Drivers: Jenson Button
(McLaren), Sebastian Vettel
(Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton
Questions from the floor
(Mike Doodson – Honorary).
Lewis, in the unilateral, Sebastian said if you hadn't lost that place under the safety car he thought he would have been able to have a go at you. Do you agree with that, was your car running perfectly or were your problems going to slow you down at that stage?
I didn't generally have great pace, so he may or may not have got passed me, who knows? It doesn't really matter. He did in the end.
(Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Jenson, three victories in four years, you will probably apply for Australian citizenship, but how different were these victories compared to the two others that you had here in Melbourne?
It's very different to 2010 when there were obviously strange conditions, a wet start and then drying out. Yeah, very different to 2010. Compared to 2009, I was on pole that time but the race…
… it was too easy for you in 2009.
'Too easy', let's not talk about that, eh? 2009 was good, yeah, but still in the last stint I was struggling in 2009, because the tyres were obviously working very differently but this time, all the way through the stints the car felt good. I think there was a good balance between pace at the start of the stint and pace at the end of the stint. I think I came away feeling that in terms of the balance we had over this weekend and for this race, and the way that we handled the tyres was probably better than any year I've raced here.
(Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Sebastian, we rarely have the chance to see you fighting in the race. Tell us your experience, what did you learn, is it so different than being at the front from the start of the race?
I think generally… to be honest, I don't really understand the question. People already asked yesterday, 'how do you deal with the disaster of sixth place on the grid?' I don't think it was a disaster. They said we were in the shit, then other people behind us, they were at the back of the shit. We didn't have the best day yesterday, maybe that's true, but nevertheless, I think I was quite confident going into the race. I felt I can do better, my eyes were on the front, not looking into the mirrors too much. I think the racing has already been like this last year when you had pit stops and to make the strategy work you had to pass a couple of guys quickly. It was a little bit the same today, obviously, all the time for position, at the beginning of the race, right after the lights went out, so in that regard, it was a bit different maybe to the majority of last year, but it's not as if it's a completely new situation. Most importantly last year, we didn't allow ourselves to get used to it and therefore it was nothing out of the ordinary, today, to start from P6 and we know that, as I said, there's a long race ahead of us and opportunities to fight. My target was to win the race and now I came second, I think the winner totally deserves to win that race, and therefore it was our maximum, and I'm very happy with that.
(Simon Cass – Daily Mail).
Jenson, I missed your victory salute; was it the W or was it a V for victory or what?
I tried to think of something new but I just can't beat Seb's finger. We need to talk afterwards.
(Simon Cass – Daily Mail).
Do you think Seb might get as sick of seeing that as you were of the crooked finger last year?
Hopefully he will.
What did you do?
I actually did the W with a water bottle in my hand, which didn't really work very well. Yeah, I'm sure we will sometimes see the crooked finger but hopefully not very often this year and we're going to fight as hard as we can to stop that from happening. Always love your questions.
(Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Jenson, if I saw it correctly, you had soft, medium, medium whereas the Red Bull
had soft, soft, medium. Does it mean that degradation on a McLaren
would have been a little bit higher?