6 June 2013
Thursday press conference - Canadian GP - Pt.2
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).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
Nico, I understand you're not allowed to comment on an awful lot of aspects of the recent tyre test, but one thing that we were wondering is because it was a Pirelli-specific test - you weren't testing new components, anything like that - why were you and Lewis doing the driving rather than (test driver) Sam (Bird)?
Don't know. That was what the team decided. I think also for Pirelli it's better if we are in the car, because it's more representative because Sam doesn't drive much, so for sure he won't be able to go on our pace and bring the Pirellis through the laps exactly as we would, who had the experience of the Grand Prix that weekend. So definitely for Pirelli it's an advantage to have us in the car, I would say.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
Nico, there are a lot of completely useless statistics but one that is interesting about Canada is that you have qualified 6-0 here against your teammates and Lewis has qualified 5-0 against his teammates, so how important will it be on Saturday for you?
I didn't know that. It's a track I like, definitely. I enjoy this track. I'm confident coming here and qualifying is going to be exciting and important also, but a little bit less important at this track (than Monaco) maybe because you can overtake and tyre degradation is going to be an issue, so there's going to be a lot happening in the race. But anyway, as in all tracks, even with this statistic or no statistics, it's always a big challenge to try and be ahead of Lewis in qualifying because he's obviously very very quick.
Q: (Alex Popov – RTR).
For everybody, would you comment on Sergio's race in Monaco? Do you agree with Kimi's views or not?
I'm not going to comment.
Looks like a non-starter I'm afraid.
(Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Felipe, why have you never got on the podium here, is there a special reason for that?
So, why I never made a podium here? I think my best result was fourth. I think last year was pretty much in the right direction as well, I just spun but I was pretty quick during the weekend. Why, I don't know. But I will try, definitely, one hundred percent.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Nico, if you say it was just a normal test, why were you and Lewis using anonymous helmets?
Don't want to comment on that. Sorry.
Q: (Luis Fernando Ramos – Racing Magazine).
Nico and Felipe, the more experienced of the drivers; if it's dry tomorrow you will try these new Pirelli tyres in free practice; is this a track too specific to draw any conclusions or will it be OK, you can draw conclusions from here and use them on other circuits in the season?
For sure you can draw conclusions, yeah. Hopefully we will get a few dry laps and it will be good to try them and understand a bit more of what is to come and what to expect in the next races.
Giedo van der Garde
van der garde
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