Press conference

Q:
Timo, I think a little bit of a frustrating start to the season for you judging from your comments recently?

Timo Glock:
Not a perfect start to the year for us, but we just have to get on with it and make the best out of it.

Q:
How do you think you can improve? In which direction? It is suggested that you are not very happy with the CFD.

Timo Glock:
I am not happy with the car at the moment, that's the main point. I think aerodynamically we are not where we should be. We have got a good update for here. The numbers are looking good and we have to see if that turns it around on the track. Simulator and all that stuff went okay in the last week and I think the parts are not looking that bad but, as I said, it counts on track and we have to see what we can do here.

Q:
Do you feel you are attacking the teams in front or more on the defensive from the team behind?

Timo Glock:
At the moment we are too far away from Lotus, I think. I just hope we manage to be closer here and have to watch out (that) we stay where we are at the moment.

Q:
Heikki, a very good race in China. Did you enjoy that?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Yeah, absolutely. For the first time since a long time we were actually racing cars properly on track. It was a great feeling and we just need to carry on doing that every
weekend from now on.

Q:
Do you think you can continue to be ahead of the established teams, as that is what you are looking at isn't it?

Heikki Kovalainen:
Yeah, the target has to be to join the midfield and to be ahead of the established teams that are directly ahead of us. That's what we are working on. Still, in certain conditions, especially in qualifying, the gap is still not small enough. We are still on our own land if you like. But in some other conditions, in warmer conditions, et cetera, we have already got close a couple of times and hopefully the upgrades that we are bringing to the next few races will be bigger than the direct competition ahead of us. That's what we have got to be targeting as a team and I think we can do it.

Q:
Adrian, your feelings about Force India's progress. Are they making enough progress do you feel?

Adrian Sutil:
I think it should come now once we have started the European season really. For this race, we have a little update. We don't know if we can run it but it is all to the direction for the next step, the big step, of upgrade package we introduce in Barcelona or Monaco. Here, we have a different front wing on. We will try it on Friday and let's see how it works, but, looking to the development, it is looking good. We expected to be not that strong in the first few races but we are not doing bad, always close to the top 10 or in the top 10. As a team we scored four points. That's not so bad and hopefully now our season will start.

Q:
It is always said you are a wet weather specialist. Are you enjoying the weather forecast for his race?

Adrian Sutil:
Yeah, yeah, it looks very rainy, so I enjoy it absolutely. We have not had a rain race or race session this year. Different story with the Pirelli tyres, we have not so much data in the rain conditions with these tyres, so it is going to be a challenge. But in general I like the conditions and I think we are going to be good.

Q:
Vitaly, I have been looking at your record here. It is pretty good. You won in GP2, first time in Q3 here, fastest lap last year. So do you like the circuit?

Vitaly Petrov:
Yeah, of course I like this track as I have very good memories here. In 2008 and 2009, I took some podiums and, 2010, it was the first I was going into Q3 and it was a good race so I am always happy to come back.

Q:
It has been suggested that the team hasn't been running to its full potential up until now. Do you feel you have found the full potential in the break that we have had since China?

Vitaly Petrov:
We bring some new parts here, some new upgrades. We hope to fight with Ferrari and McLaren. This track is not easy but anyway this is why we are here. The team has tried to push as hard as they can to be in front so let's wait for this weekend and we will see where we are.

Q:
Do you really think you can make the jump to Ferrari and McLaren?

Vitaly Petrov:
It is a difficult question. With this weather we have now everything is possible, as in the rain, as you know, it is completely different. But to McLaren and Red Bull is is still quite far but, you know, Ferrari is not far, so I think we need just to stay focused and do our job.

Q:
Felipe, you're the most successful driver in F1 [here] with three wins from three pole positions but maybe not this weekend, depending on the rain of course?

Felipe Massa:
It depends on the rain. It can be good, it can be bad. It is always a little bit of a lottery. We will have to see how it is going to be this weekend. But it is true I had great races here, winning three times in a row and starting from pole position all three times was a great feeling. I hope we can carry on in the same direction. The last two years were not great, but anyway it is a circuit I enjoy. I like to drive here. I had great times here and I hope everything is going in a similar direction.

Q:
And you had a very good race in China as well. Since then, I think the team has found certain problem areas, so when do you think you can perhaps catch up the ground that has been lost?

Felipe Massa:
We have been working so hard, especially during this break, which was slightly longer than normal to understand everything and I hope we understand things a little bit more compared to the last race and compared to the first, second and third race. I hope we have an interesting step that we can feel in the car especially in qualifying as qualifying we were struggling so much in the first races. In the race we always get a good pace compared to the qualifying and I hope we get better in the qualifying and we keep good pace in the race so we can fight with Red Bull which was very strong. We see. Everybody is working very hard to improve the car. It is always difficult to say how the new parts will be, but I hope we understand so many important things that makes the car stronger and we will see here, especially with this weather, as we don't know how it is going to be as well.

Q:
Lewis, you are a previous winner here and winner of the last grand prix as well, and we can remember you being squeezed into the pit-wall by Timo during GP2. Timo, are you going to deny it?

Timo Glock:
There was enough space. It was a good race.

Q:
There was enough space. What? about a centimetre on each side? Your feelings about this circuit, Lewis?

Lewis Hamilton:
I have had good races here since 2006. Obviously, GP2 was quite an important experience I had here. It was right in front of all the bosses and probably one of the most
exciting races I had had up until then in my career. Every year something interesting has happened here. Obviously, 2008 I think I blew up one of my tyres here, through turn eight, but then obviously I got my first win here. That was a great feeling. Coming back it is going to be very, very tough this weekend, not really knowing what conditions we are going to have and it will be very interesting to see the upgrades everyone has to bring here. I just hope that what we have is a step forward. Whether it is a big or small step we will see tomorrow.

Q:
Do you think it really is just between Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Red Bull Racing at the moment?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't think so, especially with this break. The other guys seem to be closing the gap gradually. Look at Mercedes, they were very competitive in the last race. You see Ferrari, they are always there or thereabouts and it doesn't seem like it is going to take too much for them to make the quick switch and be right up there with us and also the Renaults are doing fantastic and Petrov is driving fantastically well. I think it is going to be quite close at some point. I just hope that we are able to continue to move forward as I am sure the Red Bulls will do that to.

Q:
We certainly have not had a wet race here, have we? Have you experienced this circuit wet?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't think I have been here when it is wet. I didn't even know it rained here. This is the first time I have seen it rain, so it is going to be interesting. Turn eight is going to be an interesting one if it is wet, but fingers crossed it will dry out.

 

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