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Monaco GP: Wednesday Press Conference

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21/05/2014

Jules, can I start with you? Obviously it's been quite a tough start to the season for you. What do you put that down to? Is it adapting to the car, is it bad luck or a combination of those things?
Jules Bianchi: Yeah, obviously it's been a very difficult start. The first few races have been pretty tough for me and the team but actually the last one especially was pretty good for me, so I am happy with that. So I will think about this only now and be focused for the next races coming now.

Tell us about your experience and thoughts about this unique race track here in Monaco. You had a good result here back in Renault 3.5 a few years ago, does that junior experience help in the first few years in Formula One?
JB: Yeah it helps a lot for sure to race in Monaco before your first year in Formula One. Last year has been really difficult for me. I had some issues in qualifying, I had engine failure and then in the race again some issue with the engine to start with and a brake failure to finish with, so it was not the best race I could have but I'm pretty confident now that I can do a good race this year.

Coming to you Valtteri, you're seventh now in the Drivers' Championship and well ahead of your team-mate. You had another good result in Spain. Do you feel that you and the team have moved up a gear now?
Valtteri Bottas: Yeah, since the start of the season everything's been positive if we compare it to the year before. All the time during this year we've been able to make progress, we've been bringing some updates, which always gave us a little bit. That's what we aim for, for that to continue for the whole season. We are definitely keeping up at least with the development. We just need to keep pushing really, because everyone is going to improve so much.

You said in the build-up to this race that you feel confident this year at Monaco. I wonder how much of a handicap it was last year for you that you'd never driven anything around this circuit? Can you tell us a bit what it's like to drive this place with absolutely zero database when you're driving a Formula One car.
VB: Yeah, definitely it was really tough last year, first time, immediately with a Formula One car but, you know, you just need to adapt to it, you need to build the speed up step-by-step in the practice and definitely going for the race this season I know the track now well, so it's much easier to approach the weekend and build from practice one onwards. I definitely feel very confident for this weekend and I really think we can fight as a team for some really good points.

Nico, winner from pole here last year. Can you tell us what a win around this race track means to a Formula One drive, what it did for you personally and for your confidence?
Nico Rosberg: For me personally it was a very, very special experience, because it's my home, it's where I've grown up. My whole life has been centred around Monaco. So to win here, yeah it was great. And not only that but also it's the race to win. It's the most challenging race to win and the most prestigious race to win, so really that was awesome.

With what happened in Spain, losing the initiative in the championship to your team-mate, how are you feeling at this point, going into this race? Do you feel the strain or do you feel an impatience to get that lead back again?
NR: I'm not too focused on that. Of course I would prefer to be ahead than behind but it's very, very close and there still a long way to go. So I'm just focused on this weekend here, looking forward to it, because I know that I have a fantastic car at the moment and I expect the car to be very, very quick also here in Monaco. The gap - they might be a lot closer to us this weekend and we need to wait and see if we are the fastest and the chances are we will be, so I look forward it and hope to have a fantastic weekend again.

Jean-Eric, like Jules you've had a difficult start to the season. You got four points in the opening round but since then you've been in a position to score more points but then you've had non-finishes. What's been going on?
Jean-Eric Vergne: Yeah I think I've been pretty unlucky since the beginning of the season, started well in Melbourne and then always in a position to score some good points. But that's how it is; it's part of the sport. I'll just keep on smiling and hopefully the bad luck will go away and get tired of me. I'm just hoping to finish the race and have a good car and that's all I'm hoping for. So it will come.

You won here in your junior career I believe and last year this race was the start of a real turnaround in your season. What are your thoughts on the venue, your prospects for the weekend, and also I noted that you said that a driver must arrive in a humble state of mind at the beginning of a weekend in Monaco. What do you mean by that and what happens from there?
J-EV: Well, I think this track is really difficult for sure. You want to stay far away from the walls and at the beginning the walls always look really close, a lot close than in the end of the weekend. This is a particular track where even the first session, the first P1, is really important for the confidence over the whole weekend, so you really have to build up your weekend in a good way.

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