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Indian GP: Thursday Press Conference

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25/10/2012

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.

First of all Heikki, you've been here before, you've been training in Abu Dhabi so you're used to the heat, what do you think of the weekend coming up and the country itself?
Heikki Kovalainen: Well, I think, like you said, last year was the first year that we raced here. I think the event itself was really successful. Especially the circuit; I think they've done a great job here with the circuit. I think the layout is one of the best in the calendar, there are really some nice corners, the surface is nice and smooth, so it's always enjoyable to drive here and we can set up the car nice and low and get them gripping quite well. So, I'm looking forward to another good event this year. It seems like the locals are picking up the Formula One more and more, so it's working quite well here. Hopefully we get a lot of people coming to see us on Sunday.

Bruno...
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.

Jean-Eric, your first time here I think?
Jean-Eric Verbne: Yes, indeed. To be honest I don't have much to say about this track except that it looks like a nice one, really smooth. The race from last year looked quite nice and I'm really looking forward to drive on it and it should be a good experience. As Bruno said, off track it's quite a different country and to be honest I haven't experienced much: I stayed in the hotel, I was quite far from everything, so didn't see much, just on the roads, which look quite messy but beside it, yeah, we'll see how the weekend goes.

Narain, obviously a very busy week so far for you so far, a very busy weekend coming up as the native from the host country.
Narain Karthikeyan: Yeah, we're coming off a hugely successful race last year, so expectations are high and I hope on Sunday we see a big crowd, a strong one. What I always say, in India there is a lot of passion for Formula One and comparative to our neighbouring countries, like China, the understanding of Formula One is a lot better. It's going to be a good grand prix, I hope and for us, we have a small update, which is a rarity here for our team. Hopefully it'll work and we'll have a few more tenths. I know we need seconds but it is what it is and I'm not complaining, I'm happy to be driving here and will give it my best.

Kimi, your first time in India. What are your thoughts, your impressions?
Kimi Raikkonen: Well, I came last night at one o'clock, so I've only seen the motorway and the hotel. The hotel, outside it, looks nice. I have no complaints so far. The circuit - I haven't gone around it. That is tomorrow. I'll tell you about it.

Are you a fan of Indian food?
KR: Yeah, actually I am, if it's the same as it is in Europe. I like it, but you know I have no experience yet of the local food.

Nico, I expect you've have a busy week?
Nico Hulkenberg: yes, we obviously we've had quite a few visits to India over the last two years. We've been here since Monday doing work with the local media and being in Delhi. I've been a few times here but I enjoy it every time I come. It's a very different culture and a special experience to come here. It's very different to all the other Asian places we go to. They're always very welcoming, very friendly. I enjoy being here. Obviously, the track is new to me, so I'll have to learn that one tomorrow. I'm generally looking forward to the weekend really. It's a special weekend for us and hopefully we can entertain the crowds.

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