Drivers: Michael Schumacher (Mercedes), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Questions from the floor
Q: (Vincent Marre – Sports Zeitung).
Michael, you set a fantastic pole position; I would like to know how you rate this one among all the others?
May I just say that you have to see two different chapters of life and this is the second one, which stands by itself, because in this Silver Arrow time, in terms of qualifying is the best position I have been in and luckily I'm able to give back, in that way, all the trust that has been shown in me over the last two and a half years.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov– F1 Life).
Michael, is this pole position the best of your life and secondly, how many poles do you think you can set for the team this season?
Similar answer to what I just said before, because how I rate this pole to others… it's the first one of the second part of my career and naturally that's the better one, because it's the first one. It's just sweet and a good feeling after you have come back and have hoped for better results in all circumstances at the end of the day, after why and what has happened, but to finally get it together and being able to prove it – that's much more important and therefore I'm certainly delighted.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Honorary).
Mark, on Thursday you were not very optimistic about getting on the front row. What did the team change to make the car so much better today?
We certainly pulled the balance together a lot more. Obviously there are no real fast corners here but there are a few where you need to be able to keep the car in the line, especially into Casino but also through the Swimming Pool. You need to have a very good rhythm and pace through there, which we didn't really have on Thursday, so the car, between low and high speed wasn't great. We really, really pulled that together. Also I think the track helped as well, the rubber on the circuit helped pull it together. The driver always brakes a little bit later on Saturday, so that helps a bit as well. Altogether the guys have done a great job and I think we got the maximum, actually, from what we could do today.
Q: (Andrew Frankel – Forza).
Mark, with all the hoopla, all the sponsors, everybody here, do you sleep just as well, starting tomorrow from pole position? Are you a bit twitchy, nervous or whatever?
That's F1 around here. It is unique, it is a special event. In some cases I used to like Magny Cours because we could go there and just drive the cars and leave, but here, getting around and the people… always being close and demanding things and all that sort of stuff is not always ideal, but that's the way it is. Sponsors, they come to a lot of different races. They are great for our programme but they are not in the cockpit with me and that's why they trust in us to get the job done.
Q: (Marco Giachi– Paddock).
Michael and Nico, do you think the special device that you have in the front wing helped you get this very, very good performance, to keep the car more balanced?
First of all, it is obviously only available in qualifying and only if we can overtake in the race, otherwise it's not available. Monte Carlo… you almost get no effect from it. There's a very small advantage because of the nature of the track, so I don't think you see any particular advantage in this one. For sure there is some advantage – that's why we have it, otherwise we wouldn't have built it, but certainly not enough to discuss it.
Q: (Cedric Voisard – Le Figaro).