Drivers: Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
Mark, were your settings very different from Seb's? And is it one of the keys to your victory today?
I think, in general, qualifying has gone very well for me this year. Seb got me once in Bahrain, the rest have gone for well for me. Set-up-wise, we've always been pretty close, we always work very well as a team, to get the most out of both cars. He made some changes before qualifying, which – it looks in hindsight he wasn't particularly happy with. That's how it is sometimes for us drivers. Obviously we get it wrong and we get it right. Round here, if you haven't got the confidence, then you're not quick, which happened with Seb. He didn't have the confidence in qualifying and he couldn't produce the times, so that can happen at any venue. If you want to look at the battle between us then it was key that obviously qualifying went well for me but then I had my own battle with these guys, so if I just relaxed and tried to bed in by one tenth, I would have qualified eighth, so I need to keep my finger out and keep going.
Q: (Dan Knutson – Honorary).
Mark, you and Seb are tied three points behind Fernando. You've said before that wins are what you really need for a championship; you got 25 points today. How much does that boost your championship bid?
It's timely off the back of a difficult weekend for us in Barcelona, through a few small things that we got wrong, and ultimately we paid for that with no points in Barcelona. Up until then, generally, we've got the maximum out of most weekends, and that was the case this weekend. So that's all we can keep doing, Dan, is getting the most out of each weekend. In Shanghai, Nico was untouchable, Barcelona the Williams was quick. So we need to be scoring all the time and then when days like this come along you just cannot let them go at all. You have to grab them with both hands and feet and hang on to them like hell. That was the plan today but consistency is nice, but wins are what wins championships – well, DNFs can shag championships as well, but you need to win and then keep consistent.
Q: (Jaime Rodriguez –El Mundo).
Fernando, you seemed extremely happy on the podium. What does it mean for you to be leading the championship, and what is the secret of this change in the team?
I was happy all weekend. Yesterday there was some disappointment in the atmosphere around the result in qualifying, because we had been strong in free practice and then maybe people expected us to be fighting for better positions in qualifying, but inside the team we were extremely happy. We were fifth and seventh for the first time in 2012, both in Q3 after fighting to get through in some of the races one month ago, so this was definitely a very strong weekend with a good qualifying position and I think a good race position as well. In fact we overtook some other teams in the Constructors' championship today with some good points, finally, so I was happy for that, happy for the direction or happy for the momentum that we seemed to have kept from the Mugello test so that we brought some updates for the car. Everything seems to work, not as at the start of the championship when some of the updates were negative and we were a little bit lost, so now we are happy not for the result, not for the pace which we understand that we need to improve - we are not the fastest out there - but happy for the direction that it seems we are in. Everything that we put on the car seems positive, so the next couple of weeks will be important.
Q: (Vincent Marre – Sports Zeitung).
Mark, at what stage did you think you had the race won?
Lap 78, out of turn 19. That's Monaco. I watched the 1983 or '82 Monaco Grand Prix. Prost was leading with two laps to go and he crashed. So you never get ahead of yourself around here, because you'll get bitten in the arse really hard. So after the last corner was when I thought I was going to win.
Q: (Michael Schmidt – Auto, Motor und Sport).
Fernando, the lap before your pit stop, you had two purple sectors. Was the set of tyres good enough to do again the next but one lap and could you have possibly jumped Nico or even Mark?
Yeah, definitely I think so, but as I explained before, nobody predicted the problems with the soft tyre warm-up today. The temperature, the track conditions, whatever it was, the soft was not very quick at the beginning, so when the people around us stopped, you need to make a decision. At the same time, nobody predicted that on lap 30, the supersoft would do pink sectors every lap. Knowing now what Sebastian tried to do and how our in lap was and the tyre state on that lap, with a few more laps, for sure we could jump Nico and Mark.
Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Mark, last year, at the same Grand Prix, you had a completely different situation than you have today, mainly compared to your teammate. He had won several races, you nothing, even inside the team it was different. Can you tell us what is the big difference between last year and this year?
Yeah, last year was a little bit of a mystery to be honest. The gap sometimes was really, really extreme and it was hard for me to understand why it was like that sometimes. I think there was also a factor of me getting on top of the tyres but it wasn't all of it. I didn't feel that I had lost that much form but as the season went on, obviously things got a bit closer and a little bit better. But you're correct in your question, the first five months was very tough and I was in a different category to the other car, whereas this year it's much, much more like 2009 or 2010, which is nice.
Q: (Leonid Novozhilov – F1 Life).
Mark, Red Bull Racing won today and the last two Grands Prix in Monaco. How do you do it?
Well, we've been on pole position for the last three years here as well, which is a big help. 2010 was a similar race – actually the last three have been similar. I think they've all been one stop races, obviously different safety cars. Sebastian had a red flag to help him a little bit to get him over the line last year, but generally I think that we've had a very, very good car every time we've come here. I think this year is probably the weakest car we've had here in the three years that we've come here, but it was still enough to win, so the other years were a little bit more straightforward, this one was much, much more difficult. I don't know, maybe the guys are drinking a lot of Red Bull and it gets them in the zone for the special weekend, but they're very fortunate we've won three in row here and it's a brilliant effort from the team.