QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE)
Michael, congratulations first of all. I would like to know how big the step was between what you thought Formula One was in Spa 1991 and what you already know in Spa 2011. Can you explain?

Michael Schumacher:
You are talking about the development from the beginning to now mainly?

Q:
Whatever you thought Formula One was before that race and whatever you know already?

Michael Schumacher:
Well the main point is if you are not a Formula One driver, at least myself, I was doubtful whether my quality was good enough to compete with these guys. You see them as untouchables, especially in those moments where you had (Ayrton) Sennas, (Alain) Prosts, (Nigel) Mansells and so on. I didn't really think I could match. Getting the first experience, coming over here and driving the car, I sort of quickly picked up the confidence that it was possible and from there on we all know. At the end of the day we are all humans, we all have limits and you drive within those and there is no reason why it is impossible to beat those guys in the past and neither these guys that are here right now. That's the good thing about Formula One. It is always a challenge and it is always a motivating challenge that is great fun.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
The question is to both Renault drivers. You have a completely different car here. The exhaust goes to the back now more than to the side. It is a different concept than the car was projected and you didn't test it. But can you imagine it can happen?

Vitaly Petrov:
Who said we have different car. We have quite similar.

Q:
(Inaudible question)

Vitaly Petrov:
No, no. It is first time here. We have some planning maybe to try rear exhaust, but both cars will be absolutely similar.

Q: (Pierre Van Vliet - F1 Magazine)
Just one general question about the circuit. Is it a different challenge to cope with the longest race track of the championship. I mean, in qualifying, how difficult is it to put the three sectors together and to take care of the tyres.

Vitaly Petrov:
I think it is a good time for thinking as it is a long lap and you can think when you want to come in and change your tyres. But, actually, or maybe me, I like it very much this track. I think it has a lot of interesting corners, high speed corners, and Eau Rouge you need to do flat. Last year it was with F-Duct, this year you need to hold with two hands, but I like it very much. And sometimes it is very interesting. In one place it is raining, in one place it is dry so it is always interesting to race here.

Q:
So is it an issue the fact that it is seven kilometres, a very long circuit. Is that a bid deal or is it just normal? Sebastian?

Sebastian Vettel:
I like it. It is a long track. It could be even longer. I think that's why in a way if it would be possible we would be delighted to race at the Nurburgring in the old circuit. The fact that the lap is longer here doesn't make a big difference. We have a lot of straights, long straights, so enough time to recover. But sector two is the one that is most enjoyable as you have got all the corners there. As I said sector one and three there is only one corner really so it is one of the best tracks all year so I think we all love coming here.

Michael Schumacher:
I think the basic is that we sort of manage to concentrate for a whole race, that is 300km, so we manage whether a track is five km or seven km is the same. It is not a big deal for us.

Q: (Julien Febreau - L'Equipe)
Question for Bruno: could you tell us what the boss of Renault GP told you about the rest of the season, and will you keep the seat until the end of the season?

Bruno Senna:
Well, right now, I'm confirmed for this race and the next race but, for some legal issues still to be resolved, they can't confirm the rest of the year or not. The intentions are that I do it but it still cannot be confirmed.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters)
Michael, it's been 20 years; what chance of you still being involved in Formula One in some capacity whether it be management or something in ten year's time as well?

Michael Schumacher:
Honestly, I'm not really intending, right now, because I'm fully focused and happy in what I'm doing. I have, in the past, never really expressed a wish to be in an operational area in terms of management or something, that's not really the area which I like. That might change in the far future but I can't look far enough ahead to tell when that would be and if that would be.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Sebastian, you said that you had time to understand what happened in the last three races; what was the conclusion?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, I think it's no secret. I can understand that you're quite curious now to find out what it was, but it was nothing, no secrets to reveal. Obviously, the last three races were pretty different in terms of conditions, especially Nurburgring was a bit of a surprise with very cold temperatures, whereas in the past, I think we have always been very competitive, but it was cold. It seemed that we were struggling more than others this year so it's basic homework, nothing wrong that went on the car or nothing wrong with the car itself. So it's just trying to get everything up to temperature quick enough where we seemed to struggle a little bit so, as I said, I think already for Hungary we made a step forward and now we go from there. Obviously, we've had no time to test in between so we can only analyse and think about those things which make more sense but we need to confirm them on the track.

Q: (Alexey Popov - VGTRK)
Question to all five drivers - except Michael. It's just about you! Can you remember, gentlemen, your first race with Michael, when you first saw him on TV or maybe as a spectator? And secondly, will you try to be more respectful than usual with him on Sunday?

Bruno Senna:
Well, the first time I saw Michael racing was Spa in 1991, on his debut in Formula One. I remember it pretty clearly when he had a really...

Michael Schumacher:
How old were you??

Bruno Senna:
Um, eight?

Jerome D'Ambrosio:
How old are you?

Bruno Senna:
27. Not that young any more. So I saw a great performance in qualifying but unfortunately he had a bit of a failure on his car up Eau Rouge, which denied him a good result but obviously he showed that he had great potential to fulfil in the following steps of his career.

Q:
And will you show him respect?

Bruno Senna:
We're racing aren't we, so if it's close racing or more distant, we will have to see, but we are fighting for every inch of the track and it's a great privilege for me to be racing with him and hopefully he will be in a good position to be fighting for points.

Jerome D'Ambrosio:
Well, it wasn't the best weekend actually. I was in the paddock at Imola in '94 on Saturday and that was my first weekend in Formula One. Obviously, Michael was driving there.

Bruno Senna:
Will you show him any respect?

