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Spanish GP - Post-race press conference - Pt.2

Williams have been quite fast for two races in certain points and I think, as we've said before, it's very difficult to say who is really the quickest overall because at one race one team is there and then suddenly they are tenth in the next race, so it's bit of an odd situation where we are this year, but it gives a lot of chances for all the teams who have the speed and when the tyres are working for them they are much better than the others. The tyres seem to be the key thing. If you get them working well you seem to be fast. Sometimes you just drop out of the window a little bit and you have a hard time.

Q: Marco degli Innocenti - La Gazzetta dello Sport
Pastor you are the fifth winner in five races, so the top of the field seems to be very close. Do you put Williams and yourself among the possible winners of the championship?

Pastor Maldonado:
For sure we are a little bit backwards compared with the leaders, with Fernando and Vettel, but we need to keep working. We are not the best team at the moment. The car looked pretty good today, but I think we need to keep pushing some particulars at Williams, especially in the car, but everything is possible. The gaps are so close at the moment, I'm driving well, I have a good feeling with the team, with the car, so everything is possible. For sure we are looking to do our best, looking forward to winning some races, to getting a couple more podiums and I'm really happy because the team hasn't won many races for many years so this is a great moment for us. I hope to continue like that.

Q: Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo
Pastor, you were in the same team last season. When you finished the season you were in front of only three teams: Marussia, Hispania and Caterham, and now you are in front of all of them; what has happened to explain such a change in performance from one season to another?

Pastor Maldonado:
We made big changes in the factory, we have new staff in some of the departments and completely changed the approach to building the car. I need to say that this year's car has great performance, great potential to become even stronger than it is and for sure, this is great for motivation, to motivate the team, the factory, to keep pushing like that. I think this is the way. We are motivated and we need to keep pushing.

Q: Adrian Huber - Agencia EFE
Pastor, it looks like this could be a very long Sunday in Venezuela. Do you have any information as to what's going on now or can you imagine what might happen there?

Pastor Maldonado:
I can imagine that there will be a party everywhere but I don't know at the moment. I need to see some of the fans, my family there. I think everybody who saw the race and for sure all the people are happy at the moment and this is great for Venezuela after nearly thirty years without any driver in F1, so I think it's a great moment for our country.

Q: Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport
Fernando, you have already said that at the moment everything is possible and not many things are explainable which is very strange for F1. I don't think we ever had this situation before. Do you, as a driver, enjoy this uncertainty or would you like to have some more answers on open questions?

Fernando Alonso:
I don't know. I don't know how to answer. We probably like the unknown situation that we have now, so you arrive in Monaco next Wednesday and you don't know if you will be a winner or if you will be out of the points. That's what we feel at the moment, not only for us. But in a way, after eleven years in F1 and seeing Ferrari dominate most of them, now that I'm at Ferrari, I would like to have more stability and a dominant car.

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