12 April 2012
Thursday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2
Thursday FIA press conference from Shanghai in China with Bruno Senna, Vitaly Petrov, Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso and Narain Karthikeyan.
Drivers: Bruno Senna (Williams), Vitaly Petrov (Caterham), Paul di Resta (Force India), Sergio Perez (Sauber), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Narain Karthikeyan (HRT).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Il Corriere della Sera).
Fernando, are you surprised that the Red Bulls haven't been as competitive as they were last year and that they will come back very soon?
Not surprised because I know the complex world of F1 and developing a car in F1 is not the easiest thing in the world but for us and for the team, we were surprised that when we put the car on the track in winter testing that we didn't have the results we were hoping for and that was the biggest surprise. From that point, you start working on the car, you start working on the improvements and you know that there's not a magic button that you touch, or a magic part of the track that you can change and the car immediately becomes competitive. You start work that has to be done properly, step-by-step and hopefully new parts will come very soon that will make the car quicker but this is something that we need to be calm about, let the people in Italy work and here when we are on trackside and at the Grand Prix try to maximise the potential we have in our hands; it's what we did in the first two races and what we will try to do in the next two.
Q: (Steve Dawson - ESPN Star Sports).
Does any member of the panel acknowledge that they might have a moral difficulty in going to Bahrain next week?
There is no reply.
Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta).
Fernando, in this race are you waiting for big improvements or is everything going according to plan? Or are you waiting until Barcelona for a big improvement?
As I said, no big improvements for this race and I don't think… No big improvements for this race and as I said, we're working, we're working on the car and I think we cannot say that for Barcelona there will be a big improvement because we don't know. We are working day and night to do the work and to improve the car and I think we have some new parts for the car which we need to test tomorrow – maybe they are working fine, maybe they are not working and we need to come back with those parts. In Barcelona there will be more new parts which I'm hoping for. We need to test to see if they are working fine. For Canada there will do more, Monaco, so it's nothing… as I said, Formula One these days doesn't have a magic button where we change something, we arrive in China, we arrive in Barcelona, in Canada and you change one part on the car and you improve by one second. This will be constant work from the team, improving one tenth, two tenths, three tenths every step that we do and we need to do it quicker than the others because all the other teams will bring a couple tenths (advantage) to every race so we need to bring some more.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sergio, how is your approach to this Grand Prix, considering that everybody is maybe expecting something similar from you in comparison to the last two races? It looks very hard not to be affected by the interest everybody has in you.
I think we are really realistic as a team. We know that the Malaysian race was not a normal race, the conditions were extremely difficult for everybody. We got them right, we stopped at the right time more or less and we were able to fight for victory, but I think in normal conditions this is not where we belong, we have to be very realistic and our target is still to score as many points as possible. If we can score another podium during the year it will be great, but we are very realistic that it can really only happen in different conditions.
Q: (Carlos Miguel – La Gaceta).
Narain, tomorrow in the drivers' briefing what's your position with Vettel?
For me it was a racing incident and we've spoken to each other so it should be OK.
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