F1 » 21 June 2012
Thursday press conference - European GP - Pt.1
Is it still about tyre management. Your team-mate for example is always cited as someone who will make a one-stop, just as he did here last year. How does that affect you?
I think in the last race Sergio did a really great job with the tyre management. But I think this season so far, it's very important to be [in] clear air. If we are in traffic we damage the tyre of course. It's not only the tyre management, we have to be clear. It's not only the driving, it's the situation as well. It's difficult to say that it's coming only from the tyre and the driving, it's all a mixture. Let's say Sergio last race had great driving but he also had quite a lot of time with not so much traffic and that's the key to managing the tyre. Also last race I think everybody expected in the race to do two-stop but actually one-stop is quicker. But at the same time it seems to be difficult to overtake again because everybody is like a train. So that was mis-predicted for the last race. For my situation I had to change strategy during the race, which is quite difficult. But I think the team did a great job for the performance and they gave us really great advice and we see a good step from the car and we try to understand more the tyre because with this track temperature it's difficult to see but with there experience I think we can sort it out.
Fernando, we read that you team-mate, part of his resurgence is because of a different set-up and he's gone his own way on set-up. How does that affect you? Is it an advantage for you?
I'm not sure about the different set-up comments. I don't think that there is any big difference compared with the first races. It's not affecting my programme. For Felipe, he's getting some good confidence now in the car with the last changes and some tweaks maybe in the set-up but nothing dramatically changed. And now it seems we can both be competitive. This is the best news for the team. As we always repeat: the team, myself, he's having full support from everybody inside Ferrari and now we are convinced that in the second half of the season we will both be up at the front.
How do you feel about the development of the car? Obviously it didn't start off as a very good car and you were pushing for development. Has it taken longer or shorter than you imagined and now are you nearly there?
I'm extremely happy with the effort of the team. It's true that we didn't start in the best position so maybe in that aspect we were a little bit advantaged because it's easier to improve to a bad car than a good car normally because we had many things that didn't work at the beginning, so maybe it was a little bit easier to put everything right. Bit it's true that in the last four grands prix or something like that every new part we bring to the race it correlates and is working as we expect from the wind tunnel. This is something we struggled with in the past, in the last two years especially. Yeah, more self-confidence in the team now, in all the new designs, in all the information we get from the wind tunnel, this is good. Not just for now but for the near future.
Lewis, championship leader, three times second at this race, pole in 2009 as well – but it's a very different championship this year, as we're all aware and it's very important to bank points, as you've pointed out in the past. How difficult is that for you – as we see you as an out and out racer who wants to win all the time – how difficult is it for you, is it a change of mindset?
Good afternoon everyone. Not for me: I still want to win every race it's just you have to be perhaps a little more strategic with your approach this year. We've seen seven different winners, both me and Fernando have scored pretty much in every race yet the Championship is so close. I don't think there is too much of a different approach but you have to be a little bit more sensible this year.
And, in terms of the Championship again, obviously consistency is hugely important. Is the development still coming all the time from the factory? We hear about it from various other teams, is it still coming from McLaren as well?
The guys are working as hard as they can and pushing as hard as we can to improve. We've not had the same size of upgrades as others potentially have. We've not really had an upgrade since Barcelona but we hopefully will have something very soon.
For here or for the British Grand Prix?
Probably for the British Grand Prix, I would have thought.
Pedro, first of all, problems with the brakes at the last grand prix, do you think you've pretty much sorted those out?
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