Q. Can I continue a bit on that: Mark, it has been said that you are a bit worried about the first sector, even to the extent that if the two of you are on the front row, that the advantage of your rivals could mean that you're not in the lead by the end of the first sector.
MW: Yeah, that could happen, but there's another 300km to go after that. Look, it was the same at Spa. We knew that we were going to be quite vulnerable up the hill there. Obviously we didn't even get into the lead at the start, initially, there. So there are some tracks where the first sector is different than other circuits but you can only do what you can on the day so, yeah, if, if you're not leading at the end of the first lap, for sure you can still make an interesting race from there. That's what you always look to do: put your best foot forward. Yeah, we're ready for most things, so we shall see how we go.
Q. Mark and Sebastian, the last team that tried to win the championship with two drivers was McLaren in 2007 and this story didn't finish very well. What do you fear now?
MW: Well, for sure the Spanish probably want this. No one in this room knows what's going to happen in the next three races, nobody. We can talk here for hours about what we're going to do, what's going to happen, this and that, upside down, inside out. No one knows, so we're going to go out there, do our stuff, clearly Seb and I have had a good season. We're both in with a chance of doing quite well in the championship and also the team is doing well in the Constructors', because both of us, obviously, are getting quite a few points. If there's a point, in the future, where we have to race each other again then we will do what we always do and that's obviously try to get the best result out of whatever situation we have. Irrespective if I'm racing Fernando or JB or Lewis or Seb is that I know that I need to finish races, all of us know that, so that's always in the front of your mind, but you're not going to give positions up either, so it's always a balancing act. That's what it comes down to: the racing. All the other stuff isn't important.
SV: Yeah, not much to add. What happened in 2007 happened for a reason. Kimi (Raikkonen) had quite a bad chance of winning the championship with two races to go, at the time 17 points behind. Of course, he showed it's possible but he also did his maximum and he won those races but it also required the others not to finish in the points or not to finish high up, so I don't think you can really compare... I think it will be different this year.
Q. I have a question for Alonso: Fernando you have had some engine problems at the beginning of the season. Do you still have enough engines to finish the season?
FA: I think we are OK. Obviously the first problems with the engine in race two and race three gave us a more difficult situation, no doubt, but I think from there on we planned the year, the championship in a different way and so far the situation has been under control, so we should have no concerns for the remaining races and everything is OK for us.
Q. Mark, you know that if you win one race and score podiums at the others you will have your destiny in your own hands. Do you sometimes calculate that or never take that into consideration?
MW: It's ridiculous to start calculating things because a lot of things can happen. As you say: I win the next two races, it's all over anyway in terms of doing well. But this is another event, another race here and (I must) keep doing what I'm doing. As I say, the gap has been edging away, the right way in the last few races. I need to try to do that. Then just keep doing our best, that's the most important thing. I'm doing my best and then hopefully the result will take care of itself.
Q. For everybody, do you think that on Friday and Saturday morning it will be a race itself to find the right setup or are all the three top teams on one level?
MW: It's a new venue, clearly, so we obviously have good simulation tools to understand what we expect to a certain point, but the big unknown is obviously what sort of grip level the track will give to us in the cockpit and how the tires will work. We'll have a look at that tomorrow and then use a lot of that, obviously, for Friday going into Saturday. Everybody's in the same boat, I think we're all imagining that the track won't be incredible in terms of grip but it might be a surprise if we have some grip to play with, so let's see how tomorrow goes. I think for everyone it's the same boat, it's not that difficult with what we face.
Q. Question to all of you: To what degree have you achieved what you expected to this season? Fernando, you said it was your best season to date; does that also include winning the championships with Renault as well?
FA: Well, it's not finished, so we will see how the year ends, but in terms of happiness, in terms of motivation, driving, the team itself etc., it's the best one. Obviously it will be nice to become champion this year but even if we cannot do it, I will anyway have great, great memories of 2010.
MW: Well, I think all of us to sit at the first qualifying session at Bahrain and say that with three races to go you're going to be leading the championship is virtually...that is obviously the highest position you can be in with three races to go, so it's a high bar to set yourself expectation-wise and also for the team, because we know what level of competition we have. We totally respect our rivals and they're great operations, so that's why you need to keep your goals in check but on the same side be optimistic and positive and well-driven within yourself that you can achieve great things and clearly Fernando has achieved more things in the past but for me this year has been an incredible season, a real highlight with many special victories for me and a lot of races which I have really, really enjoyed. Also the team chemistry – obviously we've had a few little bobbles here and there – but with adversity people learn a lot about themselves as well. So there has been some good stuff from our team and also from myself in terms of learning about the sport and it's been good. Clearly it's been my best season to date, so I'm happy with it so far.
SV: Well, I think after last season the expectation was to fight for the championship and with three races to go I think all of us are in a position to do so, some better, some worse, but that's racing in the end. Sometimes you're lucky, sometimes you're probably not. You spoke about Fernando's engine problems earlier in the season. I think it's normal to have ups and downs, sometimes you have more, sometimes less, but as I said, the expectation was probably to be in a position to fight for the championship and I think we are in a very strong and very good position. I think so far we have fulfilled our expectations and there's still a bit to go.
LH: I never have any expectations. I'm happy where I am, we're still in the fight for the championship, so it's not a bad position to be in.
JB: For me it's been a fun year. Last season was obviously very special for me. I'd been in the same team for seven years, so to move teams was a challenge and it's something I've really enjoyed this year, working with McLaren, working with Lewis. I've really enjoyed the situation I've found myself in. I still know there's more to come. There are only three races left and with the partnership and the team, for me, I'm very happy. There is still more to come. I'm enjoying my life right now and I've enjoyed this season very much. I've had some really fun races, a couple of victories. I'd like to have won more races, but there are still three more to go, so we will give it a go.