Daniel Ricciardo, let’s start with you. Here we are, Twenty Years on from the grand prix moving throughoutcrossing from Adelaide to Melbourne, tell us about exactly what a buzz it is for you to showcase your sport once a year here and what it means for the fans in Australia?
Daniel Ricciardo: It’s exciting, definitely. It’s interesting to be racing once more in basic. But to come here … (coughs)… pardon me, it’s emotional, jeez! It’s cool, you know. Every year that I have actually been here now there’s still an incredible buzz. It’s something that will definitely never ever get old as long as we keep coming here, as long as I’m racing. So yeah, Melbourne is terrific, especially when the sun shines. Everyone is very enthusiastic by the race here and there are always cars on track – gotten up this early morning by the two-seater. They really fill the schedule and the fans certainly get their cash’s worth.
Your long term efficiency in specific looked strong throughout the tests in Barcelona. Do you feel you will have the ability to contend more possibly in the race than in qualifying, certainly in the early part of the season a minimum of?
DR: yeah, I think the long pace will be better for us. The brief runs are going to be a bit more … I believe in certifying we’re probably not going to be as strong however long terms we need to be good. Let’s see what occurs. I don’t understandhave no idea, time will inform. I’ve been addressing these questions all week and you cannot really answer them at the end of the day. On Sunday everyone will see where the real speed is, including us.
OK. Let’s count on Esteban – welcome back. Thirty-eight grands prix contested in your two previous seasons in Formula One. You remained in the points for Sauber in 2013. How has your duration as a Ferrari reserve motorist made you a more powerful competitor?
Esteban Gutierrez: Well, it was extremely interesting with this man in front of me [Sebastian Vettel] I think in general as an experience it helped a lot in my career being able to observe numerous experiences from a different viewpoint and clearly getting very starving to obtain back racing and finally reaching this minute, starting exactly what I love most, to be racing, to be in a race seat.
How has the constructdevelop to the first race gone for Haas? What are the biggest difficulties for a star-up group in the sport?
EG: I believe the greatest challenge is to truly incorporate ourselves as a group, due to the fact that the flow of communication in general … everything is brand-new, there are a lot treatments that needhave to be defined. I believe Barcelona, as a test, was a great experience for the group, a great deal of character building. We had some challenging moments, some other excellent ones and all in all it’s where we requirehave to focus – to be reliable and very dynamic for the advancement of the following races.
Rio, coming to you, 23 years of ages, from Indonesia, one of 3 rookies in the field. First Solution One driver, more importantly, from Indonesia. Let’s start with that. What’s the reaction been like and how does it feel to be a pioneer?
Rio Haryanto: Yeah, there’s been significant support back to your house. Undoubtedly to be able to compete in Formula One is a terrific thing. I’m very pleased and I make sure the entire nation are proud too to have me in Formula One.
You won races in GP2 and GP3 during your apprenticeship for this opportunity. Exactly what are your expectations for this season with Manor?
RH: I’m brand-new to Solution One so there are a lot of things to learn. My expectation is to attemptaim to learn as quick as possible and to try to construct a great relationship with the team and we’ll see how it enters the races?
Ok, pertaining to another rookie, Jolyon Palmer – welcome. Twenty-five years of ages, GP2 champ in 2014, you have actually also waited a couple of years for this opportunity. What’s the finestthe very best thingaspect of now becoming a Solution One driver?
Jolyon Palmer: Well, racing! It was a bit discouraging last year having a year on the sidelines after GP2, but I discovered a lot and it makes it even sweeter to be here racing once again. I was out here in 2014 seeing exactly what Melbourne’s everything about, did the track walk, was all set to go, however naturally as a reserve driver you rarely get the chance. So anticipating getting behind the wheel for a minimum of an FP2 and an FP3 as well this time.
Well, it was Lotus last season, the group has now ended up being Renault, so exactly what should we anticipateanticipate from you and this team this season?
JP: Well, it’s hard to say at this moment. Taking over from Lotus there were a lot of problems over the winter season, everything was a little bit late. The expectations are quite low and this year is simply about building a foundation. So I think we require to develop a solid base and the group has a lot of possible to move forward in the next few years.
Let’s count on the world champ – Lewis Hamilton, two-time Australian Grand Prix winner, four time polesitter here in Albert Park, Melbourne. Lewis, you said just recently there’s still more to come from you this season. Exactly what are you searching for?
Lewis Hamilton: I do not remember stating that, however OK …
Let’s presume you did!
LH: Cool. That’s good. I really hope there is! I do not understandhave no idea, I believe you are always searching for excellence, always discovering, constantly growing, both within and outside the sport. I’m just anticipating that journey. I don’t understandhave no idea what’s to come. I do not when I’m going to be growing or more, however I think that’s the very same for each single one of us, so that’s what I’m ecstatic about.
When you state perfection, exactly what do you mean exactly?
LH: You’re always searching for that perfect lap; you’re always looking for the best race, you’re constantly aiming to raise the bar each time you head out, due to the fact that it can always be raised.
There are quite a fewnumerous more variables this year due to the policy changes. Taking a look at the team radio limitations in particular, do you think that’s something that could in fact play to your staminas – offered that you guys are all going to be a lot more on your own now? Is that something that could work for you?
LH: We’re all in the same boat. A few of us will manage it much better than others. I do not particularly see there being much of be a problem. However is it great? I don’t truly know but we’ll handle it the finest way we can.
OK. We have actually heard from the champion, let’s hear from among his primary oppositions, Sebastian Vettel, 2011 Australian Grand Prix winner, three-time polesitter here. Sebastian, you know exactly what it takes to win in Solution One, do you and Ferrari have sufficient to difficulty Lewis and Mercedes this year?
Sebastian Vettel: I think we have. Clearly, the concern is whether we are readyprepare in time, but we are on a great track, we are making progress, we did so last year, I believe we did an action over the winter, but as I stated, whether it’s huge enough or not I think we require to wait for the very first few races and see. But for sure our target is to turn things around, but going into this season I do not believe it’s a surprise when I state that Mercedes is still the favourite but, as I stated, we try to end up being the favourites in the future.
It’s not difficult to see where the problem has been, certifying has actually been Ferrari’s weak point in current times, when battling you and Red Bull in those days and more just recently Mercedes – just five poles in the last 6 seasons, appears amazing truly. So has the team put any specific focus on qualifying rate and opening that qualifying speed with this automobile to provide you the tools you require to fight on Sunday?
SV: Well, generally qualifying pace is everything about raw rate so I believe by attemptingattempting to make our package quicker, make our vehicle quicker, our engine more powerful, we enhance our opportunities also in certifying to do well. I do not think there is a huge secrete behind it – generally in qualifying, as I said, it’s everything about the raw efficiency of the automobile and we understand that we are still a little bit behind. We have actually been in 2014 and obviously we attemptaim to be a lot more detailed this year, how close, I do not understand, I don’t have an answer … yet. However we have a plan; we know exactly what we want to do; we understandwe understand where we desire to go, so bit by bit I hope we improve and we’ll remain in a much better position really quickly, with more lead under our belt.