PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
Max, your first home grand prix, what are your thoughts coming up to this?

Max Chilton:
It's an extremely exciting moment. To be racing in Formula One is amazing. In Australia, that grand prix was very special but this is the one I've been waiting for. To be in front of the home crowd, all the Union Jacks around the circuit. It's going to be a moment not to forget. The main thing is to keep doing what you always do, not do anything different and just try to do the best that you can do.

Q:
How do you think your progress has been so far this year? We're at round eight, you seem to be making quiet progress back there.

Max Chilton:
Yeah, I'm confident of how we've done. I'm finished all seven races and had a great race in Monaco finishing 14th. You've got to learn as much as you can in your first year of Formula One. I've felt like I've learnt everything that I can and I've learnt everything from every race and taken it into the next race. I'll be doing that for all of the year and maybe next year - I don't know what the plan is. You've got to take in as much as you can and try to take that into the next race and get a better result.

Q:
Mark, a two-time winner here. What are the chances of another?

Mark Webber:
It's been a happy hunting ground around here, in Formula One and also, years before that in the junior categories. I think it's one of the best circuits on the calendar. All the drivers love driving here. A Formula One car on the limit, all the quick corners. And yeah, the Red Bull car in the last few years has also been pretty strong here, so we're looking forward to certainly challenging for another victory. Qualifying also, the last five years I've been in the top three here, so yeah, that's been a good platform to launch a good result off. So, we need to have a smooth weekend and yeah, challenge for the last part of the grand prix. I think again tyres will be playing a very big role - as they always have done the last few years around here. Fernando was strong in Shanghai and in Barcelona - similar types of layout - so we need to be mindful of that, not that we can do much about it but we know we're going to have some opposition this weekend, and looking forward to it.

Q:
And a momentous announcement from you today. Tell us the thinking behind the announcement of your retirement from Formula One. And how significant is the year, 2013 to 2014?

Mark Webber:
Well, the timing is perfect for me. Very, very excited about my new chapter and the new challenge ahead. One of the most famous and most well-respected brands in automotive and motor racing in Porsche, so that's something which personally I'm very satisfied about taking on. The decision has been there for quite a long time for me actually. So, I've known for quite a while, I've had a plan and I've stuck to it. But still, in the meantime, respecting the profession that I have now at this level and focusing on achieving very, very strong results in my last season in Formula One.

Q:
Was it the new engine regs? Did that have anything to do with it?

Mark Webber:
There's lots of reasons that come into the pot, I think, when any sportsman or women comes to that time in their career where they want to call it a day. That's another small ingredient: there's going to be big, big changes in this sport next year, so I may as well go and do those big, big changes where my future is going to be. Let's see how the category is next year in Formula One - I'll be interested to watch every now and then and go from there. Watch these guys do their stuff.

Q:
Jenson, Fernando, you've raced against Mark for many, many years. What are your thoughts about the announcement today?

Jenson Button: It leaves the seat free for someone else, doesn't it? It's not really a surprise. I think Mark's career's been a little bit similar to mine in a way in terms of struggling in the first few years to find a seat and a drive that you think you deserve and then being with a team that can give you victories. It's obviously the right time so fair play to him.

Q:
Fernando?

Fernando Alonso:
Yeah, I think it's a good time for him, good opportunity. As Mark said, he's moving to a very prestigious car brand and probably the most famous race in the world - together with Formula One. I think he'll have a lot of fun behind the wheel, as he's doing now, with a little bit of less problems outside the wheel that we have now in Formula One. We enjoy 19 Sundays a year and the rest of the time is a little bit of a stressful time. With the new series I think he will have a little bit more fun and I wish him the best of luck for the rest of the championship and for the future.

Q:
Coming to your own thoughts about these two races, this race and a week's time in Germany, how important are these two races for your championship hopes, given the deficit that exists at the moment?

Fernando Alonso:
All races are important from now on, especially in the position we are in. 36 points behind the leader, we don't have much more room to do mistakes or lose many more points. But, on the other side, we need to remain calm, we need to do our job, the maximum we can every weekend. If we can win the race, if we can finish in front of Sebastian, will be great. If we cannot do it, we will try to lose the minimum points. Last year after Monza I think I have an advantage of around 40 points [39] over Sebastian and it was not enough - and that was Monza time. So now being in the race for the championship 36 points behind. It's not the ideal position but it's not the end of the world.

