I think all the teams are pretty much the same. Effectively, we're racing teams but we're manufacturing businesses working in a global market and you can't ignore North America. No company with global aspirations if you like can ignore such a big market. Formula One has been out of North America for a few years now and I think it is a very important marketplace. One thing we do know is that there is a huge response from the fans. They want to get close to the teams, they want to understand what's happening and it's a really good thing that we can take our drivers, talk to the fans, interact with them and really understand what it is that they enjoy about Formula One and try to give a little bit back. And, as I say, it's such an important marketplace with its heritage and its history, and you look at the car manufacturing base in North America as well, I think we have to make a really big effort and try to put on a great show for all the fans.
Jonathan, today we saw Jenson in the pits for rather a long time. What actually happened there?
We had a mixed day today. Jenson this morning in P1 had an oil leak, which was leaking onto the clutch, and we thought we'd fixed it. The oil leak was in the gearbox. The mechanics did a great job in rebuilding, repairing the seal but as soon as we fired the car up we could see there was a secondary problem that hadn't revealed itself before that time. And unfortunately we had to change the gearbox and the whole rear end of Jenson's car. So, disappointing that we didn't get the mileage in that we were looking for. But I have to say, hats off to the mechanics, anybody who was pointing a camera in the garage… and on Lewis's side as well, the moment that Lewis's car left the garage, all of the mechanics came across to help Jenson get running and that was terrific. But on the other hand a great day for Lewis. We know that the pace is in the car here, it looks strong today – today is today, and listening to what's going on around us, who knows what tomorrow brings? But yeah, I think we're here to race hard this weekend, and getting Jenson out was really important. You could see him setting green sector after green sector. This is a circuit where you have to build: build confidence and feel that the car is underneath you. We saw a few people visit the wall this afternoon, and to be quick around here you've got to get close.
How much of a worry are two little deficiencies within the drivers: we're used to seeing Lewis winning, for example, but he hasn't yet won this year, and Jenson seems to have just had a few races of… I don't know if you call it bad luck or what it is. How much can you build those performances back up?
I think we can build them up well, actually. You're right, we've had a couple of ups and downs in the last few races, some operational issues which hopefully we've put behind us now. We've got two strong drivers. Lewis put the car on pole by over half a second in Spain – which is a pretty demanding circuit as colleagues here will attest – so we know that the package is good but it's very tight this year. Six races, six different winners, five different constructors at this time. As I said during the week, great if you're a fan of Formula One, stressful if you're trying to be consistent. But consistency is what it's about.
Mark, looking back at Monaco, particularly after the victory in Spain, where do you think you could – or should – have been in Monaco? Could you have been better off in Monaco?
Yes, obviously after the Barcelona win we were very much on a high. Going into Monaco we had high expectations and I think the car certainly was… we should have been good enough for P4-P5. Obviously it was disappointing: there were a range of issues that hit us through the weekend and I think that as a team collectively we could have done a better job. We look to make amends this weekend.
What sort of effect has Renault's return had on the team?
It's had a massive impact. They're very impressive as an engine manufacturer and they've slotted in seamlessly with the team. A very very good relationship has built up very quickly and things are going very well with them.
Questions from the floor
Q: (Sebastien Templier – La Presse)
Mark Gillan, you tested a new rear wing today, I guess. So what difference did it make? Did it improve the car today?
We have a new rear wing here this weekend for Montreal. It was tested with Pastor this morning and run by both drivers this afternoon and it's working well.
Q: (Ben Edwards – BBC Sport)
For all teams, just about the tyres… we've all been talking about the tyres so much this year already, but how much data have you now been able to gather from the first six races and now, with that data, can you really now begin to get an idea of what to do with these tyres in lots of different conditions? Presumably there are some pretty serious computers trying to work on this at the same time as people intuitively are trying to get the settings right.
Have we got enough data? Yes, as you can imagine we have a huge amount of data as everybody else has. In terms of making sense of it, it's not a trivial question. The interaction between track temperature, the vehicle dynamics of the car, the driving style, the ability of cars… we've seen at different circuits different people have been able to switch the tyres on very quickly and others taking much longer to warm up. We're all chasing the same thing, which is the first team to become consistent and get them in the sweet spot. I think we've seen it on a couple of occasions ourselves where we've had – particularly with Jenson – a car in the right place on a Friday and then not on a Saturday, because that elusive thing has slipped away from us. So they're definitely more peaky than they have been. I wouldn't like to claim for a minute that we've cracked it. We're working harder, we think we understand more about it but it's hard work.