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Spanish Grand Prix – Thursday Press Conference with Pedro De La Rosa

by F1Fan on May 6, 2010

The Spanish Grand Prix race weekend starts tomorrow and following tradition the FIA held a press conference with five of the Drivers competing in Sunday’s race today. Not surprisingly with all the support from the Spanish fans the FIA choose 3 Spanish Drivers: Fernando Alonso (FA) [Ferrari]; Jaime Alguersuari (JA) [Toro Rosso]; Pedro de la ROSA (PDLR) [BMW Sauber F1] and the driver for a Spanish Team Bruno Senna (BS) [HRT] to be interviewed in the press conference, THe odd man our being Sebastian Vettel (SV) [Red Bull Racing].

Here are the excerpts of the press conference involving Pedro de la Rosa

For portions relating to Fernando Alonso Click Here
For portions relating to Jaime Alguersuari Click Here
For portions relating to Bruno Senna Click Here
For Portions relating to Sebastian Vettel Click Here

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q: A question to you all about the modifications you are getting here on your cars and what you are expecting they might do for the performance.

Q: Pedro, your modifications that you are expecting?
Pedro de la Rosa (PdlR): Yes, as everyone really we have an aero package for Barcelona and we will just have to see how it goes Friday. We don’t have any testing, so we can only guess. It is a decent step forward and very much needed.

Q: Is there something for reliability as you have had a pretty difficult time so far?
PdlR: Yeah, sure. We have a reliability upgrade from Ferrari and this is not a concern at all from now on, I think.

Q: Another question to all of you. What is your target at this stage of the season? What are you looking to do to improve over the next few races?
PdlR: The target is first to finish the race and regain the reliability we had in pre-season testing. After that we know if we finish the race we will be fighting for points, there or thereabouts, like we did in Australia. We have to do a good job, drive well, concentrated, have a good qualifying is so important these days with the current regulations and that is about it. Not make mistakes from my side and move forward.

Q: Pedro, again it is a circuit you know very well but it hasn’t always been lucky for you in F1. But tell us about it in other formulae.
PdlR: I think you don’t want to know… It hasn’t been a lucky track for me. I raced in 1991, it was my first ever race here in Formula Renault and I did not finish. My only race finish here is in 1999, my first ever race in Formula One. Since then for one reason or another I have not seen the chequered flag, so I am really looking forward to a change of luck here at home in front of my friends, my family. Don’t forget my parents live just 10 minutes away, so they can listen to the engines every day, so I am really looking forward to this one and that is about it. Let’s hope we revert the luck. We have been so lucky the first few races. I just want to change it a little bit.

Q: Change the luck.
PdlR: We need bad luck basically. We have had too much luck the first four.

QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Carlos Miquel – Diario AS) Fernando, Pedro and Jaime; it’s the first time that there have been three Spanish Formula One drivers in the press conference. What’s the best quality of your compatriots, Pedro, Fernando, Jaime and do you think that Spain could win a championship of nations with the same car?
PdlR: OK, age first, yeah? Man, you’ve asked a lot of questions there, eh? I think that we could definitely win, for sure. We are the Spanish Armada. It’s renowned to be strong. It would be fun, it would be fun actually. I think Germany would be quite tough to beat, especially, but anyway, we would be there. On the other side of the question, don’t forget that Fernando and Jaime are rivals. They’re Spanish but it doesn’t mean that I (don’t) want badly to beat them as well. I am really very impressed by Jaime’s maturity for his age. I think he’s really handled coming into Formula One in a very well organised and very mature way, so I’m very impressed. What can I say about Fernando that you don’t know? We know how tough he is and how hard he is to beat in the same car, so he will be a little bit of ahead of me, so I hope that I can get close to him in the race but he’s a tough cookie, eh?

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