3 October 2013
Korean Grand Prix: Thursday press conference – Pt.1
Thursday FIA press conference from Yeongam in Korea with Paul di Resta (Force India), Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
Drivers: Paul di Resta (Force India), Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
Paul di Resta, you've had a bit of a drought over the past five races or so. Do you put that down to bad luck?
Paul di Resta:
I suppose you can, but at the same time we've had some unfortunate issues. But I think the important thing is to keep pushing on. Singapore was obviously looking like it was going to be a great result from a difficult qualifying session, the speed was in the car, but it wasn't to be. Hopefully this weekend we can get it together and get points back on the table, which is always the goal within the team.
The team has suggested that you've been affected by the change of tyres since the British Grand Prix, would you agree with that?
Paul di Resta:
I definitely think the tyre hasn't helped but I think at this stage, and this far in with the new tyres, can you blame that? We've not optimised it like we did the last set, but I think everybody within the team has a great handle on tyres and it's just about unleashing the potential of them. We've maybe not got it over the whole weekend but the way we managed the tyres in the race in Singapore was obviously better than most people were able to. We just need to try to get the qualifying performance and I think if we can do that then it gets us back on track and we start having a good weekend again.
I hope so, thank you. Jules, obviously you've signed, we've had the news of that this morning that you've signed again for Marussia, although there were several other seats available, but you've resigned for Marussia. Your feelings about that?
Obviously it's a great feeling for me. It was a really late call this year and I've already signed for next year so it's amazing for me. I'm really happy to stay with Marussia because I feel really confident with them, I feel like at home. So I hope it will be a great season next year and I really want to thank them for that.
How do you feel about the potential for next year, particularly with the Ferrari engines. And also your own potential, how are you going to develop?
For sure, I will feel a lot more confident because I will have a lot more experience in Formula One, I will have all the winter testing. We will have new rules, with new engines, with Ferrari. For sure that will be a great thing for the car and for the team. I don't know what to expect but for sure we will have an improvement.
Esteban, you had your best qualifying in Singapore. Was that the circuit, just everything coming together? How important was that for you?
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