Q: Ross mentioned a new or different strategy here; is that what you meant
by a different approach to the weekend?
MS: Maybe different to the others, because part of the gap we closed you
can probably only explain in a few situations.
Q: Obviously that incident at the end has upset one or two people; what do
you say to people who suggest it was on purpose?
MS: We try to drive the car and we find out what it is. The point is that I
think I was slightly quicker in the first sector. I don’t know what it was in
the second sector but I was obviously watching my time and I was just a little
bit quicker and a little bit quicker is not enough, honestly, so you push and
you go for it and that was a bit too much.
Q: Mark, again, third on the grid for you and it was a good result last
MW: Yeah, well, a totally different ball game – that was last year and a
lot of the opposition didn’t make the right tyre choice last year, and we did,
so that was a good result, but overall we made good progress over the rest day,
yesterday, in terms of making a few adjustments to the car with the electronics
and the toys – a little bit here and there -- and here we are. The car behaved
quite well today and it is a credit to the team really. They kept digging in
there. The good thing I am encouraged about is we are at the front, but
obviously we will see tomorrow with the fuel loads, but the most important thing
for me is to try and be at the front and that’s a lot better than the last few
races, which is good for us.
Q: (Anne Giuntini - L’Equipe) To Michael, do you think the championship
will continue on that kind of basis, sportingly speaking, and some incidents may
be arbitrating the battle between two great champions?
Q: (Anne Giuntini – L’Equipe) To be honest, I have talked already to some
drivers – professionals like you – who said it is too big, what happened today,
to be credible, so on that basis I think that maybe there is some
‘interrogation’ and maybe it is a bit of a shame if it is true…
MS: It would be a shame if it is true, absolutely, but I think it is as
usual whatever you do in certain moments. Your enemies they believe one thing
and the people that support you believe another thing and that is what our sport