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Thursday press conference – Malaysian GP – Pt.1

Drivers: Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Max Chilton (Marussia)

Press conference

Q:
Kimi, great win for you and the team to start of with, in cold conditions. How do you and the team feel about being able to repeat that performance level in the heat of Malaysia?

Kimi Raikkonen:
We don't know yet. Last year we were pretty good when it was hot and actually it was better for us, but obviously we haven't run in this kind of conditions and the winter has been very cold, so I have no idea. But if it's anything like it was last year we should be pretty OK, but we have to wait and see how it goes.

Q:
One notable detail from the Melbourne weekend is that you were over a second slower than the Red Bull in qualifying, but you turned it round to be over a second faster than them on your fastest race lap. What do you put that down to?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I wouldn't say that the qualifying was a very normal situation with all the weather – it got delayed and all that stuff. But if it was normal dry conditions I'm pretty sure we are more close. We will wait and see when we get a normal qualifying. Then, I'm sure we are not a second behind, or 1.4 seconds or whatever it was.

Q:
Esteban, coming to you. Youngest driver in F1 and the best-placed rookie in Australia in 13th. A tricky Sunday for the Sauber team with your team-mate not starting the race, but what did you take from the weekend?

Esteban Gutierrez:
Well, for me the experience was very important. Being able to say that I finished my first F1 race is already quite a good step. And from then on, taking the experience into account, I will try to improve on the points where I can improve following this second challenge here in Malaysia. It will be very different circumstances but I think it's going to be a very exciting one.

Q:
Can you talk about the pressure of expectation, given what Sergio Perez did here last year in a Sauber and what he went on to do in the rest of the year?

Esteban Gutierrez:
It is obviously something that is there but I'm not going to think about it because it's different circumstances. I think the weather is varying a lot here and it's playing a big role in how the race is going. I'm going to try to do my best, going at my own pace and improve where I can improve, step by step.

Q:
Valtteri, you finished 14th in Melbourne, outqualified your team-mate [Pastor] Maldonado and finished the race. What did you take away from your debut?

Valtteri Bottas:




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Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams.
14.03.2013- Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
17.03.2013- Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
14.03.2013- Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
14.03.2013- Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E21
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber F1 Team C33
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR03
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Press Conference after Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- Qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
19.04.2014- Press Conference after Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
19.04.2014- After Qualifying Press Conference, pole position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
19.04.2014- After Qualifying Press Conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10

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