QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
Lewis, you came away from Malaysia having lost a place, penalised after the race. What was your reaction to that? Did you think the penalty was fair?

Lewis Hamilton:
It didn't really make much difference. I was seventh; so seventh or eighth, it's pretty crap either way. That's racing. I think it was fair.

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
Why did you think it was fair? Did you feel that you had been weaving on the track or defending?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, the previous year, obviously I had some big weaves on the straight which everyone disagreed with, which was fine. They said that they would be stricter on that this year. Looking back at it, I didn't weave even half as much as I did in the previous time, and I didn't put anyone in danger - but the rules state that you can only move once, to the better position. I think the confusing part was really whether I was defending a place or trying to lose the tow. But at the end of the day I got 20s. It was one place so I feel fortunate that it wasn't any more than that and I will just try to avoid doing that in the future, so no one can complain.

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
And is there any incentive to use it this weekend to get back on track?

Lewis Hamilton:
I don't use that, I use the difficult race that we had. I definitely want to bounce back from that because we really had the opportunity to finish second quite easily and to end up eighth after starting second on the grid is not the kind of performance that we want to have in the future. I feel positive about this weekend. It's in the past. It's very early stages in the championship. I actually look at it as a blessing because there have been many races where you have started in nice positions and you don't get any points at all. I've still got a couple of points and who knows whether they will be quite valuable points in the future?

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China Daily)
First question for Sebastian: you know you already have two pole positions here in China, but last year you were sixth in the race. How about this year? A third pole position and winner? Are you confident?

Sebastian Vettel:
It's always a long weekend. Obviously you work both Friday and Saturday to prepare the cars as much as you can and ideally on Saturday afternoon you get the best position on the grid that you can get for the race. So the target, for sure, is to have a good qualifying and then ultimately have a good race because that's where you can score points. So looking back at last year's race, obviously we were not strong enough, we were struggling a little bit with the conditions but still got some points. For this year, every year is different, so we will see what we can do - but surely, as I tried to say earlier, we will try to push as hard as we can and try to get the maximum out of the car one more time, and ideally have a good result. Of course, I wouldn't mind if everything goes well and we can get another pole position or another victory.

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China City Daily)
Do you know the weather forecast? It says there will be rain.

Sebastian Vettel:
OK, you are local so you probably know better than us. We will see. We also have some forecasts and yeah, there's also some rain. We will see when and how much. That's always the same question.

Q: (Xu Zuji - West China City Daily)
Do you think yourself unstoppable this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
We've obviously had two good races but we come here and we start again. That's the name of the game at every event, every race so surely we try to keep it going. We saw at the last race that it's getting very tight and you can take nothing for granted. Of course, the day will come when we might finish second, fifth, tenth, whatsoever but that's life. That's Formula One.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse)
To Sebastian and Lewis. Sebastian, you said after the Malaysia race that the fact that Nick Heidfeld came up to second after the start was a good thing for you because he held back the others and helped you to get a small gap. Do you think that without him, Lewis could have threatened you a lot? And Lewis, did you think that if you had the same race pace as Red Bull that you could have fought for victory?

Sebastian Vettel:
As I said in Malaysia, obviously Nick had a phenomenal start. Both Renaults - both Lotus Renaults - had a good start and of course it was a comfortable situation for me because I think Lewis would probably have had a bit stronger pace than Nick at the time but nevertheless, I think Nick had a strong pace throughout the whole race, otherwise you are not able to finish on the podium. It was not a bad race at all for them but as I said, it was a bit of a luxury situation because I could pull away and didn't have that much pressure from behind at that stage, but for all the other stints, I don't think we had Nick behind us, we had Lewis or Jenson behind us and we were able to react. Of course it was important but if, if, if... I cannot answer these kind of questions.

Lewis Hamilton:
I think I could have competed for the win. Obviously we started second and for whatever reason I lost position at the beginning and didn't really see Heidfeld pop down the outside so I was caught napping a little bit but I had Jenson on the inside, so I was more focusing on him, obviously not touching Sebastian. I got held up for quite a few laps and once I got past, I think I was exchanging similar lap times to Sebastian. I think I would have probably been able to hold onto him if not, but it's all if and when. But in the second stint, I think I was catching him after the pit stop, once I jumped Heidfeld, so I think it could have been close had we not... but the rest of the race was a disaster so it doesn't really matter.

