Drivers: Fernando Alonso (Renault), Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren), Felipe
Massa (Ferrari), Franck Montagny (Super Aguri) and Nico Rosberg (Williams).
Q: Franck, life must have changed for you quite a lot…
Franck Montagny: Yeah, just a little bit: from my living room to a race
track. Yeah, quite a lot.
Q: Tell us how it all came about?
FMo: Quite quickly and I am quite happy to be here, for sure. Thanks to
Super Aguri for giving me this opportunity first. They called me a week before
the race at Nurburgring and they asked me to come to be third driver, to do the
testing on the Friday, because they could do it with a third car, and when I
arrived, they asked me to do the race, because they had a problem with the
second driver. I was just glad to do it.
Q: How can you see yourself improving the team, with your experience from
FMo: Well, I don't think we can improve this car, for sure, but the more we
work on this car and all the things we can see from this car, we can maybe make
a better car in the future. We all know that SA06 is coming soon so we can still
work on new stuff, what I have learned in the past, what Takuma has learned in
the past and maybe it's going to be better.
Q: And this race is a bit of a home race for you, isn't it?
FMo: Yeah, kind of, yeah. I used to live for four years here in Spain, in
Barcelona, particularly. I really love this city. It's
a very beautiful city, nice people, open minds. I have a lot of good things to
say about here.
Q: And you still have a business here? Your hairdressing business?
FMo: Yeah, but I don't cut hair, don't get me wrong! I haven't been there
this week; no time!
Q: Nico, tremendous race at the Nurburgring. The first time you went out on
the track it was as though you had huge confidence, because you instantly set
fastest time. Does knowing the circuit give you that much confidence?
Nico Rosberg: Yeah, the Nurburgring is one of the tracks that I know best
throughout the year, coming into F1, because I've done a lot of races there, and
I've had some great success there too. So I did feel confident going onto the
track. Obviously it's always quite different when you tackle the track with a
Formula One car, because the way you take the corners and everything is quite
different. But I found that in especially in the beginning there, it was
actually quite similar to all the other cars (I've driven) so it worked out
quite well initially and, yeah, the whole weekend worked out quite well. It was
quite a good result in the end, I think.
Q: Will you have similar confidence at all the circuits you know?
NR: Yes, of course. It's always a help when you come to a circuit and you
know where you're going to be going, also for your confidence and everything. It
is a slight help, yeah, every time.
Q: What's the pace of development like at Williams?
NR: I think it's probably very similar to all the other teams. They're
pushing like hell in the factory, that I know, and I think development has been
going very well. We've had some steps nearly every weekend so I think we will be
keeping up, for sure, and maybe coming a bit closer too, sometimes.
Q: Have you been pretty pleased with your own performance, basically?
NR: Yeah, I've been pleased. It has been a bit up and down all the way to
here, from my side and from the team's side, but I think that could have been
expected. As a whole, I have to say that I think it's gone quite well, but I
hope to progress and do even better in the future.
Q: Felipe, your first podium at the Nurburgring. What does that do for a
driver, for his morale?
Felipe Massa: I think it gives you happiness, first of all, and a lot more
motivation to keep doing the same job. It was very very important for me, it was
a great result, it's fantastic to be on the podium.
Q: How much of a difference did your new engineer make?
FMa: For sure. If you have an engineer at Ferrari, he should be a good
engineer. My ex-engineer was definitely a very very good engineer. The biggest
problem was a little bit on the organisation and on the radio, so I was quite
confident in my new engineer, who did a great job, talking about everything, not
just the set-up, but everything that's going on and what's happening in the race
Q: From a Ferrari point of view, is the team going to be at a little bit at
a disadvantage here in comparison to Renault who have perhaps done more testing
than Ferrari have?
FMa: I don't think so. We also tested at this track and we understood many
important things, many good things. We improved the car a lot, especially in the
last two races, so I think we can probably be very very competitive, as we were
at the Nurburgring and also at Imola.
Q: Pedro, what's your role this weekend with McLaren Mercedes?
