F1 » 6 September 2012
Thursday press conference - Italian GP - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from the Monza with Jerome d'Ambrosio, Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Drivers: Jerome d'Ambrosio (Lotus), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
Jerome, welcome back. How prepared are you? Have you been able to prepare for your comeback?
Well obviously it's been short notice. On Monday really. It's been a bit of a hectic week for me, getting stuff done as much as I could before here to get really prepared as best as I can. As I say, I haven't had time to think about anything really: just really getting things done and that's it.
I guess you've been training though, keeping in shape, waiting for this moment?
Yes, definitely. As a third driver that's part of the job: you have to keep fit and everything. It's not something easy, not a lot of mileage on, but I did everything in the drivers' meetings, with the engineers and everything, trying to keep up to date as much as I could with every tool I had in my hand, to be as prepared as I can if something like this happened.
So, what's your aim in the race itself? What should we expect?
It's a difficult question to answer simply because I don't have much information to set myself a position target – or anything. I really want to stay focussed on what I've got to do, with the job, with the engineers, in the car. Stay focussed on that. Once that is done correctly we can hope for something good on Sunday – but only if I stay focussed on my job, so this is what I will try to do.
Nico, we keep looking at China and wondering what's happened since then. Last weekend again seemed to be difficult.
Yeah definitely we've had some more difficult times now, lately and a little bit of a drop in performance relative to others – we know that. And we've been looking into it, we understand a lot of the reasons, and we've been pushing very, very hard to turn things around again and I'm sure the next few races are going to be a little bit better for us – how good is difficult to say.
Is the car difficult to drive, does it just not suit you any longer? What's the nature of the car now?
Amongst other things the balance is difficult, yes. Especially the last two races, due to the fact that both tracks had very long corners and especially in those long corners it has been difficult.
So Parabolica could be difficult for you.
Parabolica would be a little bit more difficult for me, yes, but this track, with the low downforce and everything, I think is going to be less of a problem.
Daniel, first of all, last weekend looked as though it was going to be good, and you did manage to get some points. What are your feelings about last weekend and looking at this weekend as well?
It was nice to get some more points on the board – unfortunately longer than I was hoping since Melbourne but good to get a few more. The first stint was looking all-right. Obviously we benefitted from the mayhem at the start and we got as high as fifth, I think. I was hoping to finish up there but unfortunately we dropped back a bit in the end to ninth. But still definitely good for myself and the team to get both cars in the points. Hopefully we can build on some of that momentum and Monza obviously is a nice place for us to come: the team's home grand prix and I've got a little bit of heritage myself – so it's nice to come in with the momentum of Spa and hopefully score some more.
The Ferrari engine seemed to be pretty good in a straight line – how's that going to affect here as well?
Tagged as: Jerome d’Ambrosio , Lotus , Ricciardo , Italian Grand Prix , Daniel Ricciardo , press conference , Monza , Felipe Massa , Toro Rosso , Nico Rosberg , Fernando Alonso , Rosberg , Mercedes , Lewis Hamilton , Mclaren
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