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Thursday press conference – Indian GP - Pt.2

Drivers: Heikki Kovalainen (Caterham), Bruno Senna (Williams), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Narain Karthikeyan (HRT), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Shridhar Poddar – Sakal Media House )
Kimi, how has the break from Formula One to rallying helped you, because your second stint has been turning out to be as good as the first one?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It hasn't really done anything. I was pretty happy to go and do something else for a while, did some racing and I'm enjoying it again. It's the same places - OK, there are some new circuits and places to come to this year and a new team, but apart from that, Formula One hasn't changed and it's exactly the same. For me, nothing's really changed. People always talk about where I was last time, that I didn't have the motivation but I thought I drove better than I ever drove in the last year; it was just that we had a pretty bad car at that time. Nothing has really changed for me.

Q: (Vinayak Pandey - Hindustan Times)
Narain, you have probably driven on this circuit a lot more than other drivers. The conditions in Delhi were unexpectedly cool and there was a rain shower on Wednesday. Should the temperatures become cooler than they are right now in qualifying and on Sunday, do you see any particular changes in the way the cars will handle or the outcome?

Narain Karthikeyan:
I think the track is already in a lot better condition than last year; it was very dusty, and because of the landscaping that they have done, the dust has settled, there's no more construction around the circuit so we already have a higher level of grip and the circuit looks quite nice. As you know, I drove the MR Formula 2000 car a month ago; it was already very good. Temperatures won't matter, they are going to drop a few degrees from today, I think, but it's OK. The tyres are fine; compared to last year, the hard compound - we have the same allocations but it's a little bit softer so it should be fine here.

Q: (Chetan Narula - PlanetF1)
Kimi, how big a challenge were Pirelli's tyres for you, because the last time [you were in F1], you had different tyres, and now you have totally different compounds and everything?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I admit that I had some thoughts about the tyres before I did one private test - OK, it wasn't the race tyres, it was some other even more worse tyres but I thought that they were fine. When you come from rallying, they have much more grip and the tyres were OK for me so after that, I already knew that I would not have any issues, because there was a lot of talk that maybe it was not good, but when I came back, I didn't really remember how it was two years earlier, so I thought that the tyres were completely fine and I still do so. OK, they wore off a bit faster than in the past in some races but it's the same for everybody and they've been doing a very good job for Formula One so I'm happy with that.

Q: (Chetan Narula - PlanetF1)
And you haven't won this year but despite that, how good a comeback has this been for you?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yes, I'm happy. If you had told me before the season that I will be in this position with this many points and stuff like that I would have taken it but of course when you do some good races you always want more and more and then you're disappointed if you're not. If you do well you want more and more. It could have been better but it could have been much more worse also.

Q: (C. Raghunath - The Hindu)
Kimi, do you fancy your chances this year? You're third in the championship...

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yeah, of course. We've had a chance. It's the difference like in 2007. We had a car that you knew that could win all the races and right now we are not the fastest car so we need more help to really win it but we will keep trying and hopefully we can achieve it. We will try until there's no chance but it's a bit different situation. But if we can improve the car in the next three races, you never know, so...

Q: (Vinayak Pandey - Hindustan Times)
Kimi, after which race did you feel that the Lotus team didn't have the same competitiveness as it had at the start of the season?

Kimi Raikkonen:

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