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Bahrain GP: Thursday Press Conference

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03/04/2014

Jenson, if we could start with you. Obviously you'll reach 250 grand prix this weekend - congratulations on that. Later this year I guess you'll become the third most experienced grand prix driver of all time. Maybe your thoughts on that what lessons you've learned along the way.
Jenson Button: I've learned a lot along the way, as you can imagine, racing for 14 years in Formula One. The thing that surprises me is how quickly it goes by. Fifty races ago I was in Hungary, celebrating my 200th grand prix, which I won by the way! So, it's amazing how time flies. You really do have to enjoy every moment of it as much as you can. For me, being 14 years in the sport, I still feel like I have more to learn. I'm definitely not the perfect driver yet, and I never will be, but there is always still more to learn. That's something, for me, that's exciting about the sport. New regulations obviously are changing the sport quite a lot, especially with these new regulations, and again, you always have more to learn. For me that's what keeps the sport exciting and that's what has kept me on my toes for the last 14 years and hopefully for many more.

Judging from the first two races and also from some of the messages from the team, it seems that McLaren is a bit better perhaps in the cooler conditions than it was in the heat of Malaysia. What are you expecting this weekend - we're in a warm place but it's a night race?
JB: Well, we have a good engine, which helps us here. There isn't as much high speed as Malaysia and Malaysia was also hot. So hot and high-speed corners are tricky for us. It's an area we know we've got to work on, high-speed downforce. So, here it should be quite a bit better. Fuel consumption is pretty tricky here though, I think for everyone, some more than others for some reason. There's a lot of work needed before the race to get the right balance for a night race - our first night race here, which should be pretty interesting.

Coming to you Marcus. Obviously your first Formula One finish, in Malaysia - congratulations on 14th place? Can you describe your feelings and the progress at Caterham?
Marcus Ericsson: Yeah, it was a good feeling to finish my first F1 race. I think we have done good progress. It's been a tough, a difficult year so far, with the problems we had in pre-season and then Australia was obviously a very difficult weekend for the whole team. But we've been working really hard and making progress all the time, which is the key for us. To have both cars finishing in Malaysia in our home race was a great effort from everyone. Hopefully now in Bahrain we can continue to work forward and first of all a trouble-free Friday, so we can start setting up the car and then see what we can get form the set-up.

I wonder if being a rookie in a year with such new and complex machinery proved harder or easier than you expected?
ME: It's been quite hard because especially in pre-season there were quite a lot of issues. So it was difficult to get ready for it before you arrive in Australia, with very limited running. So I wouldn't say it's easier but it's been alright.

Jules, coming to you, obviously a very frustrating first couple of grands prix for you in Australia and Malaysia, with very few race laps. But the car seems to have run OK the rest of the time. I wonder what your feelings are at this point?

Jules Bianchi: Yeah, obviously the feeling is not the best. We are trying very hard to improve everything. For sure the car is running well at the moment. We had a small issue in Australia before the start but now it's fine all that. Another issue on the first lap in Malaysia but actually we don't have big problems on the car, so this is the positive thing and now we have to have everything going well for the next races.

As Jenson was saying it's the first time we have a night race here in Bahrain. I wonder what your thoughts are on that and how it will add to the challenge of racing here?
JBi: Well, obviously the lights will be good, as it's always good on night races in Formula One, so I don't expect that to be a big challenger. But it will be good to have a night race in Bahrain. I think it will be a nice one for us.

Nico, obviously the last two grand prix, two fantastic battles with Fernando Alonso and Ferrari. Give us some insight into those two battles and what it's been like from your cockpit.
Nico Hulkenberg: Well, I think Australia was not quite a battle. I was just driving in front of him and he overtook me by strategy. And in Malaysia there was not much I could offer in the end. I was struggling on my tyres; he was on a fresh set of softs. Still I was trying to make him work a little bit for the move. But it was always clear that he, coming two second a lap at me, that I don't have to offer so much. But I think a really positive start to the season for us at Force India. Eighteen points for me already, which is good. I feel we have a good foundation but we need to keep pushing and I need to keep the momentum up because it's a good opportunity to collect good points this early in the season.

This race last year was obviously one of the strongest for Force India last season. Is there much optimism within the team going into this weekend's race?
NH: Absolutely. The whole team is very positive, everybody is working in the right direction. We had two strong races, we're basically trying to keep the races and keep plugging away at good results. I think here this weekend here is a little trickier. In Malaysia, we had surprisingly good performance on Sunday maybe stronger than we expected. We were quite clear on McLaren and Williams, which was a little bit of a surprise, but I think here things might be a bit more tricky and a bit more tight.

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