Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari), Crisitano da Matta (Toyota), Antonio Pizzonia (Jaguar) and Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren).

Questions from the floor:

Q:
Rubens [Barrichello], Michael [Schumacher] won the race here last year but I think the Michelin-Williams combination was a little bit quicker. Then in Malaysia we saw on the heat durability they had a bit of an advantage. What are you expecting here, more of the same or do you think you can win the race?

Rubens Barrichello:
Even though, I think we were quite competitive in Malaysia, even if we see that McLaren were quite tough to beat. The story could have been different if the start was different but there are no ifs. I think here we could be a little bit more competitive than Sunday, just for us.

Q:
Kimi [Raikkonen], has your private life suddenly change since your win and what about your approach to your job?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No it hasn't changed my private life at all. Maybe I got my face in the newspapers a little bit more, but all the rest is the same. I think how I approach the race is going to be the same. We benefit in terms of the championship and that might make a little difference but otherwise we will do exactly the same thing we have done in the other races.

Q:
Rubens, about HANS, can you explain how the double belt system makes you more at ease in the car?

RB:
Okay. There is a belt that goes underneath and a belt that goes on the top. So the one that goes underneath is fastening up just as it used to and the HANS on the top is the one that you have together with the helmet. It is tight on the top of it but it is the one you have the system with the helmet. It is... you have two points from the one underneath on the car and the one on top of the HANS. Now I have two belts and if I want to feel tight I can pull them tight.

Q:
Rubens, it has been eight years in a row you have not finished here now. Does that add to the pressure or do you feel anything is a bonus?

RB:
For most of the time, Brazil has been the first race. Because it was the first race, when I competed with Jordan and Stewart, we actually got to the first race without doing a race simulation so it was tough to finish the race. Then, you know, there has been some errors on the way and some mistakes but I would say I've been surprised I haven't finished the race yet with Ferrari here. One time I will eventually finish and like I said to Brazil, there is no point me thinking 'because I haven't done so in the past I must go slow and finish the race for the points.' I am driving for one of the most competitive teams and I have the chance to go for the win and I will go for it.

Q:
Rubens, I've got two questions for you. Before the press conference started you were standing in the middle of your two Brazilian fellows; would it be good if you could do that at the end of the race?

RB:
It would be like a dream wouldn't it. It would be like Guns n' Roses, we'd jump off the podium into the middle of the people.

Q:
Okay, the second. Michael was enjoying playing the soccer yesterday. Why didn't you?

RB:
I didn't join in because... did you see the guy go between the middle of his legs. I didn't want to do that. In Brazil there is talk now that he is not a good soccer player.

Q:
How much did you pay the guy to do that?

RB:
That's a secret! No, I would love to go there but people have to understand that for me it is quite a busy week and I have to do all sorts of things for sponsors and I didn't have the time to go there and play with them. I would love to. Even though I am a Corinthians fan, the Santos are okay.

Q:
A question for Rubens and Kimi. Are you happy with the decision to keep traction control until the end of the season?

RB:
I don't mind actually. I'm a guy who likes the car to slide even though my driving style is not sideways. I like to control the car myself. So I thought there was a little bit... you know beginning to do too many things in one... just no traction control in the middle of the way, I think that was in too much of a hurry. We are going to finish this season and start the new season in a better way when everyone is prepared. We have only one wet tyre and if we get a situation like in Silverstone when it is raining and nobody is prepared without traction control and it could be a little bit dangerous.

KR:
I wouldn't mind if we would have taken it away this year and then for the teams and other people it would be more easy. Starting the new year with it is probably a bit more easier.

Q:
Can I just extend that question to the two in the back row, Antonio [Pizzonia] and Cristiano [da Matta]. Bearing in mind you were going to have half a season with traction control and half a season without it, what are your feelings that it is going to be extended.

Cristiano da Matta:
I think for me as a rookie the more help I have the better it is going to be for me.

Antonio Pizzonia:
I didn't have a lot of experience without traction control so it was going to be a bit hard to have that change in the middle of the season. So I'm glad they've changed that and I have more time to get ready and test.

Q:
Kimi, before the season started did you ever think about having a podium with a chance to win and then winning the second race and being top of the championship. Is it something you were thinking about?

KR:
It was quite difficult to know what is going to happen. Of course we knew the car was quicker than last year and much more reliable, but you don't know when you are testing against other people what they are doing. Here we will have a better understanding where we are going to stand against Ferrari or Williams, but it looks like the car is quick enough now we are winning the races and it has been a good start for us. We have many points and I'm happy with how things are and try to keep it up.

Q:
Kimi, I'd like to know about the beginning of your career and if you have any idols in Formula One?

KR:
No I haven't had any idols; I have cheered on the Finnish guys. About the beginning of my career, I started out in motocross, then moved on to go kart and then here.

Q:
Kimi, what do you think of the new generation of pilots?

KR:
I think I am one of them. I think the young people are now coming in Formula One. I think it is good.

Q:
To the Brazilian drivers. What do you think is behind you, why do we keep getting you?

AP:
The girls. The Brazilian girls.

CdM:
We are very privileged that we are so young.

AP:
We drive quite a lot on the streets as well.

RB:
The traffic.

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