F1 » 23 May 2012
Monaco GP – Wednesday press conference – Pt.2
DRIVERS – Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Charles Pic (Marussia), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Frederic Ferret– L'Equipe)
Question for Pastor. How difficult has it been to deal with the fire and how difficult has it been to prepare for this grand prix for you and the team?
After the fire we've been working so hard to rebuild everything. The guys did a pretty good job because we are ready to race, with everything we need to get the maximum. And I need to say that the guys have been working full days to have everything ready for this race, so great job for them.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR TV)
Question for all the drivers. Do you realistically think that on Sunday it will really be six different drivers, and to all except Pastor, do you think you will be the sixth?
Yeah, I think there can be six different winners. Of course, why not? And it would be nice if it's me, yeah. I'm sure all of us are going to say that.
I want everyone except Pastor to rate his personal chance to be this sixth driver – if it's realistic or not.
I'm pretty sure that are quite a few around us that would have the capacity to win this race and yet have not won a race and yes, naturally I think each of us here would be happy to be the one.
I agree with Michael. As he was saying there are some other drivers who have the potential to win races but it's massively tight between quite a lot of teams, so I think it's wide open, so we'll see. Particularly at this race the driver can make more of a difference. A car that doesn't work so well at places like Barcelona could work a bit better here so…
Romain, how do you rate your own personal chances of becoming the sixth driver?
Difficult to say at the moment as we didn't drive on the track yet, but I wish I could be the sixth one.
I agree it's more tight this year but we are not yet in a position to fight for this. For us now we have to focus on improving step by step and that's it for the moment.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association)
Pastor, you mentioned that the team has been working flat out to compensate for the fire. Obviously a lot of teams came to Williams's aid with regards to equipment, infrastructure etc, but just how much of an impact will the fire have on the team this weekend, given the loss of all the equipment?
Yeah, for sure it was a frustrating moment for all of us, because we were in the garage at that moment, at that time, and we saw everything. Personally, I was so scared, especially because we were all together, talking with Frank at that time and then yes, I need to thank all the teams who helped us, especially to extinguish the fire. For sure, as I mentioned before, the team has been working flat out to have everything ready for this race. The time wasn't all that big, you know, only one week, one and a half weeks to have everything ready was quite short and yes, I need to thank all the teams who have helped us, even offering extra stuff for this race.
Q: (Pierre van Vliet – F1i.com)
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