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Canadian GP - Thursday press conference - Pt.2
6 June 2013
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.
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?
I don't know. Possibly even wet, yeah, because our car is really quick in the wet. I've been feeling very comfortable in the wet this year, maybe even wet, yeah.
Q: (Ernesto Nigro – F1 Plus.com).
In-season testing over the use of simulators; how much more effective would that be and would you welcome it back?
It would be welcomed, definitely. A simulator is always what we have, to try to understand something, but it's always a simulator so when you are in the real situation on the track, you definitely understand a lot better so it would be welcome.
Just as Felipe said, it's so difficult to get the simulator one hundred percent realistic so there are always several things that are better when you test the real car, more accurate.
Giedo van der Garde:
I think it's also good for a rookie to have more track time, of course. It's how it is now.
Q: (Olivier Arbour - Radio Canada).
To all of you: what do you think about Sergio Perez's driving; do you share Button's view that he should maybe calm down, or are you more on Raikkonen's side?
Giedo van der Garde:
If nobody comments I will comment. I know Checco quite well, we were teammates together in 2010. I think he's a real fighter, you know, and he's a guy who wants to win – everybody likes to win – but of course how he raced in Monaco, sometimes he did well, sometimes going over (the top) but I think it's a tough call.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
This subject is old but it's interesting to hear from all of you who never won the World Championship up to now, about the Wall of Champions here. Is there any particular reasons it attracts World Champions there, is there any technical challenge that explains all the incidents we have there?
It's a nice little legend, it's a difficult corner, yeah, because if you go in a little bit too fast you get that second kerb too much and you're in the wall, so it's a very very challenging corner, but there's no reason to explain why a lot of World Champions have gone in there.
It's two different things: it's a different corner, it's a corner that if you try to be a bit too aggressive you can hit the wall but it's two different things.