Drivers: Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Press conference.

Q:
Felipe, winner from pole position here last year, how do you come to this race this year?

Felipe Massa:
With the same mentality as last year, trying to have a good weekend. I think if we can repeat what happened one year ago it will be fantastic.

Q:
And your contract has been extended as well; what does that mean to a driver?

FM:
I think it's good for stability. I've been with Ferrari for two years and then I was already stable because my contract was actually already until the end of next year. But then we've extended that, so I think it shows the work we've been doing together with the team. I think (it shows) the confidence the team has in me as well, so I'm very pleased about that and I think it's very nice to carry on doing the job with the team and especially as it's a team that has trusted me since the beginning of my career, so it's very nice to carry on with Ferrari.

Q:
How do you see your role this weekend, given the championship battle going on around you?

FM:
Well, for sure I would be happy to see my team winning the championship but it's not a very easy race and I think it also depends on what happens in the race. It also depends on Kimi's chances of winning the championship, it also depends how these two guys in front are going to do in the race as well, so it depends on many things but for sure, I'm going to start the weekend and my aim is to try to win the race.

Q:
Kimi, I believe it was a bit of a big day yesterday, your birthday.

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yeah, but when you get older, it's not the same any more. When you're young you're more excited but it was a normal day really.

FM:
Yes, he is, he's very old.

Q:
Was there a bit of a celebration?

KR:
No.

Q:
Sunday evening, perhaps?

KR:
I think we will celebrate something else. I never really remember when it happened last time, usually we're too busy.

Q:
In a situation like this, does Kimi R?ikk?nen get nervous?

KR:
I think you are always a little bit nervous every race, but I try to do the same as in any other race, I try to do the best I can, I try to win the race, be one and two and then it's not really up to us anymore, so that's really all we can do and hopefully we can achieve that.

Q:
You've finished second three times here, obviously you'd like to improve on that, but how do you feel about this circuit as a whole?

KR:
It's a nice circuit, it's quite challenging. I have quite a difficult race history here over the years. I enjoy it now, but it's going to be a little different with the new surface and nobody knows how good it will be, so we will see tomorrow, but it's always nice to come back to this circuit.

Q:
Lewis, a brand new circuit for you. Have you walked around it and principally have you tried it on the simulator?

Lewis Hamilton:
It's my first... I literally got here to the track an hour ago and I've not yet had the time to walk it, but I will do after this and no, I've not been on the simulator.

Q:
Would the simulator help?

LH:
If it did I would have done it.

Q:
So you don't really feel it's that much of a help.

LH:
I think the first computer game that I played, the first race was Brazil, so I have an idea where it goes and it's always one of my favourites, most of the time the end of season race and so I have a really good idea of where the corners are and I'm looking forward to getting out there.

Q:
What was the recovery process after China and how have you built yourself up for this race?

LH:
Pretty much the same as always: I went home and just had a little bit of time at home. My family had planned a little trip, so they went away, so I didn't really have much time with them but I had time to just relax at my real home, my parents' house, did some good training, made sure I was physically fit for this weekend as this is an anti-clockwise circuit, so it's a little bit harder on the other side of your neck and just feeling fresh. If anything, I just feel a bit more relaxed this weekend, quite a bit more relaxed than I did at the last race.

Q:
What do you do extra for an anti-clockwise circuit?

LH:
It's only for your neck, so you can only just do a little bit more work than for the other side. Usually it's the right side you're working on. You don't start lifting the heaviest weights ever for your neck or anything, you just need to do a little more work to keep it fresh, so you don't go out on Friday and the next day feel it.

Q:
Finally, whose job is harder: Lewis Hamilton's or the English rugby team's?

LH:
I think it must be equal, very similar. They've done a fantastic job. It's good.

Q:
Fernando, you've been in this position for the last two years here in Brazil. How different is it this year?

Fernando Alonso:
Well, for the last two years I was in front, now I'm behind. That's the main difference. Sometimes you just need to be conservative, just to do your job and finish in a certain place and this year I need much more than that. I need to win the race, to be at the front and another combination of results from the other contenders. So it's more difficult.

Q:
Pole position last year, and finishes in the top four for the last four years; what's your feelings about this circuit? Is it a lucky circuit, a good circuit for you?

FA:
Well, it's definitely a lucky circuit for me because the two championships that I won were won here, so it's impossible to say that this is not a circuit that I like. For sure I love the place, I love the circuit, I have great memories when I come here, when I arrive in the paddock, the hotel - everything is a nice memory for me, so hopefully this year it can get even better.

Q:
Any changes in preparations for this race?

FA:
No, just prepare as usual.

Q:
You talked about a certain approach about four or five races ago. Have you managed to maintain that approach, the way you've approached each weekend?

FA:
Well, now it's more a championship thought when you approach the weekend. For sure, five or six races ago you just concentrated on doing your job, take the weekend like the final race of the championship. Now it's more a championship thought, so when you are in the car you don't care too much about the race result, you just concentrate on how many points you will get. I think especially in this last race it's about all the combinations we know that we need to be champion. You try to do your maximum, you try to do your best. Sure it's not only up to you.

Q:
All those combinations are all in your head?

FA:
Yes.

Q:
Lewis? Same?

LH:
Yes.

Q:
Kimi?

KR:
I don't think about it so much. As I said, we try to win and see what happens.

 

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