Coulthard cautious on 2007 hopes 24 Feb 2007
Scot reserving judgement on Red Bull's prospects
The long-awaited Red Bull RB3 has so far brought mixed results during pre-season testing. While its first run prompted concerns it might not live up to expectations, David Coulthards impressive times in Barcelona recently appeared to hammer home just what the Newey-designed car might be capable of. So what are we to believe? Ahead of this week's Bahrain test we spoke exclusively to Coulthard to find out
Q: How is the car? Thumbs-up or thumbs-down?
David Coulthard: My thumb doesnt know at the moment
Q: You expressed your disappointment that the modifications after the first Valencia test did not bring the anticipated results in Jerez. But then the team found answers to many problems in Barcelona. How come?
DC: Work! The same as the other teams - work, work and more work!
Q: New cars tend to have teething problems. What crucial points are you currently concentrating on?
DC: The current things were working on are the gearbox, overall reliability and basically building our relationship with Renault and learning about its electronic systems.
Q: How has the RB3-Renault-Bridgestone package worked so far?
DC: The package is not yet optimized so weve got a lot of work to do to get the performance we want. There are some upgrades for the Bahrain test and some things we should have prior to Australia, which should help.
Q: You have done the most mileage of all the drivers on the 2007 grid. Do you have an idea from the latest tests how this season will develop
DC: Its actually a misconception that because Im the oldest Im the most experienced. Rubens (Barrichello) has done more Grands Prix than me. Everyone still has more time to develop ahead of the start of the season, so its hard to know how it will unfold until we start racing in Australia in a few weeks time.
Q: You were looking forward to this season with high hopes. How hard do you think it will be to reach your personal goals?
DC: At the moment were not going to achieve the goals I had for the year, but weve got some more time to develop and hopefully, once weve done that, we can try and achieve them.
Q: Red Bull chief Dietrich Mateschitz very recently explained the two rules for his Formula One activities: rule one is to go fast, rule two is to go faster. Do you think finishing fifth in the 2007 constructors championship is realistic?
DC: Of course its realistic. Other teams are not doing anything thats not humanly possible, its just that theyve got the right mix of technical investment and facilities. Thats what we need to continue to develop at Red Bull and then the results will come.