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Italy - Saturday press conference - 2.

Drivers: Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso), Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren Mercedes) and Mark Webber (Red Bull).



Questions from the floor.


Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Seb, I remember that two or three years ago, you set fastest lap with the BMW here. Was that the first time that you saw Monza and what do you remember about that?

Sebastian Vettel:
It was two years ago, 2006, when I was a Friday driver for BMW Sauber. I had the test here the week before the race. That was my first Monza experience and straightaway I liked the circuit. It was the first time that I was driving here. I like to drive here with low downforce configuration. You feel the car much more, the car is lighter, you can play much more. Obviously the kerb riding is very special and I think it's part of Monza, the first and second chicanes, but then the other corners are just great. As I said, with low downforce you are playing with the car. A couple of years ago, Juan Pablo Montoya set pole position here and looking at that lap… nowadays you have the chance on the internet to look it up quite quickly, it's just great and you see how he's playing with the car and how light the car is, how light the rear of the car is and still he puts the hammer down and hammers the throttle and it's just great. To feel that, lap for lap, it's great. I like this circuit very much. Obviously, as Mark said, it's always limited for safety with these high speeds and so on. I know we are also limited for space here because there are a couple of trees, but I think this circuit is part of the racing calendar. Even though it's so small, so tiny and so narrow in some places, after one lap you still feel that the circuit has got a lot of soul and character and that's what makes it more enjoyable.

Q: (Matthias Brunner - Motorsport Aktuell).
Sebastian, apparently you're the youngest pole man in Formula One ever. Does that mean anything special for you? Do records mean a lot to you?

SV:
To be honest, not really. I think there was a youngest before, and at some point there will be a younger after me. I don't really care about statistics. It's more important to be on pole position and start the race from there tomorrow. It's a great result for us, great success. I'm very, very happy as you can imagine.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport).
If it is dry tomorrow, do the guys in the good cars like Massa, Räikkönen and Hamilton really have a chance to come through the field, knowing how difficult it is to overtake here in the dry?

Mark Webber:
I think they will have a chance to come through, but as usual, the further up you get, the harder it will become for them. The top ten that I saw before the start of the session was a little bit mixed in terms of it not being quite a normal top group, if you like, because some of those guys that you just mentioned weren't in there. There's going to be some differently paced cars in dry conditions lapping in the race for sure. But as you say, getting inside someone here in a few places is not easy. But turn one is the obvious place to get the passing done. If you get a good run out of Parabolica, those guys can do the damage in the first chicane.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat).
Heikki, how good a chance do you have tomorrow to improve your position in the championship?

Heikki Kovalainen:
To be honest, I don't know where the guys who are close (in the championship) like Nick and Robert are (on the grid) yet. I suppose they are behind me, so there is a chance but that's all I can say really. I will try to close the gap on anyone. That's the target and really, to try to do the maximum result for the team and I think we have a good opportunity tomorrow to do a strong race.

Q: (Tomas Richtr - TV Nova).
Sebastian, I think you are pretty realistic about tomorrow's chances, but you have a Ferrari engine, probably the strongest engine. Is the podium realistic?

SV:
First of all, as I said, we don't know how the weather is going to be, and if it's wet, how wet is it going to be, how much water? Obviously the guys at the front will have an advantage because they have a better view, mainly the guy who is first after the first chicane. I hope that's me. But you never know. I can't predict the future, like anyone else in this room, I think. So we will see. We will face it tomorrow. Obviously our target is to do the best job possible. If that means scoring some points, it's fantastic. If it means going on the podium, it would be incredible, unreal, so I think we have to keep our feet on the ground. Obviously the conditions today mixed up the top group a bit, as Mark said. I think it will be a very, very tough race, a long race here, so we will see, how the field is spread out after a couple of laps: who is leading, who is in front, who is struggling to pass another car or not, so I think it will be quite an interesting race tomorrow.

Q: (Panos Seitanidis - Drive Magazine).


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