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Thursday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.2

I think that if you had asked me this question last year, I would definitely have chosen the most experienced guy, because when Robert was with me in the team, I learned quite a lot from him, so I analysed the date, watched the video, listened to how he talked to the engineers and what he… At the moment, now, for me, it doesn't matter, to be honest. I already know how to improve the team in general, to set up and how to work with my team, so this is why for next year or for this year, it doesn't matter at all.

Q: (Gaetan Vigneron – RTBF).
Timo, what is your opinion about your team-mate for next year? Is it important for you to have the same one because it's better to improve the team or is it better to have a new one or it doesn't matter to you personally?

Timo Glock:
In general, I think it doesn't matter to me; it's a decision to be made by the team. Sure, on the other hand, if both drivers remain, then you have more consistency in the team but on the other hand, it doesn't matter to me, as I said. We have a long road in front of us so it's up to the team to decide.

Q: (Muthyalu Satyanarayan – Gulf News).
Most of you have grown up and raced in your early careers in Europe. Now, two or three years back, we had Abu Dhabi and now India, so how is this experience with venues shifting to this part of the world, Middle East and Asia? What's the experience of racing in these new venues?

Heikki Kovalainen:
I have a good answer for this one. I much prefer to be at these kind of warm races because the golf courses are fantastic. I would happily stay near Bangkok and just race from there; the golf courses are great. I arrived here on Monday already and I've played four rounds of golf already, so I'm happy for this direction.

Vitaly Petrov:
It's a good answer!

Vitantonio Liuzzi:
Maybe it's much colder in Europe but I prefer the European races. For sure, we have a different kind of circuit here in Asia, it's completely different, much more modern, beautiful circuits but I still love the historical circuits like Spa, Monza and the European races.

Sebastien Buemi:
I think it's good to try some new circuits, some new countries to visit. I think it's definitely a positive to come to these races and I think what we experience here is completely different. It's the best infrastructure in the world and it's definitely quite nice to be racing here, starting the race when it's still daylight and then we finish in the dark. I definitely think it's a positive.

Paul di Resta:
Yeah, I think it's always a good experience, but I think the questioner talked about drivers as well and I think given where junior categories are in Europe compared to Asia, it's not quite there yet but I think that is just generally through time and I think it builds up, the whole experience, how popular racing will get. Given how many people there are in India, I'm sure that with the first Indian Grand Prix, that will generate interest and for the future, you never know where that might lead to.

Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Sebastian, as I understand it, you used to live in Bahrain, do you still live there?

Sebastien Buemi:
No, I've lived in Monaco for two years but part of my family lives in Bahrain and that's why I moved there three years ago.

Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Is all OK there now; do we have a chance to go back for the race next year?

Sebastien Buemi:
I hope so. Bahrain is a nice circuit and I enjoy being there but first of all it has to be safe but I didn't hear anything bad for a few months now.

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10.11.2011- Press conference, SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11
10.11.2011- Press conference, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), HRT Formula One Team
10.11.2011- Press conference, Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
10.11.2011- Press conference, Timo Glock (GER), Marussia Virgin Racing VR-02, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11, Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA), HRT Formula One Team, Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04, SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and Vitaly Petrov (RUS), Lotus Renault GP, R31
10.11.2011- Press conference, Timo Glock (GER), Marussia Virgin Racing VR-02
10.11.2011- Press conference, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), Team Lotus, TL11

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