Barcelona with Pedro

F1 is growing in Spain, and you wouldn't believe it, being recognised everywhere. I am surprised, because honestly we haven't achieved anything in F1 or got any good results. The potential for F1 in Spain is huge, but Marc (Gene) and I need to deliver better results, otherwise the people will start to get a bit angry with us. I know the Spanish mentality. It's either very nice or very bad. There's no middle term! It's nice to be racing so close to home, and in fact I'll be staying in my own apartment this year. Everyone thinks it's a special race, but it will be a very busy weekend for me

Barcelona with Pedro

The first corner is very heavy braking. You have to brake very, very late and it's very important that you try to use the inside kerb as much as you can, and try to compromise the first part of the corner a little bit. Otherwise you go too wide, and you cannot keep the power down on the second lefthander.

Once you're on the power you try not to lift, you try to keep it down through the second part, and get a good angle of attack for Renault, which is fourth gear. It's quite bumpy right now - over the years it's been getting more and more bumpy, so it's getting more difficult to go flat here. You just have to lift a little bit over the bumps, and carry as much speed as possible to the next small straight.

There's very heavy braking for Repsol. It's a very nice corner because you brake into the corner, carry as much speed as possible, and get on the power early. It has a blind exit, which is quite difficult. You move to the right for the next hairpin, Seat, which is the slowest corner of the circuit. It's a second gear, or in some cars in first. I think it's too slow! It's very important to brake late and accelerate soon. You get good traction down the hill.

Then you head to Wurth, which is quite a nice third gear corner. You try to break late and keep as much momentum as you can through the corner, using the exit kerb 100%. You accelerate uphill. Campsa is a very nice, quick corner - it's a very good corner on which to set the high-speed balance of the car. If you have too much understeer, then you know what to do through Campsa. It's very important because there's quite a long straight afterwards, because you have to carry as much speed as possible and be flat on the apex.

After the back straight there's very heavy braking for La Caixa. You should not miss the apex in that corner, otherwise it's very difficult to get the car in, because it's very dirty on the outside, and you lose a lot of time.

It's a very good corner to see where your car is on traction; you are accelerating the whole way through to the Banc Sabadell. This is a boring corner, really. You go in as deep as you can,and just turn the car. It's more or less like triangle - you don't have to be nice and smooth, you have to be very aggressive on turning in. Then you accelerate out.

The last two corners are the best of the Barcelona circuit. They are really fast. The first one is flat, and the second one is not quite, but you just have to play with the left foot on the brakes to get a good exit speed.

When you put a new set of tyres on you pick up a lot of grip, and there's a lot of time in that last corner. The quicker you are through there, you more speed you carry onto the very long straight.

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