Q: (Fulvio Solms - Corriere dello Sport)
Question to you all: Pirelli is thinking of a new rule for the future. It would give you the four compounds to each team at every race, with complete freedom to use them. What do you think about that? What's your opinion about this possible new rule? Four compounds at every race and you can chose every time which to use.

Michael Schumacher:
Honestly, we are not aware of this idea and I'm not sure it makes sense to discuss rumours right now, so....

Sebastian Vettel:
It's the first time I heard of this.

Michael Schumacher:
We're all hearing about this for the first time, right now. We weren't aware of this. I don't like to talk about rumours. If it's the case, then maybe we can talk about it.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
It's been confirmed that the Yas Marina organisers are changing the track slightly for this year's race and they're going to widen the turns at turn five and six, which is the one onto the first straight and then eight and nine which are the turns before the second straight. I was just wondering if you think these changes are the kind of changes that Formula One needs to be making to improve overtaking and if you think that it's important to take driver criticism and adapt.
MS: We saw last year in the last race with Fernando [Alonso] and Vitaly [Petrov] - that's the reason why it comes into discussion and as much as the teams in Formula One have worked on the cars, there was probably a need to have circuits in general - I'm not just saying Abu Dhabi - but in general to make revisions in order to allow overtaking. There are some interesting views and we're very happy to hear that Abu Dhabi, after building a very good track is open to make further changes in order to see if we can find some guidelines for the future that may improve the overtaking situation. So, I think it's a good step in the right direction, to see what will be done, what effect it will have. Nevertheless, if you look at this year's competition in general, it does offer a lot more overtaking possibilities, and I think that in that respect, in terms of spectacle and interest in the sport has risen extremely and it's very pleasing to see what happened in the first two races this year.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
Is it something that the GPDA have got involved with at all?

Sebastian Vettel:
Rubens is a director.

Rubens Barrichello:
The GPDA gets together to say what we think and we forward the issues to the FIA. Basically, I think the last few years' - I wouldn't say criticism - or maybe constructive criticism where we think that this may be done or that, the GPDA is more in favour in helping safety rather than anything else, because with the new rules for the rear wing, you could argue that with the long straights in Abu Dhabi there is no need for change, because you're going to have a lot of overtaking anyway, but having said that, it was fair to see that last year there were not enough opportunities just if you have a difference in speed greater than five kilometres an hour or so. It's always good if they have the possibilities financially to change the track and maybe to improve that. It's just a great thing. Of course drivers will go there and some will say it's better and some will say it's worse but as long as it improves the show it's the way forward.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse)
We as journalists talked a lot about rubber bullets and marbles over the last few days. Do you think it's a very important issue that you are put in danger or is it something that doesn't really mean anything?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it's normal. In the past we had a lot of marbles in places like Montreal and of course you don't have any run-off area, so it's reasonably dangerous in some places there but now we have it more at other circuits - most of the circuits - but I don't think it's bad. I've tried overtaking a little bit. These tyres, OK, when you do go onto the marbles, you lose a bit of grip and it's not that easy to clean them up as perhaps it was in the past but that's racing. I don't see any danger whatsoever.

Sebastian Vettel:
The amount of marbles or pick-up we have next to the racing line is more than what we are used to simply because we are on different tyres. We have seen this throughout testing and now in the first couple of races we have double the amount of cars on the track in the race. There are a lot of marbles but I think Pirelli is aware of that and should it become a problem I think they can get on top of it and change it. There's nothing we have to fear. I think the amount you can see on television, as well, at the beginning compared to the end, I think the amount of marbles and pick-up is huge but as I said, I don't think we have anything to fear.

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
Hello again, Seb, what are your plans for KERS this weekend? Are Red Bull going to try and run it again tomorrow and get it working properly on this circuit, or are you happy that you're fast enough to run without it?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, I think I said many times that KERS is an advantage this year so to run KERS will actually help you if you're looking for lap time and performance, because compared to two years ago, you obviously don't have any flexibility or any advantage to get by moving the weight distribution and so on. Your hands are tied this year so it makes sense to run KERS and it's our target obviously. We were not proud not to have it in Australia. We were, for the majority of the weekend, able to run it in Malaysia and within that short amount of time I think we made a big step. Obviously now we've only had a couple of days but the guys again have been pushing very hard and I'm confident we will have it in the car, that's for sure and I'm confident that it will work all weekend this weekend. Yes, we will be using it tomorrow -and Saturday and Sunday, I hope.

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