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Japanese GP: Thursday Press Conference

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07/10/2010

Kamui, your home race but I don‘t think you have raced here for a long, long time. Since you were 17, I think?
Kamui Kobayashi: Yes, I think the last race at Suzuka was seven years ago. Quite a long time. I am very excited to drive at Suzuka again.

Last year you did the Friday practice.
KK: It was only testing in wet conditions. This time I think I have more opportunity to know the car and track, so I think I have more opportunity to have a good result here. I think my experience in Suzuka is too poor. I only have experience with Formula One in the wet, but this is... (becomes inaudible).

You made your debut just over a year ago. How have things changed for you and how have you changed in the last year?
KK: I think 2009 was really the turning point for myself. In one year it really changed a lot. I had really a lot of things happening and still here, so I am very happy and it is thanks to many people, the fans and the supporters.

In fact you have already been confirmed to drive for Sauber next year. How do you feel about that?
KK: For me it is a really great thing, to be proud for myself. Normally it is really difficult the start and beginning of this year but finally in last couple of races I scored points quite consistently. The team is happy and we have to make sure we can show all the performance for the rest of the season.

Sakon, are you well today? Are you feeling okay?
Sakon Yamamoto: Yes, I feel very good. First of all I would like to mention one thing. At the beginning of this week we got bad news, our colleague he was motor journalist and unfortunately he couldn't come. He was supposed to come to Suzuka but he couldn't, so Rest In Peace for him. It is always special for me to be back in Suzuka as I saw Formula One in Suzuka and I started go-kart racing here as well, so it is always special to be back as a Formula One driver. I am really proud to be here and also really looking forward to racing in front of big supporters in Japan.

How do you feel about your future with HRT? For the coming races and next year?
SY: Still we don't know how I am going to do with HRT next year. But we try to do our best and I am looking forward to working with them again.

Coming back to this circuit. What are the challengers of this particular circuit from your point of view?
SY: Well, my point of view regarding this circuit, sector one is one of the most challenging parts as from turn one to I think turn 10 you don't have enough time or enough chance to drive straight. You are always going right or left, so it is going to be very challenging. Also that's one of my favourite parts of this circuit, so in our limited situation it is going to be very tough to drive on that part but we try to do our best.

Adrian, you qualified fourth last year. Admittedly, you didn't start there but what are the chances of a similar performance this year?
Adrian Sutil: Hopefully good chances. I think it is a circuit that suits our car a bit better than the last ones. I am looking for a top 10 finish again, score some points. It is very important at the moment to do a consistent job and just bring it home. We need every single point if it is possible. I am looking forward to the race this weekend in general. It is a nice circuit and I have good memories here.

Your future has been mentioned in connection with Renault. What is your take on that?
AS: No comment at the moment really. We will see. Very soon hopefully. I don't want to wait too long until I make my decision but I will probably make it very soon.

In two weeks time we are going to be in Korea. What sort of preparations have you been able to make for that race? What are you expecting from it?
AS: Well, there is some footage out there of course from the first lap ever done on the circuit. I had a look at that but after this race we have our simulator sessions and then you get used to it a little bit. At least where the corners are and how the circuit is. But it is probably not the best simulation you can have. We all need a little bit of experience out there on the real circuit. Hopefully it will take place. It is still not looking so good when you see the pictures. But in general I am really looking forward to a new circuit, new in the calendar. I think it is a challenge to go somewhere else as well. Korea is a little bit outside of everything but pure racing.

You haven't been there before? Did you do the F3 races?
AS: No, for me it is the first time in Korea.

Lewis, have you been to Korea before?
Lewis Hamilton: I have, yes.

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