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GP Week : Issue 184
I wanted to start with Barcelona. You had a brilliant weekend there – fastest lap of the race, you led your first grand prix... What’s it like, in your rookie season, to see no traffic in front of you? You even opened up the gap between you and Alonso over a couple of laps. It was brilliant to watch. Barcelona was a good step for ward in many aspects. Of course from the beginning you always try to look for the limit, and from time to time you are exposed to making mistakes. I think that’s what happened at the beginning [of the season]. It’s part of the process. But now I find I have more confidence. During the race in Monaco I felt confident, trying to work out the strategy and everything. It’s been getting better and better, so I hope this weekend continues in the right direction. I will try to improve. ... You always want to avoid mistakes, but even world champions make mistakes. If you don’t make mistakes, you can’t learn from them. It’s true. But I really don’t look for excuses. I just try to find myself in reality and just work on the things that I can improve. That’s what I focus on. And how are you feeling about this track? We’re essentially looking at a collection of straights linked by a few corners. Do you think you’ll have a good time in Montreal this weekend? I think that with the weather changing a lot it’s a good chance for new opportunities. Obviously a lot of confidence is needed to drive on the limit in these conditions, but I’m going to try to optimise what I have, to get the most out of the performance of the car, from myself as a driver, and try to improve my weaknesses. At the moment it’s in these changeable conditions that I need to improve, and that’s related to experience. Tomorrow we’ve got new tyres to be tested... If it’s dry! If it’s dry. When you’re a rookie driver, you’re learning the circuit, you’re getting yourself in the right headspace. Would you rather be running on the tyres that you know, testing out new parts, or are you just happy to be running? I’m happy to be running. Obviously you want to practice as much as you can with the tyres you’ll use to compete during the weekend, but given that right now Pirelli is considering changes I think it’s important that we have the chance to test the tyres that they want to introduce. It is important from that side. We’ll see – if it’s dry, we’ll have some idea. Other wise, it’s just wet running. I hope it’s dry. My weather forecast lied to me and I didn’t pack for rain. I notice you’re looking lovely and tanned. Is this from Monaco, or did you take advantage of the break to see friends and family in Mexico? I was in Mexico, in Monterrey, and there was a lot of sun. I was enjoying getting some vitamins from the sun! You don’t get vitamins from the sun in europe. Not at the moment, with all the flooding! Is it nice, as a driver, to go home like that? Does it give you a mental reset, refresh you, or do not like the break so much, always wanting to race? I’m always happy to go back home, to visit my family and have some time to relax, some time to myself. It’s important, really important. I enjoy it. I had a really good time, although it wasn’t a long visit. But you have to take it as a whole experience, to take the average from the whole thing. Because travelling all the time, always moving around, I’m happy wherever I am, and enjoying every part of it. continued over page 5 MINUTES WITH ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ On the eve of the weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, KATe WALKeR chatted to sauber's Mexican rookie 5 MINUTES 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: