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Italian GP: Thursday Press Conference

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09/09/2010

Jarno, your home race. Tell us what it means to you. New team and all that.
Jarno Trulli: Yeah, it is always great to be back in a sunny Monza. We know Monza can also be very rainy and wet and no-one really enjoys that kind of circumstance. I enjoy Monza as it is a special atmosphere. It is a home grand prix. We have got the tifosi all around. A big Ferrari support but Italian drivers are always very welcome. Then being in Mona is special this year and it is the temple of motorsport and coming back with a heritage team like Lotus feels special. I feel sure there will be a lot of Lotus fans around as we have had all season and it will be interesting to see the reaction of those people who remember the old days. It is nice.

Do you think you have got the transmission problems sorted out now?
JT: In general I think we have made a step forward in terms of reliability during the last few races. Things have been improved. But the problems are always around the corner. We don't give up. We still have some races missing. We have to keep pushing as we are 10th in the Constructors' championship and that is our target. We don't want to miss it. So maximum concentration for the rest of the season. Here in Monza should be a good track for us considering what we have shown in Canada with a similar downforce level. We are optimistic.

It is going to be interesting to look at the new teams particularly as they all have to come with a different aero set-up. Is that the sort of thing you are going to be looking at?
JT: Yeah. We have seen already in Canada running with low downforce was pretty good for our car performance wise. That is why we are optimistic. Being the first season for this team we don't have any reference points, so every race might be different in terms of performance. We are learning, so it is difficult to predict. But based on our previous performance in Canada we were much closer in Canada in terms of performance than we were in the other previous races.

Rubens, 300 grands prix in Belgium. The race itself wasn't fantastic. Tell us about the build up and what was it like to complete your 300th race?
Rubens Barrichello: It was a fantastic event. On the Thursday I had the pleasure to see the drivers, to see my friends there. Even the young ones they don't know how they are going to get there and they ask me why I have so much motivation and so much passion for it. It is quite funny to see them saying that as the world of Formula One can make you different. There is a time when you come with all the travelling and all the pressure that you suffer from yourself, from the team and from the country sometimes you forget why you do it. You do it because you love it so much. I have been doing that for such a long time. The Thursday was really nice and the whole preparation was good. It was just very unfortunate that when I came out of the high speed Blanchimont, I didn't feel it was wet. In actual fact it was a flat corner, so I did not expect it to be so wet when I touched the brakes. The real problem was I was closing the door to (Nico) Rosberg. I was on the inside with everyone braking on the outside such as Fernando. He had time to avoid the cars in front and him and (Adrian) Sutil were the ones that were wide but were able to come back. The other ones went a bit straight. But because I was on the inside I catch him just turning. I don't know how the hell his car was not broken as mine was a really... the wheels were up in the air. It was really unfortunate. If I could rewind a little bit and go back to there I would have done something different in a race I think we would have had a chance to finish top eight or something as it is those conditions that I love.

What about your feelings for this race? You have won here three times and also finished the last nine consecutive. Monza is a circuit you enjoy, I think?
RB: It is a place that I enjoy very much. Last year to be first and second with Jenson was also a fantastic feeling as I had won for Ferrari which was great. You could see all the tifosi down there, all red. But I think they came to see me last year at the podium as well, so it was a great, great feeling. It is a place that I drive well and a place I enjoy. The combination of corners and the set-up is quite different as well. I am expecting a good weekend. It's a new package for everyone here because of the conditions of the straight lines and so on, so I am thinking positive that it can be quite a good weekend.

And your hopes for the rest of the season. What can Williams do?
RB: We are bringing a nice package to Singapore and Singapore seems to be a track where Williams go quite well. I am just very positive. We are working flat out on things and hopefully before the end of the season we can move one step ahead once again. Since Istanbul we move into Q3 quite often and one step forward I think is achievable.

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