DRIVERS: Jaime ALGUERSUARI (Toro Rosso), Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), Mark WEBBER (Red Bull), Sergio PEREZ (Sauber), Pastor MALDONADO (Williams).
Q. A question to all the Spanish-speaking drivers. Do you feel it is a home race, particularly Pastor and Sergio, and about your home race, Jaime and Fernando. Sergio, does it feel like your home race?
Sergio PEREZ: Not really. It feels closer to home but my home is in Mexico. But I always enjoy it when I am in Barcelona and in Spain as well.
Q. Jaime, it is very much your home race anyway?
Jaime ALGUERSUARI: Yeah, I really feel nice when I drive here. It is very special for me as I have the crowd and the environment, the weather. I live in Barcelona, in the town, so it is cool to drive here and for me it is one of the best races in the year.
Q. Does it make it easier for you to race here or more difficult? Do you feel the crowd is behind you?
JA: Well, I think it makes no difference. For me it is easier as I am quite near from my house so I don't have to take a plane or anything. But it is really a one-off, one more weekend in the season and the track is quite cool as well to drive. It is quite enjoyable.
Q. Pastor, your feelings. I realize it is a long way from home.
Pastor MALDONADO: For sure it is not a home race but here in Barcelona there are many Venezuelan people. To be here is always fun. I am very happy to be here with the weather so good. We speak Spanish, so that is great for me.
Fernando ALONSO: Obviously, good to be here, Barcelona and Valencia, both races feel a home race for me. Racing in Spain is special. As Jaime said, good motivation. There are some extra pressures, but good pressure as there is a lot of support from the grandstands, from the people, hotels, etc., so it is a weekend that we normally enjoy a lot.
Q. Nigel Mansell always used to say it was worth an extra half-a-second a lap or so. Maybe a second depending on how he was feeling.
FA: A little bit optimistic that calculation, but you try to do the best you can and the whole team tries to support you and have everything ready and try to find perfection in this weekend. So maybe one-tenth.
Q. Only a tenth?
Q. Mark, winner from pole here last year. You have finished seven out of the eight Spanish Grands Prix you have had here. Is this a good circuit for you?
Mark WEBBER: Seems to be, yeah. I didn't know I'd finished that many races here. I will try to keep that going and have a clean weekend and try to go one step further than the last few races and do what I did last year. It would be nice.
Q. How difficult is it to do that one step better? We know what you mean by that I think...
MW: We need a perfect weekend. We know that. To win at this level you need to get everything right. It is not like I am starting to try now. I have been trying the last few races. Turkey was the first race where I had a clean weekend with the car, which was nice, so we managed to have reasonable quali, reasonable first stint, and after that it was a good race with Fernando and we still managed to get a good result. But the other races have been a bit more chaotic for different reasons, but we look to have less chaotic races and keep it as Turkey was and keep executing a clean grand prix and getting it all right and that's what you need to do to win.
Q. Sergio, just give an account of your season so far. How do you feel things have gone for you?
SP: Well, so far I am very happy with my season. Even though I had a very good debut, finishing seventh, in the last races I had the pace to be on the points consistently. For one reason or another I could not manage in the end to get the points, but my adaptation to Formula 1 has gone very good so I am very motivated. The team has supported me a lot and I am very happy and looking forward to this weekend. I think now, after four races, I am quite ready to start to show the progress and ultimately to aim for the points.
Q. I think you have got a lot of updates here. It is difficult to know where that is going to put you. What are the hopes from those updates?
SP: I think we are quite optimistic. We hope everything goes according to our plan. Many teams are bringing updates so we have to keep pushing to keep improving. I think so far the car has been quick especially in the races. If you see the last race I had a problem with my front wing, I broke my front wing in the third corner, so I lost about 40 seconds but recovered from that to still finish 13th so the pace of the car is quite good. We have to keep improving and I am very optimistic we are going to do a good job this weekend.
Q. Jaime, you scored a point here last year. Your teammate was running a genuine seventh place in the last race. What are you hoping for this weekend?
JA: I really hope the season turns around a bit for me and from this weekend onward we can have a much better season. For one reason or another it was not really the best beginning for me and hopefully we can finish in the points. We will see if the strategy goes with us and it helps us to be more consistent in the race with tire degradation and so on and we can score some points and hopefully, as I say, just turn around the season. Then we can score some points as well in Monaco and the next races. The target is to be in the top 10 and we have shown it, we have shown we have potential and that this year the car is more competitive, especially on the Saturdays, than last year. We have shown it in qualifying. For me, I am struggling a bit in the race. We did not have the chance to finish China or Malaysia in good conditions but in general we have good experiences from Sebastien (Buemi), who seemed to have no problems in the race and we will see where we can finish here.
Q. I think you were heading to the simulator after the Turkish Grand Prix. What did you learn there?
JA: Well, it was very nice, as you drive for Red Bull Racing and you test the simulator and you have a really nice feeling. It was worth going. Some things to learn and it is always nice to drive on the simulator.
Q. How long did you spend there?
JA: About two days we drove for here and Monaco. It was worth visiting.