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Thursday press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.1

Thursday FIA press conference from Spain with Kamui Kobayashi, Nico Hulkenberg, Pedro de la Rosa, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

Drivers: Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India), Pedro de la Rosa (HRT), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).



Press conference.


Q:
Kamui, so far this season a couple of good races and a couple not so good. What's been the difference between them?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Of course it's definitely the car. We had quite good performance at the start, quite a good start to the season. Unfortunately, we also some races where the strategy was not really going well. It's not let's a bad thing for my season. I had a great start but I think we have to work hard especially on the long runs.

Q:
Yesterday, Fernando talked about drivers having more respect for one another. Do you think that's the case? Should drivers leave more space for each other?

Kamui Kobayashi:
Maybe. I don't know. It's always difficult to say.

Q:
You're quite an aggressive overtaker.

Kamui Kobayashi:
Yeah, but for me I'm doing something quite normal. It's not special. I'm just doing my job. Maybe it looks aggressive but I never crash with anyone. I never crash and stop the car. There may be contact but it's always quite OK. Maybe it looks aggressive but it's not aggressive in fact.

Q:
And of course, you've been on the receiving end as we remember from Spa last year.

Kamui Kobayashi:
Spa last year? Where? Ah, with Lewis, you mean? That's what I mean that was just an accident you know. I didn't expect both cars to make contact because there was no point. I didn't expect Lewis to come across and I just stayed on my line. It was just sudden, you know. There was no way to avoid that. That was something special though, it's not really a racing accident and not aggressive stuff from me, so…

Q:
Nico, on paper you've been beaten by your team-mate so far this year. How are you feeling about it?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Well, the first four races have been quite tough to be honest. I would have liked to take more than two points out of the first four races. We have been quite unfortunate in some races, such as Melbourne, where we had a first-corner incident and there was very little I could do and then a clutch failure issues in Bahrain. These were two races where we potentially could have finished in the points. But I'm looking forward, I'm bedding in well with the team. I think the team is doing a good job in putting everything together and if we get a bit more luck then I think it will be good.

Q:
How do you feel about team development? Are the developments coming at a reasonable rate as far as you're concerned?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Yes, definitely. We bring some new parts, probably like every other team, here and we have to wait and see where the new parts put us but obviously we're hoping it's a step forward. I think it is a step forward but just how big a step we'll see over the next two days.

Q:
Pedro, we see a new team that has recently moved to new premises and taken on a lot of new staff. What sort of role do you see yourself playing in the development of Hispania Racing Team?

Pedro de la Rosa:
As you've said, everything is new. We're establishing ourselves; restructuring the team; we are growing. But really I'm not playing any different role than any other race driver would do. I'm part of the team; I'm a race driver; I'm experienced. If they need my advice on anything, I am there. But I'm not playing any special role other than driving as fast as I can and giving good feedback about the car.

Q:
You spent so long at McLaren are you not trying to put some of those influences on the team?

Pedro de la Rosa:




Related Pictures

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22.04.2012- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
22.03.2012- Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
19.04.2012- Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
Nico Hulkenberg (GER), Sahara Force India Formula One Team  03.05.2012. Formula 1 World Championship, Testing, Mugello, Italy
20.04.2012- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
19.04.2012- Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8

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