Questions from the floor

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
Jenson, are you not worried that everything that's been put into this car isn't about to be wrecked by a protest which we understand is going to be filed this evening or later on today and that that could just trash the whole thing?

Jenson Button:
Well, first of all, it's not something that I have any control over personally, and secondly, I think the best person to speak to about that is Ross.

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
But for you personally, it would be a huge disappointment, wouldn't it, if the car turns out to be illegal?

You've said it yourself. It doesn't change anything for me. I can't do anything about it. It's down to Ross and whoever else is involved.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
Speaking of the new rules, for you all, do you think we'll see more overtaking this year?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know. Let's see. It's difficult to say. Obviously it's only my second full season in Formula One but I remember that at the beginning of last year people were going crazy: now, without traction control, the cars will spin off and there will be much more overtaking. I think it was more interesting than the years before. We saw the cars sliding a bit more here and there but in the end, overtaking was still difficult and I think you have to understand, at least that's my feeling, it's already difficult to pass another car in Formula Three because of the downforce. Well, in Formula One I think the cars have a bit more downforce than in Formula Three. Obviously, I think we made some steps to help overtaking but we have to prove it on the circuit and not prove it in winter testing, just following another car for half a lap and 'do I get a feeling now or not?' We have to prove it in racing, so we still have to wait and see. In testing, it's not the case that you follow another car and you feel nothing anymore and if you're faster you just pass. You still feel that you lose grip all around, some cars maybe more at the front, some cars more at the rear. It depends on the car, but you still lose downforce, so you still lose grip and that makes it tough to overtake. How tough? That needs to be answered in the next races.

On the two circuits that we've tested on, there's never been any overtaking anyway really. Barcelona and Jerez are very difficult for overtaking. I probably followed two cars in testing at Barcelona. I didn't try and overtake... you're on different strategies and what-have-you so... you're not going to take the risk in practice either. I felt that I could follow a little bit closer but it wasn't enough to make a move around Barcelona. Hopefully it's going to be different at somewhere like this and when we go onto the next few races where there are opportunities to overtake. Hopefully there will be more of them.

Robert Kubica:
I think KERS can have a big influence, if you have it on board or not, so I think this is the main key. I'm not expecting more overtaking due to the aerodynamic changes, just maybe if some cars in front of you are not using KERS and you have additional power, then it might be a bit easier, but it's still quite difficult, I think.

Felipe Massa:
I think the same, same feeling. As Robert said, if you have KERS and you are a couple of tenths behind the guy in front, then KERS can be a help but I don't know how it's going to improve the situation compared to last year. If it improves five or ten percent, that's already a big improvement.

One of the bigger problems is if you don't have KERS and you are behind a car that does have KERS, you're not going to be able to get past, that's one weakness of not having KERS.

Q: (Mick Warner - Herald Sun)
Jenson, do you or the other drivers have a view on racing in twilight here in Melbourne?

There's still going to be light left, isn't there? I'm hoping. We have got a bright car. For us it doesn't really make any difference. Dinner reservations are going to be difficult but apart from that, there's no real difference. For us we can get up later on Sunday morning which is nice. I don't know what difference it makes for you guys but for us it doesn't change anything. As long as there's still some temperature, that's it.

As long as I will have visibility it's okay.

Q: (Ken Sparkes - Fairfax Radio News)
Jenson, the big buzz is for Brawn all the way down the pits. Have you felt that pressure, that all of a sudden you could be race favourite?

It's not a pressure, definitely not, it's a nice feeling. We've done seven days of testing, I've driven the car for three days which normally wouldn't be enough. We've been reliable-ish, so we've been able to get quite a bit done in that time. I feel comfortable in the car, I feel that I've made it quite personal to myself which is good, but we're coming here with an open mind, for sure. Testing is one thing and for sure we've been reasonably reliable and we've done some good lap times, but in 2006 we had a quick car in testing and we got to the first race and we got blown away by the Ferraris, so you never know until you turn a wheel here. I have a feeling we're not going to be slow but how quick, we have to wait and see for that one.

