Jenson, you started the season with McLaren
as a favourite, you won the first Grand Prix and since then, you seemed to have struggled to score big points. Do you have an explanation?
We could go through every single race. The second race was a mistake on my part and then in China we had a good chance of challenging for victory and we finished second, which, this season, getting consistent second places we would be leading the championship. That was a very good result but then the last three races have been a little bit more difficult. Some of it has been (because of) Saturday afternoon, but not all of it. When you put yourself in a difficult position in qualifying, you can either get unlucky or lucky at turn one, especially around a place like Monaco, and obviously we got very unlucky. Yeah, it just hasn't really fallen into place. It's a very competitive season in F1 and I think if you do have a mistake or something goes wrong where you don't have luck on your side, you can be outside the points, or you can be scoring small points which in previous years would be a shock really, to be scoring two or three points in a Grand Prix when you're driving for McLaren, but this season is very different. There are, if you look at the history in the sport, there are big teams, you would say, but this season you wouldn't pick out McLaren, Ferrari
and Red Bull
as being the big teams in the sport. It's massively competitive. It just hasn't gone my way and the team's way over the last few races but that will turn round, and we will be back scoring good points.
(Randy Phillips – Montreal Gazzette)
Jenson, can you just go back to last year: an incredible race, you said it was one of the best of your career if not the best. How long did it take you to decompress after that and really take in everything that happened that Sunday?
I can't really remember much from that night and I lost a bit of memory as well. As soon as I got back to the hotel really, after any win, as we know, it's a very special feeling crossing the finishing line and seeing the chequered flag first, celebrating with all your friends and family and the team. But that one was very different. I wouldn't say it was a shock victory but it was unexpected at many points during the race, so it really did mean a lot and the adrenalin was still pumping through my veins for many hours afterwards. But yeah, I've watched it back, even this season I watched it back. With ten laps to go, you think it's impossible that I could have won that Grand Prix, so a special weekend. Hopefully we can have some more like that over the next few years, but that doesn't happen very often. I cherish that memory very much.
(Randy Phillips – Montreal Gazzette)
Mark, as one of the six winners so far this year, can you speak of the competitive aspect of it, how we have more teams involved, more drivers, like never before?
Yeah, I don't think there are many top teams at the moment. Obviously it's very tight between everyone's performances. It looks quite sensitive to venue, quite sensitive to temperatures, quite sensitive to drivers, even. It's quite open, and that's why we've seen some different results, different podiums, different winners, like we haven't seen before. I think that the teams which were not very good with the regulations last year, like Ferrari, Williams, Sauber - they were not very quick with the blown floor - they had a good step this year, coming back to the people that made the blown floor very strong, like McLaren
and Red Bull. That's the way it is.
(Julien Febreau - L'Equipe)
Mark, you are actually level with your teammate in the championship. Are you afraid that the situation could create some tensions in your team, as in 2010, or do you think that your team has known how to learn from the past?
It's a good problem to have.
(John Lu – TSN Canada)
This question is for any of you who have had good experiences here in Montreal, at this venue. Open House Thursday has been one of the traditions at this track but at the pits today, due to forces outside of the track, just wondering how you feel that fans have not had the opportunity to interact with you this week, like they would have in years past?
I think in some cases it's disappointing. We come here, it's a sensational event for the whole season as one of the top few Grands Prix of the year; fans-wise, drivers, mechanics, photographers, journalists, everyone loves coming here. The city really embraces the event, the restaurants go for it, the driver parade lap here is one of the best parade laps we do in the season. So there's a huge amount of positive aspects which we've had here. For a long long time, the Canadian Grand Prix
has been held here in a very very positive fashion. Obviously I'm not completely up to speed with what's going on with… like you say, some of the students are not happy with certain things. I'm not saying it's a minority, but sometimes when there's a little bit of tension then some other people can lose out. Like you say, some fans wanted to come and see the track today, so that's really unfortunate. I'm sure that the weekend will go well. We want to put on a very very good weekend for everyone in Montreal and Canada and that's the focus for everyone in Formula One.
We want to see all the fans, all the young people, students, everybody, we want to see them here with us, enjoying the sport, enjoying Formula One and I hope everything becomes normal with this situation. For sure, for us we feel sad for this situation. We just want to see them here, enjoying themselves and enjoying the sport, nothing else but that.