Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse).
Sebastian, you are 112 points in advance. You have got eight wins in the championship. No driver winning eight races in the championship ever lost the championship. When will you allow yourself to say that you are in a great position to win the title?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think I allow myself to say we are in a great position. I think if you ask Fernando or Lewis or Jenson or anybody, Mark, I think they would like to change, swap positions so no doubt about that. But it's over when it's over, not before. I think look at last year as the best proof. You don't know until the last lap of the last race. Obviously, this year it might be a bit different, but there are still a lot of races to go. We go into every race trying to optimise our result as we did here. We knew it might not be the easiest race for us especially after the last two years. This year we can back very competitive so it was great for us. We were in a great position and we optimised our result today I would say so couldn't have done much better. Great race. Great pit-stop. The start was not so good so we need to look into that for the next race. Then we go from there.

Q: (Vincent Marre - SportZeitung).
Sebastian, at what stage did you think you had the race won today?

Sebastian Vettel:
Really only when I came out of the Parabolica on the last lap because you never know here. Obviously I knew I would be in a very good position, with the laps going. Some 15 laps from the end I saw that I was 15 seconds in the lead, so in theory, if I'm just under a second slower per lap I would still be ahead going into the last lap but you never know, it's a long lap here and there are a lot of kerbs. You have to be careful not to do something silly: always get the braking right, for the cars it's a tough race. You're often above 300 kph and then you have to stop the car again. I knew that if nothing unforeseen happens, we should be in a great position, but you never know. We've had races where we had something happening at the end, so you always hope that nothing breaks and the car survives. At the end, it was about nursing the car to the chequered flag.

Q: (Matthias Brunner - Speedweek).
Seb, you told us in Belgium about the problems at the start. Are we talking about a similar problem here?

Sebastian Vettel:
I would say it's difficult. In Spa I think many people were surprised at the grip level being very high and then they suffered. Mark had a bad start in Spa, he went into the anti-stall, but I think other people as well had a bad start except maybe Nico. Here it was different. I think the grip level was much lower and I had a bit too much wheelspin off the line and lost a bit too much in the beginning, whereas I think Fernando had a great start and was just able to get the traction at the beginning of the start and we were side-by-side so yeah, he had the best start, as far as I could judge.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sebastian, you said your team made a great step forward from last year to this year. What about the car, how can you explain exactly such a good performance today in comparison to last year?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think last year we had a great car, very competitive. This year, obviously, the rules have changed again and it's a different approach. I think the real strength this year is maybe not the raw speed that we have because at some races maybe we shouldn't have won and it was very tight at others. So I think this year - in comparison to last year - we've made big progress. Just that everyone is very disciplined and we allow very few mistakes to happen, so even if we have a problem or the car is not a hundred percent, we're still able to get a very, very good performance out of it. Nobody starts shaking in the garage as I said. In the end, it's full of individuals, the driver, the mechanics, the engineers but we act as a team and as I said, even if the boat starts shaking, I think we all remain calm and we know what to do. I think that's it, if there is a secret to this year.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Fernando, is it true what Jenson said, that you lost second position because of the problem with the medium tyre temperatures? Also can you describe, yourself, your fantastic start, please?

Fernando Alonso:
With the medium... I think we cannot make a big thing about the medium tyre or our performance with different types of tyres. It's just something that we need to improve and we need to be competitive with all types of tyres in all conditions. That's not a particular problem but we were less competitive than Red Bull and McLaren. If we made a good start and found ourselves first, leading the race, that was not our real position, so sooner or later, with one tyre, with another tyre, on lap 15 or lap 45, they should overtake us, as they did and that's the reality. It's not a problem with one tyre or one pit stop or whatever.

If I had to describe the start, it was as usual a big moment in the race, as we know the start and the first couple of laps can change your race because you can be in traffic as we saw today with Michael and Hamilton. So if we concentrate on the start, the car was moving quite OK with no wheelspin and then you have to chose left or right to overtake Hamilton. I was thinking of the left but I saw Sebastian moving a little bit towards Hamilton as well so I thought maybe they were too close, so I went into the pit lane exit and Hamilton saw me and tried to move to the right. At the end, I think I had two wheels on the grass, two wheels on the asphalt for a moment, but I gave full throttle. Braking for turn one, which is always difficult because we arrived three or four cars [abreast] and there is only one that can go through turn one and two and we had the inside part so we were lucky there. It was a fantastic start, very, very similar or a replica of what we did in Barcelona, exactly the same. I started fourth.

