27 October 2011
Indian GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1
What are your expectations from a competitive point of view as you have been particularly good in qualifying over the last couple of races, but not quite so good in the races?
Yeah, I think in Korea the qualifying was quite good again but in the race I just didn't have the right balance. We had a lot of understeer and that's why I couldn't go into the points. I think we have to try to address that here for this race. We have some modifications so hopefully that will help. I am quite pleased with the speed of the car, we are always around this top 10 area, but probably at the moment a little bit better in qualifying than in the race so let's see what comes out. I am confident for this weekend though.
Rubens, you have said you have tried this circuit on your home simulator, whatever that is, so what was it like to drive on the home simulator?
I have actually built a small simulator at home as I am racing on the internet with different things which is great and I just adapt the circuit.
He is racing for seven hours a day.
He races for five-and-a-half. We meet each other on those games and he was the one that introduced it to me so that's why I am there. My wife is pissed off at him, not me.
We definitely won't end up being at the same house anyway without the wives. I try to adapt this Formula One game into India which was quite nice. I did 100 laps on it. You could see the elevation, turn three and the opening and so on, so it was quite nice. The team is looking forward to see as Pastor (Maldonado) has been on the Williams simulator with the track and there is a difference in time. The time that I set and the time that he sent and we want to see which one is better. He might go home to drive the Abu Dhabi one.
What sort of lap time are you reckoning?
It is on the 26's, high 26's, low 27's
And Pastor reckons what?
I think on the Williams simulator he was on the high 29's. It is not who is right or wrong, it is just the fun side. It was good to learn the lines and see what the car reaction is to the track and so on. It is going to be a little bit different as the track is dusty and the lines should be getting better all the time up until the end of the race really. Just such as Korea, for example, so I don't think we will have the full picture tomorrow.
Jarno, I guess the locals were all hoping that Karun (Chandhok) might have been driving for the team, but it is very important for the team that the regular drivers are in the car?
Yeah, I think so. I believe the team is trying to get the best position for the team's future. There is a lot of investment made by the team for the future, for next year, in order to make this step into the midfield and I think none of us wants to lose this opportunity to finish 10th in the championship. This, I believe, is the main reason for not giving Karun another chance. But it is not down to me, honestly, to talk about it. This race is the only thing I can think about.
Lotus is a very active team. Is the focus very much on 2012? Are you looking for a different role, for example, for next year?
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