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Italian GP: Thursday Press Conference

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08/09/2011

Jarno, good person to start with because you've said your home race doesn't mean that much to you...
Jarno Trulli: Yeah, it's true. It's always been like that. It's nice to be in Italy but I actually don't live in the north of Italy, I actually live, I come from the centre of Italy, so from Abruzzo, so I don't have a special, special feeling. Obviously, it's important, it's nice to be in Monza, also because Monza is special, the atmosphere is special for every driver not only for an Italian one because we've got the Italian supporters, the Ferrari supporters - the tifosi - so that makes this event special. For myself it's nothing different compared to any other race.

What has changed for you is the power steering. First of all, can you tell us why you didn't have it in Spa but also why has it made so much of a difference?
JT: For me it makes a lot of difference because I can actually feel the car and get the exact car behaviour, which I didn't have with the old one. I was pretty much a passenger before rather than a driver. With the new one it's normal power steering. It works as it should but unfortunately in Spa we couldn't use it for technical reasons. It's back here and I just hope I can keep it for the rest of the season.

Are those technical reasons likely to prevent you from using it again?
JT: We might have to probably jump another race but at the moment I just want to concentrate and focus on this one.

Kamui, first of all I think you mentioned in your preview that you raced here a lot in Formula Renault Italia when you were racing in that championship?
Kamui Kobayashi: I had quite a lot of experience in Italy, I think I lived here for two years as well, so I have always good memories of Italy and the greatest feelings here as well.

You're also expecting quite a difficult race here, why is that?
KK: Well, I mean it's Monza, it's always a low-downforce track but I mean for us, even last year we had no competitiveness here. OK, like we had Monza spec wing but usually we struggle a lot over the kerbs, we struggle a lot usually, more that at other tracks. In Monza it is very important about kerb-riding. We mentioned a little bit of a difficult week but last year we [qualified] like P12, which was not too bad, so hopefully this year we can have a race, because last year before the start I had technical problems with gearbox or whatever and I couldn't start, so we'll see this year.

So, once we get this race over with do you expect to bounce back a little bit to where you feel you should be?
KK: Well, I mean this week, I'm quite competitive and not so negative because we have, I believe, our package in Monza is not too bad and from last year our experience was OK. We have a few updates, so, we'll see.

Tonio, first of all, I believe you have a special helmet this weekend; can you tell us about it?
Vitantonio Liuzzi: Yes, in a way it is a little surprise for our fans for the Italian Grand Prix. For me, it's always a wonderful feeling to be at a home Grand Prix. Before, I started my Formula One career in Imola at another Italian Grand Prix but it is always a great feeling to be here in Monza: it's an historic circuit; it's a great race and that's why for every Italian GP I try to make something different to thank my fans and to remember especially this year that it is the 150th anniversary of Italy, so we did a little new design with my designer, Kaos Design, that always is the inventor of these ideas, and I hope the fans will like it.

How important do you think it is that the Italian Grand Prix is in Monza rather than... following the stories about it being in Firenze or Rome or Pescara or somewhere?
VL: Monza is the only really historical circuit that Italy has left, one of the few at least, and because of the long history I would especially keep this circuit because it is quite different to all the other circuits in F1, this season especially. It makes everything different. And I think every driver likes it because it is the only circuit with such a top speed and low downforce, so at the end of the day it is good to have the grand prix here, even though we have circuits like Imola and others that could be competitive - but I like this circuit because it is different. But at the end of the day that's how it is. I'm sure Mr Ecclestone will keep on going with the Italian Grand Prix as long as possible and hopefully it will be here in Monza.

And finally, the team seems to be on a much more stable basis, how has that affected it from your point of view?
VL: I have to say that the team has made a good step forward in terms of stability - as you said that we improved. At the beginning everybody wasn't sure, there were a lot of talks about the rest of the season, continuity, things like that. The Carabantes did a really great job before but now with the new owners, Thesan Capital, there seems to be a big future for the team, they are planning to make a big step forward from next year on. At the moment, also because of this change of owners, we had a bit of a slowing down in terms of development this season, because all the upgrades we were planning didn't arrive in time and we are maybe one or two months behind the schedule but the big project is for the future, for 2012 and I have to say the new owner Thesan are planning big things for the team. I hope we will move forward as soon as possible but we are planning highly for 2012.

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