DRIVERS - Heikki KOVALAINEN (Caterham), Bruno SENNA (Williams), Jean-Eric VERGNE (Toro Rosso), Narain KARTHIKEYAN (HRT), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (LOTUS), Nico HÜLKENBERG (Force India).
Q. Gentlemen, your thoughts on India? some of you have been here
before, some of you haven't, so your thoughts on what you've experienced
so far and what you've seen so far and what you think of the country
and what you think of the circuit.
Bruno SENNA: Of course I agree with Heikki regarding the
track; it's one of my favourites in the calendar as well and coming from
last year to this year, the improvement on the facilities and
everything is quite impressive. I think everything was a bit rushed last
year, so everybody was a bit 'oh this isn't ready for the race,' but at
the end of the day it's always the case when it's the first year of the
circuit. All the rough edges have been sorted out for this year so it's
a much nicer place. Of course the experience of the track is a whole
different thing and I think for everyone who's not used to India it's a
big cultural shock but it's a culture full of history, full of richness
and I think if you learn how to appreciate that sort of stuff, you can
learn to appreciate the country.
Q. Bruno – for next year?
BS: Nothing has changed from the last time I was here and
you asked me the same question but the focus is still the same: keep
pushing and trying to get points for the team and then hopefully be on
the grid next year.
Q. (Shridhar Poddar – Sakal Media House) To all the drivers,
whoever wants to answer: the long straight is something that the DRS was
really tailor-made for although we didn't see too much overtaking last
year. How much overtaking do you think there is a scope for over here?
BS: Normally, the overtaking is more due to the tyre
difference between the cars than to long straights or DRS. Long
straights always help a little bit but if you're coming from a corner
like turn two, which is a long corner where you put a lot of heat into
the tyres, into a hairpin, where traction is a bit more compromised so
overtaking really is more due to the tyres than anything else in current
Formula One. But if you're in a Toro Rosso then you have about 20kph
more top speed than everyone else then you can overtake as well!