QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe)
Lewis, you said you were good on the track and McLaren is good also. Is it your best chance at the beginning of the year to beat the Red Bulls as they are not so good in Montreal?

Lewis Hamilton:
I would like to think so but again they have been fast at every circuit. I think they have been incredibly successful on all the circuits so far, so you have to assume they will be very quick here as well. But perhaps, as in the last race, maybe the gap will be a little bit closer compared to places like Barcelona. I am expecting to see that through a lot of the field. I would definitely say, looking at the next few races, that this is definitely one of the better ones for us.

Q: (Dave Stubbs - Montreal Gazette)
Lewis, this race will feature two DRS zones. How is that going to change the complexion of this race as you see it?

Lewis Hamilton:
We use the DRS in qualifying, so we use it everywhere we can. I think the great thing here is you see quite a lot of overtaking here. You have the great long straight coming out of a hairpin. I definitely think it is not always easy to follow through corners still as you still need downforce. But the DRS, having it in two places, I think will enable people to get even closer. It is a long, long straight. I don't know where they put the DRS zone exactly for those straights. I think it will just make racing even better. Of course the FIA will assess if it is too easy or not too easy. I think we will work together with them to make sure the zones are set in the right place so we don't just whizz past people halfway down the straights. I think so far this year it has been fantastic for racing and enabled people to get close to actually make safe manoeuvres, so I think this weekend you will probably see that as well.

Q:
Still regarding the two DRS zones, do you think it would be maybe a more exciting show to have the second zone at the Wall of Champions, so that whoever gets past in zone one can try to fight back in zone two.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, I guess it will make it much tougher. When you overtake one person you overtake them but then they are able to use DRS in the next zone. It is going to make it much harder as when you make an overtaking manoeuvre usually you are able to pull a little bit of a gap by the next lap so hopefully they are not right behind you but here you won't have. They will be right on your tail so I guess strategy and depending on where you use the DRS and the way you overtake it is going to be interesting, I would assume everyone would probably wait, just stay behind them and not even bother overtaking on the first DRS zone and wait for the last one so for the rest of the lap they are able to pull away.

Q: (Francois Drabli - Pole Position Magazine)
Lewis, yesterday you were driving Ferraris at Mont Tremblant race track in the Laurentians, so do we see a trend there?

Lewis Hamilton:
No, no, no. I was just at a friend's house and they were the only cars that he had, so I had a little bit of a go.

Q: (Francois Drabli - Pole Position Magazine)
Did you have fun go-karting at the same time there ?

Lewis Hamilton:
I didn't do any go-karting. I had planned to go there and just have some fun and he has a lot of cars, so I was going to get to drive a McLaren - the GTR longtail - but I thought it was probably just wise to just drive a road car around a couple of laps, so I only did a couple of laps, but I will definitely be going back at some stage to make sure I can use all the rubber that he has and all the brakes he has and it's free, so it should be fun.

Q: (Marco degli Innocenti - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Lewis, we have learnt that there has been an exchange of letters between you and President of the FIA about the issues in Monaco. What's your mood now, don't you think that you are too often a sort of target for a lot of criticism for your behaviour, not necessarily as a driver? Don't you feel a little under permanent judgement?

Lewis Hamilton:
No. Well, last week, coming back from the Grand Prix, I had some time to reflect on my behaviour and my weekend and again, just a feeling of it just being a bad day, a bad weekend in the office, so I wrote a letter to the FIA to apologise, and I also spoke to the drivers. I just felt it was necessary to do that, I think it was the right thing for me to do and to be able to put everything behind me. This is racing, you know. When you're competitive - and this is the pinnacle of motor sport - and it's not easy to overtake in this sport, and so every manoeuvre you make is definitely questionable. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't. So it's inevitable when I do quite a lot of overtaking quite often, so sometimes it's going to be right, sometimes not, but I think the stewards are doing a great job. Since I've been in Formula One, it's been improving, the consistency of the rules, the approach of the stewards with the new racing driver, I think it makes it much better so while I would prefer not to be up at the stewards' office so often - and trust me, I'm trying my hardest to stay out of there - my whole life I was always in the headmaster's office so I'm used to it. I would just try to improve and learn from the situations that I get myself into.

