22 March 2013
Friday press conference - Malaysian GP - Pt.1
Team-mates naturally always want to outdo each other, so if you bring a new one in, if that raises his game then I think his team-mate will try and follow suit. It's perfectly natural healthy competition.
Pat, second place finish in Australia for Ferrari, ahead of Red Bull. You're leading the Constructors' Championship going into this race. What was the feeling, the mood like in the post-race debrief?
I think people were pleased with the race pace of the car. It was quite obvious that Kimi was going to be two-stopping. I think you could see him two seconds back from the group, as James mentioned. I don't think we could have followed suit and competed on a two-stop which is why we went for the aggressive three-stop, which got us through the traffic. All in all, it's one those… with that and the 60km/h pit lane limit, it's always that balance between two-stop and three-stop. We weren't brave enough to make the two-stop work. Kimi was, so good luck to them, or well done to them. We just need to keep on working on the pace of it. It's nice being second but you always want to win don't you.
What are your thoughts about the pace of Lotus, the way they've started the season?
It is very good. I don't think we would have been brave enough to have attempted a two-stop there, so yeah, I think they've done well.
Can you talk a little bit about the renaissance of Felipe Massa? Obviously he was strong in the second half of last year, he out-qualified Alonso in Melbourne and raced ahead of him for two stints. What is it that's changed in him do you think?
It's hard to say really. He's got a good attitude. He's driving very well. Very sensible not overdriving the car. If you look at last year the first half was a bit of a struggle, the second half was a lot better and he's continued that form into this year, which is obviously good for us as a team in the Constructors' [Championship].
Bob, Force India obviously led the last race of 2012 in Brazil and you led twice in Melbourne last weekend en route to seventh with Adrian. What's the outlook, do you think, for the year ahead?
I think the Brazil race was on merit to a degree what we did in Melbourne obviously was tyre choice. It was very nice to be there but it was the result of strategy more than anything else. Overall, I think the performance of the car and team is quite good at the start of the season.
And what was the problem for Adrian Sutil? We saw him in his shorts with half an hour to go.
We had an oil seal problem. We just needed to stop it to make sure there was no damage to the engines.
Can you talk a little about Sutil, his return from over a year out of a Formula One cockpit, very little testing. Were you surprised by his performance?
I wasn't surprised after his test in Barcelona. I think in Barcelona, when Adrian came in, if anybody could have put together a perfect assessment of a driver coming in for a test it was that occasion. I think Adrian did a great job and didn't surprise me at all in Melbourne.
Tagged as: Ferrari , Mclaren , Mercedes , Sam Michael , Malaysia , Force India F1 , Bell , Sepang , Lotus , Michael , Fry , Bob Bell , Caterham , James Allison , Pat Fry
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