Q. When you say that you have a good relationship with Christian Horner, I know you have business links through your GP3 team. Is it not strange that there was not more direct communication with you at either Turkey or Silverstone?
MW: I think that this is a team that is still growing. It is achieving some amazing things for how long we have been together as a group. And all of us are learning along the way. There have been some very smooth waters, with winning races and designing sensational racing cars. And there have been some choppy waters here and there, and that is inevitable at this level.
You can look back with 20/20 vision and say, "OK, communication here or there, and different things we could have done – I could have done, we could have done, lots of us." But that didn't happen and the most important thing is that you learn from them and go forward.
Q. Do you really believe the team has learned from the two big situations this year?
MW: Yes, I do. Both were very different. The one in Turkey obviously was a bigger mess, because obviously we lost some points with that – and it was two drivers making contact. The one at Silverstone wasn't a massive deal, but my comments after the race did not help that.
Q. Were you not aware that your comments could be broadcast? Had you not considered that?
MW: Of course. If I had an opinion, and they could ask, "Mark, do you want that to go out?" then probably you would say no. But it did. There has been a lot worse going out than that, though.
Q. The team has had two situations, and you've also had two tricky situations – Australia and Valencia. You say the team has learned from its two. Have you learned from your two?
MW: Certainly, as always, with any incident you try and learn from it. You are always going to have incidents when you race cars, but you want to try and keep them to a minimum. The one with Heikki [Kovalainen] was a very freakish one, and one that you don't want to happen again. The one with Lewis [Hamilton in Australia], I got in there a bit deep and Lewis was trying to cut back and get past Fernando [Alonso] on the way, so there were three of us trying to get into that corner where it is greasy on the inside. It looked clumsy in the end, and I wasn't happy that it happened, but you always try and learn from your mistakes.
Q. One of the things that has been said is that if you look at the points lost by Red Bull Racing this season, is there a case of the team not wanting to win the title this year? It may sound a crazy question, but a team with slower cars is leading the championship.
MW: Of course we do. They [McLaren] are slower cars on Saturday, but you don't get points on Saturday. There were a few races where they have been a match for us if not better. Yes we have undoubtedly given points away, but it is not like in Turkey we were cruising at the front and tripped over each other. And in Canada we got what we deserved.
Q. And your qualifying advantage. Do you put that down to tire usage?
MW: Drivers! We just can't drive that fast for two hours!
No. We've got some very good advantages at times for sure. We would like to have hit all of those 1-2 results with 1-2 finishes, but it is impossible. You cannot finish every race in first and second. McLaren have had a phenomenal run in the last few races, and that won't continue either. Statistically, it just doesn't happen. Ferrari will come back and we may have a few bobbles. That is just the way it goes.