Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Paul di Resta (Force India), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Daniel Ricciardo (HRT).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe).
Rubens, you enjoyed years of domination with Michael and Ferrari. Do you think that Vettel and Red Bull are doing the same, and do you fear it?

Rubens Barrichello:
I think it's different. I think that you have different tyres that you have to manage. We went through a period where the Ferrari car was fantastic and we didn't have to worry about the tyres so I think that placed us in good hands which was good for the show, is good for everything. Even though you have a Red Bull car, you're still going to have to be looking after the tyres. If any car is following Sebastian and he makes a mistake, with the DRS now you are able to overtake so I think the changes are better for the show in that respect. I think Sebastian has been doing a fantastic job to keep on winning but I think these days it's actually tougher and he cannot sleep.

Q: (Adam Scriven - Racing Post).
Paul, you've got lots of experience as a racing driver but in Formula One terms, you're obviously halfway through your rookie season. Give us an idea of the learning curve that you're going through. How much do you think that you're learning at each race weekend?

Paul di Resta:
Well, you're always learning as a racing driver. I think the biggest thing is confidence in Formula One and building it the right way, probably starting a bit on the safe side at the beginning of the weekend and building your way up, and that's what I've tried to do, to have that approach. I felt that's the most solid way to go forward. In terms of driving, obviously it's a bit different to what I was recently used to, the DTM car, now in an open-wheeled car but it's good fun and all I can say is that I'm well on to put in the hard work, to be in a Formula One car.

Q: (Mediator).
You talk there about confidence; on a high speed circuit like this, is it going to be more difficult to find that confidence than perhaps it was on a lower speed circuit?

Yeah, probably. This is the first high speed track this year, really, and even on the simulator you do get the sensation of that and having walked the track this morning, the wind that we're going to have from the exit of Copse all the way down to Stowe I'm sure will make it interesting as well. The wind effect is something that I'm not used to, but it's the same for everybody I suppose. It's who can do the best job out there will be the winner.

Q: (Stephen Howard - The Sun).
Rubens said that Sebastian Vettel cannot sleep but for either of you two guys there (the McLaren drivers), perhaps he could sleep and still win it.

Jenson Button:
I think if I was in that position I would be able to sleep, couldn't you? Maybe it's all the partying that he's doing, that's why he can't sleep. Sorry, I don't even know the question. I just made up my own answer.

Q: (Stephen Howard - The Sun).
I mean he's so far ahead he could do it in his sleep perhaps.

Yeah. Really? Is that the question? I like it. No, I don't think so. He's still pushing hard. We've seen that, he's on the limit. He's obviously done a very good job in qualifying. It's very impressive that he's been able to put it on pole at every race except one and in the races it's been a little bit more difficult for them. We've challenged them a few times, probably three or four - in four races we have challenged them. Twice we've beaten them and the other two we didn't. It's not a walk in the park for him. He's still having to push hard and it's good to see and I hope it continues that way.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speedsport News).
Rubens, you've done over 300 of these things. What sort of advice would you give Daniel, not only for the race but for his first race weekend?

Well, I think that first of all you have to see what your car's like and obviously it will be very different to the one you were driving, by the looks of it. So just pace yourself because there's a lot of high speed here. Knowing the circuit a lot, get a good balance, the tyres are going to degrade a lot. Just have fun, forget you're doing Formula One, just do the same as you've done in the other races.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speedsport News).
And Daniel, you said that this will be the longest race you have ever done. Have you upped your training for this, or do you think you're ready for it?

Daniel Ricciardo:
I've been travelling a lot, now doing both championships so I can only do so much with the training at this stage but I think the race fitness is pretty good because I've done quite a bit of racing this year. So yeah, we will see how we go on Sunday but I feel ready for it. I've got an idea, being the reserve for Red Bull Racing last year and seeing how the boys handle the race weekend - Mark and Seb - and knowing what they do or knowing a little bit what they do outside of race weekends, I'm able to build up a bit of a programme for myself. I've only known a week ago that this was going to come; I can't change the world in a week. I'd been preparing for it for a little while just in case I got the call, which I have. I'm sure I'm going to be alright.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
To all drivers; the blown diffuser helps the car in the braking area, brings more speed in the high speed bends and in general improves the car's handling. Now you don't have it any more on a high speed track and you don't have the opportunity to test it on the track. Are your worried about the safety here?

I think that the answers can be different from driver to driver because in my car there wasn't such a difference in the high speed, to be honest. The difference was more in the braking area through the low speed so like Lewis said, there's going to be a lot of set-up adjustments with the new parts on the car, you're going to be looking for adjustment. Formula One moves on very, very fast. You cannot just say 'yeah, you have lost like half a second' and that's it. You're going to find something better by the end of the weekend, you've probably got to the level - if you've done a really good job - that you didn't even lose anything, so I suspect it's the same for everyone on that part.

I think that the top teams will lose quite a bit, because we've had this for a little while now so you start designing the car around the systems that you have in place. It's going to be a reasonably big hit and you'll feel it everywhere: high, low speed, not so much on power but it's more under braking and high speed corners. I think the biggest problem will be is that braking and exit will be very different in corners to the feeling of the car, could be changing a lot, so that's probably the thing that you need to get used to.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sorry, but the question is about safety.

