Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) and Jenson Button (McLaren).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News).
Jenson, with the balance problems you have, are they better or worse on the prime or the option or are they the same on both tyres?

Jenson Button:
For a long run, it's definitely better on the option tyre, I think. It felt pretty good in terms of grip level for a high-fuel long run, so hopefully we will see that tomorrow.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse).
Jenson and Lewis, congratulations on your outfit, which is very nice. Did you have any thoughts at the beginning of the weekend that you were actually going to be faster than Red Bull, knowing that you were fastest in FP1, FP2 and FP3?

Jenson Button:
I think we've seen it before. We've been very quick in practice, but basically we're just doing our own thing. We're working through our programme and it's not about being the quickest during the day, it's just the way it seems to happen. We obviously run a different programme to Red Bull. We've seen this before and we expected the Red Bulls to be quick, so yeah, it's always a challenge to beat them and to beat Seb with the consistency they've had this year in qualifying. The race, also, is very difficult, but I feel that we are more competitive and we can challenge more in the race than we can do in qualifying.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - L'Equipe).
Question to the two McLaren drivers: what is your plan to prevent Sebastian winning tomorrow? Is there something special you can do?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it's about getting a good start, from my side at least. I can't remember if it was last year when we... was it last year when I started second and you [Vettel] started on pole again last year, didn't you? Yeah. And I remember into turn one, I braked early and let him go. I don't plan to do that tomorrow.

Jenson Button:
Any plans? Yeah, a good start's important but it's more difficult from third than it is from second, so I don't know, we will see. As I said, we've got a pretty good race car, I think. We will see tomorrow if that is true or not but it feels that it's pretty good. It's not all about the start, I don't think.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
For those of us who haven't had time behind the wheel in an F1 car, could you talk us through the way the track changes as the night falls and everything gets cooler and the way that affects the handling of the car?

Sebastian Vettel:
It's a difficult question. We all, surely, feel something... as I said earlier, we would like to change the car in the session, it's not possible, we haven't got the time and we're not allowed to. And then you can be surprised either way so as Jenson described, I think he said he had quite an understeery balance and then finally he found the grip so yeah, the circuit did pick up some grip for the fronts but then I think it's not the same for all the cars. It wasn't really in my case, there wasn't a clear trend, it was just coming together or going away from you. In particular, you can feel when there's a lot of cars running it gets cooler, it seems to get quicker. We saw that from Q1 to Q2, then a little bit of a break, not too many cars running, only ten - I don't know if the last cars did a timed lap - but it does make a difference and the little break, not many cars, again the circuit seems to get a little bit slower and the cars are moving a bit more. It's difficult to highlight a trend, to say OK, the front picks up, the rear picks up. That's the difficulty, it's a bit of everything.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport).
Sebastian, you couldn't do a long run in Suzuka in Friday practice due to a crash; yesterday you said you missed out a little bit. In Suzuka you were surprised about the behaviour of the tyre in the race; is something similar possible tomorrow?

Sebastian Vettel:
No, I think I did a long run in Suzuka. I crashed in the first practice didn't I? I crashed on Friday for sure. It seems to be a habit. No, I don't think so, to be honest. Yesterday, as I said, I wasn't happy with the car, I'm much happier today. You see that across the fuel loads, not only on low fuel but also on high fuel, so for the race I think we are in good shape, we have enough experience from previous races, I think. The problem in Suzuka was different. We shouldn't run into the same problem here, I think we were able to learn from that straightway for Korea so we will see. Also, I think the tyres lasted pretty well yesterday. Obviously I didn't have a go on the soft tyre with higher fuel but all the others did and no one seemed to have a real problem. It's interesting to see how many stops we will have tomorrow. I expect something between one and three; everything is possible but the tyres seem to last fairly well.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse).
Sebastien Loeb just won his eighth title in rallying yesterday; what are your thoughts about that and do you think that someone in Formula One could reach that score?

Sebastian Vettel:
Look at Michael. I think he's an exception and then you look at rallying. Sebastien is another exception, for sure.

Lewis Hamiton:
He's the best by far.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah. The consistency? You don't need to talk about it. The most important thing is that he's a very nice guy. He's very down to earth and a great, great person. You could probably talk forever about his skills. What the guys do is pretty amazing. Generally, I'm a big fan of rallying. I think we would be overwhelmed by the adrenaline and those guys... for them it obviously becomes normal after a while, but what they do is pretty special. To always then make sure that you are that little bit quicker than the rest, or sometimes much quicker than the rest and for many years be that consistent, very little and very few mistakes says it all.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National).
Seb, we heard you being addressed on the team radio as Mr Mansell; is that something that's been discussed within the team this week?

Sebastian Vettel:
Not really. Discussed by you, discussed by the press but not within the team. I was very happy to get pole because it was difficult. We weren't sure about it or... I was positively surprised when we crossed the line, I think, and the same on the pit wall. Because everyone - not us - talks about it, you are aware of it. He (Mansell) obviously took two races less to achieve the same but still, it's something very special. It's a great feeling, for sure.