Mark, you've had an unfortunate second half to the season, since your win at the British Grand Prix. This is a circuit that has been up and down for you. You pretty much sealed the championship here for Red Bull
Racing when you finished third. Can you get it back? Can you turn things around here?
Yes. That's the goal, mate. As you've said, we've had a few ropey runs of late. Lost of different reasons: a few on my side – not driving well enough – a few on some dodgy strategies, and last weekend was out of my hands. In that case, all of a sudden, three or four or five races with definitely not the points you want. I'm really looking forward to this race. It's… in terms of atmosphere it's not off the charts, we know that, but in terms of the race track, it's not a bad little circuit to drive on so I think the car will go well here.
Fernando, how badly do you need a good result this weekend?
Well, I think we all need some good points this weekend but it's the same situation for everybody, if not worse, so that's it.
And with five races how much are Ferrari
pushing as well.
I think we have been pushing from the first test in the winter, so nothing has changed in the last five races. We just need to keep doing the things we've been doing so far. I think it has nearly been a perfect championship for us at the moment, with good strategies, good starts, good approach to the races. Everything we had in our hands on Sunday we maximised the points. We had one zero in Spa and one zero in Suzuka but things completely outside of our team, so apart from that we don't need to change too many things.
Of course your rival is Sebastian there, winner here last year and winner of the last two races this year. Does that give you confidence? What is the feeling coming to this race:
Of course. We had a good two last races as you mentioned. We obviously come here on a high and we try to produce the momentum to have another very strong result here. We know that this circuit should be quite good for us. Historically we have been competitive here. The two years we have been racing here before I think we always had a very good car, so try again.
It's interesting that people say this circuit suits the car or vice versa, as this seems to be a circuit that has a bit of everything: it has a lot of straights, it has the twisty section at the end, it's got some fast, flowing corners in the middle. Is it just an all-round car that you have?
In the end I think it's the nature of the track that maybe we used to like in the last two years. We should be reasonably competitive but then again, this year I think it has been very unpredictable and you don't know what happens so it could be the case here. We have to try our best to get another strong result. If you look at the layout, for sure you start off with a lot of straights and then you finish off with corners. It looks a little strange compared to other places because usually it's a bit more of a mix. But here you get the straights first and then the corners.