Q: (Fabrizio Corgnati - 422race.com).
Sebastian, you explained to us how the win was very emotional for you, even if you have beaten the red car which is probably the crowd's favourite. What do you think about the response of the Italian fans to your victory?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think all the people who had a Red Bull shirt or Red Bull flag were very happy but the majority came here this morning dressed in red. Fair enough, it's Ferrari's home grand prix. It's an atmosphere that all the other teams are allowed to enjoy as well, because so many fans... you know, before the race, down on the grid, I thought - looking at the grandstands, seeing so many people, ignoring the colour of their shirt, seeing the crowd - life doesn't get much better than this. So many people cheering what we are doing, and being one of the drivers allowed to race; as I said earlier, the only thing that could make it a little bit better on the podium is if you are wearing a red suit, so I guess it was a very special for Fernando here last year. Obviously I know how it feels to listen to the Italian anthem from three years ago. This year it was a bit different, but still, it's very special, it means a lot to me. I remember a lot. Always when I come down here, since I've been a little boy, since we came here for go-karting - I don't know how many kilometres we drove in total coming here - a couple of times every year to race in Italy and therefore it is and was very special, three years ago and today as well.

Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE).
Fernando, there are six races here. Realistically you should go for victories in races because the championship is really almost impossible. Which circuits do you believe suit you the best? Is there one or maybe more than one on which to win?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, six races to go so obviously the championship is impossible, not mathematically but we are no longer in contention so we try to enjoy every race, we try to go for individual victories, also fighting for second place in the championship. It's always better to finish second than fifth. I think I'm second today after Mark's retirement so I will try to get second place as I did last year. Yeah, of the races remaining I think Singapore is probably the best one for our car characteristics. In Monaco we were fine, we were second. The car was maybe not very competitive in that part of the year so now that the car is a little bit better, on a street circuit we should maybe perform well. I love the Singapore circuit so the next race will probably be it.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
Sebastian, you could go on holiday from now until Abu Dhabi and still come out of that leading by a fair chunk of points. Any chance of you doing that so we can have an exciting end to the season?

Sebastian Vettel:
I'm contracted to do all the races, so maybe you need a word with Christian. No, I love coming here, I love racing. Obviously we will see what happens during the next races but yeah, we have to go step by step really. I don't know. No plans. I think it's wrong to plan before something happens. It would be wrong for you to plan what you would do with a million dollars if you won the lottery tomorrow. First you have to win, then you worry about what you do with your winnings.

Jenson Button:
I think you have to plan a bit more if you win the lottery. You don't want to waste it.

Sebastian Vettel:
We will see.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, when you overtook Fernando, you had two wheels on the grass in the Curva Grande. Didn't you lose momentum there?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I'm looking forward to seeing it on TV, how much space there actually was, but when I came obviously I had a very good exit so I knew that I had a fair chance down to turn four, to the second chicane. And then going through Curva Grande, I wasn't really sure which way to go, left or right. I thought if I go to the right then I'm sitting on the outside, maybe I might be a bit ahead before we start braking, but then I know that Fernando is an animal so he will brake as late as he can and then manage somehow to take the corner. I decided spontaneously to go left and then I thought, I just hope he has seen me because he kept going left, left, left. There wasn't much space. I stayed on full throttle but fortunately the corner opened up, I had two wheels on the grass, and then once I was side-by-side he was obviously aware that I was still there and then there was another battle getting onto the brakes, who hit the brakes first. I hit first and then he was quite late but I had the inside so I was quite relieved after I was ahead.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Fernando, your car was much faster in top speed in qualifying; was there no chance to defend or did you have the wrong gear ratios for the heavy car at the beginning?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, the top speed is related to the DRS as well. When you activate the DRS, you can reach a certain speed that in the race is not possible. Yesterday, our top speeds were thanks to the DRS, how it works and today, when you put on the normal wing down, we were not so quick on the straight any more.

Q: (Silvia Arias - Diario Libre).
Sebastian, you have twice said how nice it would be to win here wearing a red suit. Is this a dream for you, do you expect to win one day wearing a Ferrari suit?

Sebastian Vettel:
Just speaking to Jenson as well, also on the podium, of course there were people who were very happy with our result but I think the majority, after a while, didn't enjoy the fact that we were enjoying ourselves. You could also hear that. Jenson said to me that's normal here.

Jenson Button:
I've had it for the last two years.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think I had that experience last year as well. I think that the only thing that makes it really special - better than today here - is wearing a red suit, to really be appreciated by all the fans. We will see what happens in the future, but for now I am very, very happy. I think the story has been unbelievable so far. I owe a lot to Red Bull. Without them I wouldn't be here. They gave me the chance when I was just a little kid, 12 years old. It goes back a long way so it's very special for me to race for that team and being able to win races is fantastic, but of course, one day you don't know what's happening. We will see.