Pedro de la Rosa: Well, my role is the same as in the past, for the past
races. Firstly, it is to act as a reserve driver; if anything happens, I have to
be ready. And then just keep in touch with the engineers, the team, the drivers,
Michelin, you know, just being involved, as much as I can, if I can help, with
the tyre selection, everything. We've done all the tyre testing here, prior to
this Grand Prix so I'm quite aware of which tyres are here and why and help,
help if I can. Nothing else.
Q: What are the particular characteristics of this circuit, what do you
have to look out for?
PDR: I think that the biggest problems everyone will face here is front
tyre graining and blistering. Those are the two major factors
that are always the limiting factor. Choosing a soft compound here you have to
be careful about graining. The front left tyre has a very hard time on this
track because all the corners are very long, you're putting load on that tyre
for a long time, and you stay on the throttle for a long time as well. And then
you have the blistering factor which happened last year to Fernando and other
Michelin runners. That's always a risk here.
Q: Fernando, your home circuit, is it something to be looked forward to or
does it make it a little bit more complicated for you?
Fernando Alonso: No, it's the same. It's a normal race for me but obviously
with much more support from the grandstands, so for me it is extra motivation
for sure, to race here at home, and hopefully to get a good result here on
Q: We heard from Pedro about tyre choice, and there was some doubt about
the tyre choice at Nurburgring. How difficult is it to make that tyre
FA: It's very difficult. As Pedro said, we normally test here at Barcelona
before the Grand Prix in order to chose the tyres. Sometimes we test in Paul
Ricard or another circuit, to chose the tyres for a completely different
circuit, and you have to guess, a little bit, to believe what the Michelin…
things which will be working on that type of asphalt, temperature, conditions
etc, and I think particularly here in Barcelona, because we test all winter with
five or six degrees temperature. We came here in May with 25. Normally, it's a
little bit different. But normally we have been really good, in the last two
years, here with the tyres so I have full confidence in the right choice for
Q: Should you be scared or worried about Ferrari's form at the moment? How
worried are you?
FA: Not much, same worry as I have from McLaren and Honda. I think we're
still the four teams which should fight for victory in all Grands Prix. In the
first five races, everything worked perfectly for Renault and Ferrari and we won
all five races but I think McLaren and Honda have the pace as well and they
normally qualify really well, especially Honda. McLaren normally do something
more in the race, always close to the podium and I'm sure that if one weekend
goes right for them, it will also be a close fight and I think what we have to
do is work on our car, on our programme, our strategy, do as good a weekend as
we can, as we did in the first five races and the result will be good in the
Q: Presumably for every team it's a matter of getting a whole number of
factors absolutely right.
FA: Many factors: tyre choice, how the tyres work on the car – last weekend
was not perfect for the Michelin runners, I think – strategy, fuel load in
qualifying, the single lap qualifying: when you put on the new set of tyres at
the end of Q3 (third qualifying) has to be your best lap of the weekend if you
want to be at the front. There are many things that have to be perfect all
weekend, and that's what we're looking for this weekend.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Salvatore Zanca – Associated Press) Fernando, what's the biggest
difference here compared to last year. The media, the fans?
FA: There are not many to be honest. Last year the attention was quite high
already from the people and from the media. I came here last year leading the
championship with 20 points higher than Kimi (Raikkonen) and (Jarno) Trulli, so
already the pressure was quite big and the people were interested. Now I arrive
leading the championship again. I won last year but already this is in the past.
I think people are concentrating on this year's championship –it's getting very
interesting in the last two races and obviously people are looking on Sunday for
me to do a good show.
问：（Salvatore Zanca – Associated Press）费尔南多，和去年相比最大的不同是什么？媒体？车迷？
Q: (Kevin Garside – The Daily Telegraph) – Fernando, Bernie Ecclestone said
that drivers do not in general do enough to promote Formula One and in you, we
have a champion who doesn't do much. What are your thoughts?
FA: I don't know what Bernie means with that. I have a team that pay me to
do my job. I go testing, I go to promotional events and I have my sponsors, I go
to my obligations, I race and this is my job in Formula One. I don't know what
more I have to do. I do everything that is in my contract that I have to.
问（Kevin Garside – The Daily
Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters) Fernando, we asked about the possibility of
Michael Schumacher going to Renault next year and you laughed at that. Now it
seems you and Kimi (Raikkonen) could swap places. What's your view on that?
