I think it's just a precautionary thing. It's the start of the weekend, and we hope for a very exciting weekend and this is a big weekend for Formula One but also for Montreal. If you listen to the radio here, it's non-stop talking about the Grand Prix. Hopefully this can be put behind us and we can concentrate on having a great weekend and putting on a great show for all of the fans who want to come and see us and enjoy this great sport. I'm sure the fans have good memories of last year especially, but also previous years. The city of Montreal really comes alive over a Grand Prix weekend, they really embrace it and hopefully that won't be any different this year.
(Paolo Ianieri – Gazzetta dello Sport)
Mark, the FIA has declared illegal the pierced floor that Red Bull
has been using in the last few races. Will it be a disadvantage for you in the coming races, and what do you say when people say that you and Sebastian won races using an illegal car?
Well, to answer the first part of your question, I would not know if the floor is changed or unchanged, so on the driving side, we're very optimistic that the change won't make much difference at all. You won't believe us but we had some changes for Valencia anyway which included no hole, irrespective of the rule change, so that's what we were doing.
In relation to winning races with an illegal car, I'm happy to be called lots of things and I'm happy to have criticism about my driving and lots of stuff, but I will not take criticism in that respect. It completely pisses me off to be honest, because the car has passed every single, every single technical regulation after the race. All of the teams that were against it did not make any protest after Monaco, the car passed the test after Bahrain, the car passed the test after Monaco and now there has been a clarification on the rule, and the rule now is different and we had a car that was legal for the first part of the season and now the rule has been changed and we will start again, so looking forward to it.
(Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Mark, Red Bull
has never won the race here, even in the season when you won almost everything. Are the circumstances very particular in this Grand Prix or does it just not suit your car?
It just looks like in '09, '10, we probably didn't have the best car in low downforce or lower downforce. The team has been competitive for two or three, four seasons now and as you say, the Montreal win has not been there for us. Obviously Seb was very close last year but lost the concentration at the end and Jenson was there to capitalise. I think that judging by how the start of the season has gone, there is every chance that we can still do well here. If you look at Spa and Monza last year, we were very very very strong in those low downforce configuration track, actually stronger that we were on the other tracks but I don't think that will carry over to this weekend. I think that there's no real form card. We come here confident but not crazy on confidence. We know we have a lot of tough competition but I think Fernando was the last guy to win here with a Renault
engine, so that's something that they would like to win here again. They've had a lot of amazing success together with us at Red Bull, so as you say, it's a bit of a scalp which would be nice to get. But again, it's a nice problem to have when you've won so many races around the world in the last few years, but we would like to get Canada on track for Red Bull. When you're aiming high, sometimes you don't always get the goals.
(Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)
To all of you, a World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve, said this generation of drivers are all Daddy's boys.
I'll make a comment. Jacques has a very unusual way of answering questions but you've also just picked out one piece of his interview. Basically, the more important part of his interview is him talking about safety and the way that back in the seventies the drivers were more aware of there being a lot more risk and the possibilities of fatality. I think he was stating that these days racing has got safer, and the circuits have got safer, and he was talking about the manoeuvre with Nico and Lewis in Bahrain and he was stating that he didn't think it was correct. That's what he was saying. But that's quite normal for you to pick out that sentence.
(Mineoki Yoneya – La Vie Creative)
Can I ask you about your helmets ; how and where did you decide the colour schemes of your helmet and do you have any favourite points on it?
I designed my helmet in school classroom. It was a science lesson but I was very bored in the lesson so I was designing my helmet. I even remember the teacher's name. She wasn't very happy but I got some ideas and eventually I wanted to run with the Australian flag colours and then have the green and gold on top which are the sporting colours of Australia. Obviously I've lost a little bit of the green now at Red Bull
because they don't like green so much but it hasn't changed. I want to keep it like that. It's not super-exciting, but it's close to me, I've had it for my whole career, so yeah, it was my design and I will start and finish with it.
Mine was back in '94. I didn't actually design it, someone else did but it's changed over the years but it's kept the same idea with the Union Jack – the Union Flag - on the back. It's got JB on the side, it's obviously personal to me. I've changed the colours now and again over the years but it's back to being pretty standard now which is nice.