Q:
The car was on pole position here last year, you finished second. How well is this car suited to Silverstone?

Fernando Alonso:
We'll see. I think it should be a good circuit for us. We've been more or less competitive here for the last three or four years. As Mark said before also, it is the first circuit that is a little bit similar to China and Barcelona - the best circuits so far for this year's car and we have some high hopes for this weekend. On the other hand, Red Bull has been quite strong, and dominant here from 2009 so it will be an extremely close and challenging weekend with Mercedes I'm sure very, very strong as well, as they proved in China and in Barcelona with the first row in qualifying etcetera. So, y'know, interesting weekend ahead of us but we approach it with confidence, knowing that we have a good opportunity.

Q:
Jenson, it's an unfortunate statistic that you haven't been on the podium here since 1999. Is it just an unfortunate statistic? Are you just unlucky here? What is it about Silverstone?

Jenson Button:
I'm sure there's more to it than just being unlucky, I'm sure it is. I've still had some really good races here. My first year in Formula One, my British Grand Prix I finished fifth, overtaking Michael at turn one and finished with nine cylinders and still finished fifth, so it was a great weekend, with DC winning. Very passionate fans here so it was a great celebration. But yeah, I agree, being on the podium here is something I would love to achieve. It's going to be very difficult this year but we'll see. We'll fight as hard as we can and get the best out of the car hopefully. And that's all we can do this weekend: we know we're not quick enough but you want to repay the fans for all their support. They're not just fans in the good times, they're fans in the tough times as well. That's really nice to see. Hopefully we'll have a full house of Union Jacks here and I promise we'll do the best we can.

Q:
We know you've got a difficult car this year. What can you do to help its progress?

Jenson Button:
I think everyone knows, when you watch on TV, our car does certain things a Formula One car shouldn't really be doing. I think our ride is an area we need to improve and an area we are improving. So, with a circuit like Silverstone, it is reasonably bumpy. It's not quite like Canada, and I think our car does suit circuits like Barcelona, like China, Malaysia. So, hopefully the flow of this circuit will help us - but still that's not enough. We need to improve in the areas where we are weak. We're not thinking about 2014 already, we want to get good results this year so we're pushing flat out to make sure we do improve - but it's an area of the car that's also very difficult to improve. But we're trying very hard.

Q:
Paul, you've had two really good races - the last two races in Monaco and Canada - from low on the grid. So what are your feelings about those two grands prix?

Paul di Resta:
Obviously coming away with good results, I think, fighting back. Canada was obviously an excellent result. I think everybody raised their game for Sunday and what we achieved was quite remarkable. This weekend, three more straightforward days I think will definitely be on the cards. To build upon that, to move forward really and to finish in the points. We've managed to score on six occasions this year, the other one, where we didn't score was a DNF. If we can keep that up, and equally try and battle with McLaren, hopefully be in front of them, it makes a big difference to a team like us that's battling in the midfield most of the year.

Q:
You've had two good qualifyings in your two grands prix here. As you say, it's a matter of three days going correctly is it? Getting everything in place?

Paul di Resta:
Canada was very difficult. I think the whole team felt the pain of that but I think here we'll look to gather some data, starting on the tyres tomorrow. Our car seems to be working well in all circumstances this year. It seems very consistent. I think this is a track where tyres are going to be a question. We're normally on the healthier side of tyre wear and really the focus should be on qualifying because that's the big result of the weekend, and then transfer that into the race where we know we've got a strong package to gain some positions from. But it's a long way away and a lot of work to do in front of hopefully some great British support.

Q:
Lewis, are you a bit surprised that you come here at the British driver with the best chance of winning and best placed in the Championship?

Lewis Hamilton:
I guess so, yeah. I was definitely not expecting that when we started the season. But it's I guess a positive.

Q:
What are your thoughts on the progress Mercedes have made this year?

Lewis Hamilton:
I think it's incredible what they've been able to do, it's very difficult. Watching my previous car evolve over time, over the last few years just to see how much improvement you can make over a winter. To see what they've done is pretty impressive. They've done an incredible job but it's because they've got a great group of guys. They've got some very intelligent people coming up with great ideas and new innovations. It's a team to be reckoned with.