26 July 2012
Thursday press conference - Hungarian GP - Pt.2
Thursday FIA press conference from the Hungaroring with Narain Karthikeyan, Kamui Kobayashi, Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Pastor Maldonado (Williams)
Drivers: Narain Karthikeyan (HRT), Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Dan Knutson – Honorary).
Fernando, in Germany you told us how much better the car was. Could you expand a bit? Just how much has it improved since Jerez testing and what race was the biggest update?
Well, definitely we did improve the car a lot. I don't know how much, or I cannot quantify it in terms of lap time because it will be difficult. I think between two and three seconds maybe but obviously it's a number that cannot be very precise. I think the biggest improvement that we introduced was in Barcelona; the biggest updates were mainly the aerodynamics of the car – but we knew that in the first three or four races, when we were in China, Bahrain, the car was not doing what we were expecting. And when we arrived in Barcelona, everything became a little bit more normal for us and from that point, all the updates it was fine-tuning. But the Barcelona one was to make everything back to work.
Q: (Péter Farkas – Autó-Motor).
Kimi, we have not really heard anything about the infamous power steering lately. Have you and the team taking a step forward regarding that? And before, did you have any real life situations where you felt you couldn't achieve a better result because of the power steering?
There's no point to talk about it because I mean, when we say something people try to make a massive story out of it. Like I always said, it's not perfect – it's still not – it's improved a lot since we started. But still a way to go. It's OK to race, it's not like it's somehow going to make me one second faster or half a second faster if we going to get it exactly as we want. And this is… I know that I've driven better ones and there's definitely still things that we can improve. We're working for it, but it's not the easiest thing to get right. So we have to work on those and hopefully at some point we will get it exactly as we want.
Q: (Harry Kiner – ARA Radio).
Fernando, for you two questions please. In Ferrari team I heard they call you a maestro: is it true and how does it come? And managed to stay out of any trouble this year – how to you do it?
In Ferrari they call me Fernando normally. But always with Ferrari as we are already repeating it was a very good reception, welcome from day one. And it's like family for me. I'm in Italy 80 per cent of my free time and I have my best friends there working also in Italy now in the factory in the road cars, so I spend free time there. Most of the time as I said I'm better in Italy even than in Spain, so this is something for sure curious.
This year it has been not easy to go out of problems or troubles in the races because the grid is so tight, so in one-tenth you have four or five cars. In the races we are more or less at the same performance, it's not like last year when there were six cars and then a different group of cars and then a different group again. This year every detail counts, every pitstop counts, the starts… so I think it's a little bit more stress on the grid or between all of us, so we've been lucky in some moments of the Championship, in some manoeuvres, in some incidents and we've been finishing all the races in the points, which obviously helps for us. We obviously need to keep doing like this and hopefully have the whole season trouble-free.
Q: (Adrian Huber - Agencia EFE).
Fernando, your figures keep improving: nine years ago you won here your first race and last Sunday you won your 30th. Back nine years, did you imaging you will get all this? What were your feelings then?
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