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Thursday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1

Paul, were talking there about the battle between team-mates, which is always of interest. There's quite an interesting battle between yourself and Nico, you seem to be very closely matched.

Paul di Resta:
Yeah, I think it was pretty similar last year with Adrian. Obviously with Nico, I have to have a lot of respect for him. At the moment we seem to be the closest drivers, against their team-mates, but it's always good to have that competitive nature in the team, you push each other along and drag the best out of each other. At the moment it's work in progress because were trying to develop the car. And to do that fast we have to work together to build our team to try to challenge the likes of Williams and Sauber, who are a bit in front of us at the moment. But, having scored the points that we have in the first two grands prix, we're certainly looking forward, hopefully until we get some updates on the car, and we can put some more performance on, which we're quite confident we can achieve.

This is your second F1 season. Do you think the first one was learning and that this one is about confirming the form you showed last year?

Paul di Resta:
I think there's more pressure for you to perform, in terms of being a second-year driver, but I've always had the task of just trying to pick the positive and certainly just trying to do the best I can in the sport I love doing. So far our race performance has showed to be stronger than our qualifying and the experience I got last year I think paid a lot to the result I got in Malaysia in tricky conditions and we managed to finish seventh. Everyone achieved the maximum we could from the package we had. We just need to make sure we're at the top of our game all this season, because to maintain the position, as a driver and as a constructor, that we achieved last year is a mighty challenger. But the vibe in the team is quite high and strong at the moment.

You talked earlier about how Sauber and Williams are perhaps a little bit ahead of you, whereas they weren't at the end of last season. There's a little bit of ground to be gained there. Are you confident of getting that back?

Paul di Resta:
Yeah, I think we started this year very strong. They've obviously come up with updates and stuff. We've been relatively neutral. The tunnel and the factory are working very hard. We are looking forward to the next couple of races when we get back to Europe. We have a good package coming for Mugello. We've obviously been working very hard on that. We've taken the decision to leave it there to maximise that. Really, at the moment, we're trying to do the best job we can with the car we have. Certainly in Malaysia we achieved a lot so there's no reason why we can't do that again. Last year here our car showed more potential than we thought, so I hope that the philosophies that carried on from that, certainly lead into this year. We got into Q3 here with a car that nearly never got into Q2 in Melbourne.

Sergio, tell us about the reaction in Mexico to your second place in the last grand prix?

Sergio Perez:
Well, it's been really great. I had some time there with the family, with friends, to enjoy the result we had. The people there were going crazy. It was a great result for my country. It was 40 years since the last podium we had in Formula One, so it was really nice to feel all the support I'm getting from the fans, from the country.

Do you think there is more pressure on your now? And also, will there be more money for development with, perhaps, more money from Mexico?

Sergio Perez:
That would be a good sign, no? Already, the interest has come up, not only from Mexico, but from other companies around the world that can help us to develop our car, which is important for us. In terms of pressure, I think the pressure remains the same, giving my 100 per cent every race weekend, trying to have success, and just try to the best, that will be the target for the next 18 races.

I think a year ago we were thinking 'that Sergio Pérez is pretty good with the tyres' and a year later we're still thinking the same thing - after the first two grand's prix. Have the specifications come to you? Have this year's specifications helped you?

Sergio Perez:

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