Drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault), Vitantonio Liuzzi (Toro Rosso), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Jarno Trulli (Toyota), Mark Webber (Red Bull).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News).
Kimi, from your perspective, how much influence and benefit has Michael Schumacher been to the team?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It is difficult to say for sure, really, he has a lot of experience with the team and in Formula One, also, but I don't know actually how much he has done, because I don't really ask them who is doing what and who is responsible on which days... You have to ask from the team...

Q: (James Allen - ITV).
Kimi, I am curious to know - there have been a few times this year, and it happened again in Turkey, you have made a mistake in qualifying at a critical moment and as you said the next day, it has gone on to cost you... What has happened in those situations?

KR:
I just got it wrong, that's all. The tyres are a bit tricky when you really push as we were able to last year when they were good for more than one lap. I think they are more difficult now and if you push too much you can lose it. We are still looking to find the ideal set-up for qualifying, but for the race we usually have a very good car. Unfortunately, qualifying is very important this year, so if you don't get it right it is very difficult to improve your position in the race. I think we have been looking into it and tried to change it a bit the way we do the qualifying and hopefully we can improve.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
Kimi, what are your feelings regarding the fresh evidence that has surfaced from the FIA with regard to the 'spy case' that is going to be heard next week?

KR:
I don't know anything about that story. The feeling in the team is good and of course we would rather be in first place in both world championships, but there is a good atmosphere and it is a great team to work with. I don't think it affects our racing side at all but of course it is not nice to be asked all the time about it and it in the news all the time, but that is part of racing. In the team, we have a good atmosphere and feeling.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News).
I'd like to ask the three Italian drivers: it is many years since Ferrari had an Italian driver - why do you think the team does not like Italian drivers?

Giancarlo Fisichella:
We don't know. First of all, in the last few years, I was under contract with other teams, so... I don't know why. I had a chat sometimes with them, but it never became very close to drive to them.

Vitantonio Liuzzi:
I am still only two years in Formula One and you don't know what will happen, so... you never know. Maybe, they prefer Finland for selling cars. I have no idea...

Jarno Trulli:
Well, to be honest, no-one has ever said that Italian drivers are not well-accepted in Ferrari. It is just the case that in the recent era, with Schumacher, and I have always been contracted with other teams and I had no connection with them. But they have always been good to me. They always give me ice cream! So I am happy...

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
Giancarlo, are Renault taking so long to make an announcement on their driver line-up because there is so much talk of a return to the team by Fernando Alonso?

GF:
Yes, I think there is a lot of talk about that, but Fernando has a contract with McLaren and it is going to be difficult for him to get out of that contract and I don't know if it is the right choice, considering the package of McLaren and the package of Renault. At the moment, for Renault it is a big step... so I don't know.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association).
How would you feel if Fernando did come back?

GF:
I feel OK unless I cannot race for Renault next year. But if Fernando comes back and I can run with him, then it is just great.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters).
Giancarlo and Kimi, going back to the spying thing, have either of you been asked by the FIA for any information given that you Giancarlo were Fernando's team-mate and you Kimi were at McLaren?

GF:
No.

KR:
Absolutely, no.

 

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