I think he did a good race, and if he started from the front it would have been a close fight again, between two or three cars, so we'll wait for the next (race) and the opportunity to see him in a more competitive start.
I thought overtaking him was not possible but he had damaged his car, went wide, and I overtook him, so it was a nice surprise at the end but it is a bit disappointing because we were a bit slower than them.
I look at myself as someone who has been very lucky - my job is also what I enjoy most in the world, and I can make my life doing it.
The tenacity and desire to win which he has worked with since he was a child have carried him to the top in a sporting discipline of enormous difficulty.
Everything here has been very positive all weekend and I'm full of confidence for all the team,
These eight points are like a victory to me.
Straight away I felt OK, good balance in the car and I was able to push straight away. It looks good for qualifying tomorrow and we'll just have to see how the competition do.
We have had an important and productive week. We made good progress for the first race, and now I want to see how we will perform in race conditions against the competition. I am feeling confident, the car is performing well and the team is more motivated than ever.
I have always been very calm on the outside. I'm not too stressed now just because I'm in formula one. For me, tomorrow will be another day whether I finish first or last. I have to do the maximum and I cannot ask any more from myself.
For me it's a simple sport and a simple way to live these seven or eight years of maximum sport.
A pretty disappointing result for me really. I made a mistake on my first timed lap at the end of the session and that meant I had to do another one.
The car feels like it did in winter testing. It is comfortable to drive and consistent, so I am quite happy with our situation. It was a special moment to go out on the track with the No. 1 on the car.
I think tomorrow we have a good chance to be on the podium and hopefully fighting for the win,
For the team it has been a fantastic season. It was not crucial but quite important for the team for the motivation for next year.
It was the perfect way to begin the year. We had a very exciting race for the spectators. As we thought from testing, there are four teams fighting to win at any type of circuit - Honda, McLaren, Ferrari and Renault. We can all win races, so it will be a fun time in the coming weeks.
In Spain, three years ago, there was no coverage for the races. Now we have 7 million people watching the race and Barcelona is completely full.
It was my only opportunity to win the race. I was going for it. I really knew the car was faster than Michael.
The race was a bit crazy. Some moments I didn't understand. I was 20 seconds ahead and the gap disappeared after three or four safety cars in 10 laps.
I was hoping that it would feel like the R25 to drive, because that was such a nice car for the drivers. The good news is that it does. It is easy to drive, the long runs seem consistent and we didn't have any mechanical problems. This is only the first January test with a brand new car. Taking that into account, I think we are in a strong position.
It was a bit of a surprise for us that we had problems in Hungary. But in reality, I think the car could have been pretty competitive with a trouble-free race.
Knowing what it takes to win a title, I think they need a year running at the top first. Next year is more realistic for them. They'll make a big step at some point.
We don't have the quickest car but we're taking the opportunities McLaren is giving to us. Tomorrow I hope to have a good start and can even think to win the race.
Things change. It's a new story. Renault has been my family from the time I came into formula one. I gave them a lot and they gave me a lot. But I think I've finished a stage in my career. When you come to the end of a contract you can choose and I've chosen what I believe is the best team for my future. But it's important to leave in the best possible way. The motivation for this season is even higher because we have the No1 and No2 on the car.
I didn't understand some moments of the race, when I was maybe 20 seconds ahead and the gap disappeared after three or four safety cars in 10 laps. But I think the car was perfect. There wasn't any risk of losing victory at any time so I was quite confident.
I am extremely happy and it is a big day for me. I did a good race, I thought we would fight McLaren but it was not possible,
At the end the team informed me about the tire problem that Juan Pablo had, ... and I pushed a bit more and we turned the engine up again and tried to put some pressure, but it was too late.
I have found a perfect place for me in England, and I enjoy my time there. The factory is close and the airports are close so I can go anywhere and from my little town in Spain it was impossible. My life is much more comfortable now.
I'm sure they'll help me like they've always helped me and that nothing will really change. I don't think it's in Renault's plans to help one driver more than the other, and I'm 100 confident with the team in our ability to defend both our titles this year.
Honda, Ferrari, McLaren and Renault have been the four big teams in winter testing, and now we must check in the opening races.
We seem to be in good shape. The Renault feels nice to drive and our pace is good. I think we are in a similar position to the other races this season - aiming for the top position.
It was always a dream to win the Formula One title. It's the maximum that I have ever achieved in my life.
As Michael said, it was difficult to overtake, almost impossible unless you make a mistake.
I expect there will be a lot of attention, a lot of questions, a lot of cameras when we get there. But when I get in the car, then I will be working like normal.
I like America, and I think probably the American people like me.
I never thought I would be able to achieve so much in such a short space of time but I am not thinking about records,
The conditions were not perfect, quite windy and the track was a little bit dirty. We all have our fingers crossed to avoid a wet track, but if it rains it will be the first time we are all in the wet in 2006 and we'll see how the cars behave.
I am refreshed after the break, and ready to attack the final races of the year,
I knew Juan Pablo was quicker, ... I knew I had no chance to fight because today was no risk. It was not easy, I was extremely careful in overtaking. Every one was a risky moment.
I don't feel any more pressure, ... I have been leading from the second race. Now we are so close to the finish, with four races to go, I have the same confidence.
I won the championship with maybe not the best car, so I am proud of what I did. The fact that I have taken over the title from Michael Schumacher is a bonus. I came from a country with no tradition in F1. I had to fight my way alone. I have only had the help of two or three people in my career, no more.
It is very difficult to win a championship, and you need a lot of things around you to have the chance. Last year, I started the season dreaming of, maybe, winning one race and getting regular podiums, but we won the title. In 2006, I know we have a competitive car in the R26, so my only goal is to repeat the title.
All season has been a dream come true for Renault, even more because it is four years since Renault came into Formula One and now we are champions. It was not an easy job to do.
Things seem closer between us and McLaren than they have been in the last few races, and although it will be very difficult to beat them, maybe it's not impossible.
I laugh. With that one, I laugh.
I thought the other one seemed a bit old. I am really happy with the result.
The race was a little bit crazy, I didn't understand. I was 20 seconds ahead and the gap disappeared. But there was no risk to lose the victory anytime.
In Bahrain, Ferrari was our most dangerous opponent. In Malaysia it was Honda and in Australia (it was) McLaren.
I know that the R26 is a highly competitive car and it can only be my goal to defend my title.
I'm surprised he was on the podium because he was starting from the back. I thought Jenson (Button) was third. I think he did a good from where he was starting.
This was a good, fighting win. I just concentrated on making no mistakes. The competition is closer than we thought but this is the perfect start for us. The start was good, the second stop perfect, allowing me to come out in front of Michael. Very nice.
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