Jerome D'Ambrosio:
Well, I will really make sure he doesn't lose... try not to lose a tenth when there's a blue flag situation. I will really try hard on this weekend for him.

Sebastien Buemi:
For me, '91 is a long time ago. I was a bit small, so I can't really remember. I think the first races I really remember were '94, '95 when he was driving for Benetton.

Vitaly Petrov:
As you know, I started to watch Formula One very, very late because I was in my town to be honest, I never saw racing - I was racing myself but I never even knew what Formula One was, so I think I started to watch when Michael was battling with Alonso, at this time. And when I heard that he would stop racing, I was a little bit, you know... I said why? Because I wanted to race with him.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think Michael asked me to have some respect, so I'm not sure. I think the first time I was in touch with Michael was 1991 or 1992, probably as a toy car in kindergarten. I remember the first time I went to Hockenheim with my father to see free practice. We went all the way down to the first chicane. It was raining like crazy and Michael had this yellow Benetton at the time. To see a Formula One car and then to see Michael passing... he was probably just on an install lap, nothing spectacular but it was really very special. Unfortunately, nobody else went out because it was raining so hard. There was only a couple of cars but that was the first time that I remember. Obviously, after that there were a lot of races... when I was go-karting, Michael was sort of all the kids' hero. When we had this race in Kerpen at the end of the season, he handed over the trophies and it was very special to see him, to meet him, to shake his hand and to get our trophies presented by him. Still there are some pictures from that time and to imagine now, to know what happened in the past and to see today that we are racing against each other in Formula One is quite crazy. Obviously, I have a lot of respect. It's very special to me. As I said, he was the hero of my childhood. I can't give you too much credit now, but I think he's an OK driver.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
Michael, in an interview with F1 Racing, you talk about pushing limits, occasionally going beyond the limits, during your early days, such as your battles with Damon Hill. Are you still able to find those limits and go beyond those limits these days, or are there different limitations physically, mentally etc?

Michael Schumacher:
There are different limitations, yeah, by the rulebook, physically, because the rulebook always leaves you certain grey zones and leaves you clear guidelines at some moments. You have always to adapt to those guidelines and to those changes and that's obviously the limits that you search for and occasionally you may overstep (those limits) and you may take the penalty for it.

Q: (Sven Haidinger - SportWoche)
Sebastian, Force India and McLaren hired some Bridgestone tyre experts. Do you think that you're missing something in that area with Red Bull?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, no doubt tyres are very important but as I found out, we are on Pirelli tyres this year. Obviously, there are some people around who have quite a good understanding about tyres in general. We have some people on board and I'm happy with the people that we have in that area. There will always be some transfers. If it's not drivers, then it will be engineers. That's normal.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
To all of you, when we were in Istanbul earlier in the year, drivers spoke about their love for the track, yet it's not going to be on the calendar next year. This week, lots of drivers have spoken about their love for Spa yet there are doubts about the future of this track. I just wonder if you find it disappointing that the quality of a track doesn't seem to matter as much as how much a track or circuit can pay for a race?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it would be a shame (if we lost this circuit), because there's a lot of history here. Michael is the best example; Formula One has been here for a long, long time and I think it would be a shame to lose a circuit like that. Spa has made massive improvements for safety in the last few years. It fully deserves, from a driver's point of view, to remain in the calendar for a longer time than all of us may be racing in Formula One.

Jerome D'Ambrosio:
I can follow what Sebastian just said there. I'm biased here, but it's the best circuit in the world. The only circuit that I can compare it with is Suzuka really. They are the two circuits in the world that stand up above the others. The pleasure you get to drive a qualifying lap here and during the race... I can't remember any race at Spa being boring, because of the lack of overtaking or anything. The fight with Mika and Michael at the end of the straight and then last year's rain - there's always something nice happening here so I wish that the circuit remains on the calendar for a long long time. As long as I'm in F1, I wish that every year I can drive on the track as it's my home circuit so it's also nice from that point of view.

Sebastien Buemi:
I think Sebastian and Jerome spoke well about it. It would be a shame if we lose a circuit because this is one of the best. At the end of the day we race where we have to race and we just concentrate on our job, but it's definitely a pleasure to be here and there are always a lot of things happening and it's definitely one of the best circuits and it would really be a shame...

Michael Schumacher:
The fact of the matter is that if you go along the paddock, everybody wants to come back here. It has so much tradition, so much atmosphere and we all love this track. We would all love to be here, but unfortunately it's not up to us to take this decision. If our word counts, you're going to have it.

Q: (Walter Koster - Saabrucker Zeitung)
Quite another question: Sebastian, do you remember my question last year; it's the same time here. I can tell you; it was a question concerning the gift for the birthday of your friendly team-mate. You intended to give him hair shampoo from the hotel. What will be the surprise on Saturday when it's his 35th birthday?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know. Maybe body lotion!

Q: (Bob McKenzie - Daily Express)
There has been plenty to rejoice in the career, but when you look back, are there any regrets among the rejoicings and is there a high spot and a low spot?

Michael Schumacher:
Certainly I guess in every person's career, you look at it and you think well, what has happened, you take a summary, you almost make an account and I have to say in my case, taking the 20 years, taking everything that I've been doing.... certainly, going backwards, I would do certain things differently, but then in life you have to make some mistakes in order to understand it is a mistake and to sort of set your guidelines and, all in all, I guess the vest that I'm wearing, that I'm wearing inside me, is pretty white, and I'm pretty happy about this. I don't have many regrets and overall, I certainly feel very excited and proud of what has happened.

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