Formula 1: German F1 drivers ready for Bahrain

Formula 1: Vettel, Rosberg and Co .: The Germans in Bahrain
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Sebastian Vettel:

Sebastian Vettel is in good spirits one day before the first practice session for the Bahrain GP: 'I'm confident. We have never been better prepared for a season than this time.' Nevertheless, the 2009 vice world champion cannot properly classify the situation: 'The test times are difficult to read. Also because it rained every now and then and the wind was so changeable. It looks like it is a tight box between Ferrari , McLaren , Mercedes and we will. I wouldn't dare to bet on one.'

The prognosis is still fuzzy, but the goal is clear: 'I want to become world champion. After the successes from last year, the aim must be to drive ahead. Once you have established yourself there, you also want to be ahead stay.' There is also uncertainty as to how the race itself will develop: 'It can be anything from super exciting to boring. That depends on how well the tires work and whether you can overtake. I'm afraid we won't be smarter until Sunday. '

Nico H├╝lkenberg:

Nico H├╝lkenberg is looking forward to his Formula 1 debut:' Races are different from test drives. I can feel how slowly the excitement rises. ' The 22-year-old blond did not actually expect that he will race against racing legend Michael Schumacher again in his career, but of course he is happy about it.

'It's nice that Michael is there. Of course it is It's something special to drive against a driver like him. But once the visor is down, none of that matters anymore. Then every opponent is the same. ' The goal of the new Williams driver is ambitious: 'I want to score as many points as possible.'

Nico Rosberg:

Detached from the other teams Mercedes GP celebrated its season opener with a press conference at the local Mercedes branch. The assembled crowd of journalists was more interested in his team mate Michael Schumacher. Only every fourth question was addressed to the young Wiesbadener. And when she did, she usually didsomehow to do with Schumi.

First question: Will life be easier if all the attention is focused on Schumacher? 'It doesn't make a difference to me. Life isn't getting any easier or harder. He's a good team-mate and a great challenge.' Second question: is there more to be won or more to lose in the team-internal duel? 'I can certainly win a lot. We have a good car and I'm looking forward to some good results.' The victory in the duel with Schumi is not the top priority. 'First we both have to work together to improve the car. Only second is it about looking good in a team duel.'

Adrian Sutil:

In the first races a year ago, Adrian Sutil was mainly concerned with seeing the checkered flag. Twelve months later the goals look completely different: 'I want to go into the third qualifying lap and in the points in the race,' says the German optimistically. The good test results lifted the mood again. 'Of course, knowing that you can keep up gives you confidence,' admits Sutil.

The whole approach has changed. Force India suddenly has more to lose. 'We can no longer take full risk. It's about securing the points. In the past the pressure was also higher because there were only a few races in which we had a chance. Now I can drive much more relaxed.' The departure of chief technician James Key to Sauber did not disrupt the preparations. 'The car was already finished. And Mark Smith has already worked in well. I don't think it's a problem.'

That substitute driver Paul di Resta steals test time from the German on Fridays this season, Sutil looks calmly. He does not see any competition in his own company. 'It's good to get different views and bring young talents to Formula One.' Sutil does not believe that the Scot will increase the pressure on the permanent staff, as team manager Otmar Szafnauer recently explained. 'He is and remains just a test driver.'

Timo Glock:

Timo Glock is going into the first race with completely different expectations than his German colleagues. The former Toyota driver is the only one driving for a new team. And that didn't exactly cut a good figure in the test drives. Wings fell off, the hydraulics went crazy. Glock and his team-mate Lucas di Grassi did not even cover 2,000 kilometers in twelve days. Nonetheless, Glock believes that the teething troubles have been resolved.

'I am confident that everything will hold up. We had solved the wing problem within a few hours. In the hydraulics, there were repeated sudden pressure drops. That gave us many rounds And it's particularly painful for a new team. It's not that easy to get everything under control. ' In fact, the Glock is never serious about drivingcame. His racing car is still a stranger to him. 'We know where to start. Aerodynamics and mechanics have to be improved equally.'

That is why the first Grand Prix for VirginF1 is more than just a debut: 'We have a new aerodynamic package on the car. Now it has to show whether the results from the CFD computer can be transferred to the track. ' The test drives continue for the fighter from the Odenwald: 'The first four races are test drives for us. If we are fighting for 18th to 20th place, that can't be called a race. But I knew what I was getting myself into.'

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