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Thursday press conference – Malaysian GP – Pt.2

It's not really any special place. I mean, of course it was nice to win the first race but we really should have won the year before, so it's nice to come back here – I don't enjoy the heat and the humidity of the place but the circuit is nice so, we know how it's going to be more or less here. It usually gives a good race and that's the main thing. Hopefully we can have another good weekend and score good points.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
Valtteri, do you expect the hot weather helping you and the team to find more speed from the car?

Valtteri Bottas:
I hope so, because I think one of the problems was – a little bit – the tyre warm up. Getting the tyres to work properly but, y'know, it's quite unknown, and it's the same for everyone. No-one has run these tyres in these conditions. We will see tomorrow; we will
experience the tyres – but I do really hope so.

Q: (David Croft – Sky Sports)
We often get views from some of our viewers that there shouldn't be blue flags in F1 and that everyone has a right to be racing out on the circuit and shouldn't have to move over and it's an art to overtake a back-marker or a front runner. I just want to know from a few of you, do you think there should be blue flags in F1? Kimi and the rest of the rookies...

Jules Bianchi:
Well, obviously I think it's normal that we have to move the way out because they are fighting for the victory and we are lapped, so when we are lapped I think it's right to give the place to the leader. So, yeah, I think it's normal rules to have blue flags.

Giedo van der Garde:
I agree. I think you should let the leaders past, they're fighting for the win.

Esteban, it must be strange going when you're going at the front. Obviously your car's a little faster than some of these other ones but when you get used to racing at the front, then you have to let cars through, that mental adjustment – I guess you hope it doesn't last too long in F1.

Esteban Gutierrez:
Yeah, that's true! I hope I don't see much blue flags this season but I agree with Jules' and Giedo's comment. Really, I don't have much comment about it.

How much do the older drivers and experienced front runners take a lead on this in drivers' briefings?

Kimi Raikkonen:
There's not much talked about. Everybody knows what they have to do. They're not racing for the first time, they've been racing for a long time. Like I said, it's sometimes easier to let people past than other times. Of course, you understand that they don't want to lose too much time but it's more important for them to move over because some days they can really make a difference as to who wins or who not. In the end, if you don't want to get blue flags you should be in the front, simple as that.

Q: (Michael Casey – Associated Press)
Kimi, how does it feel to have a target on your back coming into the weekend?

Kimi Raikkonen:
There's no target. We don't do anything different this weekend than we did in the previous race or last year. If people think that we are leaders, it makes no difference to our work, what we did or what we're going to do this weekend or any other weekend. Like I said, we try to do best and hopefully we can score some good points.

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action)
Jules, you had a very good race [in Australia] but you had so little testing; do you see yourself making some really big steps when you get some more track time?

Jules Bianchi:
Obviously it would have been better for me to have more testing but my race was good and there's much more to come from my side, specially to set the car up well, because I don't know the car. I only did one and a half days before the race, so I think it's

Related Pictures

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15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Giedo Van der Garde (NED), Caterham F1 Team CT03
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Max Chilton (GBR), Marussia F1 Team MR02
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Williams F1 Team FW35
16.03.2013- Free Practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 E21.
15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR02
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid

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