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Canada GP: Thursday Press Conference

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05/06/2008

Sebastian, a great debut for the new car in Monaco, your thoughts on that?
Sebastian Vettel: Yeah, I think we were a bit lucky with the weather conditions. If you look at the results of Thursday's free practice, we were not very happy about that, but I think it was very important to introduce the new car in Monaco already. To introduce a car on a street circuit is not ideal, for sure, but it was important to get to know the car and therefore we ran it on a circuit as soon as possible. On Sunday, the race was very chaotic, it was all about not making a mistake and staying on the track. I was very pleased with the result and the points.

What's been the atmosphere and the feeling within the team since then?
SV: It's great. Obviously everybody was very happy. With the car we have at the moment, or the car we had in the past, it was not normal to get into the points, so it was a very good extra boost for all of us in the team, good motivation. Yesterday we did some karting just outside Montreal, it was also a lot of fun, everybody was happy. The atmosphere's great.

Coming here, neither of you drivers have raced Formula One cars here. But you have been here?
SV: I was here last year but I didn't drive on the track.

So how difficult is that going to be for the two of you? New car, new circuit?
SV: In Monaco, we had the opportunity to get to know the car in every kind of weather condition, so that should help us here. Obviously neither of us have driven here in a Formula One car. Sébastien knows the track from his ChampCar time but I don't think it should be too much of a problem, I hope.

But maybe a steep learning curve, difficult grip, etc.?
SV: Yeah, in the end it's another street circuit – more or less – so the track will be very green tomorrow. I think that is normal and it's just about getting to know the track tomorrow, laying some rubber down and then steadily improve.

Adrian, a roller-coaster of emotions in Monaco. Summarise your race in Monaco for us.
Adrian Sutil: I think it was a great race for me, also with this accident in the end. We could take this opportunity to show a little bit of good performance. For sure in the rain there are special conditions and that's where we always had some good results, also in the past, so we took this chance, and I'm just really happy about it. And for the team, everything went really, really well. We had a good strategy, we had good race pace, so overall I think we just take the good and positive things about this race.

Your thoughts on coming here?
AS: I like this circuit, it's a very challenging circuit, quite difficult because the track doesn't deliver a huge amount of grip and if you go over the chicanes, the kerbing is quite difficult, the car is always moving. I'm looking forward to driving tomorrow. With the new car, which is a bit better than last year, I hope that we can improve lap time-wise quite a lot and have a good race in the end.

And potentially similar conditions to Monaco?
AS: Yes, maybe we have some rain again here, I don't know what the forecast is but in general I think it's important here to have a good race. It's a kind of street circuit with a few places where you can go off quite easily, so it's important just to finish the race and then you will be more towards the front.

What about the developments within the team, what are your thoughts on that? It's never fast enough for a driver but how are your feelings about it?
AS: Yes, at the moment it's not fast enough but we try our best to develop and we have a few new parts for this race but not huge updates, so it will again be a difficult race for us. It may not be enough to improve our performance here but still, we have to give our best and we have to think positive. The motivation is there, so we just keep on working on it.

Robert, you return here to the circuit where you had a huge accident last year, something you understandably want to put behind you. What are your feelings coming back here to Montreal?
Robert Kubica: Well, Canada is one of my favourite race tracks, although last year, as everybody knows, I had quite a big accident, so I'm very happy to be here. In 2006, when I was a Friday driver and reserve driver, I was performing very well. This year the weather forecast says it might rain or it could be similar to Monaco. We had a good race in Monaco, so I'm looking forward to a good race and good points here.

Are there any people you're going to visit after last year, maybe the marshals, maybe the nurses in the hospital?
RK: I hope not. Of course, they did a great job last year and I thanked them a lot last year already and once again, but these are not really nice places to go and visit, so we are concentrating on racing and let's hope for a good race.

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