Safety? No. It's just like us driving in a slower car, with less downforce. There's no safety issues. We feel the circuit, we feel the car. When it's wet we have to drive the car slower because it's easier to go off because there's less grip. There's no safety issues, no.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
Jenson and Lewis, is there are any concern amongst either of you that we could be entering a period of domination with Seb and Red Bull like we saw with Michael and Ferrari at the start of the last decade?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think Rubens answered it well. I don't think so. I think it's a different time, rules are changing all the time. They've clearly established that they're a strong team but you have lots of other strong teams and it even looks like people like Renault is getting stronger this year. You've got Mercedes who are there or thereabouts. You've even got Williams, the updates, the changes that they're going to have over the next couple of years. You never know if they're going to be back up there with us, which I think will be great for the sport. I don't think it will be the same situation. I think there was a lot more to it in the Schumacher days. I don't even bother going into that.

I don't know. It's difficult to compare. They're extremely quick and they have the reliability. Last year they were quick but they didn't have the reliability, so obviously they've taken a step forward. They're very strong in many areas so it's tough to beat them but we've beaten them twice, it's not as much as we'd like to beat them but they are beatable and I think Michael won 13 races or something at the start of one year, so we are just going to hope that doesn't happen but I think we are close. We are close to them. It's not like they have a massive, massive advantage like one and a half or two seconds or something.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National Newspaper, Abu Dhabi).
We've seen in recent months that Britain has a lot of sportsmen competing at the highest level, like McIlroy, Andy Murray, David Haye. I'm just wondering where Formula One stands in the British sporting hierarchy?

I've never compared it before but I would say that we're doing alright, as a sport in general. In the history of motor racing, it's been a British driver that's been a fighting near the front. I think we're looking pretty good. You are right. We're doing well at golf at the moment which is great, also in cycling: Cavendish won yesterday which was good to see. And there are many other sports that we're doing very well in. I think we should be very happy with how competitive we are at the moment and I think that's good, looking forward to the Olympics. Obviously we won't be involved in that but I think we should all be very proud with what we've achieved over the last few years and hopefully we will go on to achieve a lot more.

Again, as Jenson said, it wasn't that long ago that we had back-to-back World Champions so I think the coverage that's being given in the UK at the moment is great from the BBC. They keep saying their figures are rising which is great. I think the racing's helped that but I think it's very difficult to compare too much. I think it depends on the season and it depends on what's gone on, how competitive it is. I'm relatively new to it, so these guys will speak more about that.

I don't compare them. I'm very proud to be a part of British sport. We challenge competitively in pretty much every sport and for some reason, there's always someone that's competing, pushing hard enough. We've all got very much devoted to achieving our goals and to winning. I think that we as the British public and the British sportsmen we generally have a really good pedigree for sport. I think that's quite impressive, and I think the more support that we can get from the fans and the more support we can get from you guys, that makes a huge difference to us all so we have to keep it up.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
We have a new start and finish line and the first two corners are pretty quick. Do you think that it will be more difficult to gain a position at the start or less than before?

I think there will be more opportunity for overtaking, I think that was the plan. I think turn one and two are fairly straightforward, flat out, but before you go through Copse, everyone would then get in single file, flat out through the next sector. Now it's quite quick through turns one and two but you have an opportunity, it's very wide into turn three so it's probably going to be relatively easy to be able to follow through turns one and two and then have an opportunity into turn three, I think. I think it will be great for the racing and for the start.

Q: (Jeff Sweet - The Sun).
Could the McLaren boys come clean and tell us how long you took to make up after that slight shunt in Canada? And have there been any team rules ever since, to not really go for it alongside each other, so it doesn't happen again?

Well, I got out of the car after the first race in Canada, before it was red-flagged, went back to the sort of mobile home thing that we have there and Lewis was there so we had a little chat so it was all done.

It was done before the race was even won, before he won the race.

It's good that way.

Q: (Mike Doodson - Honorary).
Daniel, some of us find it intriguing that your name is written one way and you pronounce it another way. Have you considered going back to pronouncing it the way that generations of Ricciardos presumably did in the old country? After all, it could be an important factor when Ferrari comes knocking on your door in a few years time.

An interesting question. I guess that growing up in Australia, coming from an English speaking country, to try and get people to say it as the Italians would, to roll the R and give it the expression, it doesn't really come out the same way. I will always be known as saying Riccardo and you sort of cross out the second i. In Italy - as my father is Sicilian - they will say Ricciardo or however an Italian would say it, probably. So yeah, I say Riccardo because it's a bit easier for most people. That's how it was but I guess the Italians are more than welcome to say it how it probably is meant to be said.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girlracer).
Daniel, in the run-up to this Grand Prix, Colin [Kolles] has made some comments about the car not really suiting the track. Are you concerned that your F1 debut might not really happen this weekend, due to the 107 per cent rule?

Oh. I haven't thought about that at all. I hope I'm more than capable of qualifying in that percentage. I don't fear it will be a problem. It's my first time in the car and I do expect it will be different to what I've driven before. I don't expect it to be the Red Bull that I drove in Abu Dhabi for the junior tests. Tonio's done a good job this year and he's qualified all the time so if he's able to qualify then I hope I can too. It hasn't even crossed my mind.


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