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Post-qualifying press conference - British GP -

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP), Mark Webber (Red Bull)

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Q:
Sebastian, fastest car all weekend here, a great final run, you look to be in very good shape.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, fantastic weekend. From the beginning to the end we didn't have a single problem. All the new parts we brought here seemed to have worked very well, so I think we have made a step forward but you know, when it comes to qualifying there is tension there. You try to do your best. It was quite difficult today. At the beginning of qualifying I was struggling a little bit sometimes here and there with traffic. The wind was not such a big issue today but it was always a bit tricky when you have cars ahead of you, you can feel it even though you are three or four seconds behind. So in the first two qualifying sessions I was struggling a little bit. Then in Q2 we put on the soft tyres and then from there onwards I was quite happy with the car. And in Q3 we had two very good runs I would say, especially the last one. I think that was the lap of the weekend. From the beginning to the end it was very close to being perfect. Of course, as a driver you always think there is a little bit here, a little bit there, but this lap was very good. I was able to use the tyres perfectly well and yeah, I brought the lap to the chequered flag and I was surprised by how quick I was at that stage and finally it was enough to get pole position, so that's the most important thing. I can only say – and I don't do it because everyone usually does it at this stage – but I can only say very, very big compliments to all the guys back in the factory. It's only half an hour from Silverstone and they have been working so hard to get this car to where it is now, so it's all down to them. I think both of us have proved that the car is working very well and yeah, I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race.

Q:
Rubens, it's been a tough weekend for Brawn Grand Prix. You're second, your team-mate, Jenson Button, is down in sixth place. It looks like it's been hard work; you must be pleased with the outcome today.

Rubens Barrichello:
Very, very pleased. I think those guys have been doing a fantastic job the whole weekend. For me, too, it was the best lap of the weekend in Q3 where I took the extreme of the car. I need to check if I breathed during the lap because it was such a nice one. Silverstone has always been quite good and I want to thank all my engineers for their hard work because we found a good balance and I'm pleased to be in the middle of them (the Red Bulls) at least. It's going to be hard to beat them tomorrow but that's what I'm here for.

Q:
Mark, you've been trading fastest laps with your team-mate all weekend. This Red Bull car looks absolutely fantastic but right at the end there it just didn't work out for you; what happened?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, as you say, it's been a good weekend for us so far. I would have liked a slightly cleaner run on my last Q3 lap. Kimi (Räikkönen) was, I don't know, drinking some vodka or dreaming or something… I don't know what the hell he was doing. He should have been on the right and he's on the racing line, dreaming, so that wrecked my rhythm into Stowe, I was very tight into there and so... Anyway, no-one's here to listen to a shopping list of excuses. I would have liked to get more out of the car on the last lap, it wasn't the case but we're still third. Congratulations to Seb, he did a good job. I think both of us are getting some good results out of the car now, so all the guys at Red Bull, all their hard work is now being realised. We're definitely in for a good result tomorrow if we can have a clean race.

Q:
Sebastian, this car is obviously good here. It's good in the slow sections and in the fast sections and Jenson Button, the championship leader is down in sixth place. Do you see this as a potential turning point weekend in your season?

SV:
I can tell you after tomorrow's race. It's sixty laps around here, this circuit is very, very tough for both the car and us, the drivers, so we will see. It's a long way. Obviously if you ask for the championship ranking he has the advantage, so he has quite a comfortable gap but we are here to fight, we want to win races and today I think we did the best possible job, it put us in the best position for tomorrow's race but still it's a long race. I can tell you now that we have a fantastic car. We have a chance to win tomorrow but you never know what will happen, so we will definitely fight. Of course, I would be lying to you if I said that I hoped that Jenson (Button) was straight behind me, so it's good to hear that he's not sitting with us in this room now but on the other hand it's a long race. I think they have very strong pace, they have always proven so far on Sundays that they are extremely competitive, so even if he starts sixth I think he can still come back and score a lot of points – which I hope he doesn't but they have proven in the past that they are able to do it, so let's see tomorrow. We focus on ourselves, I focus on myself and we try to have a clean race and try to do the best we can.


Press conference

Q:
Your second consecutive pole, of course Sebastian, but the car seems to have been good all weekend, your name has kept popping up to the top of the timing screens throughout the weekend.

SV:
Yeah, it's a good thing for me, obviously. I'm very pleased with today and also I think big, big compliments – I know usually everyone says this at this stage – but big compliments to the team. On Wednesday, prior to the Grand Prix, I have been in Milton Keynes and it was incredible how much work was behind all that. We brought a couple of some quite new parts to the car and it was a huge effort by the team, a hell of a lot of work and they have been working flat out to make this happen and it's good that both of us are in the top three and we have proven that the new parts are working, so I think we've made a step forward. But this is Saturday, you get points on Sunday, so the main task is tomorrow's race. Two weeks ago we were also in a very strong position on Saturday but then on Sunday, unfortunately, we were proved that there is still a little bit that we have to improve. But I think this weekend the circuit suits us very well, it's a pleasure to drive here. It's only my second time, so it's a shame that we won't come back. But yeah, I really enjoy this circuit and today has been a fantastic day. I was struggling a little bit in Q1 and Q2. I didn't really feel the car but then in the last run in Q2 with the soft tyres I was able to get a proper feeling and improved a little bit here and there, so was able to make a step which was, I think, very important, and then for Q3 the first run I was quite happy and then on the second run with new tyres I was very pleased, the lap was very, very good, very close to perfect. There's obviously always a little bit to come but I would say it was a very strong lap and I think we should be in a strong position for tomorrow, so let's see.

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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 running sensor equipment.
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Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 front wing detail.
08.07.2014. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, Tuesday.
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10.
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