Q: (Martin Samuel - The Daily Mail)
Question to you all: Rubens Barrichello, speaking as the chairman of your association, said today that the drivers were not opposed in principle to racing in Bahrain. Can I ask you gentlemen if that is true and if so, why is it not a matter of principle to race in Bahrain?

Adrian Sutil:
I think that for me, I would say, as long as it's safe, I could race there, but I'm not in charge of that, so the FIA and the FOTA is doing that and I think they will find a solution. But for me, as long as it's safe I'm happy to race. It's a good place to go, I always like this circuit so that's all I can say about that.

Vitaly Petrov:
I think the question is just about the safety. The FIA knows what to do. If they see that it will not be dangerous, we will go. If it's still dangerous I think it's better not to go.

Pastor Maldonado:
Ok, let's wait for the FOTA decision. I think we are drivers who enjoy racing. For sure it's a difficult time there but I think we need to wait and see what they decide.

Lewis Hamilton:
I think the drivers mostly commentated on things (already). Hopefully the teams and the FIA and the drivers will collectively make the right decision and us as drivers, we just have to rely on them that the right decision will be made. We want to race, not just for our own benefit but also for the benefit of others as well.

Sergio Perez:
Well, first of all for me it was important to recover after the crash so I'm not very aware of the news. I will speak to my team and see what is the latest news. I don't know if everything is clear to race there but for me, if it's one race more or if my team agrees and all the drivers and teams agree, then I think there's no problem to go if everything is safe again.

Q: (Fulvio Solms - Corriere dello Sport )
Lewis, referring to your Monte Carlo issue, do you think it's correct to compare your behaviour to the young Schumachers' and the young Alonso's?

Lewis Hamilton:
Well Schumacher is not really young any more - oh, when he was younger. I would hope not. I think I'm a passionate driver. I can't emphasise just how passionate I am about racing and about winning and the pressure that I put on myself, with the pressures that go with the job and the admiration for what you do, I think that inevitably sometimes you say the right and the wrong things. Like Gilles Villeneuve and like Ayrton, they were also very, very passionate racing drivers, so I prefer to hopefully one day be referred to someone similar to them.

Q: (Bob McKenzie - The Daily Express)
Lewis, Todt said that, had you not written, he was thinking about a six race ban, so was that in your mind when you wrote, and do you think you're lucky not to have had that sort of thing?

Lewis Hamilton:
It wasn't in mind, no, but just as I said earlier, I just had time to reflect on the weekend and I wrote a sincere apology to Jean and to the FIA and I got a great letter back, so after that I was able to put it behind me and I'm very grateful to be here. I do want what's best for the sport and I want to be able to contribute to improving the sport and making things great here.

Q: (Bob McKenzie - The Daily Express)
And when you say you've spoken to the drivers, does that include the man behind you, Mr Maldonado and Mr Massa, Mr Massa being the one who said that he thought that a ban would be appropriate because it would teach you a lesson?

Lewis Hamilton:
I know Felipe really well, I've known Felipe since Formula Three, maybe GP2 and so have a relatively good relationship with him. I gave him a call and he had calmed down also and he was able to understand the position and I've seen him... I've known him for many years, actually. We've known each other for quite a few years, him and his family. You know he's doing a fantastic job, he was very quick that weekend and was obviously not wanting to put anyone out of the Grand Prix. It's one of the toughest Grands Prix to overtake, but I think the drivers understand and it's easy, in the heat of the moment, to say the wrong things but afterwards to realise that, OK, you probably were not in the right position to make the manoeuvre, so I felt it important for me to just make that clear to them and apologise for my statement afterwards.

Q: (Dave Stubbs - Montreal Gazette)
Sergio, was there every any doubt at any point that you would be fit to race in Montreal and can you tell us a little bit what kind of tests the FIA gives you to determine that you're fit to race this weekend?

Sergio Perez:
After the accident, everything was planned to leave the day after, but I felt a bit dizzy so I stayed there one more day and there was enough time, we were always very positive that there was enough time to recover after the accident. All the doctors were very positive that nothing was damaged, no problem at all, so it was just a matter of time to get back to normal life, and I got back very quickly. They did all their examinations - actually they are very good examinations. They checked all my bones, my reactions, my memory, that everything is fine and that I don't feel sick or have a headache and they saw all the results from the doctors, so that's what they did.

