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Thursday press conference – Indian GP - Pt.2

I think in Spa we had some signs but then we have seen this year that one race you can be very strong and the next not so good, it's been up and down between the teams. For some reason, after the summer break, some of the teams have been much more consistent. I think we still have a good car. We improved it in the last race again but we are not at the level that we maybe were compared to others at the beginning of the season.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
Nico, you said that you mentioned that you got here on Monday. Could you just give us an idea of some of the things you've been doing since you got here?

Nico Hulkenberg:
Well, mainly a lot of media interaction. We are an Indian team so there is quite a bit of interest, so we've been around, talking to a lot of TV stations, went to some studios, did a sponsorship event with Hackett which is a team partner in clothing. It's only two days and two days pass pretty quickly.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
Did you meet Vijay?

Nico Hulkenberg:
No, we haven't met Vijay.

Q: (Shreyas Sharma – Mail Today)
Narain, since you are closely associated with this track, some changes have been made, although the changes are minor. Do you think it will make the race more interesting, faster?

Narain Karthikeyan:
No, the layout remains the same, just that the kerbs are extended a little bit in turns five and six and then they put some astroturf to keep the dust down because a lot of cars were going off in that particular corner last year. Apart from that, as everyone has said, the layout is fantastic and I'm glad they haven't changed anything, it's nice to drive on, it's pretty flowing and it's fast.

Q: (Shridhar Poddar – Sakal Media House)
To all the drivers, whoever wants to answer: the long straight is something that the DRS was really tailor-made for although we didn't see too much overtaking last year. How much overtaking do you think there is a scope for over here?

Narain Karthikeyan:
We won't be doing much overtaking so I think...

Heikki Kovalainen:
We have the same problem as Narain so...

Bruno Senna:
Normally, the overtaking is more due to the tyre difference between the cars than to long straights or DRS. Long straights always help a little bit but if you're coming from a corner like turn two, which is a long corner where you put a lot of heat into the tyres, into a hairpin, where traction is a bit more compromised so overtaking really is more due to the tyres than anything else in current Formula One. But if you're in a Toro Rosso then you have about 20kph more top speed than everyone else then you can overtake as well



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