TV UNILATERALS

Q:
Sebastian, you said all along this week that the new regulations on engine mapping wouldn't affect Red Bull and as you are on pole I assume you are correct.

Sebastian Vettel:
I didn't say that. There was obviously a lot of talk beforehand going into this grand prix and there will be a lot of talk before the next grand prix. But everyone will lose out something. People expect us to lose more than others but that's where I disagree. All in all a very good day for us. Very good to have the front row for our team. It will be a long race tomorrow. It is always tough here. It is a tricky circuit, there are so many corners. We have got 25 before we cross the line again and especially in qualifying to get every single corner right is very, very difficult. So to get the perfect lap in is quite tough. But I think my first run was quite good. I was very happy and Mark obviously in the second run. It is a good result and a good point to start from tomorrow so we will see what we can do.

Q:
Mark, you are alongside Sebastian on the front row as it was last year and you were the only one of the leading contenders to improve on your final run. So was it the perfect lap from you?

Mark Webber:
It was pretty good to be honest. As Seb touched on you have got so many corners you would like to put all of them together perfectly from all of your runs I suppose. But that's not the case. You have got to try and do your best to put them together when it counts. I hadn't had the smoothest build up into Q3 so the guys did a good job to recover with me. I knew there was some more to come on the last lap, I just had to put it all together. Still not easy. Still it was a pretty good lap and it was good to go a little bit quicker in the last sector to put that one together. Seb was a bit stronger in the first two but in the end great day for the team off the back of all the talk. Nice to come here today and do well. Of course, no points today so looking forward to tomorrow's race and go from there.

Q:
Lewis, you to were trying to improve right at the end of Q3. But, compared to this morning, third on the grid is that a good effort for you and McLaren?

Lewis Hamilton:
Definitely. Definitely. We weren't really - at least I wasn't - expecting to be so high up. After P3 we were struggling a little trying to switch the tyres on but the guys did a great job in analysing some of the data that we have from there to improve into qualifying. Fantastic job by the guys. I think the lap wasn't too bad. Tried to improve on the last lap there but you are always trying to get a little bit more but I guess I got a bit greedy so just bailed out on the last lap and hopefully save those tyres for the race.

Q:
Sebastian, you have already alluded to it being a long race tomorrow. A double drag reduction zone system as it was in Canada. How easy will it be for you to protect that pole position?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well it depends where you are exactly, as you say. Obviously if you are in the front and the people are close enough behind then it is tricky. And it is tricky not only once, but twice here. Valencia is a street circuit but still they are quite long straights and for those two zones it will be important tomorrow to have enough of a gap or if you are behind to be close enough to try something. Both times you have a reasonable hard stop so you can try something under braking so we will see. At the moment it is not yet clear how many stops we will have and how efficient overtaking will be so we will see what happens. As I say it is a long race and it will be quite hot tomorrow.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
Sebastian, was this Red Bull's answer to the regulation changes?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well I mean as we touched on earlier there has been a lot of talk but for us we never really understood why. We had to focus on what we have to do here and that's it. I think we had a good qualifying session. Generally I think a good build-up throughout the weekend. Picking up steadily some pace and, in my case, I felt more and more comfortable in the car. That was most important. It is nice today to sit here and to have the front row for us so it is a good start for tomorrow but it is a long race so we will have to go from there then.

Q:
Interesting that you did seven laps in Q1 on the prime tyre. Probably the hottest conditions that you've used them and, of course, same time as it is going to be race time tomorrow.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, we did a couple of laps, probably more than we needed to, but in the end it is free running and it is nice to get a feel for the car especially with the conditions as I think the circuit has changed from morning to afternoon so I was quite happy that I wasn't called in and I could have a couple of laps to get the eye in.

Q:
What is your feeling between the prime and the option for tomorrow for the race?

Sebastian Vettel:
Big difference I would say. If you look at the lap times only, for the whole field it is somewhere in the region of one to 1.5 seconds or for some even more seconds so it is a big step. If you are in Q3 the option tyre was the favoured one as usual. But I think tomorrow for strategy and so on it will be quite interesting. Maybe we will see a different approach at different times so we will have to go from there. So first off, as I said, we need a good start and then we see where we are. You see whether you have a gap you can afford to wait a lap or not whether you have to try to pass someone but tyres are pretty far from each other.

Q:
Mark, your third time on the front row this year. Can you be fighting for the lead tomorrow?

Mark Webber:
Absolutely. It is going to be a long race for all of us. Not too clear on how we are going to go with the race strategically so I am in the second best place to start the race. It's been a tight qualy, wasn't the best build-up through Q3 for me. I was a little bit out of bed. The boys did a good job recovering. It looks like we had a bit of a brake balance issue so we have recovered from that and then in the end did a very good job with getting back onto the front row ahead of our main rivals.

Q:
Will brakes be an issue during the race tomorrow?

Mark Webber:
Brakes? No, touch wood. It should be fine.

Q:
And that final corner. So many people seemed to make mistakes there. What is it about it?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, it is a very challenging corner actually. One of the most challenging on the calendar for us although it is just a tight second gear left hand hairpin, or first, depending on what your ratios are. But the entry speed is very high. You have a kink beforehand but you know the entry and exit are both very important so you see people having a lot of problems getting into there. It is quite easy to misjudge the breaking point. I was very, very lucky on my last lap and got it right so that helped me get the front row but it is easy to run out of talent and not look too good there. But got through there today just.

Q:
Lewis, yesterday you said that you found the primes quite difficult; were they better today, had the circuit come to you?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think that when we got to qualifying we managed to switch them on a little bit better. So, through the team analysing some of the data, the pressures, temperatures, all those kind of things, seemed to be able to switch them on - thank heavens, because we were struggling in practice. For us, there was almost a three-second difference from prime to option at one point. So I was quite thankful that I was able to get a decent time out of it in Q1 and then, obviously on the options, they worked quite easily, they were very easy to bring in, so I'm quite happy with the pace that we had. I think it's good for us to be able to be up ahead of the Ferraris this weekend, compared to the previous race. I think we should be able to have a good race from there.

Q:
Can you race Red Bull?

Lewis Hamilton:
Ah, that is always the question but we're as close as we can be. This is a track notorious for being difficult to overtake on. Since 2008 it was always hard to overtake whoever was up front, but we will see what happens. Obviously there are more pit stops here - hopefully - than we've had in the past. We've seen how the other races have unfolded, so we could still have an exciting race.