Marussia have been great to me. They gave me the chance to get into Formula One and it's not easy for us where we are but this year I think we've done a pretty stunning job with what we've got. It's not over yet - we learnt that last year here with five laps to go - so we're kind of... we're fingers-crossed hoping that it can finish well but the car's looking strong for next year. When big rule changes tend to come into Formula One it gives the smaller teams a bit of a chance. So looking forward to Australia hopefully next year.

Q:
Giedo, what does the future hold for you?

Giedo van der Garde:
Well, I can tell you nothing yet. The management is very busy at the moment. Hopefully they can do a good job. I think I've proven myself during the last part of the season and I think I've been doing a very good job so hopefully I will be there next year.

Q:
Is it easier to have those negotiations after a season of Formula One do you think - or is it easier to make more of an impression with your results from the junior categories, trying to get in for the first time?

Giedo van der Garde:
I think after a season it's better to negotiate - because then you've shown already what you can do. I think we've shown already this year what I did. Let's see.

Q:
So, tell us about the battle this weekend. 13th place will be good enough to Caterham in the Constructors' Championship if there's no Marussia car ahead of them. At the moment Marussia have that tenth place and with it the financial benefits of tenth. How are both camps feeling? Let's start with Max first. It's a massive weekend for both teams.

Max Chilton:
Yeah, for sure. We know how important this weekend is, coming into it. The worst thing is to start panicking because you start not concentrating on the right things. The best thing to do is treat it like a normal race weekend and try to get the most out of the car. If we can do that, and we can race well, then there's nothing that we can be sad about because we gave it the best shot we can. We've done that every race this year and it's worked. But with the weather in Brazil it's never over until that chequered flag.

Q:
Does that mean then, Giedo, that Caterham are praying for rain?

Giedo van der Garde:
Absolutely! Because by pure speed it's going to be tough in dry conditions and we need some luck. We need some other cars maybe to have a collision or maybe to have a mechanical failure - but rain will help a lot. And our car seems to work quite well in the rain. And also our car is quite competitive here also in the dry. We have to give it a big push, the last chance, and hopefully we can do the same as last year.

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