Questions from the floor
(Ian Parkes – The Press Association
) Mark, there's obviously been a lot of talk and speculation about yourself these past 48 hours since your comments on Thursday. Can you honestly say, hand on heart, that going into tomorrow's race after these last few days that your mind is clear, you're totally focused on the job in hand?
Absolutely mate. When I'm in the car, absolutely, completely clear. We've seen that with my performances in the last five or six races. Of course Korea didn't turn out but none of us have had perfect seasons this year, so with the exception of that I've been very happy with how I've driven and you can't drive like that if you're not happy. The boys on the floor, everyone here, we're all in great spirits and ready to go and have a good race tomorrow. That's our focus.
(Marco Degli'Innocenti – La Gazzetta dello Sport
) Nico, your first pole, does this mean that your chances of being confirmed by your team for next season have increased now?
Yeah, Mark's just saying that that means a pay rise actually. No, just joking. I think the situation at Williams
is still very open. Nothing is confirmed, obviously, but I just try to keep focused on doing a good job each weekend. So far, I think it's working pretty well. If I do that, and I don't make any silly mistakes, it's all I can do and then it's up to the team to decide if they want to keep me or not. I'm in a positive mood that we will have a successful ending to that story.
(Rodrigo Franca – VIP Magazine
) For all of you: do prefer a race with conditions like that, a little bit wet or do you prefer a dry race?
I don't mind really. I'd like to have a proper wet… full wet conditions. That's what I like and what would be good for us. But either way, whatever it is, we go out there and race.
It's not in our hands, so I don't really care. I think we have a competitive car in dry and wet, so we should be doing well.
(Edd Straw – Autosport
) Nico, the Williams
hasn't been the best car off the starting grid so far this year. How confident are you that you will be able to get to the first corner in the lead and do you expect to have to be a little bit defensive when you get there if these guys have got a run on you?
To be honest, this week's starts have been very positive, all the ones we've done. For different reasons we've chosen some different gear ratios which allow us to have a better start, maybe give away a bit of performance during the lap but I think I can have a very good start tomorrow and still be P1 in the first corner and then see from there.
(Flavio Vanetti – Corriere della Sera
) Sebastian and Mark, how do you rate the position of Fernando, considering tomorrow's race?