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Belgian GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.2

Drivers - Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Jerome D'Ambrosio (Virgin), Vitaly Petrov (Renault), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Bruno Senna (Renault), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber – Agencia EFE)
Michael, congratulations first of all. I would like to know how big the step was between what you thought Formula One was in Spa 1991 and what you already know in Spa 2011. Can you explain?


Michael Schumacher:
You are talking about the development from the beginning to now mainly?

Q:
Whatever you thought Formula One was before that race and whatever you know already?

Michael Schumacher:
Well the main point is if you are not a Formula One driver, at least myself, I was doubtful whether my quality was good enough to compete with these guys. You see them as untouchables, especially in those moments where you had (Ayrton) Sennas, (Alain) Prosts, (Nigel) Mansells and so on. I didn't really think I could match. Getting the first experience, coming over here and driving the car, I sort of quickly picked up the confidence that it was possible and from there on we all know. At the end of the day we are all humans, we all have limits and you drive within those and there is no reason why it is impossible to beat those guys in the past and neither these guys that are here right now. That's the good thing about Formula One. It is always a challenge and it is always a motivating challenge that is great fun.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
The question is to both Renault drivers. You have a completely different car here. The exhaust goes to the back now more than to the side. It is a different concept than the car was projected and you didn't test it. But can you imagine it can happen?

Vitaly Petrov:
Who said we have different car. We have quite similar.

Q:
(Inaudible question)

Vitaly Petrov:
No, no. It is first time here. We have some planning maybe to try rear exhaust, but both cars will be absolutely similar.

Q: (Pierre Van Vliet – F1 Magazine)
Just one general question about the circuit. Is it a different challenge to cope with the longest race track of the championship. I mean, in qualifying, how difficult is it to put the three sectors together and to take care of the tyres.

Vitaly Petrov:
I think it is a good time for thinking as it is a long lap and you can think when you want to come in and change your tyres. But, actually, or maybe me, I like it very much this track. I think it has a lot of interesting corners, high speed corners, and Eau Rouge you need to do flat. Last year it was with F-Duct, this year you need to hold with two hands, but I like it very much. And sometimes it is very interesting. In one place it is raining, in one place it is dry so it is always interesting to race here.

Q:
So is it an issue the fact that it is seven kilometres, a very long circuit. Is that a bid deal or is it just normal? Sebastian?

Sebastian Vettel:
I like it. It is a long track. It could be even longer. I think that's why in a way if it would be possible we would be delighted to race at the Nurburgring in the old circuit. The fact that the lap is longer here doesn't make a big difference. We have a lot of straights, long straights, so enough time to recover. But sector two is the one that is most enjoyable as you have got all the corners there. As I said sector one and three there is only one corner really so it is one of the best tracks all year so I think we all love coming here.

Michael Schumacher:
I think the basic is that we sort of manage to concentrate for a whole race, that is 300km, so we manage whether a track is five km or seven km is the same. It is not a big deal for us.

Q: (Julien Febreau – L'Equipe)
Question for Bruno: could you tell us what the boss of Renault GP told you about the rest of the season, and will you keep the seat until the end of the season?

Bruno Senna:



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