F1 » 18 April 2013
Thursday press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Bahrain with Charles Pic, Jean-Eric Vergne, Paul di Resta, Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button
Drivers: Charles Pic (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Paul di Resta (Force India), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Jenson Button (McLaren).
Jenson, before we get on to this weekend in Bahrain, a general question for you. We've seen lots of variety this season, lots of overtaking, 10 different drivers have led a race and you're one of them but the fans seem a bit divided on what we're seeing, whether it's good or whether it's bad. Now you're the most experienced driver on the grid, so what's your take on the action so far?
Wow, that's question! I haven't watched the races to be fair, as we've been travelling around so much. So I haven't seen what's on the screen. Maybe it's the commentary that's the problem.
Quite possibly, but as a driver competing in them, what's your take? Is this racing as you want it or can you not push or do you have to save fuel or tyres or whatever?
Yeah, we have to do all that, but I think there's been a lot of overtaking. You know, we're never going to be happy with everything in this sport or in any sport but I think the racing has been good fun. I was on the receiving end of most of it at the last race, because obviously doing less stops you're running old tyres most of the time, so there's people overtaking you most of the time. So it's not the enjoyable part of it for me, but I think if you were doing a three-stop strategy at the last race it was a fun race. They seemed like they were able to push pretty hard. In the past we had tyres that would last the whole race and there wasn't any overtaking. It's very difficult to get the correct balance. But we're having two or three stops which I think is what the idea was for racing in 2013 so that's good and there are a lot of teams fighting at the front. I think F1's great at the moment. I'm really enjoying racing. As I say, I haven't watched a race but from what I see around me it looks good to watch.
What are us commentators going to be saying about you and McLaren for this weekend? A continuation of the progress you've been making or…
I hope you say something different because it's getting a bit boring. It's all about tyres when you talk!
Well, give us something different to say then.
No, I think it's been a difficult start to the season, as we all know. The first race was stand-out bad for us. Since then we've made a lot of improvements and I think we understand the car a lot more. Here, it's a very different circuit to Shanghai. It's very front limited in Shanghai. Here it's rear limited – tyres. Last year it was a really tricky race to look after those tyres. Not sure if it's going to be the same case this year but we will see. We'll know a lot more at the end of practice, P3, and we can tell you a little bit more in qualifying.
Felipe, let's move on to you. Jenson's talked about this circuit. It's a circuit you've won on before. You've enjoyed success here. So what's the secret to a good lap here at Sakhir.
The secret is secret!
Spill the beans.
I don't know to be honest. It's a track I like to drive, since the first race, which I don't remember when it was, I was with Sauber – 2005 or 2005? It's a nice track. It's a track that has a lot of long straights, heavy braking, traction. I don't know, I just like it.
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