2013 Spanish GP Press Conference line-ups

Fernando Alonso to face the media ahead of his home race

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 08/05/13 4:41pm

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Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel headline Thursday's press conference

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel headline Thursday's press conference

Home favourite Fernando Alonso headlines Thursday's Drivers' Press Conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver will be eager bounce back from a disappointing race in Bahrain where a DRS failure derailed his challenge to eventual winner Sebastian Vettel, who will also face the media on Thursday afternoon.

The title-chasing duo will be joined by Sergio Perez, whose robust performance in Sakhir is still filling column inches, and the young Mexican is sure to be asked about his relationship with team-mate Jenson Button and the upgrades McLaren have brought to the Circuit de Catalunya.

Three other drivers in the press conference hoping new parts taken to Spain will kick-start their seasons will be Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo, who after an impressive seventh place in China, could only manage 16th in Bahrain, whilst rookies Valterri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez have endured a testing start to their F1 careers for Williams and Sauber respectively.

Updates are also likely to be the hot topic of conversation in the Team Principals' Press Conference following Friday's practice sessions. The mastermind behind the last three title-winning cars, Adrian Newey, will be present, as will Ferrari's Chief Designer Nikolas Tombazis.

Mike Coughlan, Mark Smith and Dave Greenwood will be hoping the upgrades they have brought to Williams, Caterham and Marussia respectively will have done the trick by the time they face the press pack, while Force India's Technical Director Andrew Green completes the line-up.

As ever you can see both press conferences on Sky Sports F1

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