Questions from the floor

Q: (Simon Cass - Daily Mail)
For the three guys who've won the world title up to now. Could you just tell me who your grand prix hero is? And Kimi, if you decide you want to say you still haven't got a hero, then could just tell me who you admired when you were coming up through the ranks?

Sebastian Vettel:
Kimi to start!

Kimi Raikkonen:
I still don't have one! Of course, I was hoping for good results for Finns but I didn't really... it didn't make any difference who won it then. There wasn't one guy I hoped for or was looking up to so...

Sebastian Vettel:
Nice try...

Jenson Button:
Do you still want ours or not?

Sebastian Vettel:
Obviously, when I was growing up, and I think similar to a lot of kids at that age in Germany, we were admiring Michael [Schumacher]. He was our hero, he was my hero. I had posters of him on my wall. And when I got a bit older I took them off and put some other posters on the wall, but anyway... So I was looking up to Michael but there have been and there are a lot of great drivers. For sure for me Michael is one of them.

Jenson Button:
For me, it was a little bit earlier than Michael. For me it was Ayrton [Senna] and Alain [Prost] back in the early '80s, because that's when I started watching Formula One, at seven or eight years old. Obviously 'Our Nige' [Nigel Mansell] has got to be up there, just for the moustache more than anything else. But yeah, it's difficult. Those are the guys I watched when I was younger. I suppose you get some inspiration from them and you want to be like them in the future. That's obviously a lot of our aims.
Q: (Fulvio Solms - Corriere dello Sport)
A question for Kimi. In this your second career, what do you bring from your experience at Ferrari?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I don't think this is my second career. I've been racing all the time, just in a different thing. I've been racing at a few different teams and all the teams run a slightly different way, mainly because they are all different nationalities, but you always learn from all the people and all of the teams and I have good memories, most of the time, of the teams. I try to get things in the team how I know I like it and I'm very happy with the team, they've been great people to work with - easygoing, no real need to change anything, and just if you like to do something differently, they're happy to try to do it that way and it's just been a good experience.
Q: Paolo Ianieri (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Kimi, in 2007, when you started your first race with Ferrari, you won here; it was quite a big surprise. In winter testing, you have been very fast and many people have been saying you could be the surprise here this year as well. Do you think this is something we can expect, or are you ruling that out?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Like I said before, I have no idea where we are going to be. We had a good winter, it could have been better but hopefully we are fast. We will know during the weekend but I think that many teams will be fast so... Are we going to be in the front? I don't know, we hope we are going to be but let's wait and see.
Q: (Julien Febreau - l'Equipe)
For all of you: what do you think about the new noses of Formula One cars, from the onboard point of view and as a viewer? Is it a shame for TV viewers or spectators?

Jenson Button:
Ours looks great.

Mark Webber:
You can't see the nose from the cockpit so it doesn't matter if it's last year or this year, you can't see it. Honestly. You laugh, but you can't see it so it doesn't really matter. Even if the front wing is not on the car we can't see it so... we're very low in the car as I found out in Monza last year. The looks? Yeah, they look ugly, for sure. That's disappointing. Adrian (Newey) always make beautiful cars. I still think ours looks better than the McLaren but the McLaren looks nice but we will see which one gets the most champagne. It's an ugly regulation but that's the way most of the teams have gone.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
This isn't a new completely new question but it would be interesting to hear from you about the regulations regarding your positioning on the track. You can change position once but when you come back to your original position, you must leave room for your competitor. Will it be easy to judge that, and for you, the drivers, how can you manage it?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think generally with this whole rule debate, whatever, I don't think anything has changed, to be honest. Yes, there's a little bit more in writing but I always found that there's a code of honour, if you like, or a gentlemen's agreement. If you're racing someone, I think you are allowed to race him hard but you should always give him enough room. Surely, here and there you might disagree but I think most of the time it has worked and people raced fairly against each other, so I don't see that the rule will change much, to be honest. It's not natural to... you're not racing to push someone off. You're trying to defend your position if someone tries to overtake and equally, you're trying to overtake if someone tries to defend, then you at least expect to have enough (room) to survive.

Jenson Button:
I don't think anything's changed for us. We had that rule last year anyway, it just wasn't in writing, but it's the case for us for a couple of years now.
Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, you have come here with many new cars. Compared to 2004, let's say, McLaren, 2009, Ferrari, is this better or worse? How do you feel?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Usually you have a new car here every year, so it's not a big surprise. I don't know, it's different tyres, the car feels very similar in the test to what I remember in the past. You have DRS, it's just a button that you push, it doesn't really change the driving itself a lot. It feels similar, I don't have very good things to compare, really, because it's a few years since I last drove a Formula One car. It doesn't feel much different.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
We will have six World Champions in this year's championship but no Italian drivers. Most of you raced in Italy in go-karts or drove for an Italian team. May I have a short explanation about this situation, why it's so difficult for the Italians to grow up and come into Formula One?

Mark Webber:
Daniel, yeah, exactly, Daniel. You have an Italian passport Daniel or not?

Daniel Ricciardo: (speaks mock American-Italian) If you watched Family Guy, you probably know what I'm talking about. I see a lot of things as coincidence. I haven't been around long enough to know the reasons for it. Yeah, that's probably the way I'll see it. It's not like the Italian drivers are doing anything wrong. There are two Australians on the grid now, a few people from other countries and whatnot. I don't know the answer. I lived in Italy as well and raced there and the competition was always fierce and there were some Italian drivers at the top but there were also a lot of other European guys and whatnot. For me, it's probably more just coincidence. I don't know if there's any more intelligence behind it.

