Silverstone: Qualifying press conference

GP2 Series: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the press conference for qualifying in Silverstone. Joining us today from pole is Bruno Senna from iSport International, in second place we have Romain Grosjean from ART Grand Prix, and in third we have...

GP2 Series: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the press conference for qualifying in Silverstone. Joining us today from pole is Bruno Senna from iSport International, in second place we have Romain Grosjean from ART Grand Prix, and in third we have Andreas Zuber from Piquet Sports. Bruno, congratulations on pole today: you seemed to struggle a little in free practice this morning but got it right when it counted in qualifying: what was the difference for you between the two sessions?

Bruno Senna: We went the wrong way with car set up in testing, and we saw the problems we had and made a few changes for qualifying: it's always a risk to change the car for qualifying but it worked out good enough. I put a really good lap together in qualifying on my first set, and my second set was a bit hard to put a good lap together with yellow flags and everything, but it was good enough for pole so I am happy.

GP2 Series: How hard was it to set pole here in Silverstone, which is a notoriously tricky circuit to get perfectly right?

Bruno: I'm glad I know the place very well from my previous years of experience! As you can see it's quite tight at the front as usual - it always is - and this time at least I did it the perfect way without having any incidents on the way to it!

GP2 Series: Tomorrow's weather forecast is quite ominious: are you at all concerned about the conditions for tomorrow's race?

Bruno: For me it doesn't make much difference: I have driven here both in the wet and the dry, and I know the place pretty well in both conditions, so if it's wet it's going to be maybe a bit better because not many people have driven here in the wet apart from Mike and a few of the guys who raced with me in F3, but if it's dry it's a good race for everybody.

GP2 Series: This is your second pole in a row, albeit a little tidier than the last one! Is this one for the mental scrapbook?

Bruno: Yeah definitely: in Magny-Cours I gave the team a lot of work to do, and it wasn't the best way to do it [pole], or the quickest way to do it, but this time it was a good lap together and it was quick enough.

GP2 Series: Congratulations. Romain, congratulations on another front row position, albeit missing out on pole by the smallest of margins: happy with your day's work?

Romain Grosjean: For me it's the first time racing here, so I came here this morning and did only 16 laps in free practice: of course if you are in a leading position it is a bit disappointing to lose the pole position, and even more because I think we had the pace to do it, but the strategy was not so good because when we were on track there was everybody and we went into the pits at the same time as everybody, so when I went out on the second set there was every lap a car coming out of the pits. I did I think five timed laps and every one was braking and traffic and struggling, so I knew we could do better that 26.9 but we didn't do because it was just a big mess on the track.

GP2 Series: It was an unusual strategy for you today, as both you and your teammate came in early and stayed off the track for ten minutes of so: why was that?

Romain:: I think we didn't want to take the risk to start with old tyres [tomorrow], and we knew that couldn't do too many laps because of the degradation, so we wanted to leave the first set early and try to do a good lap: it was okay, but I think maybe we left too much time in the pits and at this time Bruno did the pole, so we could have been on the track at this time and maybe stopped earlier. But at this time it is easy to say that, and at the time it was a bit more tricky to make the decision.

GP2 Series: Almost nobody improved their times on their second set of tyres in both free practice and in qualifying: why is that?

Romain:: Free practice is easy, because we start with new tyres and after six laps or so the tyres are gone, so that's why we didn't improve. But in qualifying it is different: we had the second set of new tyres and the track is a bit better, so this time it was just a big mess on the track and it's not very cool to have a qualifying session like that, because every time you push for a new lap there is a driver slowing down or there is something wrong on the track, so you are a bit disappointed because qualifying is obviously the moment you try to do a good lap and get everything perfect and do your best. When you are in the last sector and there is a car slowing down in front of you, you are finished: today was really strange, and it was a big mess.

GP2 Series: Neverthless you are on the front row, so things could be worse for tomorrow...

Romain:: Yeah, exactly. The thing is I have never been here in the wet, so if it is wet I will have two laps to check how it is, but in Magny-Cours we were fast in the beginning with the wet tyres so we will see how it goes, and I just hope it stays the same: if it is wet stay wet, if it is dry, stay dry. The thing is if it is both, and we saw this in Magny-Cours, you have to take a bet, and this is not very good when you are competing in the championship or fighting at the front.

GP2 Series: Congratulations on your result today. Andreas, congratulations on third place today: it seemed like you were struggling a little bit earlier in free practice and your first set in qualifying, but it came good on your second set: were you having a hard time today?

Andreas Zuber: Yeah: the car since Monaco has not really been on the top level, and we still need to work on it because now there is quite a big gap already to iSport and ART, but we will solve it. In free practice today we had quite a bad car, but now we worked very hard between free practice and qualifying and it was not bad in qualifying: I still had to push quite hard and I was struggling, and it's a pity that I lost four tenths on my first sector because I had traffic, but I think I was quickest in the middle sector and the same time as Romain: in the last sector so the car must be good, and now we have to work hard on the car for tomorrow's race.

GP2 Series: As you said you seem to have lost a bit of pace since the opening rounds of the season: what do you put that down to?

Andreas: Okay, in Magny-Cours I was just one tenth behind the pole but I was fourth so I was very close, but in the race it seems to be that we struggle a bit more, and I don't know what is the reason: when we know we will fix it, and we will find the problem, I am confident.

GP2 Series: What are your hopes for tomorrow?

Andreas: I hope I have a good start, I take the lead and win the race! [laughs] That's it!

GP2 Series: A question for all of you: we have never had a wet session here before, and of course tomorrow it looks likely to rain: how much use is the dry running today for those conditions?

Bruno: I am used to the rain here, so I will have no problems!

Romain:: I have not been in the rain here of course, so I will follow Bruno for two laps and then overtake him!

Andreas: Same for me: I need two laps and then I will take both guys and win the race!

-credit: gp2series.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Bruno Senna , Andreas Zuber , Romain Grosjean