(Michael Casey – Associated Press) Lewis, talking more about this weekend, you had a good race in Canada. You're obviously still in the hunt. How are you feeling about the prospects for a title this season, even with the tyre issues?
Yeah, like Fernando was saying, we're even further behind Sebastian and it's quite a big deficit so to catch that up, it's going to be very difficult, especially with the pace that they have, but we're not giving up, we're going to keep pushing and we'll just push as hard as we can until the last race and the last opportunity we have. But I feel positive, we're there or thereabouts and we're trying to make improvements. Those guys are extremely quick, Ferrari
and Red Bull
but it's not impossible to catch them, at least that's what we believe so we are going to keep pushing.
(Gary Meenaghan – The National)
Jenson and Mark, Williams
are celebrating their 600th race this weekend, I was just hoping you could talk about how impressive a feat that actually is.
Why, because I've done so many races as well, you mean? Yeah, Frank and Patrick are both legends. I raced for them in 2000, they gave me the opportunity to race in Formula One. I've got great memories with them and with the whole team as I'm sure Mark does as well. It's an amazing achievement, it's not a manufacturer, it's a true racing team and that's what I love about it, how difficult it was for them to find the money in the first place, to go racing, but with belief and determination, he's achieved or the team has achieved so much in their career. 600 Grands Prix, wow, it really is phenomenal. Fair play and hopefully they will be here for many many more years.
Yeah, I agree with JB. I think it's an incredible achievement, under the sensational beacon that Frank has been. Obviously the adversity he has personally been through to still be in the factory week in week out are pretty much known. When I was there he was doing six days a week, he was very excited when he saw you arrive at the factory on a Saturday for whatever reason, even if it was for nothing, just to say hallo, he was excited to have you there. An amazing guy for the sport so under him, as Jenson said, the team has been a real force, mainly remembered for being towards the front of the grid obviously in those Canon Honda days and they were obviously the eras when I was watching the racing as well, but I think moving forward, obviously Frank's slowly handing the reins over a little bit now and of course I wish Claire (Williams) all the best and the rest of the team. Claire is a super operator, really down to earth and a bit of a tough cookie as well, so she's got some of the traits of Dad. I hope they have good success in the future.
(Luigi Perna - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Fernando, last year, during the summer, Ferrari
made a big improvement in its performance. Are you confident you can do the same this year in order to close the gap, or is it more difficult?
I think we will see. This year we are a little bit dominated by the tyres' performance and the tyre issues that we face every weekend. Some weekends are hit by some tyres against the others but it seems that if you have a weekend where you make the tyre work properly and last properly throughout the race you have a better chance to win, so despite the performance of the car in the high speed corners or low speed corners, I think it will be a weekend over the next couple of races to make the tyres work in the maximum performance in qualifying and in the race, because sometimes you hit one of the two and it's not enough so we need to improve in that aspect. I think the team performance needs to be a little bit better in the tyre preparation on Saturday and Sunday
(Michael Casey – Associated Press)
Fernando and Lewis, in terms of Sebastian after the race he had in Canada, is there a little bit of a sense that he's starting to pull away, that a fourth title could be his at some point?
I think he's doing a fantastic job. I think he's been nearly perfect in all the races with no negative races, always performing well in qualifying and doing very good races. Obviously I had two unlucky situations, one in Malaysia, one in Bahrain. Kimi was leading the championship or very close until he had two unlucky situations, one in Monaco and in Canada was a little bit of a mixed race for him. So we need to keep fighting, we need to keep pushing and we need to recover from these bad races that we had now. As Lewis said before, I think Red Bull
is performing really well, it's improving compared to the first part of the championship, so we really need to raise our game if we want to catch Sebastian because he's doing a fantastic job.
Yeah, same as what Fernando said: Sebastian's doing an incredible job. He's performing as the World Champion that he is and they will be difficult to catch but I don't think it's impossible to close the gap. From our side, we've already closed quite a huge deficit already so we're happy where we are but of course we want to do better. Fernando's a lot closer. I think once they sort out their qualifying they'll be able to match the Red Bulls if not beat them so we need to do a lot more work.