7 July 2011
Thursday press conference - British GP - Pt.2
Thursday FIA press conference ahead of the F1 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Paul di Resta (Force India), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (HRT).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Rubens, you enjoyed years of domination with Michael and Ferrari. Do you think that Vettel and Red Bull are doing the same, and do you fear it?
I think it's different. I think that you have different tyres that you have to manage. We went through a period where the Ferrari car was fantastic and we didn't have to worry about the tyres so I think that placed us in good hands which was good for the show, is good for everything. Even though you have a Red Bull car, you're still going to have to be looking after the tyres. If any car is following Sebastian and he makes a mistake, with the DRS now you are able to overtake so I think the changes are better for the show in that respect. I think Sebastian has been doing a fantastic job to keep on winning but I think these days it's actually tougher and he cannot sleep.
Q: (Adam Scriven – Racing Post).
Paul, you've got lots of experience as a racing driver but in Formula One terms, you're obviously halfway through your rookie season. Give us an idea of the learning curve that you're going through. How much do you think that you're learning at each race weekend?
Paul di Resta:
Well, you're always learning as a racing driver. I think the biggest thing is confidence in Formula One and building it the right way, probably starting a bit on the safe side at the beginning of the weekend and building your way up, and that's what I've tried to do, to have that approach. I felt that's the most solid way to go forward. In terms of driving, obviously it's a bit different to what I was recently used to, the DTM car, now in an open-wheeled car but it's good fun and all I can say is that I'm well on to put in the hard work, to be in a Formula One car.
You talk there about confidence; on a high speed circuit like this, is it going to be more difficult to find that confidence than perhaps it was on a lower speed circuit?
Yeah, probably. This is the first high speed track this year, really, and even on the simulator you do get the sensation of that and having walked the track this morning, the wind that we're going to have from the exit of Copse all the way down to Stowe I'm sure will make it interesting as well. The wind effect is something that I'm not used to, but it's the same for everybody I suppose. It's who can do the best job out there will be the winner.
Q: (Stephen Howard – The Sun).
Rubens said that Sebastian Vettel cannot sleep but for either of you two guys there (the McLaren drivers), perhaps he could sleep and still win it.
I think if I was in that position I would be able to sleep, couldn't you? Maybe it's all the partying that he's doing, that's why he can't sleep. Sorry, I don't even know the question. I just made up my own answer.
Q: (Stephen Howard – The Sun).
I mean he's so far ahead he could do it in his sleep perhaps.
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Paul di Resta
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