Do you have any friends among current or former Formula One drivers?
At the moment I simply don’t have enough time for friendship. Kamui Kobayashi is the person I communicate more – we know each other since GP2 times. I was in Paris recently – and he invited me to a restaurant in the evening, we talk rather nice. As for other drivers – we just chat sometimes in the paddock.
You seemed to take everything in your stride – is that in your character?
I prefer to take everything calmly. I’ve been racing a long time and, although F1 is tougher than any other series, it’s still about doing the best job you can in the car. I was not worried before the race, but I felt much better after doing my first start, making up places on the opening lap and really fighting with the cars around me. My goal now has to be to get closer and closer to the top ten without making any more mistakes.
Some of your opponents believe that Renault is a group of commands, which takesplace just behind Ferrari and Red Bull Racing…
Who said that we back Ferrari? (laughs)