F1 » 4 July 2013
German GP – Thursday press conference – Pt.1
Well, I definitely try… I haven't won a race yet so definitely I've still got some further goals and ambitions so I'll keep striving for better things. But realistically to do the best I can. I think the qualifying on Saturday was good and the race, as I've said, it could have easily been better but we still got points and showed a consistent pace throughout the weekend, the whole three days, so that was important. Definitely some positive things from that and happy to keep it going now.
Sergio, we come to your ninth race as a McLaren driver. What positives do you take out of the first eight races?
It's been a very difficult season for us, for McLaren. Big struggle. Since the start of the season I think we have made some progress. First of all in understanding the car, get the correlation right. But to be honest I don't expect a major difference this weekend to where we were in Silverstone. I think we will be in a similar position, trying to fight to get into the points. And I hope we can score good points here because in Silverstone we should have scored points, so definitely here I aim for some points as well.
Do you think you're driving better now, as a McLaren driver, than in the first couple of races for your new team?
Yes, of course. The understanding of the car is getting better, the knowledge with the team. Sometimes people don't realise when you change teams, how difficult it is to adapt to the different style of the car, different ways of approaching setting up the car. It takes a couple of races – it took me a couple of races – but I think right now I'm really in good shape. Together with my team we have done good progress so I definitely thing from now on, for the rest of the season, we can keep taking the maximum out of the car.
Adrian. Consistency. That seems to be what you and Force India have found. The last three races you've scored points, your team-mate Paul di Resta has scored points and you seem to have found that sweet spot.
Yes, the car is very consistent. It was consistent the whole year. I think I was not so consistent at the beginning and had issues sometimes. But I hope I sorted it out and now, in the last three races, was quite good. The last one was quite smooth. Monaco was a great result and hopefully this kind of result can come. I think the car is always strong enough to be in the top six. It's all about getting it all right, all together, not making mistakes, whether it's me or someone else. We are a whole team and sometimes there are little things we can improve but at the moment I think we are on our way and most important to score now points as much as possible – we missed a few in the first few races – and just get better. We get better, we're on our way. I think together with Lotus we are almost now the fourth quickest team and that's a very good improvement and a great result for Force India at the moment.
Nico Rosberg, two wins in the last three races. I can't think of anything you'd rather enjoy – maybe three wins in three races – but you must be loving the way this season is turning out at the moment.
Yeah, for sure. It's a really nice time in my career at the moment. It's new. I've never had a car as quick as it is now, going to every next race, knowing that I go out there in qualifying I can fight for a position right at the front. And then also in the race the car is getting better and better so the chances are higher so that even on Sunday I can keep my qualifying position. And it's a really, really nice feeling. Very motivating also.
If that's the case, do you see yourself and Mercedes as genuine title contenders this season?
No, it's too early to say that. We're really focussing on getting our momentum, keeping it going as we have at the moment and just concentrating one race to the next, trying to get the most out of them, just as we have done now in the last couple of races – which have gone fantastically for me. And then we see, in a few races time.
So anything could happen. You don't think you're the main threat to stopping Red Bull winning another world title?
I don't really want to speak about a world title – yet.
Tagged as: Mclaren , Sebastian Vettel , Adrian Sutil , Silverstone , Mercedes , Red Bull Racing , Nico Rosberg , Monaco , Hockenheim , Daniel Ricciardo , Force India F1 , Nico Hulkenberg , Sauber , Lotus , Paul di Resta
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