10 November 2011
Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.2
Abu Dhabi GP Thursday FIA press conference with Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Paul di Resta (Force India), Timo Glock (Virgin), Heikki Kovalainen (Team Lotus), Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault).
Drivers: Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso), Paul di Resta (Force India), Timo Glock (Virgin), Heikki Kovalainen (Team Lotus), Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault).
Questions from the floor.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Heikki, does the change of name to Caterham mean that your business car will be very fast but not very comfortable?
I've been waiting for the Caterham already this year. They haven't sent me one yet but I'm sure I will get one soon. I'm quite looking forward to taking one to Finland; I have a fantastic road leading up to my log cabin house, so I'm going to test it there, I think, when there's a little bit of snow banks around, on studded tyres.
Will you have to build your company car yourself?
No, I don't think so. I have a good car crew; they will do it for me.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Heikki as a Finnish driver, your main target may be the Williams team next year?
For next year, the target ahead of us doesn't change – whoever is driving in different teams. Obviously you're referring to Kimi at Williams; I have no idea whether that is happening or not. What's going on there… it doesn't matter who is driving the cars in front of us. We are targeting the cars ahead of us, joining that group and hopefully sometimes being ahead of more than one team if we have a good day. That's all I can say. If Kimi decides to come back, I think the main difference for me will be that the parties after the races will be a little bit better.
Q: (Michael Stauble – SRG/DRS).
After 17 races with DRS, how would you rate it, has it improved the racing in your opinion?
I think that it's definitely a big step forward. I think we will keep this for many years, five or ten years. I think it's a good chance for us to overtake and good for you to write something about overtaking, so I think it's a good step.
I think it's definitely a positive. We've seen a lot more overtaking; we've even seen some overtaking in Monaco. It's definitely good. Sometimes it feels like the DRS zone is not long enough but I definitely think it's going to help a lot this weekend.
From a lapping point of view, is it better that the people who are lapping have DRS? Is that better from your point of view?
In general, it's not that big a difference for us. In general, it's quite difficult overall, in the race, to keep out of the (way of the) top five, especially if you have a safety car and we are in the middle of the pack and it's just a big mess. DRS doesn't make a big difference for lapping cars.
The only difference I see is that maybe sometimes they give us a big tow in a straight line when they go past, so it's definitely better for us.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sebastian, is the increased performance from your car related to the development of the blown diffuser?
Yes, I think it's mainly because of that, but in general I think we improved the car very well from mid-season to the end now. I think we're now improving the car race after race and this is why we can actually catch up the other guys. We were maybe a little bit too slow developing the car in the middle of the year, but now I think we're doing a good job. It's only the second year that the team is building the car, so it takes a bit of time to get into the rhythm but I think we've definitely got a lot of lap time through the blown diffuser.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Vitaly, you mentioned the football team but which one of the team would you prefer to be your team-mate next year, stay with Bruno or maybe change or maybe Robert will be back: your personal preference?
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