Q: (Peter Windsor - Clarcksport)
Lewis, going back to Monaco again, first lap at Monaco, when Michael passed you into the hairpin, can you just talk us through that? Presumably you thought you had a puncture or something, but it looked like... I don't know. Can you tell us what happened? The opening lap, going into the hairpin. Michael got you down the inside in a very easy way.

Lewis Hamilton:
The opening laps? Yeah. He just caught me sleeping really. Yes. I was keeping an eye on the guys in front because everyone was bunched up. Everyone was going particularly slowly and Michael went for a gap that was there. I noticed very late that he was there and I didn't turn in, I gave him enough room to let him past. The race is not won on the first lap. I think that experience also led me to believe that overtaking was possible there so that's why I tried to do a rather opportunistic overtaking manoeuvre, but I wasn't luck enough to have as much space as Michael.

Q:
Adrian, can you just talk us through the incident with Kobayashi?

Adrian Sutil:
Yeah, well the only thing that I could feel at this stage was that he hit me a little bit on the rear tyre and then I lost control of my car. I caught my car again but he got past me so the incident was looked at by the stewards. I think he got a reprimand for that. I'm OK with this. At this stage I was a little bit slower because of something with my tyres, so he tried it. It's difficult to pass in Monaco and let's say it was on the edge but I have no problem with it.

Q: (Terry Jones - Edmonton Sun )
Adrian, Lewis, earlier you made reference to your thoughts about how much you enjoy this race in Montreal. I wonder if you could both expand on it in terms of the context of the Canadian Grand Prix and Montreal compared to other events on the F1 circuit?

Adrian Sutil:
Well this is more like a street circuit, as I said, and it's always nice and enjoyable, a little bit different to all the normal circuits where the run-off areas are big and you can probably get away with some mistakes. So here there's a wall and you have to be very careful when you're driving but it's also a great circuit just to have a race and to overtake, to make some manoeuvres. Strategy is quite important here and I would say that overall this weekend is special. OK, sometimes you have more like a normal race weekend where it's all about the racing. Of course, that's here for us as well but you can feel this atmosphere and all the fans around the circuit. It's close to the city, it's in the city which is why I like it here, that's why it's always something special and a little bit of a different place than a normal permanent race track.

Lewis Hamilton:
First and foremost, the city is one of my favourite cities in the world. I think it's very cosmopolitan and great restaurants, the weather's generally been fantastic every time we've been here. I've not been here when the Grand Prix has not been here but every time we've been here with the Grand Prix, it just seems incredibly lively. They put on a great show and great hosts for all the fans that come. And then you come to the circuit which is on a tiny island, with great history, as Adrian was saying. I think street circuits are my preferred circuits, they are the riskiest, the trickiest circuits to race on and it's a great place to drive. It's one of those circuits where downforce is not the most important thing. It's a combination of high speed as well, end-of-straight speed, so you can overtake. It has that massively long back straight here which you don't have at a lot of circuits and the fans...I've never been here when the grandstands have not been completely packed. You go to circuits sometimes where there are a couple of thousand people and the atmosphere is just nowhere. But you come here and you immediately feel the huge buzz, as I'm sure do the people who are watching, because you can see all these people in the crowd, passionate about motor racing. It's spectacular.

Q: (Andy Benson - BBC Sport)
Lewis, you sounded quite downbeat about your chances here just then...

Lewis Hamilton:
That's a misunderstanding.

Q: (Andy Benson - BBC Sport)
Yeah, I was going to say because on the face of it, this has got to be a circuit that favours you almost more than any so far, hasn't it? Don't you go into the weekend as favourite?

Lewis Hamilton:
I never like to go into the weekend as favourite and I don't like to be too upbeat. I'm not Muhammad Ali. I'm not going to come here and say this weekend's going to be the best weekend ever. I'm coming off a very tough weekend where I had good pace. I'm racing against some very, very talented drivers who are going to be quick as well and I'd rather do my talking on the track, so I'm hoping that our car works well here. I feel like I'm in a good head space so hopefully that will add to a good result.

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