QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q. This one is for all the title contenders. On Sunday there will be one guy who will be the World Champion and the three others of you will not be. If you are not the one, how much of a disappointment will it be?
LH: I think it will be less disappointing for me as I am so far back. I think for us we have had an interesting year. Happy to be here still kind of fighting for the championship with a still relatively small chance of winning the championship. We have given it our all this year and that's all we could really hope for. The others guys have generally done a slightly better job and we look forward to next year. I am just happy to be here. It is kind of cool to still be in the mix, just on the edge, like being on the edge of the green.
SV: I think it is a little bit similar to Lewis. The target is clear. The speed has been there all season and it hasn't been the easiest season for myself. But we are still in the hunt, so that is good. We try our best. The clear favorites going into this weekend are Mark and Fernando. As I said, similar to Lewis, I try to do my best race and then it depends where those two guys are.
FA: Obviously, you feel sad if you lose in the last moment. My case, I will not really have anything to be disappointed about in 2010. The last two years I was fighting to be in Q3 most of the times. Ferrari had a tough year in 2009 as well, so this first year of the relationship we are fighting for the World Championship in the last race of the championship against two Red Bulls who are dominating by far the season in terms of speed, so overall I think it doesn't matter on Sunday. It will be a great memory of 2010 to have challenged.
MW: Yes, similar to the other guys. I think you are going to be disappointed if it doesn't happen initially. But there have still been a lot of positives this year. I don't think my odds were too good at the start of the year to be fighting for the championship. My odds are much shorter now, so I still have a good chance. I will deal with what happens on Sunday night after that.
Q. Fernando, there have been a number of parallels between your career and Mark's. Mark started at Minardi a year after you, you've had the same manager. I just wondered what your thoughts were on Mark as a competitor.
FA: Well, I think there's nothing to say. This year he has proved how quick he can be in a competitive car. We both started at Minardi and then I was at Renault; he was very close to driving for them as well during the good years, so he missed that opportunity. Now, after a few years he has the opportunity to drive a competitive car and he's already fighting for World Championships, so I'm happy for him. He shows the potential and the talent when you have a competitive car; when you don't have it, it's obviously difficult but I'm happy for him.
Q. Probably the most common question; if Vettel is leading the race, Webber is in second place, Alonso is third. The race is finishing. What will you do, Vettel?
SV: I'm Sebastian, OK? I said last Sunday when I was asked the question, that I was going to tease you and if we find ourselves in that situation, you will see what happens on Sunday. Come on, it's only Thursday today, just three more days. We will see.
Q. Obviously it's been an up and down year for you, Mark. Would you still describe it as the best year of your life? How do you look back on it now? A troubled year or a great year?
MW: Oh, a lot of positives mate. It's human nature always to want more. Of course, it would have been nice to close the championship out and be here as World Champion. All of us would love to have done that but, at the end of the day, the way the championship has been, I think if there were even two or three races after this one it would still go down to the last race. No one has ever had a 25-point lead. It's been a very long season for all of us and as the season's gone on, we've achieved so many amazing things, and obviously, personally, for me, to have some very special weekends. I'm fully respectful of the guys I race against and that's what you get out of bed for, to try and beat them. So to have some of the victories that I've had this year, and even some of the second places to be honest, they are not as sweet as the wins, but some of the seconds...I've had some good fights with Seb and they have been rewarding. Quite a few podiums, the team's won the Constructors', we could obviously put the icing on the cake on Sunday which would be nice, but it's been an absolutely incredible year for me personally and obviously for the team. So I don't look on two thousand...if we don't get the championship, for sure, OK, there's going to be a little bit of a small hole there but a lot of great memories still.
Q. Fernando, on Sunday Jenson said you had had a great year, but he hoped that you would win the championship by at least seven points more (than your nearest competitor). What do you feel about that, do you feel also that you should win by seven points more? Do you feel that maybe you should not take advantage of the seven points' cushion that came through Germany?
FA: I think winning by seven, one or 25 is the least important thing on my mind now.