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Chinese GP: Thursday Press Conference

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12/04/2012

Bruno, great result in Malaysia. Do you think that was your best ever grand prix?
Bruno Senna: I think it was a great race. We had strong pace and a pretty good strategy as well, even though we had an accident on the first lap, which could in theory have influenced our race result badly. Anyway, we had a strong race. I didn't make any mistakes during the race, apart from the first lap, and that's very encouraging. It shows the car has good performance in the dry and in the wet and we had both conditions in the race. I think it was a pretty good effort, not only from me but from the team as well. I'm not racing on my own.

Do you feel that those are the perfect conditions for you to perform best in the car this year?
BS: I don't think it's a case of this year but for sure in the early part of the season it's best when you have more mixed conditions. I'm still learning the team, learning the car, learning the tyres. I only came into the season quite late last year and quite a few things have changed as well. All this settling period takes a few races, so I hope I can get them out of the way as quickly as possible but for sure a few races like this would increase the chance of a good result for us but later in the season the drier the race the better.

The potential looks a lot better than it did last year for Williams. Are you confident of that and of the development necessary to keep them there?
BS: Yeah, the team has done a great leap forward in terms of performance. The changes that happened definitely made the team focus on the right areas and now it's up to us, to me and Pastor, and also the engineers to keep the development rate as high, or higher than the guys we're competing against to try and continue in the position we are. It's tough. If it was easy everyone would do it but it's the situation we're in. We're pushing very, very hard and for sure scoring points, especially big points as we did last race keeps everyone motivated.

Vitaly, you've been in the points here in the last couple of races, what are you feelings coming into this race? You've had a couple of races with Caterham, so what are your feelings about the team after a couple of races?
Vitaly Petrov: I think first of all, everyone has a good feeling to come back to a track when you have the first points in F1, so it's a good memory. I have a god memory to come back here because in 2010 I had a good race here, in the wet. I was quite quick and managed to finish in the points.

What's going inside the team?
VP: I feel quite happy. I feel more free to work. I felt much less pressure on my shoulders. Definitely I still have pressure because I have a very strong team-mate, so I need to work quite hard. But in general I'm a little bit more relaxed than last year.

I think we will be watching that battle with your team-mate with interest. It's been a focal point of watching your team so far this year?
VP: Last two races we did a good job during the race. I know I need to little bit improve my qualifying performance but we bring some good maps and some good set-up to this race, and we have some good updates coming, so I'll cross they fingers they work again, as good as we expect. Yeah, but as for the performance during the race we were not too bad. I think I need to work a little bit harder in qualifying and then we will see.

And are you comfortable now inside the car?
VP: Yeah, actually. It's quite comfortable and we still need to adjust the seat a little but at the moment it's OK.

Paul, were talking there about the battle between team-mates, which is always of interest. There's quite an interesting battle between yourself and Nico, you seem to be very closely matched.
Paul di Resta: Yeah, I think it was pretty similar last year with Adrian. Obviously with Nico, I have to have a lot of respect for him. At the moment we seem to be the closest drivers, against their team-mates, but it's always good to have that competitive nature in the team, you push each other along and drag the best out of each other. At the moment it's work in progress because were trying to develop the car. And to do that fast we have to work together to build our team to try to challenge the likes of Williams and Sauber, who are a bit in front of us at the moment. But, having scored the points that we have in the first two grands prix, we're certainly looking forward, hopefully until we get some updates on the car, and we can put some more performance on, which we're quite confident we can achieve.

This is your second Formula One season. Do you think the first one was learning and that this one is about confirming the form you showed last year?
PdR: I think there's more pressure for you to perform, in terms of being a second-year driver, but I've always had the task of just trying to pick the positive and certainly just trying to do the best I can in the sport I love doing. So far our race performance has showed to be stronger than our qualifying and the experience I got last year I think paid a lot to the result I got in Malaysia in tricky conditions and we managed to finish seventh. Everyone achieved the maximum we could from the package we had. We just need to make sure we're at the top of our game all this season, because to maintain the position, as a driver and as a constructor, that we achieved last year is a mighty challenger. But the vibe in the team is quite high and strong at the moment.

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