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Canada GP: Thursday Press Conference

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05/06/2014

Jenson, we'll start with you if we may. A 2011 winner here, of course, memorably, and you're currently eighth in the championship. This circuit has the famous wall of champions on the outside of the final corner. The back of the cars this year, of these designs, is quite light. I wonder if you could a little bit about how you read the challenge of driving these cars around this track this weekend.
Jenson Button: OK. Good morning. Yeah, it's going to be tricky here, It always is, especially with the cold circuit temperatures we'll probably have on Friday. So yeah, the last corner will be tricky, but we're sort of used to that I think. We've been driving these cars all year and if we can drive these cars around Monaco I think we'll be alright around here. It should be an interesting circuit. It's a circuit where you don't really use downforce so much, it's a lot more mechanical grip. There are long straights, so we can use the power of the engine - for us that's great, with the Mercedes engine. And it's about working with the tyres. I think it's going to be tricky around here. It's supposed to be hot on Sunday, so you're going to have to really look after them. But we're reasonably good at that.

Talking about McLaren's situation: how do you compare this year to last year and the competitiveness and the problems that you have? Are they more fixable than last year's problems?
JB: Yeah, I think from the outside it doesn't look spectacular, our season this year, and you'd say it looks quite similar to last year but it's very different. In terms of the feel of the car, it's much better. In terms of the development of the car, it is working and we're going in the right direction. Yeah, it's tough. When you've been fighting for wins and the team is used to fighting for wins, it's difficult when you find yourself in this situation. But also there are a lot of positives right now. With Ron back in charge, and Eric, I think they're doing a great job of really moving the team on and changing certain things so that we will be fighting at the front again. But it just takes time. Things don't change overnight, even though we're pushing very hard.

OK, thank you. Coming to you now Lewis. You're a three-time winner here, three times on pole here. What is it about you and this Montreal circuit and it's walls around the outside? Is it the braking? Is about technique? What is it that somehow clicks with you here?
Lewis Hamilton: I'm not sure. Good morning everyone. I guess there are certain tracks you like more than others and this is one of those circuits I particularly like. I really like coming out to Canada, I always have a great response from the fans here. It is one of the best grands prix of the year in terms of the turnout, the city, just in general the weekend, it's a good fun weekend and I guess all of that packed into one makes it fun to drive.

You've said this week that you and your team-mate Nico Rosberg are friends again after Monaco. Can you tell us a little bit more about that?
LH: There's not really much to say. I said it in my message. We spoke after the race and just like friends we have our ups and down, we've known each other a long, long time, so it's done and dusted and we look forward to working together to try to help this team win the Constructors' Championship.

OK, thank you for that. Coming on to Felipe. Three seventh-place finishes so far this season, your best result here in Montreal a fourth. Williams is tied with McLaren at the moment in the Constructors' Championship with 52 points after six races. Is that in line with your expectations?
Felipe Massa: No. Definitely I think I didn't have great results until now. It should be much better than what I had until now. So I had not very great races, starting with the race, where I didn't get to corner two and you know in Bahrain I was fighting for third, fourth the whole race and then I lost a lot of positions because of the safety car. So I think it was not very great results but I'm sure we can do much better and I hope this track can be also a bit better for our car compared to Monaco, compared to other tracks. So really looking forward that we can have a lot better results, starting here in Montreal, a lot better than seventh I hope.

I wonder if you could tell us what Rob Smedley has brought to the team, because you obviously have got a very long working relationship with him. He's now in a senior role on the engineering side, can you tell a little bit about what he's brought to the team?
FM: A lot of experience. A lot of good direction, different things in terms of how to work, you know, in many different areas. I think he's a very intelligent engineer, has a lot of experience. For sure, things don't change from one day to the other, so it takes a little bit of time but not just him, we have a lot of great engineers, a lot of good people and things are getting better all the time inside the team and I'm really looking forward that from now until the end of the of the championship things will get better and better all the time.

Nico, coming to you. Fifth in the Drivers' Championship and points scored in every round so far but no podium personally yet. Given the confidence that Force India has in the package for this weekend in Montreal, is this you weekend do you think?
Nico Hulkenberg: I don't know. Obviously I hope and like every weekend we're going to try to make the most of our chances here. I think the track should be OK for us. Also, it's one of my favourite grands prix, so I really look forward to this weekend - the track, the city, everything is pretty cool. So hopefully we can have a strong result again.

Monaco showed that you can get results by doing a different strategy from the people around you. As a midfield team I wonder, is that something you feel you need to do to get the results or do you feel you can compete with front running teams on equal terms?
NH: Not really, and I think looking back in hindsight we made it a bit harder for ourselves, starting on the harder tyre - the other way around with how it turned out, Safety Car etcetera may have been easier - but I think it's always different and you always have to look at each race and each case and decide then but, generally, we're having a good package, we're competitive and that puts us in a good position in general.

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