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Thursday press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.1

Thursday FIA press conference from Bahrain with Heikki Kovalainen, Romain Grosjean, Timo Glock, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa.

Drivers: Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Timo Glock (Marussia), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

Press conference.

Heikki, it's been a difficult start to the season for you. What were you expecting from these first three or four races?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Well, obviously we're hoping for better finishes. I think we've had some issues pretty much every race, but we're working on them and we're trying to make sure that those kind of troubles that we've had don't happen again. We've done everything we can; everything we could do in this short time to make sure that we have a trouble-free race.

Are you expecting a big step forwards, therefore, for Barcelona?

Heikki Kovalainen:
We have upgrades coming, not only for Barcelona, but all the way through the season. We are still catching up. We have not yet joined the midfield, so we're still targeting that. Obviously everybody's bringing updates, so how much we will be able to gain remains to be seen. But I think we're working flat out and strengthening the team in every area to be able to do that.

So, what are your hopes for this weekend then?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Hopefully to have a trouble-free weekend, without any incidents, especially in the race. To have smooth pit stops without any extra incidents. Hopefully we can get everything out of the team and out of the car. Like we've shown in the last couple of race, especially in China, we were able race a few cars for quite a long time in the race. Hopefully we can carry on doing that.

Romain, now 26-years-old, happy birthday! This is a circuit you know well, you've been talking about your GP2 races here and I think you had a 'full house' here if you understand what that means.

Romain Grosjean:
Yeah, well, it's a circuit I know quite well, from racing in GP2 and testing with Pirelli for the development of the tyres. I think it's a nice circuit, I quite like it and think we can have a good car here. The weather will be, for once, stable, with some decent temperature and hopefully we can have a clear qualifying and a clear race altogether and achieve an even better result than what we had in the previous race.

In China you got the result you were waiting for, or maybe you were hoping for even better?

Romain Grosjean:
You always hope for better! In a way what you want to achieve whenever you start the race is to win. That's the goal for every driver on the grid. But China was a good race, I think it was very tight, some good battles and we were showing that we were able to carry through the race with good pace and some good moves and to be able to be gentle with the tyres. That was the key in China and I think that will the key one more time here.

But this is such a different circuit and the temperatures and conditions are going to be so different.

Romain Grosjean:
Yes, but I hate the cold, so I feel better here. The tyre strategy will be different and the tyre usage will be different here as we have these temperatures but as well I don't think we are not going to struggle with warm-up issues or making the work, which will help us to set up the car in a good way.

Timo, obviously the team has been playing catch-up since the start of the season but how do you feel they've been getting on? It seems to be a very steep learning curve.

Timo Glock:

Related Pictures

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19.04.2012-  Press conference, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E20
19.04.2012-  Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
19.04.2012-  Press conference, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
19.04.2012-  Press conference, Timo Glock (GER) Marussia F1 Team MR01
19.04.2012-  Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
19.04.2012-  Press conference, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03

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