FA: I don't know anything. I have decided after I fight for the
championship this year, my future for next year and it doesn't matter what the
others are doing, It's always interesting to see what the other drivers are
doing, but that is just for fun rather than anything else. Whether the guy who
replaces me is a name we all know or a new driver in the championship is not
问：（Alan Baldwin – Reuters）费尔南多，我们问过你迈克尔-舒马赫明年来雷诺车队的可能性，你对此一笑置之。现在看上去是你和基米可能会交换位置。你对此看法如何？
Q: (Dominic Fugere – Le Journal de Montreal) Fernando, when I got here I
was greeted by a cardboard cut-out of you at a petrol station. How do you feel
about things like that?
FA: Strange, for sure, because in the last two years everything grown up in
Formula One. Three years ago we had half a million people watching F1 and now
there are 10 million people watching the race. It has been a big change because
now Formula One is a sport about which everybody is talking in the streets and
for sure my image or my face is in some more places now, but for me it's very
问：（Dominic Fugere – Le Journal de
Q: (Thierry Wilmotte - Le Soir) Fernando, is it realistic to think that who
wins the championship is dependent on the tyre manufacturers?
FA: No, I think for sure it will be a very important factor. If Michelin or
Bridgestone is in a very dominant position from now on then yes. Maybe Ferrari
or the first Michelin team will win the championship more easily. The way were
now we are quite close, we are fighting every race and there's McLaren and Honda
who are also in the fight but they have not had a successful weekend so far. Now
it think it is close enough and we are racing still with four teams and anything
can happen so It is more reliant on small factors and the guy who finishes on
the podium the most and is the most reliable and makes no mistakes will win.
问：（Thierry Wilmotte - Le Soir）费尔南多，谁能赢得冠军取决于轮胎制造商，这样的想法是否现实？
Q: (Tom Clarkson – F1 Racing) Fernando, how much contact have you had with
McLaren recently with a view towards 2007? Have you been to the factory?
FA: Nothing. Nothing at all
问（Tom Clarkson – F1 Racing）费尔南多，对2007年的看法你最近和迈凯轮车队联系如何？你去过工厂了吗？
Q: (Carlos Miquel – Diario As) Fernando, would you like to have Pedro as a
team-mate or test driver at McLaren next year?
FA: For sure, Pedro knows the team very well and has lots of experience
working with the team. For sure, it's great to have another Spanish driver in
the team and he can help me a lot for sure, and I hope Pedro stays next
问：（Carlos Miquel – Diario As）费尔南多，你愿意让佩德罗明年在迈凯轮成为你的队友或是测试车手吗？
Q: (Mike Doodson) Fernando, I saw a TV advert with you making some nifty
dance steps. Was it really you with the dance steps?
FA: Of course. Two months preparation for this. No it was not me. A
Q: (Dan Knutson – National Speed Sport News) Franck, I believe you have a
two race deal with the team. Is that correct? What are your prospects for
staying with the team beyond that?
FMo: I will do the best as I can for sure. Certainly when we get to Monaco
it will be tough. To be honest, I don't really know the car so we cannot expect
to be mid-grid, so I'll fight as much as I can to do a good job and try to do my
问：（Dan Knutson – National Speed Sport
Q: Is there a chance of you continuing with the team for the rest of the
FM: I am not the right person to ask.
Q: Would they prefer an all Japanese team? Is that the case?
FM: If you look on the sidepod of the car, there is badge that says 'born
in Japan' so for sure it would be more interesting to have another Japanese
driver in the car. While I'm in the car, I will try to do a very good job.
Q: (Heinz Pruller - ORF) Gentlemen, with the World Cup coming up, who do
you think will be world champions, and who is your favourite player?
问（Heinz Pruller - ORF）先生们，由于世界杯快要来了，你们认为谁会成为世界冠军，谁是你们最喜欢的球员？
FA: Brazil I think. My favourite player is Zidane.
FMa: We are quite strong for the world cup and definitely Ronaldinho
NR: I think Brazil is probably the favourite and Ronaldinho
FMo: Same as my friend over there: Brazil and Ronaldinho
PDR: Spain obviously, and Casillas. We have to give a little bit to