F1 » 21 April 2013
Post-race press conference - Bahrain GP - Pt.2
Romain, we read that Alain Prost said that your problem at the beginning of the season was self-confidence. Do you think that a result like this – if that is the problem – can help you?
I think that the fact that you're able to come back from a very difficult situation proves that I think he was wrong. I haven't seen him this year, I have a deep respect for what he did but I think it's easy to speak when you are not here.
Did the new chassis help at all?
No. It was different matters. We got a bit lost last year. Our struggle mid-season – Hockenheim, Budapest and Spa-Francorchamps – and then we came back. There is so much technology with those cars and it's true that Pirelli tyres are not easy to drive and every time we have a small problem somewhere it makes it worst but when you manage to get it right then it's OK. It was just something with the feeling of the car; when you're not confident with your car it's not self-confidence, it confidence in your car, there's nothing you can do.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).
Sebastian, with these tyres, who would you rate as your strongest competitor for the championship?
Well, I don't know. It's a long, long championship. I think if you look at the first four races Lotus is very quick, they manage the tyres pretty well in the race. Ferrari is very quick, the cars haven't changed too much compared to last year. If you look, pure performance is very tight. On a Sunday it can be different because of the way you take care of the tyres; sometimes you're in a better shape, sometimes not. But I think the Ferrari is an all-round car as in they're always quick and they've been very competitive in the race. Mercedes is surely very quick over a lap but probably a little bit too aggressive with the tyres. Yeah, a little bit surprised by McLaren but I think they will come back at some stage this year, probably already in Barcelona and that's how it is but to point out the main rivals, I think we need to look after ourselves, make sure we score points and everything else is difficult to predict.
Q: (Khodr Rawi – F1Arab.com).
Romain, was it possible to do a two stop strategy like Kimi today? And do you expect the same kind of performances in the next races?
Well, it would have been possible if we hadn't had to stop on lap six or seven, due to the temperature problem and the front wing from a McLaren that flew and completely blocked the radiators. We had to stop because we were having water issues and the rear brake drum was completely closed, the brakes were not working any more. Kimi was in front of me, so it was better to stop rather than losing the brakes. Then tyre management was OK, I think it's getting better and I don't see any point where shouldn't be able to repeat the performance.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sebastian, we know that Christian Horner is pushing Pirelli for harder tyres and we saw that it looks like today your car behaves a bit better on hard tyres. You had three sets of new hard tyres. Can you comment on that?
Well, I'm not sure I understood everything but I think on the tyre strategy we were more or less committed to that yesterday, using all the softs in qualifying and able to position ourselves on the front row nicely for the race, and then trying to make the first stint as long as possible and go from there with three sets of new hard tyres. In the end, I think there was not that much difference between the medium and the hard, we already saw that yesterday on high fuel performance. We felt a little bit happier on long runs, probably on the hard, that's why we decided to go that way and it seemed to work. It's difficult to say how good or bad the medium would have been because we didn't have a new set of medium tyres. I didn't see what other people did but I think that the fact that we sit here is pointing out that we did a good job today on that front.
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