6 June 2013
Thursday press conference - Canadian GP - Pt.2
I don't think it will be so easy to have a conclusion. First of all, it's maybe raining; you can forget about a conclusion and you need to see how many laps you can do on the tyres to understand (them), so it's not also an easy track to understand. It's a track that is getting better all the time, during practice, so it won't be so easy to get a conclusion, I think.
Q: (Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Serra).
Felipe, you had a tough moment after the accident in 2009 when you had to come back and drive. Is it easier now or is it almost the same from a psychological point of view?
It's completely different because I don't remember anything about my accident and now I remember everything (about my two in Monaco) but that wasn't the problem. I was fine so I just got out of the car and it was no problem. I think when you are OK you don't have any problem, you just jump in the car and you go out again. It's completely different from 2009.
Q: (Sean Gordon – The Globe and Mail).
What are your favourite memories of Montreal, whether it's on or off the track?
I hope it will be this weekend. Well, I think it was a very good race that I did for Sauber in 2004, I guess. I was fourth, so it was a very good race. I think that was the best.
Not sure, maybe the qualifying my first year; I'm not sure if I was fifth or sixth, but it was a great qualifying that year, so maybe that was a good memory.
I have no good memories of this track.
Giedo van der Garde:
I think my best memory is in 2001 when I was here for the Kart World Championship. It was my first race in Formula Super A and I won the first race, so it was a good memory. Long way back.
I don't really remember. Maybe my holidays here. That's it.
Last year it was my first time here. Qualifying was a bit tough for us but we had a good race afterwards, so I think it was last year's race.
Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat).
Nico, last year after Monaco you were 17 points behind the leader; now you are 60 points behind. Do you think you could still be in a better position for the rest of the season, right now, compared to last year?
Last year, at the same point in time, I was quite confident for the rest of the season, because we were really in a good string of results. I think there were six races where I got the most points so at the same point in time I was quite confident, but looking back, of course, it didn't go well. Now, again, I'm confident, yeah, because the car is very fast at the moment and it's just a matter of getting a better grip on the tyres and trying to understand them better and better and we're in that process at the moment. It's really not easy but I think hopefully we're making some progress. We will see again this weekend. This weekend is going to be a big challenge for that but if we can get a grip on that then it's going to be a good next couple of races so I'm quite confident, yeah, maybe more confident now, then.
Q: (Pierre Durocher – Journal de Montréal).
Nico, how concerned are you about the tyre wear on this track?
It will definitely be one of the key aspects of the weekend. We have the supersofts again here, degradation is going to be an issue and possibly that's going to be the decider as to who wins the race, who has the best control over that.
Which would you prefer: a dry or wet race, given the problems you have been having with the tyres?
Giedo van der Garde
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