Giovedì giorno di inizio del weekend di gara e anche del Mondiale, con la tradizionale conferenza stampa dei piloti. Prima fila per Vettel, Ricciardo e Hamilton, dietro Gutierrez, Palmer e Haryanto, ma in realtà due hanno tenuto banco, con scambi di battute e risate contagiose: Sebastian e Daniel. Dal nuovo nome della Ferrari del Campione tedesco – Margherita, pizza o cocktail non si è capito – al fatto che a Ricciardo piace girare in mutande… e poi tutti i riferimenti a un futuro da compagni di squadra in Ferrari (chissà come sarà contento Kimi, ammesso l’abbia saputo…). Leggete questi siparietti nel caso in cui ve li foste persi, ne vale la pena. L’unico che è parso su un altro pianeta ed è stato poco della partita il Campione in carica Lewis Hamilton, testa bassa, faccia seria… Che gli manchino già sfilate, gite e vita glamour o solo effetto del fuso orario? Vi lasciamo alla lettura di alcuni passaggi della conferenza stampa, in attesa delle prime libere, alle 2.30.
Q: (Lennart Bernke – Bild) Seb, why and when did you decide to name your car after a pizza? SV: It’s not named after a pizza. It’s a name, first of all. So, I think… DR: What’s it called? SV: Margherita. DR: It’s a cocktail! SV: I think if you look up, the first thing that comes it is that it’s a name, not a pizza.
Why Margherita then? DR: Because it’s a pizza! SV: No, because it’s a drink! No, various reasons. We like the name. Every year we give the car a name. Last year Eva, this year Margherita. We’re happy with that.
Q: (Shane McGuinness – Radio 3AW) Dan, Australian motor racing legend Alan Jones has come out and said that he’d like to see you at Ferrari next year, obviously out of contract this year. Does that become a distraction at all for you and how do you ensure that it doesn’t affect your driving, and bat away these questions during the season? And would you like to be teammates (with Sebastian) again? DR: I don’t know if Seb wants that, to be honest, so we’ll see. I heard AJ say… or I heard some comments yesterday and got asked the question. Yeah, last year I was asked as well. I honestly can’t… I don’t have much more to say on that. It’s still very early in the season and to give you a boring but honest answer is that I’m just completely focused on this year now and with Red Bull. That’s where it stands. Not exactly out of contract either. Don’t get too excited. I don’t know (if I’d like to be teammates with Sebastian again). Maybe if he joined social media… SV: I will not dance with you in the pit lane so if you’re looking for that… DR: I’m looking for something more from my teammate. We’ll think of something, eh? SV: I can offer you marguerita. I don’t mind Danny, we’ve never had issues. Obviously the year we had together was very good for him, not so good for me. I think that’s one thing that happens on the track but outside the track, which I think is more important when you talk about your teammate, whether you get along or not, we never had – at least I don’t remember… It’s a bit weird when he gets changed but other than that… DR: I walk around in my underwear a lot! Get comfortable with that. This question’s gone pear-shaped, hasn’t it? Next question.