3 November 2012
Abu Dhabi GP - Post qualifying press conference - Pt.1
Yeah, you would like to do that work for sure but obviously we have a huge amount of historical data, this year and also at this venue and Seb did some work. I did one lap, so I've got a little bit to look at. But it should be OK, the Friday's running is never a bible anyway, it's just a good reference. So we're in pretty good shape in terms of data going into the race. So obviously we'll have a bit of a look through in the morning to see how we're going to prepare. But yeah, we realised we've got to work on our reliability. We've had a few issues of late and that's something the group is on. There's nothing Sebastian and I can do about it. It's not our job, it's their job and they know they've got to improve.
And you'll be starting ahead of Sebastian, so what chances in the first corner?
Well, good. You never know. Lewis' starts lately haven't been phenomenal so let's see if he has a good one tomorrow. Generally it's down to how the clutch is and things like that – it's not really down to Lewis. We'll see how they go off the line but I'm looking to go forward, for sure. Then we'll get settled into the race and see where everyone is after that.
Sebastian, the brake problem today, is that something that has been cured and you're confident you won't see again?
Yes, I think so. Obviously it wasn't expected, it wasn't the plan because the plan is to run in free practice – but I think we fixed the problem, I had a fantastic brake in qualifying, so I think we got on top of the problem at the end. I had a little bit of a run, two laps in the practice this afternoon, so should be fine.
Overtaking has been difficult here in the past. Admittedly you haven't had to do very much but it's been difficult, there's a double DRS, how vital is pole position and a good qualifying position?
Well, I think Lewis is pretty happy where he's going to start tomorrow. Obviously we are not on pole but yeah, I think, y'know, third is not far off and it should be a good race. Obviously, as you touched on, it's difficult to pass here, even though you've got long straights, we've got the double DRS so we'll see if that helps. I'm sure it's not impossible. It's definitely possible to pass people, even though it's not easy but, y'know, race pace should be good. Should be in a good position.
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