Q. Pastor, just tell us about your season so far. How do you feel you have done so far this year?
PM: It was not so easy for us, especially at the beginning, the first two races, as we have some problems in both cars, so it was difficult to keep the car to the end of the races. I am improving every time, every race. The team is pushing and we are working so hard to be competitive and I am quite confident from now to be in the top 10. I think we can do that. The potential is so high in the team. We just need to put all the points together and to get the right things and finalize in top 10. The car is so quick, we just need to concentrate on some little things and we will see. Our potential is so high. I always said that. We need to be together in that moment. It has been difficult for us but we can see that we can score some points.
Q. I think there are a lot of improvements on the car coming to this race? How do you feel about those improvements?
PM: As I told you before, the team did a very, very strong job, especially the past two weeks just to improve. We have a very good aero package here and hope that it will function. I don't know if you saw the last race but we were very close to going into Q3 so I hope to be there this race. We do our best and let's see.
Q. Mark, what sort of updates have you coming here?
MW: No, nothing.
Q. Nothing? It always looks like Christmas Day down there...
MW: We don't have Christmas. Spark plugs, new spark plugs.
Q. Blown floor? What do you feel about that?
MW: What's the rule this hour.
Q. True. You tell me, I don't know.
MW: We don't know either. It changes every hour.
Q. What is your feeling about the performance you perhaps get from that? It has been around for quite a long time hasn't it?
MW: Yeah, it will affect all the fast teams for sure.
Q. Do you imagine losing it?
MW: Out of our hands, isn't it? At the start of the week it was banned, this week not, today not. Another Technical Working Group meeting after Monaco but I think it will affect all the top teams that have been utilizing this system, not just this year but obviously a little bit last year.
Q. A lot of people have been talking about overtaking at this circuit. Do you think it is going to change a great deal in this grand prix?
MW: It will definitely be better than what we have had in the past. It has to be. The tires are playing a big role these days and the wing on this straight as well. The last sector in Turkey is a little bit more open for different moves, so Turn 1 here is a bit different but you can still get the job done with the tires and with the wing. It will be a different Spanish Grand Prix to what we have seen in the past in terms of overtaking. Not the most overtakes we have seen here in the past but that will probably change on Sunday.
Q. Can you still get close enough through that final corner?
MW: Yeah, if someone is in trouble on the tires, it doesn't matter who you are.
Q. Is qualifying less important now or is it more important to conserve tires?
MW: Well it was absolutely crucial in years gone by, qualifying, we know that. Where you finished the first lap in the seasons gone by particularly when refueling was brought back in it was very, very sensitive. You had to get it right. When we had pit stops before that with fueling it was still important but you could still get something out of it by going longer, shorter and recovering a bit. But, at the moment, we know with these regulations you can recover the most we have seen in the last 10 years so it has changed a lot.
Q. Fernando, we have news that you have extended your contract to 2016 which is quite a long time. But you have also said you will probably end your days at Ferrari, right?
FA: Yeah, it was good news for me, for my career to extend the contract and to make an extension to 2016. As I also said last year, the intention is to finish my career at Ferrari. I don't imagine any other better place to race for a racing driver. I have been lucky to arrive here last year. I felt at home from day one and now I have this possibility to be racing here. At the end of 2016, it will be seven years in Ferrari, so I feel very privileged, very happy for that, and in 2017 we will see maybe another contract, if I am not too old at that point and if Ferrari is still happy with me.
Q. What does it mean to have that stability and for a driver to know that you are in that team for so many more years?
FA: Well, it is not a big change in my mind or in my head as it was already for me very clear that I would race here for many years. Despite what the number of the contract said, which year it finished, the stability was already 100 percent in my case and I felt the same with the team. This is just a public confirmation, nothing changed inside the team and stability is always good for a Formula 1 team. There are so many rule changes, so many things to look at, that from a driver point of view or a team point of view it is good to program in the long-term to develop and to create a good partnership together and bring some success to Maranello.
Q. You have already won this race from pole position in 2006. And three second places here. You have finished eight out of your nine races here. I think what all your compatriots want to know is can you win on Sunday?
FA: Anything can happen in Formula 1. Any of us sitting here can win the race. You never know what is going to happen. Red Bull is very dominant in this first part of the championship. It is difficult to beat them in the race. It is nearly impossible to beat them in qualifying, but this is something that we want to change and we want to change starting here in Barcelona. We brought some new parts in Turkey that seemed to work fine for us and we did a step forward and closed the gap a little bit with them. Second part of these new parts are coming here to Barcelona, so hopefully we can make another step forward and close even more the gap but knowing that, as some of the guys said, I think all the teams will bring some new parts. It is just time tomorrow to see, or wait for Saturday afternoon after qualifying, which of the teams did the better job and brought some extra parts here and we see how competitive the Ferrari can be after Barcelona. We are optimistic. We are confident. We have been working a lot and the intention is to close even more the gap and to be fighting with them very soon.