F1 » 11 April 2013
Thursday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Shanghai, China with Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil
Drivers: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (McLaren), Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Adrian Sutil (Force India).
Mark, I'm afraid we're coming to you first. Very smart new haircut, fairly drastic, but I guess that's the summer haircut is it?
Well, I went to the hairdresser's and he wanted to talk a lot and I said… I could see that I wanted to get in and out quite quick, so I said just shave it off. When he was half way through before I thought shit, that's a bit short now… but anyway it doesn't matter. It's practical, all good and yeah like you saw a few months too early but back to the old school haircuts. I used to get these when I was younger. Apparently I look younger now too so that's a good sign.
When we last saw you, you left with quite a few questions being asked within yourself and also of the team as well. Are you quite happy with the way things are now within the team and in your own head?
I'm fine. I was always going to Australia after that race. Obviously it was mentioned after the race in the press conference and people put two and three together and get more information I suppose. It was a little bit of a break for all of us – three weeks, it was Easter as well – so good to go down there for a bit of relaxation after the back of winter testing and the first few races. But you get pretty anxious pretty quickly. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car here and getting on with the racing again. This track always provides good racing actually. We've seen a few (good races) over the last few seasons here, apart from Nico last year obviously when he was very strong off the front, but generally we've had some good grand's prix here. Looking forward to getting back in the car. Procedurally, the team, everything is fine. Obviously it was a bit of an interesting weekend in Malaysia but, yeah, looking forward to getting racing here.
Let's move on to this race. How good is the car because obviously you had excellent result, a 1-2, in Malaysia, and also good in Australia? So, how good is the car and what are the chances here?
Yeah, I think we proved the car is pretty competitive at the first two races, not dominating by any means – no one is doing that yet. We know we've got work to do. As you say, Melbourne was a pretty competitive outing but the long and short of it is we didn't have a car good enough to win there but in Malaysia we did – two different situations in terms of track layouts and temperatures and all sorts of things. Here, probably a little bit more back towards the Melbourne window let's say. So let's see how the track and the cars, the temperatures, how everything evolves around that great word – the tyres. So that's going to be important again this weekend. We've put a lot of effort in, the guys have been working hard and I've been doing a lot of work in the simulator, so ready to go.
Nico you left Malaysia a little frustrated as well. Do you understand the reasons for what happened there and are you happy with them?
Yeah, we've definitely discussed it and it's all sorted for the future, which is important, so yes.
Well, you had a fantastic race here last year – your first ever pole and your first ever win as well. Testing's been good, in the two races so far you've been competitive, so what chances here?
Tagged as: Mclaren , Mark Webber , Adrian Sutil , Mercedes , Rosberg , Webber , Romain Grosjean , Red Bull Racing , Nico Rosberg , press conference , China , Force India F1 , Nico Hulkenberg , Hulkenberg , Perez
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