F1 – Japanese GP Qualifying press conference

Nico Rosberg (photo by Mercedes)In attendance,drivers  Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes),  Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) and Valtteri BOTTAS (Williams )

Q: Your eighth pole position of the year so far and obviously a really good one around here, you really seemed to enjoy that one. 

NR: Yeah for sure. Today was a good day, I just felt very comfortable in the car, I had a good balance. Our car is just unbelievable out there today.


Q: Are you basically going to be relying on the FIA to run the race depending on the weather conditions? Is there anything the driver can do? 


NR: I’m not really thinking too much about tomorrow. I’m sure they’re going to try and take the best decision for everybody, especially for the fans who are also coming out to watch the race. I’m sure it will be OK.


Q: Lewis, when it comes to weather we’re expecting tomorrow, have you already set the car up for those conditions because obviously it’s going to be in parc ferme? 


LH: No, because we set it up for qualifying today.


Q: So not for the race itself, not with a wet set-up or a huge amount of wing? 


LH: No.


Q: Valtteri, what can you do for the expected weather? 


VB: Well, yeah, if the weather is like it’s expected to be, first of all I really hope we can have a race but it could be difficult, but it’s going to be difficult for everyone. In mixed conditions, a lot of things can happen. The main thing is that as we’re now starting with both cars from a good place the aim is to try and get all the points available for us to take. The main thing is to score the points.


Q: Nico, finally, what’s that run like into the first corner because it looks incredibly quick; we’ve seen people go off there in the past, that’s where Lewis went off this morning?


NR: It’s a very exciting corner, for sure, because it’s a bit difficult to feel the limit, as you’re coming towards there, and you just have to give it a guess and give it a go. It’s a good corner.


Q: Especially when you’re got 21 cars behind you.


NR: Yes indeed. That’s a bit easier then.


Q: And finally, tell us a bit about the downhill start? 


NR: It’s not much different. You just have to keep a little bit of brake pressure on so that you don’t roll off the grid, so you don’t get a jump start and then it’s fine.




Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) To all three of you: the big rumours of the day are Sebastian Vettel leaving Red Bull…


NR: That’s not a rumour any more.


Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) It’s not a rumour, right. Sebastian leaving Red Bull and probably going to Ferrari. 


NR: That’s a rumour.


Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) What do you think about this? 


NR: I don’t know. It was a big surprise. I find it good for the sport when there’s a bit of movement and there’s a bit of excitement. I think that’s all good. A bit of a change, change is always good. And interesting.


LH: Has nothing to do with me, so…


VB: Yeah, not much to do with me. I guess it’s nice to see a bit of change but it doesn’t change very much for me.


Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport) Lewis, on your last lap, I think, you locked the brakes at the hairpin. Was that a crucial moment when you lost out to Nico? 


LH: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think I lost any time with it. I just wasn’t quick enough today.


Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport) And one to Valterri: how much have the upgrades on the car helped; would you have been in the same position with the old spec?


VB: We probably would have still been in the same position but with not as good a lap time, so we definitely made gains since the last race. It’s positive to see the whole year, actually, always when we plan for some updates and we put them on the car and it always works so that’s a good sign for the future and those updates should also help us in the future races this year. That’s a good thing.



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