Q: Your first win here in Barcelona and first win of the season!
NR: It was a perfect weekend. Great to be on pole and great to win the race like this. Very, very happy and big thanks to the team. The car has been awesome – all weekend perfect – so yeah! Really great!
Q: You looked very strong – especially in the first stint and at the start where you held onto the lead?
NR: Yeah, finally I got a great start. It’s been a while coming but today it worked out really well.
Q: Perhaps a turning point here in Barcelona and now we’re going to Monaco. Home race, pole and victory last year…
NR: Yeah, but I’m just enjoying the day today, you know. Winning here in Barcelona was great and I just want to enjoy that with the team tonight and then we look towards the next race.
Q: Just tell us what this win means to you really and where you go from here?
NR: Just a fantastic weekend. Everything worked out on Saturday and Sunday. It all came together. I’m very happy and that’s it.
Q: Closing in a bit in the points too?
NR: Yeah, of course, seven points. At one point I thought who knows – maybe Sebastian can keep Lewis behind, which on the one side isn’t good for the team but in terms of my points that would have been better. It’s always a compromise – that’s the way it is. Seven points is better than nothing and a fantastic team result today to be first and second – especially after the two-and-a half-week break. Everybody brought upgrades here but still we’re dominating in such a way – more than at the last race – and that’s fantastic to see.
Q: Is this the best Mothers’ Day gift you have given to your mother? And would you say this is a so-called ‘perfect weekend’ for you?
NR: Well, I hope my Mum is happy – that would be great. I’m sure she is and I’m sure they’re having a good time at home now, so that’s nice. And then, perfect weekend? Yeah, it was a perfect weekend. Everything worked out: the car was great, nailed the setup for the race, for qualifying. Everything came together so very happy with that.
Q: In terms of preparation, is there anything significant that you did different – because in the whole weekend you were so much more dominant than in the past few weeks?
NR: No, nothing different. Sorry. Just the same approach, keep on going, and this weekend it all came good. That’s all.
Q: How important was it to break the dominant run Lewis had until now? How did you manage the situation after Bahrain and how are you feeling for Monaco next race?
NR: Bahrain was a long time ago and I’m not really thinking about the past too much. It was an exciting race, which gave me a boost and the only thing that was wrong as the result, so I wanted to change that for this weekend. Now the result came as well so I’m very happy with that today. I’m just going to enjoy this win as an individual race. It’s great to close up seven points to Lewis, great to go to Monaco next as I really like that track… and that’s it. It’s early days.
Q: The next race is Monaco – your home race. What do you particularly look forward to for this Grand Prix?
NR: It’s the most legendary race on the calendar and it’s the most exciting, challenging track. The whole weekend, the atmosphere is very, very special. Everything is very unusual, so all these things come together. And of course, sleeping at home is an awesome thing also. It’s very strange to be home and then walking or taking the scooter to the racetrack but it’s very cool. Those are the things
Q: Did you feel at any point that you had to push or, even before Lewis’s last stop, were you just cruising to victory?
NR: From what the team told me, it was pretty clear that my position was very safe because the gap was so big, so it was quite comfortable. But of course, you never know, so I still tried to keep my pace up in some way and then I could see that the gap was under control so it was good.
Q: Is the advantage you had today surprising or not?
NR: Well yes, because it’s much more than we’ve seen recently – much more than Bahrain, much more than Shanghai and Malaysia. So it’s really a big step in the right direction for us. That is a bit of a surprise but it just shows that we have an awesome team at the moment. Everybody’s doing a fantastic job and we won the development race this weekend compared to Ferrari, so that’s an important indication for the rest of the season.
Q: On that subject, they always say the final sector here is a good indicator for the Monaco Grand Prix. Looking at yesterday’s qualifying session, you were half a second faster than the Ferraris. Is that giving you a lot of encouragement – the performance in that final sector?
NR: I don’t know. For sure it’s not a bad thing. I don’t know if it’s 100 percent representative but it’s definitely looking good.