Sebastian Vettel:
When I was in karting and I raced in Italy it was always the toughest challenge to go to Italy and race the guys there but there were a lot of Italian drivers that I admired when I was young throughout the classes: in my class but also in the higher classes. I don't really understand... maybe it's the Italian industry not being open enough to spend money on young talents. I don't know. If I compare to Germany, generally I think you will have years when you have, I don't know, three German drivers, no French drivers, then four or five French drivers and no German drivers, five English drivers. So it changes. Last year we had complaints from French journalists that we didn't have a French driver. This year we have three French drivers in Formula One. This is how quickly it changes. It's a shame to see on one hand that there are a lot talents from Italy, young drivers. I remember a lot of guys I raced against. It was pretty impressive what they did but then not to see them in the junior categories in single-seaters, so throughout BMW, Formula Three and later on. The problem is that motor sport became - always has been - but lately became quite expensive, so you really need the support from early on. I think motorbikes are quite big in Italy and there's a lot of drivers from Italy in MotoGP for instance, but not necessarily in Formula One.
Q: (Adrian Rodriguez - Agencia EFE)
Kimi, you've been in Formula One for many years and the last two years you've been watching from the outside; what do you like the best from Formula One and what is the worst for you?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I didn't see much in the last few years so, like I said, it's the same people, similar stuff going on. In my mind, it hasn't really changed a lot. I have nothing really to comment on that.
Q: (Alex Popov - RTR)
I just saw Daniel take a picture, I suppose it will be Tweeted. It is not as extreme as Brad Keselowski from the car during Daytona but... But Seb, why don't you Tweet? Come on!

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't like it. There are some good new technologies but I prefer to talk to people.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Kimi, if Formula One is so far from you that you didn't even watch the race, why did you come back?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I had other things to do than watch the races. It doesn't mean that I don't like the sport. If I didn't like it, I wouldn't be here. I always liked the sporting and the racing but like I said, I was busy doing other stuff. I watched some races when I was home and it was on TV, but I didn't try to go to the TV and watch it somewhere, like it was something I had to do. I'm happy to be back, like I said, otherwise I wouldn't have come back but I like the racing in Formula One.
Q: (Wei An Mao - La Vie Creative)
I would like to ask all of you if you like Melbourne and do you think it's important to keep Australia on the calendar?

Mark Webber:
Of course, yes. I think it's in the top three on the calendar. I think that we should work hard to keep it here. I don't think there's many people who don't like coming here. Of course the flight's a little bit long but once you're here it's a pretty good place. It's a very well organised event. It's one of the few events where Bernie actually trusts the organisation to have lots of different categories racing in amongst the Formula One schedule, which you can hear now on Thursday and there's still stuff going on. It's the same on Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Definitely one of the best events of the year, so we need to keep the best events because not all the races we go to are like this.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it's a great race like Mark said. Obviously it's his home grand prix but I think that for most of us Australia is far away but it's definitely part of the calendar and should always be. I think the people here are very enthusiastic about racing, very passionate and I think it needs Formula One. It's a great place to be and I'm looking forward to being here but also to come back in the future.

Jenson Button:
Yup. I totally agree. This is the best place to start the season, it really is. I heard of talk of it possibly being somewhere else in Australia - I don't know if that is true - but personally I love Melbourne. I think it's a great way to start the season. The circuit's obviously very different to most circuits we drive - it's a street circuit - but it's a lot of fun, I've had some good years here.

Charles Pic:
Yes, for me, it was the first time here in Melbourne and in Australia, very nice city, very nice parks to do some sport in, and a very nice track, so it's all very nice and I'm looking forward to driving the track tomorrow.

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's a nice place to come, nice race usually, exciting races, things happen and hopefully it stays. As Mark says, it's a bit far away to come but once you're here it's OK.

Daniel Ricciardo:
Yeah, of course, I'm all for it. Yeah, any excuse to come back to your home country but to have a race here is amazing. I think it's a great city. I've spent quite a few years racing karts here as a kid, so it was always a nice event to come to Melbourne. I did drive the track last year in P1. I thought the circuit was very good as well. I'm a fan of street circuits, it's bumpy, it's close to walls, it's got good character, so there's a lot reasons why it should stay. Now that I've given Mark some support on the Australian front, hopefully it will stay a bit longer.
Q: (Matt Coch - pitpass.com)
Following the track thread a bit, you guys have all had long careers and driven on a number of different circuits. If you could pick one circuit, taking the event out of equation, just picking one circuit, what's your favourite track - ever?

Jenson Button:
Wow, that's a tough one. Obviously you'd look at most on the F1 calendar for your best track. For me I love the fast flowing circuits, I think we all do, like Spa or Suzuka but also circuits on other calendars. Macau is crazy to drive in an F3 car, good experiences there. And some other circuits in karting. It's difficult to pick one.

Charles Pic:
For me, I think it's Nurburgring and Barcelona.

Kimi Raikkonen:
Spa

Daniel Ricciardo:
I think that out of the F1 calendar I think Macau as well. I would definitely vote to race an F1 around there. I think it would be awesome.

Mark Webber:
Spa

Sebastian Vettel:
I've got more than one. The question was name your favourite one. I don't have only one so...

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