“We’ll Keep The Focus On The Championship” – Ferrari On The Singapore Grand Prix
Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen spoke to the media and here’s what they had to say about Kimi Raikkonen moving to Sauber, the championship battle and the weekend ahead.
Sebastian Vettel: “It’s different from any other race in Asia, also because we stay on European time and rhythms and it’s one of the toughest races of the year, both mentally and physically.”
“The climate is hot and humid, and it’s important that you get here well rested and healthy. It’s one of those Grands Prix where you feel you are never prepared enough, but then you can’t wait for the weekend to start as you relish the challenge.”
“It’s a big change obviously but I am more focused on the next race than I am on next year. I see there’s a big opportunity for Charles and I am happy about that, but on the other hand, it’s a bit sad to see Kimi go, because we get along together well, although we’re different.”
“Having said that, I don’t think that will change our perspective till the end of the year; we have a great deal of respect for each other and we’ll keep the focus on the championship.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “At Monza, I knew about the decision. From now to the end of the season, we’ll try to finish at the top, and of course this doesn’t mean that the others won’t try to do the same.”
“Many things are out of our hands, we can only do our best and score as many points we can; in the end we’ll see if that’s enough. Obviously, I can only drive one car to help the team in the fight for the championship.”
“There’s always a lot of talk, a lot of things which can be helpful. It’s always easy to say “this and this will happen” but this is just easy in theory, while in practice it’s always difficult to get it right in many ways.”
“So we will see what happens in the next races but we work for the same team and of course we know the rules: it’s pretty simple in the end.”
Lots more on the way, including a interviews from Practices. We just had P1 and shortly, the drivers will be getting ready for P2 ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.
The Red Bull’s have been looking strong during FP1 – as they do at Singapore so more info, photos and interviews will be online this evening.