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Q:
Sebastian, four poles out of a four this season. That is testament to your competitiveness this season?

Sebastian Vettel:
First of all apologies to the team and to the mechanics. I damaged the car pretty much yesterday so we couldn't run at all. We missed the session in the afternoon but they fixed it for today. I think they did a very good job. We have been there since this morning so I am very happy with the result. We had not a really trouble free
morning but all in all we still had a bit to catch up. I like the track so that helps and it was nice to see that without that many laps I was able to come back and find the rhythm so all in all very happy today. It was a bit funny as both Mark and myself we decided in the last bit of qualifying in Q3 to skip the second run and it is very strange the feeling that the others are on the track and you know that they can beat you but you can just watch. There is nothing you can do. Obviously it is good to save a set of tyres for tomorrow but it is an odd feeling - but very happy obviously.

Q:
Mark, talk us through the thinking about that from the team side. You want to save a set of tyres but you must have been quite tempted to go out and do another run?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, particularly for me it was a little bit more interesting. I would have liked to have a couple more tenths to have the margin. Obviously Seb did a good lap for pole but my lap wasn't too bad. We spoke about it before qualifying that tomorrow is going to be a pretty long race and every lap you can try and get back today might help you
tomorrow. Turns out we were in the best grid positions we could get. Obviously other way round here and there but generally the team did a great job so now we are in the best shape we can be in terms of grid positions and in terms of tyres. You cannot get through with any less tyres than that unless you are running scrubbed tyres all day but you are not going to qualify anywhere, so good decision from the team. A little bit of luck, of course, but in the end I was happy with today. Seb did a good lap and I am looking forward to tomorrow's race.

Q:
Nico, first time in the top three this season. Mercedes seem to have really bounced back in competitiveness terms. What is the secret to this bounce back do you think?

Nico Rosberg:
It is really great to see. I am very happy for all of us. I think we have just done really well to come back from the difficult start all the way to where we are now. We are getting ever closer to where we want to be and that is really nice. Today was a good day again. I got everything right and I think it worked well with set up and everything.
Qualifying generally went very well and I even saved one set of options for tomorrow, which is very positive also for the race.

Q:
Sebastian, the race tomorrow. Do you expect something like what we saw in China in terms of race strategies, overtaking and spectacle?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well we will have to wait and see. But surely I think the races we have had this year have been quite nice to watch. Obviously we were all busy but once we got the chance to see the race I think we were amazed by how much action there was, overtaking etc. I think here is a different place to Shanghai, to China, as probably the corner that determines whether you can stall the wing or not - turn nine/ten - is a bit more tricky to get rather than turn 11/12 in China so we will see. I think it will be a tough race, managing the tyres. We will see how many stops we will end up with. I just hope and keep my fingers crossed that we will have radio communication all the way as it is quite useful when your tyres start to go off to talk to your team about what to do and where you are. I am confident. We have a good car so I felt happy today. Hopefully we don't get too much of the action and we just hope that all the action for the spectators is behind us so we will see. But it will be a difficult one.

Press conference

Q:
Sebastian, can we understand that basically the accident has had no effect on your preparation whatsoever?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think if I would have Turn Eight and inter tyres and the conditions again I would try not to do the same as there is a reason why we want to run on Friday afternoon. It was not nice to stand there to watch. Surely it is not the preferred option, but today we had a good day and it is down also to Mark having a solid run yesterday in the dry conditions. Obviously in the morning it was wet. The happier you are in general on Friday the better it will be on Saturday. Largely we could adapt and use the information Mark found out yesterday afternoon. Straight away I felt comfortable in the car. I found the rhythm of the track quickly so all in all I was very happy this morning and I was confident going into qualifying but it was not a 100 per cent smooth day today. There are still things we have to improve and do better but sitting here now I am very happy and very pleased after a bad shunt yesterday, especially the work load I managed to give to all the mechanics, not just mine but all the team. It was a pretty big hit and therefore a lot to repair but they did a very good job and I had a fantastic car today.

