21 March 2013
Thursday press conference – Malaysian GP – Pt.1
Of course I learned a lot in my first grand prix. It was tough but it was nice to see that everything went without any bigger problems. Of course we would have liked to finish the race in a much higher position and everyone was expecting much more
from us, including us. From my side I think it was not a bad first race but definitely we didn't finish where we wanted to.
As you say, the team is not where it wants to be. Why do you think the car is struggling?
Well I'm not going to go into the details now but we understand now better what went wrong, because the car has potential. The performance is there and we just need to get it out really. And for this grand prix already we think we can fix some things. We will see tomorrow a little bit more where we are.
Jules, 11th-fastest race lap en route to a 15th-placed finish on your debut. It's a performance that's got you on a number of people's radars already. What did you think of it?
Well, honestly it has been a really nice weekend for me in Australia even if it was quite a late call for me because I didn't do all the pre-season testing. Anyway, I was really happy. I just tried to enjoy and see what we were able to do in the race. Obviously the race went pretty well. We had a good start, everything was good, and we did a good result. We know what we have to improve and we will try to do that for the next few races.
You were with Force India of course in February in testing and you only had on test with Marussia before Australia. What do you think is possible with this car this season?
I think I was really surprised when I drove it for the first time. My expectation was a lot lower than that. I was really happy when I drove it. I think we can do good results. We know what we have to improve again, so we're just trying to do that, trying to improve the car and trying to improve myself as well, because I'm new in the team, new in F1. I want to show people what I am able to do, so I will try to do my best for all the other races.
Max Chilton, coming to you. Seventeenth in Melbourne for Marussia on your debut. Things have obviously happened pretty quickly for you, getting into F1 at 21. How are you settling in?
I feel comfortable. I felt ready when the decision was made that I got the race seat. I believe in myself, that I've got a good chance. I think this year the Marussia car has got a good chance of moving its way up the field. I feel at home, the team are fantastic and I've now got a really good team-mate to work with and I can maybe learn from, and maybe he can learn from me, so it's a winning formula.
You obviously know this track; you raced here in GP2 and finished on the podium. What do you think of it?
Yeah, it's a very challenging circuit, it's got some long, high-speed flowing corners but then you've got some technical stuff to get out of the corner onto a long straight, which is very important. The main thing with this circuit is the heat. It was a tough race last year, but I can tell that it doesn't feel as hot as last year, so I don't need to worry about that. We just need to focus on getting the most out of the car and beating our rivals.
Giedo, you out-qualified your team-mate and got an 18th-place finish in Melbourne. What did you take from your first experience of F1?
Giedo van der Garde:
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