Q. Otmar, the regulations seem to be moving toward smaller teams. What are your feelings about that?
Otmar Szafnauer: Yes, there's the resource restrictions which will come into effect this year and next. I think the larger teams complying to those restrictions will have to come down in size and expenditure, and I think there are some smaller teams coming into the sport.
So I think the sport is changing and it's downsizing – or right-sizing. However at Force India I think we're very well placed to cope with this kind of restriction. The team has traditionally run very efficiently, and I see that in both the design and development staff and, as we all know, here at the team. We'll continue on the same path that we've been on.
Q. Force India had a strong end to 2009, how confident are you that you can build on that in 2010?
OS: That was the aim over the winter. Toward the end of the season the performance was markedly better than at the beginning of the season. We'll try to stay on that glide path, understand how that happened and the reasons for it, continue to exploit those efficiencies and benefits, and also enhance the places where we were less competitive. Those were the goals and objectives over the winter, and we will soon find out how we perform relative to the others.
Q. What are your goals for 2010?
OS: We want to be regular points scorers this year, and also challenge for podiums when we're in a position to do so. Some podium finishes for sure, but let's be in the points regularly. If we can do that, we'll have a successful year.
It's very much dependent on how competitive we are relative to the others. We're quietly confident, the numbers look good, but we'll soon know.
Q. Mark, what were key areas to improve for this year's car?
MS: I don't think that we particularly looked at any one area and felt that we had to focus on that. One of the fundamental things is just to keep working as hard as you can over the winter and keep putting on efficient downforce, and that's the key thing, the thing that we are primarily working on.
We did have a car that was very low drag, comparatively, so we have focused a little bit of attention on trying to look at the circuits outside of the two or three that were very good to us, to try and have a more balanced approach.
But we haven't particularly deviated strongly away from that. It's a subtle shift of emphasis maybe.
Q. Paul, describe what you think you will be doing during these tests?
PDR: I think just being part of the team. The team has a clear view of the direction they want to go, so I'm just trying to focus on helping them and developing the car, and just getting involved as much as possible, to understand what's happening. Driving the car as much as possible is going to help me in this area.
Q. Otmar, with the weather like this today and similar problems last year at Algarve, are teams going to start looking further afield or keep saving money and just stay at Silverstone?
OS: Silverstone could be snowy at this time of year, so we'll probably still be coming to Spain. It's unfortunate that we didn't get some more dry running. However, we still have a few more days before the testing is over, so hopefully we'll get some dry running and some higher temperatures as well?
Should we go further afield? Well, that debate happens quite a bit. If we get better weather, it's easier to stay in Europe, it's more cost effective. I think in years past, we've gone as far as South Africa in the winter. Although that does help from a temperature and weather perspective, it does cost a lot of money, and in this day and age, everyone's looking to save costs. I think the circuits in Europe are pretty good and the weather could change.