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

Questions from the floor

Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP)
You were just talking about the Red Bull performance in China. Were you surprised by it?

Timo Glock:
For me they were quite strong already at the tests and at the end they developed from race to race. The race in Australia showed already the pace. Sebastian (Vettel) was in P2 in the race and in Malaysia as well they were quick, so for me it is not a big surprise but I think they made a little step or they were maybe just a little bit better sorted out. The temperatures in Shanghai were quite cold compared to the other races and maybe that is part of the difference but for me they looked strong in testing.

Q:
Kimi?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Yeah, I mean they have been looking fast every race. Like Timo said they were a bit stronger in the last race. I don't know if they got some new parts or not but they have definitely been strong all year.

Q:
Robert?

Robert Kubica:
Same.

Q:
Nelson?

Nelson Piquet:
Hopefully they won't be too quick when they get the new parts. Otherwise that is going to make our life a lot more difficult.

Q: (Lukasz Ceglinski - Gazeta Wyborscza)
Robert, Renault, McLaren and even Force India have had some significant updates on their package. You will basically drive the same car as in Australia. Do you feel frustrated about that?

RK:
Not really. This is the reality, that we didn't get any big upgrades until now and we will not get any here as well, just a few really small ones. Somehow we have seen this last year, I'm pretty sure, so it's not really frustration, this is the situation. We are waiting for the Barcelona package which will probably be a big step forward, we hope so, but as you know, everybody else is working as well. Everybody is expecting to move forward in Barcelona with their new aero packages, everyone is working, so we have to see how we will be compared to them in Barcelona.

Q: (Bill Johnson - The National)
Principally to you, Kimi: are you surprised at those who are making the early running in this season's drivers' championship and if so do you welcome the so-called new kids on the block getting onto the podium that you used to regard as your own territory?

KR:
It's normal for them to be there. I don't think that they are new in Formula One. It's not a big surprise. Those teams were fast in the winter testing. We are missing speed right now. Hopefully we can turn it around pretty quickly, I expect at the next race. They are welcome. For sure we would rather be there but right now we are not in a position to fight for those positions, so we just need to make the best (performance) as we can here and then hopefully get back to where we should be in the next race.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
For all of you: we've had four races in five weeks. In the past you would all be going testing next week. Are you looking forward to the time off or would you prefer to be going off and trying lots of news parts?

KR:
When you have a situation like the one we are in, it would probably be nice to try the new parts before the race but that's how it is, we're having some time off, so we go to the next race and sort it out there.

TG:
In the end, we have to wait for Barcelona as Kimi said, to test the new parts on Friday in free practice but it's not an easy situation because when you get new parts for the race weekend and you have to try them while the track is evolving it's quite tricky to sort that out but at the end we all have to deal with it, it's all the same. The time off after the first four races is not too bad. I think everybody has travelled quite a lot. The mechanics have had a hard life as well and I think everybody is happy to have a couple of days off.

RK:
In our situation it would be good to have days of testing, although you have to have something new to test otherwise it doesn't make sense. I think that it would be good, in our situation, to have a couple of days running at some track.

NP:
I've had four weekends of races and one weekend of roadshow, so I've had five busy weeks but obviously if I could test it would be good, the same for everybody, no testing, so one week's rest a little bit.

Q:
Robert, Kimi, does it mean you will probably go to the factory and go through everything and maybe some simulation?

RK:
We go to the factory, of course, but I think the problem for everybody is known, so you don't need additional input from the driver. We don't have simulators, so there will be no simulation but of course we try to help the team as much as we can from the driver point of view but as I said, I think the problem is known by everybody and there is no need for additional meetings or things like that.

KR:
Similar story, all the people are working one hundred percent, they know what they're doing. It's more the time that's against us than anything else. I have some other work to do anyhow. I don't know if I will go to the factory or not. If they need me, yes, but people know what they're doing. We usually plan the meetings if we need something but we are here and we always discuss all those things, so it probably won't be necessary to go there.

Q: (Sarah Holt)
Kimi, do you feel under extra pressure, personally or from within Ferrari, to score points for the team or for yourself this weekend?

KR:
For sure I want to score points but I don't feel any pressure. We try to do our best every time and unfortunately we haven't managed to score any points so far. We are all one team and we all don't feel so good when we have bad races but that's how it is right now unfortunately. We do the best that we can here and hopefully we get some points.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Kimi, can you believe you are in this position after three races without a point compared to 18 months ago when you were World Champion?

KR:
Things change quickly in Formula One, we know that. There are new rules. Of course we had pretty good winter testing. We probably saw in the last test that we were not where we wanted to be, exactly, but it hasn't been the start of the season that we were looking for as a team but we just need to work harder and improve the situation and get back to where we want to be. We know that we can do it but it takes a while. That's unfortunately the situation where we are.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP)
Do you think you are far away from Red Bull and Brawn GP?

TG:
For me, it looks like it's a bit track dependent. We were quite strong in Malaysia and in Shanghai we struggled a bit, so for me, behind Brawn and maybe the gap to Brawn is slightly bigger, slightly lower depending on the track, but for me they look quite strong in Q3 in China as well with a lot of fuel on board. After Brawn, I think it's always track dependent who is quicker.

KR:
We are probably one second behind them, so I think it depends a bit from circuit to circuit but that's more or less where we are and we know that, so we are aiming to catch them up and of course, when you're once behind, it's not easy because everybody is also going forward, so it's hard to catch up completely but for sure we are going to get much closer next race.

RK:
I think the gap is similar to Ferrari as we have seen in the last three races, we've been close together, sometimes in front, sometimes behind them, so I think the gap is very similar as Kimi mentioned.

NP:
Hopefully with the new aero package that we have here we can fight them. Maybe this track is a bit different compared to China but I think we're going to be much closer than we were but we should be with them.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters)
Can I ask Robert a similar question to the one that Kimi was asked regarding your position here because this time last year you had a reasonable chance of winning, you were on pole. You come here with three races gone and you're yet to score points. Would you have believed that this time last year, that you would be four races into the championship and still looking for that?

RK:
Of course it's difficult to predict what will happen in Formula One but we have seen today's situation is completely different to last year. There are new teams which are very strong. There are big teams in the past which are now struggling. This is the reality. There is nothing to panic about. We have to keep working, keep improving and stay calm and everybody will be going in the same direction to get back on the track where we would like to be with our goals, with our targets, as a team, as a driver. The situation is not the best, it's not ideal but we have to take it step by step, move forward and try to catch the front-runners.

 

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