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

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE)
A question for Robert. Were you surprised by any of the recent decisions from the doctors concerning who is able to race and who is not?

RK:
No, why? I mean I can say only for myself. I understand the decision that I was not allowed to race in Indy and that's all I will say. I was pleased to be back in Magny-Cours.

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE) What about Hamilton? [Lewis Hamilton was allowed to race after high-speed crash in Germany]

RK:
I have not enough data. I was not in the car of Lewis and I do not know even what the impact was. I really don't care. I believe he was able to race because he was allowed to race. That's all.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
A question for Kimi. How do you see your chances in the championship? At the moment you are pretty far away and there are not many races to go.

KR:
Well, I am not any further away than before the last race. We had a bad result but we didn't get more far away in the points, so... You see like in the last race many things happened and suddenly some people gain many points on the leader and some people not. But there are still many races, so we keep pushing and if we can keep the speed that we have had in the last five races I think still we have every chance.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
Sebastian, you are coming from a team that you just tested with [BMW Sauber] who are a front running team, to a team that runs at the back. Was that any consternation for you? Did you worry about that? Or was it just that you wanted to race no matter what team it was?

SV:
Everybody can understand that this year the testing regulations are very restrictive. You don't get to drive a lot. So the one that suffers most is the third driver, or even the two test drivers. Therefore, I think it was a very smart decision and a great opportunity for myself to do the step and that's it. For sure the car is not on the same basis as the BMW car for instance. But you know this is the challenge. The car is not up there but you know there is a lot to work on and a lot to improve so I try to do the best on the circuit and also off the circuit to improve the situation. I don't care too much what happened in the past I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
Kimi, McLaren withdrew Fernando Alonso from this press conference, I can only assume due to the situation between McLaren and Ferrari. Do you think that Ferrari should have had you not participating in this press conference either?

KR:
I don't know what the reason is for this, maybe it is something else, so... I was happy to come here. I need to do the same thing either here or out there in the paddock, so for me it doesn't matter.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, are you still worried about reliability problems with Ferrari? Or do you think here you are going to solve them once and for all?

KR:
It is racing and you always can have some problems with the car. That's a part of it, unfortunately. I think so we understand the problem and we have made some improvements already and we are pretty sure it is not going to happen again. But like I said, you never know. I was happy after Saturday at the qualifying but like I say the race is so long that anything can happen and we couldn't finish the race unfortunately. So we know we can be fast but it is too early to say, but technically we are pushing to improve the reliability.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Kimi, can you just tell us your reaction last Thursday when the World Motor Sport Council gave their decision? Were you as angry as the rest of the team seem to have been? And similarly what was your reaction this week when you heard the case will go to the court of appeal?

KR:
I haven't really followed it too much apart from what I hear from other people and I don't really want to get involved, so it doesn't matter if I like it or not. What I think isn't going to change things, so I just follow what happens and there are people who make decisions. I guess for everything there is a reason, so we will see what happens in the future.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Is there a sense between you and Felipe [Massa] that you want to prove Ferrari on the track rather than everything that is happening off the track?

KR:
For sure we are going to push as hard as we can to win races and fight for every victory, every point. That's the only way of racing. We are not waiting to gain some advantage in any other way. That is a completely different story and we keep racing as before. So hopefully we can catch up.

Q: (Byron Young - The Daily Mirror)
Kimi, in a letter from Ron Dennis to the Italian Motorsport Authority today he suggested that the Ferrari was illegal for the first race in Australia.

KR:
I don't know anything about the letter at all. So I guess we would have been disqualified if we had been not legal, so probably he was not right.

Q: (Heinz Pr?ller - Kronen Zeitung)
Gentlemen, what are you planning for the holiday time? Kimi, on the boat probably?

KR:
I don't know, I don't have any plans. For sure something fun, so we'll see.

RK:
I have already had a holiday, so I will do the same as I'm doing here. So really nothing special.

SY:
I am planning to go back to Japan for five days.

SV:
I think nothing special. There is a lot for me to catch up. So I try to do some work outs, a bit more than in the past maybe, and just try to get fit for the next race.

Q: (Panos Diamantis - Car and Driver)
Kimi, you said at the N?rburgring that your car being light on fuel was less good than being heavy on fuel. Do you think that compromises your strategy a bit?

KR:
No, my car was good in qualifying. In the race maybe we didn't get the tyres working as we wanted. The first two qualifying sessions don't make much of a difference, the last qualifying is all that counts. We had a perfect car and we had plenty of fuel in the car, so...

Q:
Kimi, are you satisfied that Ferrari can now manage the super-soft tyres? Because it seemed in Monaco and Canada that there was some kind of problem with those.

KR:
I don't think we had any problem with the tyres, we just weren't as strong maybe at those races as we have been in some others. We still have been using the soft tyres better than the rest in the last races, so I don't see that we have had any problems at any point.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Kimi, you have said that you are not too concerned about what is going on behind the scenes. But is it a sort of frustration or annoyance that all this is still going on in the background? And also are you a believer that the race should be won on the racetrack rather than in the courtroom?

KR:
For sure I think so whatever happens in the coming weeks or months in the championship for sure for everybody it would be nicer to decide it on the circuit. But sometimes there are some other issues that are going to get involved in the whole situation. But I don't know too much about the whole situation and the details, so I can't really say anything about it. You hear things, but you hear many different things on the same story, so I just wait and see what happens and keep doing my own thing.

 

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