Q: Your 30th career podium last time out in Bahrain. Did you take encouragement from the way that race panned out which you can build on now?
NR: Yeah, for sure it felt like a good race. I felt comfortable in the car, you know, and of course it’s enjoyable to attack like that and pass the red cars so for sure it’s given me a boost coming here to Barcelona.
Q: We’re entering the period of the season now, up to the summer break, where you did you best work last year arguably – five poles and three wins. How can you harness the spirit of that early summer 2014?
NR: It’s just a matter of maximizing the weekends. It’s not really come together until now. Parts have gone well but other parts not so well and I just need to put it all together. Of course, I’ll start to try and do that from here onwards.
Q: What do you think is not working so well at the moment?
NR: It’s just the weekend itself coming together and optimising it. For now it’s not really come together yet. That’s it – just a matter of putting all the pieces together. There’s not specific areas or anything like that. It’s just in general.
Q: You did a 22.7s in winter testing which opened everyone’s eyes and your team-mate did a 23.0s on scrubbed tyres – more than a second in front of everyone. Are you expecting something of the same here – that you have a clear advantage – or you think things have changed?
NR: No, we expect it to be similar now to the last couple of races. We still hope to be in front in qualifying and in the race but it’s going to be very close. I think it’s going to continue as it has been. Of course, here everybody has bought some updates, so that might shuffle things around a little bit – but the general trend is probably going to stay very similar.
Q: It’s possible that, beyond 2015, Monza could be removed from the calendar. You have stood on the podium there – can you say what Monza means to you and how you’d feel if it was removed from the schedule?
NR: Well, Monza is one of the legendary tracks. Of course it is important to the Formula One calendar, just as the German Grand Prix is important. I, of course, definitely wish that we continue to race there. If front of the Tifosi also, the atmosphere is always awesome. So it’s important to Formula One, that race.