9 May 2013
Thursday press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.2
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).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
Valterri and Esteban, you're both rookie drivers; Valterri you came with a number of Friday drives under your belt whereas Esteban you had GP2 experience. What have you both learned in the first four races which has been different from your previous roles last year, and how are you going to take that on to improve further over the course of the rest of the season?
Well, basically one of the biggest differences from GP2 is the complexity of your work with the team. There's a lot more development, there's a lot more communication and you have to be more precise as a driver on that side. Also, from the atmosphere, there's media attention, there's more followers and everyone is looking more into detail and into everything so it's quite an interesting experience and something that is inclusive of being a Formula One driver.
I think Formula One racing is something different to anything I've ever experienced before. The longest races I did before was F3 in thirty minutes or something and now it's one hour 30 minutes minimum, so it's a different style of driving, different style of adjusting the car's set-up and you really need to focus throughout the weekend to maximise the car both for qualifying and for the race to find a compromise. There's so much more other technical stuff; you can adjust the car and you need to be very focused on every single little detail if you want to improve your driving and make the car better. I've really learned a lot; I can't say just one thing but I'm sure I will be learning more and more all the time and at every race I feel I'm getting better and better.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
It's about the back straight, between turns nine and ten. It's quite short so can you really overtake into turn ten (with DRS)?
It definitely helps. I think in the race it will be possible to overtake, not only on the straights, and not only on the two straights where we have DRS, especially when, similar to the last races, when we're in trouble with tyres etc, I think you will find more than one or two places on the track to pass. It can only help if you have DRS available there. But surely, if you look for one lap on fresh tyres it's not going to be easy because turn nine is quite fast, so it's difficult to follow, as usual.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Sebastian, would you comment on the rumours of you and Mercedes? What's the story?
I was surprised when I read it as well. I don't read that much, usually just the headlines. It's pretty funny.
Q: (Luis Vasconcelos – Formula Press).
To the three in the front row, because they are the most experienced: what effect can it have on a team when it loses its technical director in the middle of the season and what do you expect this to do to Kimi Raikkonen's challenge for the championship?
Well, I think they (his neighbours) are fighting for the championship, they should be the ones to answer this one. I think it depends on certain teams. It isn't the same in every team. In some other teams the technical director is more important than in the others. Obviously he's a very key person in that team, so I don't really know what effect it's going to have on Kimi's team to lose the technical director. But I don't think it's a big thing if they have very capable people who can do a good job.
I don't know really.
I heard it yesterday. I think there's always a reason and probably reasons that we don't know, so it's difficult for us to judge. I don't think it's our business. It can be negative, but it can also be positive. As I said, I don't know the background.
Q: (Toni Lopez – La Vanguardia).
Tagged as: Ferrari , Williams , Mclaren , Sebastian Vettel , Red Bull Racing , Fernando Alonso , Toro Rosso , Spain , press conference , Daniel Ricciardo , Ricciardo , Valtteri Bottas , Esteban Gutierrez , Perez , Sauber
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