Q. Nick, what have you learned in the Pirelli tests and what do you expect for next year?
NH: I will speak quietly! It was very interesting, obviously, starting to test with Pirelli and helping them develop the tires. First of all, I think they've done a very good job until now because there wasn't much time for them after they basically learned that they would supply tires for next season. At the beginning, we mainly focused on working on constructions. We briefly started with compounds, made some good and major steps forward and I believe it will be a good tire that we will see next year, but there are still a couple of tests to come and it's difficult to know exactly what's going to happen during those tests, but so far they have been reliable, no technical problems whatsoever. The grip level is within the range, so it looks positive for now.
Q. And for next year for you, does it make you a man in demand?
NH: Well, as I said, it should be a help, having driven for Pirelli. Some people would argue that it would have been better to stay testing and have even more of an advantage for next year but as I just said, when I had the chance to sign for Sauber for this year I definitely wanted to come back. I want to race, I believe I can do a good job. I've signed only for this season, the situation for next year is completely open with Sauber but also with other teams with which I have already been in talks over the last couple of weeks.
Q. Mark, you keep surprising people, you keep popping back to the top. Of the contenders, three know how to win championships, two of the teams know how to win championships. You and Seb are the outsiders in that regard and the team is also new to these strata of competition. Do you think that puts you at a disadvantage?
MW: Well, in any case where you have slightly unchartered waters it obviously comes with a degree of inexperience but there's also that great thing that you are incredibly hungry for it – not that McLaren and Ferrari aren't – but obviously we as a team at Red Bull totally understand how unique this opportunity is and we're incredibly excited about trying to have a crack at winning some championships this year. Yes, you're right, JB (Jenson Button), Lewis (Hamilton) and Fernando (Alonso) have won more titles and hats off to them, it's an incredible thing to have, and something that all of us on the grid would love to have, but I don't treat them any differently than guys who really haven't. I can't. I have respect for all the competitors and that's the way it is. They have been there but we're not leading the championship by mistake. We're here because we have scored the points, you can't go and buy them, you've got to earn them on the track and we've done that. We're looking to add to that pretty solidly this weekend. It's a track which should be OK for our car; it's bumpy and a few things here and there which have been pretty good for us in the past, so we're optimistic that we can continue to chip away, keep boxing and it's important to do that in the next few weeks and then the closer it gets the more exciting it will be.
Q. Do you find the pressures different and are you up to them for the next few races?
MW: Yeah, I'm not treating this like a normal race, but I'm not far off it. We've got to come here and it's similar to how it was at the start of the year. We've got to try and get the best we can out of the car, as they will be, and we'll see after qualifying where we are, and then we'll do our best for the race. Very, very...usually you get what you deserve in this game. We know non-finishes are not part of the menu, so we need to make sure we don't do that and I need to keep scoring. It's absolutely as boring as anything but that's what it is: getting as many points as I can and keep chipping away and winning makes a difference. That's what our goal is, to try and do here. It's completely suicidal to sit back and say 'OK, I can pick up fifth and sixth'. That's not good enough. We know that in Monza, those kinds of races, well particularly the race that I had there wasn't what we want to do for the rest of the year and we're looking forward to some podiums in the future and that's what we need to do at this stage, to keep it alive – well, not to keep it alive but keep massively in the hunt.
Q. Nick, I want to know if you can elaborate a bit more on the conflicting emotions that you've had since last season, up until today? Did you ever think that your F1 career was over, was finished?
NH: No, I never thought it was over. Of course, you're never 100 percent sure, but as I said, we've always been in contact with teams and there was and is interest from different teams, so I always believed that I would be back.
Q. Nick, following on from that, in Melbourne, you took over the chairmanship of the GPDA from Pedro (de la Rosa). You've now taken over his seat; is the GPDA chairmanship something that you're probably going to have to relinquish to someone else, or is that something you intend on fulfilling for the rest of the season?
NH: No, (Rubens) Barrichello took over this job two races ago, I think, because at that time, I didn't know that I would be here now. I took over the Pirelli job and wasn't at the circuits anymore and it's quite important for the director of the GPDA to be at the tracks, to look at the circuits, to be there at the meetings, so Rubens is doing that now.