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Thursday press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.2

Well, I think Formula One is something that you have to learn year-by-year, it's part of the school that we have in Formula One every year. Rules change, things change. You need to learn how to drive the car with the tyres so you need to learn how to save the tyres. As Jenson said at the beginning, from a driving point of view, for sure sometimes the situation is not easy for us to race, to save the tyres, and as he said 'I was on a two stop, people were overtaking me very easily' but it was the right strategy that he did anyway so sometimes our life is a little bit difficult. When you are at home, watching the race, I think the race is very nice to see now. It's a nice race to see and it's much nicer in comparison to the past. So I think many people actually complain about what Pirelli is doing but I think they're going in a good direction for the sport and I think what is the formula is to chose the right difference between all the tyres, super soft, soft, medium and hard. I think that's one of the little things where we have to work in a better direction but I think the races are very nice to watch. You don't just need to think about ourselves, we need to think about everything. I think it's really important to learn how to drive and save the tyres and everything.

Q:
Charles, what's happening with you towards the rear of the field? Are you working on trying to preserve your tyres, the fact that you have to move off the racing line a bit more than Jenson or Felipe, does that hamper your race more?

Charles Pic:
I think on the tyre side, first of all you have to try to understand from where will come the degradation, because it's not always the same problem on each track. And then afterwards, you have to chose the best compromise between your car's set-up and your driving, to extract the best performance from them. And afterwards, in our position, we normally have quite clear first and second stints and then the last stint we get some blue flags, so what is important is try to not lose time.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
Back on the tyres, we've heard over the last weeks Pirelli possibly bringing an additional set of tyres for teams running a young driver on a Friday morning; they're going to be pretty similar but more durable. Do you guys support this initiative, to help develop your cars but also to help bring up young drivers, or do you think it will just complicate matters too much?

Pastor Maldonado:
It's always difficult with this tyre story, because we don't have enough tyres to do many tests. The test plan is very restricted, especially during P1, in which all the teams normally run only one set of prime tyres. An extra set of tyres would surely help the teams like us at this time, where we are having some problems with the car. You have to do many different tests.

Q:
Jenson, McLaren don't usually run a Friday driver. With an extra set of tyres, a bit more useage of the track during that hour and a half, would it be beneficial to the team?

Jenson Button:
I don't think you'll see many of the big teams having a third driver drive the car on Friday but I think it's a good idea to have extra sets for your drivers, yes. I think it's very difficult for young drivers to have mileage in a Formula One car. They need to bring a lot of money, it seems, to have the opportunity, but now that they have extra tyres, it could actually be useful for the middle of the grid teams and lower to have a third driver for more mileage, more information. There are quite a few test drivers who will sit around and watch Friday, Saturday, Sunday every other weekend. They don't get to drive the car, so I think it's good for them and for the future of the sport it's important that youngsters are actually getting the chance to drive an F1 car and to experience a Grand Prix weekend properly rather than just watching what happens.

Q:
How beneficial would it have been for Red Bull's young drivers at Toro Rosso, Jean-Eric, and when it does happen this season, how good will it be for Toro Rosso?

Jean-Eric Vergne:
It would have been good when I remember my case a year ago. I was pretty happy to get some miles on the Friday in the Toro Rosso. I think it's really good experience, as Jenson just said. First of all we need to bring a lot of money, we had the chance to be in the Red Bull programme and we get the opportunity to drive, but it's never enough. It's definitely a good thing.




Related Pictures

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18.04.2013- Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
18.04.2013- Press conference, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28
18.04.2013- Paul di Resta (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM06
18.04.2013- Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team FW35
12.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham F1 Team CT03
22.03.2013 - free practice 2, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
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
18.04.2013- Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-28

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