6 June 2013
Thursday press conference - Canadian GP - Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Canada with Charles Pic, Jean-Eric Vergne, Giedo van der Garde, Pastor Maldonado, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa
Drivers: Charles Pic (Caterham), Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham), Pastor Maldonado (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
Charles, your second F1 season, now of course with Caterham. What are your feelings about that? Do you feel that you're making progress yourself now that you are in your second season?
Yeah, of course. The first races were a bit difficult for us and then from China and Bahrain especially we made steps forwards and the car was working much better and I think we are still in this positive mood. We have to keep working like that. Monaco was not an easy one for us. I think the pace and performance was quite good, especially in the race, but then we had this issue with the gearbox. Overall I'm happy with the evolution we have had.
To some extent you are the team leader, in that you have more experience than Giedo. Is the progress with the car being driven by you?
No, I think when you do progress it's driven by everybody in the team. It's a team effort and teamwork, driven by the two drivers and all the team.
Jean-Eric, you've already had a busy morning. What have you been up to already today?
I was at the Polytechnic school, with the FIA for the Action for Road Safety campaign and we had a bit of a chat with the students about safety, the Golden Rules and it was nice. I drove a simulator, so yeah.
Well, you obviously had a very good qualifying in Monaco and followed it up with a good race, it was the fourth time you've finished eighth in a grand prix. The question is whether the car is suited to here and can you carry over that performance to here?
Yeah, hopefully. Everything can happen in Canada. Last year wasn't really a good race for me but you know I think we can carry on the momentum. Definitely the car is getting better and better every race. We obviously don't have anything new here but I think the whole package that we have is good enough to make a good race again here. I think the improvement on the car is going to continue for the whole season and I'm really pleased with that.
And the improvement with you in qualifying, that's important?
Definitely. You know, you need to work really well during the whole weekend and to have a good qualifying, especially in Monaco, is really important. I think I'm just improving race by race, it's as simple as that.
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