QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q. Fernando, 2016 is a long time. Whose idea was it to start contract negotiations and extend it now, yours or the team's?
FA: Both, I have to say. I think it was very easy, very simple for us. We started talking maybe one or two weeks ago, about the future. Both sides wanted to continue. I was very happy with the team; they seemed to be happy with me as well. So we said, OK, we make an extension of the contract. We arrived at the date of 2016 and everything is more clear for us, for the team members and for everyone: to have some stability, as we said. It was a decision from both sides.
Q. It's got to be the quickest contract negotiation ever, isn't it?
FA: Yeah, it was very...I think when both sides want to continue, it's the best thing. You find a compromise, a decision, very, very quickly.
Q. Mark, last year you were mentioning Sebastian's qualifying; do you have an explanation for Sebastian's dominance this year, and do you think that the fact that you are coming up to the two races that you won against him last year will give you more strength and more confidence?
MW: What's absolutely clear is that we were very, very, very even on the Bridgestone tires, and it's not quite like that on the Pirellis so far, particularly on new tires. That's not an excuse, I'm just answering your question. That's the only thing that's changed. It's a big change for the drivers, obviously, to get used to that. Seb's doing a good job and clearly it's up to me to do better.
Races here? Well, look, I like Sepang, I like a lot of the tracks we've already been to but I didn't win there. This is another track that's not too bad. Monaco is a very unique venue, as we know, it's going to be very interesting this year on strategy. There's many tracks I enjoy driving on but haven't had victories on and there are some tracks which I've won at which maybe I don't enjoy as much. Yeah, I'm looking forward to this weekend. It's always been a good grand prix, particularly since Fernando's been at the front, in the Renault days. There's a good atmosphere with the crowd, good fireworks and all that sort of stuff. It makes a difference from the last venues; it's nice to race in front of people. They're passionate about it now, alongside their motorcycle racing. It's one of the reasons why I threw my helmet into the crowd last year, to give something back to the guys here. They're really passionate about the sport and that's good.
Q. Fernando, in these six seasons until the end of your contract, how many championships would you like to win, at the least ?
FA: Formula 1 is impossible to predict and it's impossible to think about winning championships before I've even started. I think the intention is to keep enjoying racing. For sure, I think I'm in the best team possible to fight for World Championships. I think some other teams go up and down. They have good years and bad years. At Ferrari, in the worst season you finish third or second in the World Championship, so this is something that Ferrari can offer to a driver. So, in these six years, I will try to enjoy racing and I'm sure that opportunity will come. Opportunity came last year. We missed it by only four points and hopefully we can repeat that fight and next time, hopefully, we can take it. But it's impossible to predict.