DRIVERS: Timo Glock (Toyota), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber), Nelsinho Piquet (Renault)

Press conference

Q:
Different fortunes for many of you. For three of you not a very good start to the season. For one of you a slightly extraordinary start. Timo, let's start with the good news. Three points scores, two of them from the pit lane. What are your feelings about the start to the season?

Timo Glock:
Yeah, it was not a bad start, I would say. Like you say two times from the pit lane. I didn't really expect the points but we had a strong race in Melbourne and Malaysia as well with the right tyre choice. We did everything right in the race and again in Shanghai in wet conditions we had quite a good pace and two times from the back of the field after the start behind the safety car and after I damaged the front wing I had to go in the pit. I think I was again behind the whole field and to come into the points again was good and we have to be satisfied with it.

Q:
Kimi, you qualify in the top 10 but then it all seems to go away from you. A best of 10th so far. What are your feelings about it so far?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I mean definitely not what we wanted or what I wanted either but we don't have the speed right now in the car unfortunately. We are going to get some new parts at the next race but this race probably can be a bit difficult again. Hopefully the testing here helps a bit and it will be slightly better for us but I don't know yet. We need to wait and see.

Q:
Robert, a similarly disappointing start. Is it reliability or performance?

Robert Kubica:
I think both of them. A bit of bad luck as well, I would say, in the first three races of the season. Not an ideal start of the year but that is how it is and we hope to get better soon. Bahrain will be difficult but for sure we hope for some points.

Q:
Nelson, the same thing with you. You have qualified each time 17th but still hoping to get into the points.

Nelson Piquet:
Yeah, for sure. I think this weekend should be a big weekend for both of us and the team because we have the new diffusers and obviously it is going to be a dry weekend, so we are not going to have any problems. We are really going to be able to show our new pace of the car. I think hopefully both cars can score points and we can start from zero here again.

Q:
Are you worried about your future or do you think that is going to be the magic ingredient?

NP:
I think it has been a crazy start to the year. Two races in the wet and in Australia, unfortunately, we were going to finish quite well and I had a little brake failure. Qualifying is not very good and I am struggling a little bit to get the performance out of the first lap. But I think obviously we had a tough car fighting between from 10th to 15th over there was very tight. Now with the new diffuser it should be much easier to be running closer to the top 10. It is a different story when you are running there, you get into less problems and this track should suit us quite well.

Q:
And they always seem to give you a lot of fuel as well just to make things a little bit more difficult.

NP:
Yeah, but that's what happens when you don't have a very good position at the beginning of the race. That's always a risk you have to take to try to get lucky with the safety car or get lucky because of the weather or the cars around you are going to be lighter and overtake them when they go into the pits. But the important thing is to qualify closer to the front and then you can have a better strategy for the race.

Q:
Robert, you qualified on pole here last year and finished third. And you have tested here as well. Does that make for anything?

RK:
Well, as you mention we have a good memory from here. Although we finished third it couldn't be better but we were right behind two Ferraris which were very strong here last year. Today's situation is a bit different for both of the teams, for us and for Ferrari. We are not as strong as we were. This situation makes it more difficult for the coming weekend. We have been testing here. I only drove one day because on two days I stopped because of the sand storm. It can be quite an advantage, a small advantage, but I am not expecting miracles because we were strong here last year and we have been testing, we will be mega.

Q:
What about KERS? You tried that in China. Are you going to try that again? Did you feel it was an advantage?

RK:
Yeah, I will use KERS tomorrow.

Q:
And then see what happens for the rest of the weekend?

RK:
Yeah, the plan is to run it through all the weekend.

Q:
And how did you feel? You felt it was an advantage obviously?

RK:
Well, if I felt it was an advantage in China I would have used it the whole weekend. As you know I removed it but the result in China on Saturday was not what I was expecting. It is quite difficult for myself to use it but I hope in Bahrain I will face less problems with the balance and weight distribution issues.

Q:
Kimi, same thing. When are you likely to be using it again?

KR:
I don't use it tomorrow. The other car will run it and then we will make the decision which way we go. We either take it and use it if we don't have any issues with it and we will put it also in my car but really we want to look a little bit and compare the two cars with and without and see a little difference. That's our main thing tomorrow.

Q:
You have never seemed to be a massive fan of KERS.

KR:
It is probably faster in quite a few places but the car was not too bad the last race in qualifying. I think we could have been faster even there but we had an issue with it. It is not much different driving with or without it for us.

Q:
The diffuser modifications. When would you expect to get that?

KR:
Hopefully we will have the new parts for the next race in Barcelona.

Q:
You have been second and third here in the past and you tested here as well, so are you feeling a little bit more confident about this?

KR:
Like I said, hopefully the testing at the beginning of this year will help us this week. It has usually been okay for us. Of course we are not in the position we were the last few years right now but I still think we should have a better chance here than maybe at some previous races.

Q:
Timo, Toyota tested here. Your feelings about here?

TG:
Yeah, we have to wait and see. The test we did here was quite different to the conditions we have now. It is much warmer. This will be one point for tomorrow to see where the car is. We are still missing a little bit with the car we had in the winter tests. The winter tests were pretty consistent. Every time we went out in the car it didn't really have any problems with the set-up and now over a race weekend when we start on a Friday on a green track it is a bit tricky with the car and we have to try and find a way to get it more consistent over the weekend and have a stronger start. A good qualifying is important to start more in the top 10, top five, to be able to fight for the podium.

Q:
In terms of the development race are you happy with the pace of that and are you now looking to use KERS as well?

TG:
No, so far at the moment we are not planning to use KERS but we have to be careful in terms of development. We have to be stronger now I think even than in the winter time to keep that advantage against the other teams. Everybody will come up with a new aero package in Barcelona and we have to fight for that position where we are at the moment. For me Red Bull made quite a big step in China. They were really quick and we have to fight that we can stay in that position where we are at the moment.

 

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