Q. Jaime and Fernando, do you agree with a lot of fans right now that the ban on refueling has made racing more intense, whether you're racing for 14th/15th or first and second, because the cars are more equal during the race, you don't have three short sprints. You all start on similar weights. So do you agree that the ban on refueling has been better or worse, or would you like to go back to the old system?
JA: I think it's obviously different than last year. You find the car is completely different in terms of handling, and obviously the tire degradation is completely different to last year. It's difficult to say if it's better or if it's worse but definitely for us, who need to take more risks to score points, to go in the front and to always be on the limit, it makes racing fairer, let's say, because it's the same for everyone. You find a five second gap from racing to qualifying and the fuel is making a big difference, so I think it's more driver-handling, how you set up the front wing and manage your tires a lot, especially on a track like Canada where the degradation is very big and the tires were quite soft, and this makes racing more fun for the drivers, because you need to fight more with the car, and it makes it more fun for Formula 1 in general, more overtaking, more competition; it's a good idea.
FA: I think it depends which race you take this year. If you take Canada with the tire problems, the lack of refueling looks good. If you take Turkey, you can switch off the TV because we start and then we put on the prime tire as soon as possible and the race is over because there are no more pit stops. We also lack a little bit of changing in position in qualifying. Sometimes you were not very competitive, but you were on a more aggressive strategy with five or six laps less fuel and you qualified in front. Now, these days, whatever your position is in qualifying, it's more or less your finishing position in the race. There are some advantages and some disadvantages. Hopefully people like the races a little bit more now but for us it's sometimes better, sometimes worse.
Q. Fernando, after Montreal you were very critical of the backmarkers and Luca di Montezemolo also made some comments recently. Is that something you're going to be talking to Charlie (Whiting) about; do you expect anything different here because it's not the easiest circuit to overtake on, and are you also happy that the 107 percent rule is coming back next year?
FA: I think the problems lapping people in Canada...there's nothing we can do now. We still think that we lost the opportunity to do something better out of that race. I think that at the end of the year, over 19 races, everything balances out. So sometimes it happens to us, I'm sure it happens to the others at other races. It's already happened, and we didn't realize it and we took advantage maybe in China or Malaysia...we don't know. It happened to us, it was very obvious because we were fighting for the win but we also know that there were some problems in other races. I think there's nothing to say in tomorrow's briefing. We also know that it's not the easiest part of the race, to drive those cars, but it's the same for everybody, so we just need to do a better job next time. And for next year, the 107 percent... I don't think that next year we will see the difference that we've seen this year. I think the three new teams arrived very late this year and I think next year they will be better prepared and the gap will be closer.
Q. Fernando, you tested the new car at Fiorano; what were your feelings and what do you think the improvement in lap time could be?
FA: The feeling was very good. I was running behind a car with cameras, so it was very good at 60kph, very stable. We also did some laps without a car in front but we had like 10 cameras on the car and on the helmet, so it was not very comfortable to drive. It was also my first time driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car at Fiorano, so I really have no idea but I think tomorrow we will have a better answer. We expect a step up with the car, a little bit quicker but as I said before, I think all the other teams will bring some new parts here, so I think the most important thing is to confirm that we are competitive here, as we did in Canada, and we need to keep improving the car. Silverstone, Hockenheim, Budapest...it's not one evolution in the car, in the year and you stop. This is a job that we need to keep doing until Abu Dhabi, so there is a long way to go but we are optimistic.
Q. And Jaime and Pedro, what about your future next season?
PdlR: It's a good question, really. I don't really know, it's very early. June is still too early, we should wait a little bit more, maybe a couple of months. So nothing 100 percent, but I believe I will still be in Formula 1, at least that's what I want, and it's not looking too bad for next year.
JA: I don't know. I don't know what I do next race, so...I hope I can be in Formula 1 with the same team, with Toro Rosso and we will see.