Q: What are you looking forward to most from 2018?
VB: "Well, it is always so exciting driving a new car for the first time. The team is working so hard on the car and this year I have been able to follow that process, and see how demanding it has been. Because, last year I joined and the car was ready. So, yeah, I'm looking forward to trying the new car and then it is a new season, everyone starts from zero. A new season full of opportunities and my aim is to take those opportunities this year."
Q: Are there any unknowns you are particularly interested in seeing how they work out?
VB: "There are always unknowns in Formula 1 and mainly related to performance, we have no idea where we are going to be. That's exciting and I know everyone has given 100% to make a good car for us. It is going to be a new season and we need to make the most of it, because I am sure there are many teams that are willing to beat us. But, our will to stay at the top is hopefully bigger."
Q: Last week was your first time back at the factory, what kind of things have you been up to during those few days?
VB: "It has been really good to be back, it is always a nice place to come. I have met a lot of people, I have been through many departments of the factory, seeing what is going on. This time of year is so busy and things are going fast, it is nice to see how everything is coming together. Being in the simulator, meetings with engineers, it's been pretty standard stuff. It is a bit simpler this time round compared to one year ago, because I don't need to get to know everyone. It's been a very good week."
Q: It's very early in the year but do you have any personal targets for 2018?
VB: "Yeah, I have one target, everyone knows what it is. I have learned massively in my five years in Formula 1, especially in 2017, so I have high targets. And for us as a team, we want to stay at the top."