9 May 2013
Thursday press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Spain with Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Gutierrez, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez.
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Sergio Perez (McLaren).
Sergio, sixth in Bahrain, was that a breakthrough result for you with McLaren?
Considering where we started from, I think it was pretty much the maximum we could get. We came very close at the end, [fighting] with Lewis [Hamilton] for fifth place. We did a good strategy, good race pace – better than expected – so it was definitely a very positive race, especially after all the tough start to the season we had.
And what's happened in terms of discussions between you and Jenson [Button] after the disagreements over your battle in Bahrain. Where do you stand going into this race?
It's very clear between us, between the team. We had a very good chat, Jenson and myself, but also with Martin [Whitmarsh] and Sam [Michael]. We sat down after the race and, yeah, I think we were a bit too aggressive, both of us, between us, and we risked quite a lot to the team… to damage to the result of the weekend. Especially, we needed so much those points. We both apologised to the team and it was cleared. It was a nice chat to have.
Thanks very much. Esteban, Monisha Kaltenborn said after Bahrain 'he's struggling at the moment'. Can you put your finger on why and what positives have you drawn from your experiences so far?
Well, generally it has not been the ideal start to the season. Especially for myself, I would have liked to have a more consistent four races. When you're competing you're taking risks. Especially at the beginning it's important to find the right equilibrium between being conservative and taking risks. I have made some mistakes and definitely it has not been very positive but I'm determined and focused to work, myself and also as a team. It [Bahrain] was not a great track for us and hopefully it will be better for Barcelona.
Obviously qualifying seems to be the particular problem, you're a few slots behind your team-mate on average this season. What are you experiencing now on Saturday afternoons?
Of course on Saturday morning, in Bahrain for example, we decided to do a race simulation and this is not an ideal preparation for qualifying. We thought we could get some information for race performance. And of course also my driving, there are some little bits I need to improve, be more confident in the corners with the car that I have and get the most of the car.
Fernando, you challenged for the win here last year and you've won twice on home soil. After all these years of racing in Spain, does the emotion that you feel help you, or is it something that you have to master first and keep under control in order to do well?
Tagged as: Ferrari , Williams , Mclaren , Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull Racing , Fernando Alonso , Toro Rosso , Barcelona , Spain , press conference , Daniel Ricciardo , Ricciardo , Valtteri Bottas , Esteban Gutierrez , Perez
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