I think it motivates you to race at home and you give an extra 10 per cent on what you normally do, to take care of every detail of the weekend, starting from tomorrow's practice, qualifying, race. You try to do everything well because you know that a nice result here, a nice podium finish or whatever will make you happy, will make the team happy, make many people in the grandstand happy. So, it's a special weekend but after all those years I think you're OK with that extra motivation and it's not anymore a pressure or the emotions you maybe felt in the first year, that you really worry to do well here, for everybody that comes to support you. Now you've proved for many years that there's not a pressure or anything that will stop you doing well. After doing very good results at home, so now you want to keep doing like that to really make everyone enjoy Sunday afternoon.
From 22 Grand Prix here only two have been won from outside the front row, the stats say it all. Have Ferrari
prioritised that in the approach to this weekend?
Not really. I think this year we see how important are the races, the race pace. The tyres are a key factor, more than previous. Obviously it's good to start at the front and if you start on the first row you know that your chances are high and the podium, you can really touch with your hands if you start on the first row.
But I think we need to have a very, very normal weekend like we did in the first four races and try to find the right balance between qualifying and the race. Maybe the first really important qualifying will arrive in two weeks' time in Monaco, when we know that qualifying is extremely important. I think here is still more or less a normal circuit and you need to find a compromise.
Sebastian, championship leader with 77 points, three front-row starts, three podiums out of four starts, including obviously two wins, and yet one senses that you and the team have not been completely happy with the level of competitiveness so far?
Disagree. I think if you look at the results that we got, we can be extremely happy in terms of how competitive we were. I think we can be equally as happy because we had a car that was good enough to finish on the podium and fight for victory, not in all four races, but yeah we won two out of four so it's not that bad and even the third place in Australia was very strong and the fourth place in China. Obviously we didn't have that many races yet but I think from a result point of view we can be happy but surely you're not looking at the raw result and you're looking at the way you achieved the result and here and there I think we had some room for improvements and that's what we are targeting. But I wouldn't say that we are unhappy with what we got so far.
Pirelli has obviously changed the harder compound tyre to something more like last years. As a team that was calling for changes, how do you feel about what's happened?
Who did we call? I think there was more talk than action from our side – as in I think we said what happened to us as a team, what we felt happened to us as drivers, just like everybody else. But surely there's a lot of attention and then people try to make their own stories but I think you could for the whole grid that people were struggling with the tyres, it's not a secret, it's not just us. I think we also learned to deal with the tyres, with the situation. Sometimes you succeed a little bit more, sometimes less, but then again it's the same for other people, so yeah, up to a certain point where you feel, as a driver, it's obviously different racing. It's the same for everyone but you know, I don't know, for example in the race in China where we struggled with tyres. I had the occasion that Fernando approaches from behind. I was on a different strategy to him and so on, so I was on different tyres. But there was no point fighting with him because in the end I only slow down my own race. So, I don't wave him past but I'm not really resisting and it's a different style of racing and I think that's what we, if anything, criticised in the past.
Valtteri, you got your big break this year but I'm sure you didn't expect it to be quite the struggle it's been. What has held Williams
back so far, would you say?
Yeah, it's not been a start we wanted – that's for sure – but I think we all the time understand more and more the problems we've had. It's just some of the paths in the development of the car we took in the winter proved to be a bit of a dead end and we understand it much better. We had a good aero test last week and I really feel we are on the right path now.