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Bahrain GP - Friday press conference - Pt. 1

I think it's been a sensible day for us, we've worked through a programme. I think this year the tyre has dominated performance and I think it's crucial to try and understand how the tyres work, how to get on top of those tyres and I think we've learned a lot over those first three races. Each of the races has been at a different nature of circuit, different conditions. We've seen the form of all the teams moving around a lot and the midfield making a big step as well. And that's produced some great racing, I think last weekend was a phenomenal race and that adds to the challenge. We've worked through our programme today, both the drivers seem reasonably happy with their cars and obviously a lot of information to look over tonight before we go into the final practice tomorrow.

Eric Boullier:
We had a heavy Friday today with a lot of parts to evaluate. Parts of the upgrade from Shanghai, we had to use them back on the car. Also, a very heavy programme with the tyres. It's clear that the key for performance is the tyres and also the degradation for the race, as we saw in Shanghai, so we had early runs in practice and obviously heavier fuel load runs as well.

Q:
Any change Stefano?

Stefano Domenicali:
No, I think we have already said what we have to say. For us hopefully this will be the last grand prix of the most difficult start that we've had. But that's the way it is. At the track the only thing we have to do is try to maximise the package that we have and understand the tyres and prepare for the race. That will be crucial, as we already said, in this condition the only objective we have at the moment is to try to score the maximum points and considering that we have been third in the Championship it means a lot. It means that we have to stay focussed. Unfortunately it's very painful for us but that's the way it is. So heads up and work hard.

Q:
Bob, limited running, obviously…

Bob Fernley:
Well, we had a very busy morning and as you know we didn't run in FP2, we slightly rescheduled our programmes, but we're very comfortable. The data was collected this morning for what we need and we're very comfortable for FP3 tomorrow.




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