DRIVERS: Robert Kubica(BMW Sauber), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso), Sakon Yamamoto (Spyker)

PRESS CONFERENCE.

Q::
Sebastian, when did you know you were actually driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso?

Sebastian VETTEL:
Well, at the beginning of the week. All our talks and stuff started a bit earlier than that but 100 percent I knew it at the start of the week and then on Tuesday there was the announcement, so it wasn't a long time ago.

Q:
There were announcements from both Red Bull and BMW; are you a Red Bull Sauber driver first or Red Bull second? Which way round is it?

SV:
I think the most important thing is that I was supported by both of them quite early on. Since 2005 I was supported by BMW as well and earlier than that by Red Bull. I did the race at Indy for BMW as a reserve driver (standing in) for Robert. For sure, as a race driver, you want to race, so I took the possibility to come to Toro Rosso and race.

Q:
So what are your aims and goals for the rest of the season?

SV: It's difficult to predict because I've never been in the car, so tomorrow will be the first time but for sure, the car is not as strong as the top cars in front and there is a lot of work to do, but I think I can bring some motivation to the team and try my best to improve the situation and then finally get some points.

Q:
And you've raced here before, or you've driven here before?

SV:
Yes, I've driven here before, only two or three weeks ago in Renault World Series, so the last time I was in a racing car was here, so maybe that's kind of an advantage.

Q:
Sakon, nice to see you again as well. You've been in GP2 this year; how has that been going?

Sakon YAMAMOTO:
Yes, obviously last year, after I'd finished the Brazilian Grand Prix, I tried to become second driver for Super Aguri but they decided to use Anthony Davidson, so then we went into GP2. I decided to go into GP2 to try and get back into Formula One because I thought that was the best series in which to graduate to be a Formula One driver.

Q:
And the season so far?

SY:
Yeah, the season was really tough at the beginning but since the middle of the season we have been getting better with the set-up and so far it was OK and we were looking forward to a really good set-up for Hungary.

Q:
How did Spyker drive come about?

SY:
On the Sunday morning after we had finished the GP2 race (at N?rburgring) I heard the story from my manager and at that time, I was really surprised because I didn't expect that Spyker would make me an offer.

Q:
So when did you last drive a Formula One car?

SY:
The last time I drove was the Brazilian Grand Prix last year, but I also drove in the Abu Dhabi Festival.

Q:
And you did some testing earlier on this year?

SY:
No, I haven't had any testing this year, so it means that it will be the first time in a Formula One car this year.

Q:
Is that going to be difficult?

SY:
Well, yeah. Everything is different, so it shouldn't be so easy, but I know some stuff from driving for Jordan Grand Prix, so it was really easier for me to get familiar with the team. So for tomorrow, I want to use the maximum of three hours to make sure the seat fits and get to know as much as I can about the car.

Q:
Robert, this is an anniversary, isn't it?

Robert KUBICA:
Yeah, a bit, complete apart from Indy.

Q:
This was your first Grand Prix last year.

RK:
Yeah, it has been, that's right. Last year was a pretty up and down weekend for me here, finishing in the points only to be disqualified. This year I hope for a better weekend. The car is performing much better this year and we are looking pretty strong and of course probably a lot of Polish fans will come so I'm really looking forward to it.

Q:
When you look back to a year ago, can you believe what has happened in the year since?

RK:
Yeah, of course. In the end I'm a racing driver, I'm trying to get as much as possible out of the car. Of course, there were good moments but also bad moments as in life as a whole and all drivers had good memories and bad feelings. But we are concentrating on the future and this Grand Prix.

Q:
Recently you seem to have been out-performing your team-mate. Do you feel that you're still making progress?

RK:
I think in one's whole life you make progress. At every Grand Prix, every day you have a new experience which you have to use in the future. Of course, it's much harder now to get every - I don't say even tenth - half a tenth out of the car, out of yourself, from the tyres, but I think every Grand Prix teaches us a new lesson and we have to learn it and gain experience.

Q:
So what are your hopes for this weekend?

RK:
I think it will be difficult to fight against Ferrari and McLaren but I hope to be there, just behind them or maybe fighting with them, but this will be surprising if possible. And we need to use opportunities. We are coming from a not very successful weekend at N?rburgring, so I hope for good points for the team.

Q:
And a lot of fans here?

RK:
Yeah, already last year it was short term because I was announced on the Wednesday or Tuesday and there were a lot of people, so I was already surprised. Even last year in China or Japan there were a lot of Polish fans, and it's not easy to follow Formula One and I'm really surprised how many people were there and probably there will be a lot here.

Q:
In fact, Kimi, it's the same with you; this is almost the Finnish home race, isn't it?

Kimi R?IKK?NEN:
Yeah, it's closest, at least. We usually get a lot of Finnish people here. It's easy to come and they have lots of different opportunities to come, and it's always nice to see them.

Q:
Now, I keep hearing stories in the press room about a gorilla suit...

KR:
(Laughs) Yeah, but was it really me? You don't know. You hear a lot of stories always from the people there, so...

Q:
But you won. Are you going to disclaim the win?

KR:
Yeah, we've got the trophy already. It was just a boat race and we just went for fun.

Q:
Pole here in 2006, and you won in 2005 from fourth on the grid. What are your chances?

KR:
I don't know really, it's a bit different to many other circuits, probably a bit more like Monaco but I think we have made some progress and we should be stronger than we were in Monaco. If this is closer to that, we could be in a good position, but we will really see tomorrow how the car works here.

Q:
What have you been able to change since Monaco, because it was a problem on the twistier circuits.

KR:
Yeah, but I think it's... OK, it's closest to Monaco here but this is still a proper circuit. We've got some new parts from the test last week, so I think they are going to help because it's quite bumpy here and we need to go over the kerbs, so hopefully it helps us.

 

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