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Korean GP: Thursday Press Conference

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03/10/2013

Paul Di Resta, you've had a bit of a drought over the past five races or so. Do you put that down to bad luck?
Paul di Resta: I suppose you can, but at the same time we've had some unfortunate issues. But I think the important thing is to keep pushing on. Singapore was obviously looking like it was going to be a great result from a difficult qualifying session, the speed was in the car, but it wasn't to be. Hopefully this weekend we can get it together and get points back on the table, which is always the goal within the team.

The team has suggested that you've been affected by the change of tyres since the British Grand Prix, would you agree with that?
PdiR: I definitely think the tyre hasn't helped but I think at this stage, and this far in with the new tyres, can you blame that? We've not optimised it like we did the last set, but I think everybody within the team has a great handle on tyres and it's just about unleashing the potential of them. We've maybe not got it over the whole weekend but the way we managed the tyres in the race in Singapore was obviously better than most people were able to. We just need to try to get the qualifying performance and I think if we can do that then it gets us back on track and we start having a good weekend again.

I hope so, thank you. Jules, obviously you've signed, we've had the news of that this morning that you've signed again for Marussia, although there were several other seats available, but you've resigned for Marussia. Your feelings about that?
Jules Bianchi: Obviously it's a great feeling for me. It was a really late call this year and I've already signed for next year so it's amazing for me. I'm really happy to stay with Marussia because I feel really confident with them, I feel like at home. So I hope it will be a great season next year and I really want to thank them for that.

How do you feel about the potential for next year, particularly with the Ferrari engines. And also your own potential, how are you going to develop?
JB: For sure, I will feel a lot more confident because I will have a lot more experience in Formula One, I will have all the winter testing. We will have new rules, with new engines, with Ferrari. For sure that will be a great thing for the car and for the team. I don't know what to expect but for sure we will have an improvement.

Esteban, you had your best qualifying in Singapore. Was that the circuit, just everything coming together? How important was that for you?
Esteban Gutierrez: It was very important, because it was getting very critical not being able to qualify properly. Obviously when you start P9 or P10, there's a huge difference between starting P10 and P16 or P17. It also changes a lot your perspective because you're fighting with better drivers at the front as well. It was, I think, a great experience, a good step and a very solid one and I'm looking to keep this in a consistent way until the end of the year.

And obviously we've got a Mexican Grand Prix on the calendar for next year. Tell us how important it is for your country to have that grand prix, for motor sport in your country. But also, about the circuit itself, because I think you've been there. Is it ready for a grand prix?
EG: It has to be adapted. They have to do some work. Now there is a closer chance it will happened but it's not yet assured, so they're working very hard and I'm sure that the promoters are trying to find a way to make it happen. Obviously for us it would be a very special one.

Felipe, it is four weeks since the announcement regarding your future with Ferrari. Can you tell us more about your future in Formula One?
Felipe Massa: Well, not yet. So it's to concentrate to the last race. We talk with a few teams, y'know, and I don't think it's the right time to speak about that. I think it's the right time when you know where you are going. For the moment we are aware, I think, of some good opportunities. It's better to wait and say at the right time.

You're getting on quite well with the current car it seems. You've out-qualified your team-mate five times this year, last time in Singapore. How do you feel about the current Ferrari?
FM: I feel OK, I feel good. I mean I feel comfortable inside the car and managed to put some points in the last races. Important for me, for the team. Just concentrate to carry on like that these last races and try to get some more podiums, some more better results even from what I had until now. I think qualifying is going well as well, so let's try to do everything we can to get some good results now in these last six races and finish well with Ferrari after our long and nice time together.

Lewis, last year you had an incident-packed race here but at the same time you've had a couple of second places as well at this circuit, included that wet race in 2010. What are your memories of this circuit and what are your feelings about this race?
Lewis Hamilton: I don't really remember any of my races here! I remember qualifying at the front on one race but otherwise we've had some half-decent races but I haven't won, so there's nothing really good enough to remember, I'd say.

I particularly remember in the wet, when you were going around and around and around behind the safety car and you saying "C'mon, let's go racing."
LH: Ah yeah, I remember that. But that's normal, that sort of thing.

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1. Posted by Wayne, 03/10/2013 15:54

"JB = Jenson Button.
Do not try and confuse us"

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