Questions From The Floor
Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer)
Question to all of you; coming into the weekend, one of the things that we heard was a possible concern was the engine due to dust and sand. We've seen a very very dusty day today. Have you got concerns about your engines in the race tomorrow?
No, because we've run here previously and it's more or less the same: sometimes more sand, sometimes less. They do a good job here around the track, cleaning the circuit. I was surprised this year that there seemed to be less dust on the track than in previous years, so I think that if they keep doing that we should be OK tomorrow concerning the engine.
The same really. The engineers do a fantastic job to design the engine, it's hardly affected, the filters are very very good, so it doesn't cause us any trouble.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, how much of a relief is it for you to get this pole position after the difficult start to the season? Were you worried that this could be a more difficult season; now you have the car that you were used to?
Pretty much the same way as people around, really. Not us inside the team, not myself. I started to... it looked like panic, it's the same now. We've got a very good result today and I'm very happy. Of course I'm happy to be on pole for tomorrow's race. For sure it feels good but zero points scored so far as the race is tomorrow. I think we are only a couple of races into the season, as I've mentioned many times now because I've had the same questions. We didn't have the start that maybe we expected and people probably expected of us, but since day one, where we realised that maybe we weren't as strong as we wanted to be, we've worked very very hard and this is step one towards the right direction so we keep fighting and keep working hard to make sure that the results similar to today come more often again.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Sebastian and Mark, we saw that in the last race Nico Rosberg did very well, but today he's further back as you were in the last race. Is this a new phase for the team or is it a characteristic of the season in Formula One, all these changes?
I think that we've seen so far that things can change very quickly. We've seen that Nico had a phenomenal lap in China, he out-qualified everyone by half a second, no one had a chance on that Saturday and to be fair, also on Sunday he was in a league of his own. This weekend I think they're very strong again. I think Michael went out in Q1 because they didn't run again and then I don't know what happened to Nico. I heard that he's fifth so I don't consider that is qualifying at the back, and I think they will be very strong tomorrow. This circuit is known for being a bit of an engine circuit; they have a very strong package, they are very quick on the straights so surely, given the pace he had all weekend, we expected him maybe to be a bit stronger in qualifying, but given the margins and given the gaps between the cars, first, second, third, fifth, I haven't seen the complete result yet but I don't think there's much between them, so a little mistake here or there is enough to maybe not get the best result you can or you could on that day. Equally, I went out last weekend in Q2, or I didn't make it to Q3 and there wasn't much missing, so I think it's fairly close this year and I think that the racing we have seen as well and probably will see again tomorrow.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, two days ago you said that you were lacking something to have a winning car. Now did you change your mind? And the second question is about Nico: it seems that Nico saved a set of new soft tyres. Is that crucial or doesn't it matter?
Surely it's an advantage for him if he has more sets of new tyres. How much of an advantage you will see tomorrow. Sometimes it turns out to be a massive advantage, sometimes none. People run different strategies and we start to do that already on Saturday. All in all, I'm very pleased with the result today. As I said, I was much happier with the car all weekend and felt that we can qualify in a much better position. Going into qualifying, I knew that with a little bit here and there we could potentially go on pole. Going into Q3, seeing everyone's first shot - Lewis very competitive - I know that we should be able to match him, maybe go a bit quicker so in the end, I'm very happy that we did, but I still think that for tomorrow, other people are probably the favourites. We start from the front row, P1, but it's a long race and a lot of things can happen. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the race, so we will see.
Q: (Khoda Rawi - F1Arab.com)