Fernando, what are your feelings today?
FA: Iím still on a high! Pole, a win and the media attention: itís almost too much for one person! Even the King of Spain called me this afternoon to congratulate meÖ Itís the greatest day of my life.
How did the race go?
FA: The key thing was to get a good start, and I did. After ten laps, I started worrying about where the others were and the team told me I was more than fifteen seconds ahead. From then on, I could control the race as I wanted.
Does this victory mean mission accomplished?
FA: Yes and no. Letís call it a milestone. A first win is a very important event in an F1 driverís career. My aim, though, is still to be world champion one day. I managed to compete with Kimi and Juan Pablo today, and I hope to be able to do that regularly in the future. Renault will let me do that, I am sure.
Why was the R23B so competitive in Budapest?
FA: The chassis was fantastic around the Hungaroring, and we knew the circuit characteristics should suit us. Having said that, we didnít think weíd be fighting for the win. Pat Symonds chose a very aggressive strategy, and he was right. We also managed to make up for a slight lack in straightline speed with a set-up that let us be very competitive in the final sector.
Did you have any problems?
FA: In the last ten laps, I heard strange noises from the engine and the gearboxÖ but they were all in my head!