Q:
Adrian, how did you feel about the performance of the B-spec Spyker at last weekend's Grand Prix, the first time you'd run it?

Adrian Sutil:
Well, the last race was not our best race, to be honest. I was expecting more but we had to take all the downforce off and the car was not easy to drive, for sure. I think it will be better here, when we have our normal set-up and we have our proper downforce. I think it should be a little bit better than Monza but we can't expect too much, because all the teams are developing and trying to improve their cars, so it's hard to catch up with them. If we find half a second, it will be very good but even then, if we can pass some cars it will be difficult, because the gap to Toro Rosso was one second in Monza. But I'm always positive, so I give my best and hope for the best. We will, for sure, be a little bit more competitive.

Q:
Did you test here?

AS:
Yes, I tested here. One day. I really liked the circuit and the car seemed to be alright but it was the A-spec car, so it will again be a new experience here.

Q:
What are your feelings about your first year in Formula One?

AS:
Oh yes, very nice. It's the best job I can have. I really enjoy every race, it's very nice to be in Formula One. It's hard work, different to all the other categories, but it's perfect, I really feel well.

Q:
But do you feel you've accomplished what you wanted to?

AS:
Yeah. I knew it would be a difficult year with Spyker, with a new team. It's always difficult and I knew the performance of the car already, so I couldn't expect that much but I think I can be quite happy. I'm still learning and I'm feeling good, I'm feeling well-prepared every race now.

Q:
Robert, I believe you've been here before in Formula Three and Formula Renault. What are your feelings about the changes to the circuit?

Robert Kubica:
Yeah, I have been racing here a few times, in Formula Three last time in 2003. I prefer the last version, so the old version of the chicane but of course, this is how it is and still I enjoy Spa very much, especially driving a Formula One car here in July when we were testing here. The three days of testing went pretty good.

Q:
It's quite interesting that of all the tests so far this year, this is the only one where there's a big gap between the test and the race itself, so the car could be quite substantially different.

RK:
Yeah. I think more or less it's the same for everybody. We have improved the car a bit since last time we were here, but of course this is a different aerodynamic configuration track compared to Hungary, for example, and Monza. We will see on Friday. We still have a bit of time to set up the car and tune it and we hope we will be at the same competitive level as in Monza.

Q:
I read some quotes from you about traction control and it was almost as though you were in favour of keeping it rather than having it banned. Is that the case?

RK:
Someone asked me how I would like Formula One. I said I would like slick tyres back, V10 engines and everything that would make the car quicker. I don't care whether traction control is on the cars or off. We have already done some testing with this year's car with these systems and in the end, after one day, I think everybody will adapt themselves and the set-up work and in the end, everything will stay the same.

Q:
Nico, some good performances race-wise. Do you think you're getting closer to BMW?

Nico Rosberg:
I'm not sure. I think more than getting closer to BMW, we have really established ourselves as top of the mid-pack in the last few races, which really is fantastic because everybody was saying that Williams was probably going to drop off in performance towards the end, as the others pick up their development pace and everything, and in fact we've been the ones developing quickest of all, pace-wise, so it's been very reassuring and very nice to see and it's been great to have some good results lately.

Q:
And is that going to continue in the last four races?

NR:
I hope so. I'm not sure. We're going to have to see. We didn't have a particularly great test here, but then again, we've surprised ourselves lately, also in Istanbul, so I can probably come here looking at it quite positively.

Q:
How do you feel about the future, which presumably you are going to be part of? Where can they be next year?

NR:
Well, I think it's very important for the team to do a good step forward and I'm very confident from that point of view because they've been working very well in the factory, they've achieved some very good initial results with the new car and everything, so I'm quite confident that we can really make a good step forward next year.

Q:
And you're still with them next year?

NR:
Yes, definitely.

Q:
Fernando, any comment to make on what's happening in Paris today?

Fernando Alonso:
No.

Q:
What about this circuit? You were second here in 2005; what are your feelings about the track as a whole?

FA:
Well, like every driver, when we are here in Spa we enjoy driving here and we have fun driving Formula One here on this circuit because it's a very technical and very difficult circuit. We all love Spa, so in a way it's very good to come back here. I raced only once in Formula One here in 2005. It was a wet race and at the end it was dry, so it was a very difficult race. I came second, so it was not bad but for sure this year will be different. I will maybe have a chance to win the race and I will go for it.

Q:
What do you feel about the changes that have been made to the circuit?

FA:
For me it's very similar. Before the last corner was left-right, now it's right-left, so in a way it's very very similar. I think it's better from the safety point of view, so I'm happy with the changes.

Q:
I'm told they've put some astro-turf over some of the run-offs that were being used by drivers.

FA:
Yes. There are a couple of small changes in those corners as well and I think all of them are to improve safety, so I think we all agree with all the changes.

Q:
And what about the team preparations for here? The test was quite some while ago. Have you got many changes?

FA:
Yes. I think that for us, that test is just about tyres and about not much more than that. I think the chassis will be completely different, the aero package we are running now is completely different, the engine as well, so the car will be much much quicker this time.

Q:
Felipe, what happened last weekend? Have they worked out what it was?

Felipe Massa:
Well, I had a problem with the rear damper. The damper just locked, so the car was bottoming quite heavily. First of all I thought it was a puncture and then I called the team straight away saying that I had a big problem with the rear of the car and it was not possible to even do one corner, because when I went into a corner, the car was jumping on the ground and you couldn't drive, so I asked straight away if I could pit and they changed the tyres but the problem was not with the tyres. It was a big shame.

Q:
Do you feel the championship is no longer attainable now?

FM:
Well, I'm still fighting, I'm still keeping my head up and trying to win as many races as possible, trying to fight every weekend, very very important weekends, and what's going to happen in the end? I don't know. For sure I will not give up, so every race will be very important for me and I hope I can fight for a victory at every race so I will just give up when I see that it is not really possible any more. At the moment it's still possible, very difficult, but we will keep fighting.

Q:
We keep asking if Ferrari is suited to certain circuits and it is to some of them and not to others. Which is this one?

FM:
Well, you keep saying that, not me. We try to fight on every circuit, so it depends whatever layout we have. For sure, on some kind of layouts this year our car was less competitive than on other tracks, so hopefully we can be very competitive on this track.

Q:
How did you feel about the test then?

FM:
It was very good. The car was pretty quick, pretty consistent so hopefully we can be very quick here.

 

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