Press conference

Q:
A question to you all. Can you give us a summary of your season.

Bruno Senna:
Well, as everybody knows we started late and we had a very public development throughout the season. I have learnt so much personally and I have developed so much as well, so it has been a great season for me. I think the experience I have gathered this year has been really, really valuable and creates a path for me to continue in F1 which is very important for me. Of course, I would have loved to have fought for points, wins and podiums but I have got to take it step-by-step and I am happy with the job we have done. I think the team have done pretty well this year considering how we started and we need to continue pushing until the last race as there are still two races to go and the championship is not over yet.

Lucas di Grassi:
Everyone that has a first year knows that it is extremely difficult in F1. But I think my year was special as it was also the team's first year. We had difficulties with the car and the driving itself but I think those difficulties helped me to become a better driver. Driving a lot of circuits I didn't know and learning a lot with the development of the car also helped me a lot to understand much better about F1. For sure it was more difficult but at the same time it was more valuable. I think I had a good advantage in having a very, very good and experienced team-mate who helped me to push my boundaries of driving the car. After 17 races my balance of my year is definitely positive but I have a lot more to learn and a lot to improve both in my driving and my professional life, so I am quite happy with how the year progressed but there is a lot more to come.

Q:
Rubens, a new team for you.

Rubens Barrichello:
I am having a great year to be honest. People ask me how was it to switch from a winning car to not a wining car and that's the only side you have to re-adapt to itself. But I am having a great year because we start the season in a not so good condition as far as the result is concerned and we developed the car so much, especially after Turkey. We had a great time and great meetings together where, I cannot explain, but all the bits of the aerodynamics that were coming to the car were not necessarily improving it, so we had to change the characteristic of it and so on. It has been a lot of fun going in and out of meetings trying to make changes to the car and with the team understanding that it made it really special. Montreal, for example, was a different car to drive already and the results started to be a lot better. The team is great fun to work with. Bunch of warriors like I have said before. With the amount of money they have they had to really go for it and there is no limit, I mean the sky is the limit and they really work for it, so I am having a great year.

Q:
Felipe, obviously coming back from injury and missing the last part of last season.

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, definitely last year was worse than this one because of the accident. The result this year is not 100 per cent as I expected, especially in qualifying, to put a lap together and to make the car 100 per cent ready for the first lap on the tyres. That was the most difficult thing for me during the championship. I really hope to finish well in these last two races as the championship is not finished yet, so I hope we can do a good job in the last two races and also prepare for much better qualifying laps next year as we know how important qualifying is and starting on the front. The chance you have to win the race is there, so that's why this year was not great because of the qualifying and the position on the grid. It is true that I also had some races where I didn't finish in the points, some crashes, in the first corner also in Singapore where I had a problem in qualifying and started last. I had some races which were not great. But anyway 100 per cent concentrated on finishing well the season in these last two races and also thinking about next year.

Q:
I think all four of you are from Sao Paulo. Just talk about your memories coming to the circuit, Bruno and Lucas.

BS:
My first memories of the circuit was television of course but first live memories are from 1993 when I came here for the first time to see Ayrton. I was able to go inside his 1992 McLaren and I was very small.

RB:
Do you remember me?

BS:
No, I don't remember you. You were too unknown. I didn't care about you. It was a great experience for me. I managed to come here in 1993 and 1994. I still don't remember you from 1994 anyway. It was quite special. The first time I came here I drove a single seater. I drove an afternoon here, so it was the first time I drove a single seater. It is basically where my career started, so the circuit has very special meaning to me. Even though I have never raced here before and I have never done any relevant mileage here, it is still a circuit I know by heart very well.

LdG:
The first memories I have of the track is looking from the kart racing track that is just opposite to the back straight. I used to go there a lot when I was a kid, when I was 12 or 13, and I was always looking from the go-kart track to the racing track and I'd imagine and I'd wonder if one day I will be there, wonder if one day I will drive a car there. The first time I drove a racing car was Interlagos. The first time I raced was here at Interlagos but it has been more than seven years that I don't drive here in a racing car. Definitely to drive a F1 car for the first time here is going to be an amazing experience, it doesn't matter what happens.

Q:
Rubens and Felipe. You two have locked out the pole position for every year since 2003 apart from one year when Fernando (Alonso) was on pole. Just your thoughts on qualifying and the race this weekend.

RB:
The track is very special. It is not because we are Brazilians but the track is not easy to set up the car and the limits are, when you think I am on the limit you can a little further, especially turn six and seven where it makes it very, very special. Qualifying has been so good every year even though I didn't have such a competitive car you can make it up, so the challenge for tomorrow is to set up the car well and to have the car that you wish for on Saturday. Sometimes it rained, like last year, and the visibility last year and the aquaplaning was incredible but the track is still safe enough for you to do it nicely. People ask me if I have known the circuit forever and you have got to remember when I raced Formula Fords here I raced on the old circuit. It was the last year of the older one and I am so proud to have done that as it has been such a long and nice one.

BS:
It has been a long time, huh?

RB:
Yeah, it was. You were probably not born, you bastard. But anyway in a way I raced here from Formula Three in 1990 or something. I had one race and then I came into F1, so all I know about this circuit is in a F1 car. It is very, very special. It has been bumpy sometimes in the past but now I think it is all done. It is a nice circuit. I can read that people like coming here. Racing is very, very alive because of the nature of the straight with tiny bits of bends that makes it draggy and you have a chance to have a slipstream, so it is a very special race.

Q:
Felipe, three successive poles for the last three times you've been here.

FM:
Yeah, they were great races: 2006, 2007, 2008, but it's also true that it's a circuit where I love to race. Even before F1 I won two races here in Formula Chevrolet, the category in which I started. Then I came back when I was in F1. But as Rubens says, it's a track where you have some directions in terms of set-up, in terms of how to do a great lap. There are also some corners which are not easy to do, especially talking about lap times, which is after turn six, which is very technical as well. And also, you see overtaking at every race here. It's a track which is small, it's not so big, not so long like many of the new tracks, but I think it's very well done. You can see many nice battles on this race track, especially when you have a nice time, even before F1, in the two victories that I had, and in F1 with another two victories with three pole positions, it makes the track even more special. But when you see the people in the grandstands, it's just amazing, to see the Brazilian people very 'hot', singing all day long. For us it is something that is very, very special and gives you extra power as well.

Q:
A quick word with all of you about your plans for next year; how far advanced are you, where are you for next year?

BS:
I'm still in this year, not next year yet. I'm focused on this year, finishing the championship strongly. Of course we know a lot of people in the paddock, but next year's still a bit further up the road.

LdG:
No news from my side either. I think I had a good time with the team this year. The natural progression would be to stay with the team and evolve together with the car but nothing has been confirmed yet. Of course, we try to talk to a lot of the teams as well, see where there is an opening for a new driver with one year's experience but that's it.

RB:
Well, I'm talking deeply with Williams and nobody else. My feeling is that I will be here next year.

Q:
It can't take place without you, can it?

RB:
Exactly.

FM:
Well, no news, so I stay here next year, so nothing changes.

 

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