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Indian GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.1

No, not really. We are focussed already on next year's car as we have several new things coming in which should make us take a step forward in terms of performance. We really hope that we can do what we haven't done or what we were not able to do this year. We were expecting to be fighting the midfield and we were not quite there so for next year I think Tony (Fernandes) and everybody is determined to make this step and they are working very hard on next year's car and there are several deals in place in order to get a good package together for next year's car so we are very confident of making this step.

Q:
So you are suggesting a step rather than a jump?

Jarno Trulli:
It depends. If you look at certain results we don't really need that jump. We just need a little further step as we are in a situation that the car in front is slightly quicker than us and the car behind us are definitely slower than us so we just need a further step to be in the midfield. Obviously If you want to think about winning races it is different. You need a further jump but you need to take things step-by-step. Rome wasn't built in a day and the team was built just two years ago.

Q:
Felipe, some good races recently from the team. What are your thoughts on the recent performances?

Felipe Massa:
Well I think it was okay. We didn't bring so many pieces in the last races so the car was more or less similar four races ago, for example. But it is true that in some tracks the car was a bit more competitive than at other tracks. I would say the last two tracks the car was a little bit more competitive compared to Spa, Monza so I think depends on the layout of the track. Maybe we can be a bit more competitive, depending on the track maybe it was a bit more difficult, so we will see how it is going to be here and how it is going to be in the next two races as well. I hope we can push hard to see better results.

Q:
What tracks does it suit and is this one and the next two exactly those sort of tracks that suits?

Felipe Massa:
I think it is difficult to say as at some tracks we expected to be competitive and we were not so competitive and some other tracks where we expected to be in a difficult direction we were competitive, for example, in England, so we will see. It is difficult to say.

Q:
Narain, the expectations of a huge nation are on your shoulders. How are they?

Narain Karthikeyan:
Well I can say so many things, but the realistic thing with our car is to possibly finish the race and beat your team-mate. If you do that, I think at the moment, we can't expect much more. It is an historic and symbolic moment that an Indian driver is on the grid and, of course, there is a lot following Formula One for a long time. There will be a lot of fans here. It will be hard to explain but it is what it is. I want to enjoy the weekend, have a lot of fun, and try and do the best I can do.

Q:
What are your inner feelings at the moment. Massive excitement? Anticipation?

Narain Karthikeyan:
Yeah, lots of, thousands of requests for passes. I just need to relax and from tomorrow it is going to be different, you are in the car a lot. I just want to enjoy the whole atmosphere. My family, everyone is coming. All the sponsors and so on so it is a huge day for Indian motorsport and those first few laps tomorrow are going to be very special, yes.

Q:
Just give us some indication of the support you have had from India and from the industry as well?

Narain Karthikeyan:
Since I started in Formula Three in England I had the support of the Tata Group, India's largest group, and a few other sponsors. Once Formula One is here the exposure will create a big opportunity for the young drivers and for the whole motorsport infrastructure to grow. We are all looking forward to it. India is different to China. There has been a lot of interest in Formula One for a long time and and Michael probably has millions of sponsors here. It has been that long, since 1993, that it has been on TV live here and I think it is going to be very good for the sport and all the motorsport fraternity here is very, very excited.

Q:
Michael, we have always slightly thought of you as the fourth team but more recently you have been getting up there almost into third place in terms of the team. Can we expect more in the last three races?

Michael Schumacher:
I guess it is maybe more to do with nature of tracks that one suits us more than others so, therefore, we might have a chance indeed to go a little bit further forward than just being seventh or eighth. This track, honestly, probably plays a little bit in our hands and can be a little helpful. Qualifying usually is difficult but then the race we look a little bit stronger recently so let's find out.

Q:
And the next two after that?

Michael Schumacher:
Well, I have not really thought about it. Let's think about this one here.

Q:
There was quite a lot of excitement about the front wing that you used at the last race. What was it like for the driver? Did you notice the difference?

Michael Schumacher:
Perfect.

Q:
Perfect? No improvement to be made?

Michael Schumacher:
We didn't use a different front wing, quite honestly. It was as good as before.

Q:
So no change?

Michael Schumacher:
No.

Q:




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