F1 » 13 April 2013
Saturday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1
I don't really think that's affected us. I think the knowledge we've had and the experience from the last two races really is what mostly counts with where we've put the car. I think obviously last year they had a very competitive car here but at least from what I've seen, none of last year has really come into this year. Of course the car is competitive, as it was last year, so that's a big plus for us and I really hope we can maintain the kind of pace that we have today, going into tomorrow.
Kimi, updates on the car – how much have they worked?
Erm… We have very small update. The car, I would say, is almost the same as it was in the last races, or the last race. It seems to be working OK. We have some issues with some stuff but bit similar story than in Malaysia but we choose to take than chance now and we know that car works the way how we want to run it but it's not easy to keep it on that order or in that setup all the time. It's been a pretty tricky weekend to get things exactly right. It's very sensitive but we're happy to be where we are now so hopefully it helps us in the race a bit.
You said yesterday the car wasn't quite so good on the mediums: good on the soft but not quite so good on the mediums. Is it better now?
I don't know really. We only used the soft once in qualifying and the car wasn't the same this morning as it is now so it's a bit of a question mark because the things that I've just told, that we have to play around a bit with the car. I think it should be… went pretty OK yesterday so should be OK. I don't know if it's good enough to fight for a win but at least today we put ourselves in a pretty OK position.
Fernando, it almost seems as though there were a lot of updates on the Ferrari and it was a matter of choosing the right ones. How difficult a choice was that?
Not too difficult I think. Friday you test some new parts. Some of them, they work as you expected and you put on the car for the rest of the weekend. Some of them they're not working as expected and they're a little bit worse than the previous ones, so you remove it and you make some modifications for the next race or the next time that they go in the car. So, is a normal job for Fridays and obviously we brought here some new parts and as we said now, some of them are positive, some of them were not so positive so we need to keep working on that if we want to have the pace of the leaders. Especially in qualifying: on Sunday normally the pace has been good in the first two races. It happened also last year: normally we improve on Sundays. But definitely for pole positions it is not, at the moment, perfect.
It seems here that some cars are better at treating their softs better than others, some are treating the mediums better than others. How's the Ferrari working?
We have no big issues with any of the tyres to be honest. Obviously the soft, they degrade much more and they will last not too long but in the long runs we did nothing that was surprising us, let's say. Hopefully we can have a good race, a clean race and be on the podium at the end of 56 laps.
Transcript courtesy FIA
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