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Thursday press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.1

So I imagine that you come here with a fair amount of confidence, certainly different to last year. Your form seems to have improved immeasurably on this time in 2012. What's made the difference for you, the car, the tyres - what?

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, I think since the middle of last year we understood a lot more how to work with the tyres, how to work with the car, to improve the car, the set-up. I'm sure how we started this year was much more in a good way. I'm very comfortable in the car and I think when you are comfortable you drive automatically. So you can do the better job you can on the car. This is the job we did last year. For sure it's a different car, many things are different but I think the working is in the right direction.

Pastor, how comfortable is life for you in the Williams team at the moment?

Pastor Maldonado:
At the moment we are living hard moments, especially this start to the season has been very hard for us. But working very hard. The spirit is quite high in the team, we are working together as friends, as family, as a real team. We really hope to improve our performance quite soon and hopefully we will be there fighting for good places.

Does that improve come this weekend or is Spain more realistic?

Pastor Maldonado:
I think we need some time. We've been working hard as I mentioned before but we need some time. The problems we have got are quite big and yeah hopefully step by step we're going to get there.

Is that frustrating for you as a driver – maybe having to overdrive the performance of the car, putting more pressure on you?

Pastor Maldonado:
Yeah for sure. Sometimes you don't feel very happy, because this is the real situation in the team. But this is racing, you know. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not and we need to do our best when it's like that to try to improve, to try to survive.

Let's turn to Paul now. An interesting afternoon for you in China. A first-lap collision with your team-mate but a points finish in the end. Have you and Adrian had a chat since Shanghai?

Paul di Resta:
Of course we've had the chat. It wasn't ideal but towards the end of the grand prix we managed to show the speed of the car. We were a bit locked because we were lost track position and I think our strategy was key on track position but I think looking back you can see how strong it was and the rewards was an eighth-place finish. We'll come into here hopefully with high confidence given our performance and how it was in Malaysia as well.

It was a top-six finish here for you last year and the team are very confident that once again Bahrain could be a good track. Why necessarily is that? And do you agree: is top six possible?

Paul di Resta:
Well, you're never going to say never. Last year was a bit of a key race for us. We tried the two-stop strategy which worked right down to the last corner and I think ran out of tyres and came under extreme pressure at the end. It would obviously be nice to repeat that but you're not going to say that on a Thursday going into a grand prix, given that tyres are the topic. But we'll manage our weekend as best we can and ultimately the end of the grand prix is what makes the difference and that's the key to this weekend because if we score points I think we can say it's a successful start to the campaign before we go to the European season when people start to bring upgrades and don't lose position out of that.


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18.04.2013- Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
18.04.2013- Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
18.04.2013- Press conference, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
18.04.2013- Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
18.04.2013- Press conference, Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
18.04.2013- Press conference, Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
18.04.2013- (L-D) Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8, Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28

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