What's the point? I think it's pretty easy: the tyres don't last so the fresher the tyres are, the longer they last. Ideally they are new. That's why we decided to save as many sets as we can. Obviously a bit different to other people but that's the idea behind. Whether it works or not we'll know tomorrow. Tomorrow will be the big challenge – as both of them touched on – to look after the tyres and make them last, try to suffer as little graining as possible, which I think we all do suffer, some people more, some people less.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov – F1 Live)
Lewis, do you have a problem with your car today? When will we see you win in a Mercedes?
Generally this weekend I haven't had the best of weekends up until now. Obviously this is still great for us today, to be one and two on the grid but I've just been struggling all weekend generally. Even my long runs have been pretty poor but on one lap pace, the car doesn't seem to be too bad but I've just been a little bit lost generally, not really knowing what things to change and which direction to go, so I kind of didn't really make many changes into P3 and into qualifying, I just left the car the same. I didn't really make any changes to it, I wasn't one hundred percent comfortable but I knew that it was good enough to do what we did today. As for the win, we've got improve our race pace but obviously we have very good qualifying pace. I hope in the near future we will get our win, but we'll work for it tomorrow.
Nico, you used the word confidence before. Did you use a used set of tyres in Q2 to get through?
I used a used set...
Yeah, because Lewis was tearing it up in Q2 and you came in Q3 with a new set of tyres, so you obviously felt very confident then?
Confident, yeah, in general, confident, yeah. It was more a question of Lewis didn't quite manage to get his lap right with the used set in Q2 and I managed to get it right so it was enough to go into Q3. That was the difference.
Q: (Jerome Pugmire - Associated Press)
There's some talk about this penalty points system being discussed; something could be implemented in the future. I just wanted to get each of your opinions on what you think of this proposal if it happens.
I don't like it. I don't know, maybe I'm a little bit too old fashioned, I don't want to make this too long but I think we had a lot of penalties in the past. I think from a drivers' point of view we've been pushing for penalties and right now we are probably in a situation where we have more penalties than we would like so it's a little bit of a vicious circle . I think the catalogue is not released entirely. I've seen some sketch of it but I think you have the potential of scoring points for some things that are not entirely in our hands and small things and at the end of the day the consequence could be very big. I don't know if that's the idea. Surely, if you want to adapt a system that everybody uses on the road, which is the idea, there might be some logic behind it, but at the end of the day we are not driving on the road, we are racing.
I'm not really bothered by it. I don't really have much of an opinion about it.
I don't know enough about it so it's not worth commenting on.
Q: (Rosanna Tennant – Pole Position)
A light-hearted question: Lewis, how's Roscoe finding his race?
Go and ask Roscoe! He's much better. He was a bit ill – not ill, but he was injured earlier in the week but he's recovered so I might bring him down later on or tomorrow, with his new team coat, yeah, race suit.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, taking account that maybe the other two guys have a problem with long pace, the long race distance, who do you think could be your main challenger tomorrow, Kimi or Fernando?
Well, I think first of all them (the two Mercedes drivers), they are in front of us right now so to be honest, I think they had some long runs and they didn't look too bad. Historically the Mercedes is pretty aggressive when it comes to looking after the tyres. How that turns out tomorrow we will have to wait and see. Other than that, eye-balling the long runs yesterday, I think Ferrari
and Lotus were pretty competitive, so I think we can expect them to be very strong in the race as well.
Q: (Ralf Bach – Sport Bild)
Nico and Lewis, what kind of help do you really expect from your new development driver Daniel Juncadella?
For sure he's been doing a good job in the simulator from what I hear but why he is here this weekend is mainly as a gesture from Mercedes DTM to give him race experience and to see what it's like at the pinnacle of motor sport. For sure, in DTM, there are a lot of things they can learn from where we are in F1.
I think that's a good answer really. It's good fun to be here to experience... (interrupted, inaudible)
Q: (Valenti Fradera – El 9 Esportiu)