Q:
Do we understand that KERS is working better in the Red Bull now?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I mean it is not that easy. It is not just that you go home, you solve the problem and you come again and there never will be a problem again. It is a complex system. Teams like McLaren-Mercedes they are still far ahead as they had all these small tweaks and small problems probably in 2009 so there is still a lot for us to catch up but I think we get more and more confident. As I said on Thursday I am not that old, but I haven't seen anybody who can give you a guarantee on anything so we are sitting here and we cannot guarantee, the whole team cannot guarantee, that we will not have any problems.

Q:
You showed a certain amount of confidence with the fact that you went out, did one run and then didn't go out again. Most people who do one run do it later when there's a bit more rubber down.

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I think we did the right thing, obviously. By doing that, you never know what can happen. Firstly, you can make a mistake. Obviously, when you drive on the limit, you can always have a wobble here and there and then the lap is not 100 per cent clean. If you do it at the end of the session, then you have no second chance, plus you have the risk of somebody spinning, somebody else making a mistake, causing a yellow flag, maybe a red flag which we even had sometimes last year. So there are pros and cons, obviously, but as I said, we had a good Q1 and Q2 especially so we were confident and both Mark and myself could save a set [of tyres] so that was good.

Q:
Mark, well done, second on the grid, was it a coincidence or team plan that you both decided to go out early in Q3?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, we spoke about it before the session. As Seb said, it's nice to do it earlier than later. I think even Nico ran once, a few teams ran once in Q3. It just depends where you put it. Obviously if you make a mistake, late, you can't go again. If you make a mistake earlier then you can maybe go again, so maybe other teams will look at this strategy in the future. Who knows? It's not rocket science. There are enough clever people up and down the pit-lane to have a look at it. We know it's going to be a tough grand prix so everyone's... so it's a long race, we'll do our best, see what happens with the tyres and go from there.

Q:
A little bit of a gap between the two of you; can you explain that?

Mark Webber:
Seb did a great job today. We know he's running good pace on Saturday afternoons, so he's done a good job. Yes, I would have liked to have been a bit closer but we know these cars are very complex and you need everything right to get the laps done so in the end I was happy with what I did, the team did a great job and it's the ultimate result for the team. It would be nice to get pole but we're on the front row. Seb did a good job, deserved pole and here we go, see how we go tomorrow. It's the first lock-out we've had of the front row so we'll try and have a smooth day tomorrow and that will be nice.

Q:
You talked yesterday about turn eight being challenging with these new regs. Tell us about what sort of challenges you face?

Mark Webber:
Ah, just said the tyres get destroyed through there; there's a few corners on the track where the tyres are having a hard time and that's normal, so it will probably be evident in the grand prix, how many stops we make, certainly more than two and less than six. Yeah, we'll have a few pit-stops, I'm sure.

Q:
Nico, well done to you; you said the tyre situation was good yesterday, still good?

Nico Rosberg:
Well, it's going to be an issue, for everybody, for sure. It's just a matter of finding the compromise in the race, how much you can push, how much you need to save tyres for the length of the stint that you have.

Q:
Also, looking back to the last race as well, obviously a good performance there, but it's looked good all this weekend as well. Are you happy with third on the grid or could you have done better?

Nico Rosberg:
No, I'm happy for sure. It's really nice to see the progress that we're making, when you think where we were four races ago, and now it's huge steps, and really learning from the mistakes and the problems that we've had and really making the most of the car that we have and just extracting more and more from it. So that's really good and I think the team has been doing a great job there and that's why I'm pleased with third, but of course, we're still not where we want to be, so everybody's still going to keep on pushing.

Q:
You've got two McLarens behind you and two Red Bulls ahead; is it attack or defence or both?

Nico Rosberg:
No, I'm going to have a stunning start because I'm going to be on the clean side of the grid, so I'm going to go straight past Mark and then we will see!