Q: (Jonathan Legard - BBC)
Robert, what's going to make your mind up, or the team's mind up, about who uses it, and if you use it what sort of difference it could make to you?

I think it's already official that I don't run KERS here. Nick will run it here. The team will decide race-by-race in the future and driver-by-driver, so we will see.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Jenson, you say 'talk to Ross', presumably you have spoken to him. Can you just give us an insight into what he has told you about the car? You must believe from speaking with him that the car you will be driving this weekend is legal?

For sure. Yup. I've said all I have to say on the subject.

Q: (James Allen - Financial Times)
Jenson, it's quite hard to categorise exactly where you are, because it's an independent team with a customer engine and yet it's got top team facilities. It's a team that nearly didn't make it and yet when it puts the car on the track it's mind-blowingly fast. We all want to think of you as an underdog and yet in some ways you're a favourite. Do you feel that kind of mixed feeling yourself and does the team feel that way?

I understand what you're saying, for sure. We should be the underdogs, for sure, being a private team with a customer engine, but looking at the testing times, we're not, but the testing that we had - seven days - it was so valuable to us. We're not going to plod around slowly. We have to see what the car can do and we have to get the maximum out of it, push the car to the limit, so we can find the limit. So we don't really have a choice in the matter. I don't know if we are the favourites or what but it's nice knowing that we have a competitive car and as I said, we don't know how competitive it is but for me, all I know is that it's great to drive and I feel that I can really work with it and the changes that I make, make a difference, good or bad, so I'm happy with what we have.

Felipe, McLaren are insisting that they are not as competitive as they used to be. Do you think they are sandbagging, could it be a kind of tactics?

I have no idea, so you need to ask them. I work for Ferrari, I don't work for McLaren. For sure, it is strange to see McLaren at the back. The only thing I can think for myself is that they are a respected team, so we need to respect them for what they did in the past. That's the only idea I have, so I have no idea where they are going to be. I have no idea where I am going to be on the grid, so that's why I cannot answer for McLaren.

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
Jenson, over this difficult winter did you know that the new car was going to be so super-quick, and do you think that this perceived level of performance is going to be sustainable from such a small team over the season and beyond this season?

I knew it was going in the right direction, for sure. I spent a lot of time with the team at the end of the year, and obviously we started focusing on our car reasonably early, as you could see from our performances towards the end of last season. That's one of the reasons why I was hanging on in there, hoping that the car would be raced in 2009, because for me it was strong and I think some of this is the reason why everyone's kept their head strong and kept focused on the job in hand because they knew that they were going in the right direction and they knew that they had a good car or the makings of a good car.

Q: (Sarah Holt - BBC Sport)
Do you think you can sustain it throughout the season?

It's all guesswork, for sure, and we really don't know what's going to happen even in qualifying and the race on Sunday. That's something that I hope happens, that we can sustain our performance, whatever it's going to be. Yeah, that's got to be the aim. We're here this weekend, hoping that we can do the whole season. We haven't come to Melbourne to just do the first two or three races, we're here for the championship, so we've got to hope that we can complete it.

Q: (Heinz Pr?ller - ORF)
Gentlemen, can I ask each one of you how many kilometres you tested during the winter and how much testing the team did in kilometres or miles or days?

Mine's actually quite easy. I think I did about seven...

I read it somewhere but I have no idea where.

I did about 1800 kilometres.

Q: (Jon McEvoy - The Daily Mail)
Felipe, just wondering your response to reports this morning in England in which Lewis Hamilton said he would give thought to driving for another team. Obviously that would lead one to suspect that he might have Ferrari in mind. How would you feel about driving alongside Lewis and your thoughts about what he's said?

Well, I drove alongside Michael. I drive alongside Kimi, so... I heard for many years already that Fernando will come. He's just another one, so I don't care. Valentino Rossi as well. Maybe my father will drive for Ferrari next year. We don't know.



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