Questions from the floor

Q: (Mark Fogarty - Auto Action)
Jenson, two things. Firstly, now that you've finally got that second win, any chance of shaving off the beard?

Jenson Button:
I quite like it and my girlfriend likes it and that's what matters to me, Fogarty!

Q: (Mark Fogarty - Auto Action)
On the strength of today's performance, is it now a realistic prospect that the World Championship could be a two horse race between you and Rubens? Is this a modern version of Senna versus Prost in '88?

JB:
I hope it is. I hope that we are quick all season and I hope that we have an advantage all season, but I don't think that's going to be the case. I think that you're right, that we're both going to be very competitive and pushing each other very hard if you look at the last few years that we've been team-mates. But I have a feeling that other teams are going to be on us very quickly, and when we get to a different type of circuit, maybe in Malaysia, some other cars which weren't so competitive here will be. Vettel's pace surprised me a little bit. I didn't think they were quite as quick as they were today when we watched them in practice but their pace seemed to be good. So it's not a walkaway victory for sure, and it's never going to be easy for us over the next few races, but you're right that we will be competitive together and we're both in the same position here with a good car, so there's no reason why we shouldn't be fighting at the front.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Sport Auto)
Rubens, what happened at the start?

Rubens Barrichello:
I hit the anti-stall. I don't know why. I have to go through the data-logging to see what happened but basically when the car first moved, it hit anti-stall and then it was into neutral and so I had to recover and get the clutch back on and go. When you do that, you use a lot of throttle and there was a lot of wheelspin, so I lost a lot. And then you saw that I got to the first corner and I went on the inside of someone - I could definitely manage to stop, I wasn't going to hit anyone - and the McLaren came up far too fast behind me and threw me into the side of a Red Bull, and as I said before, I thought that that was it for the race. Fortunately the car is very strong and kept me going.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Jenson, you've scored more points in one race today than you have in the past two years. Does that pretty much sum up how bad the past two years have been?

JB:
The past two years put together? Yes, it does really. It's quite true. That's pretty rubbish isn't it? Wow! Yeah, it does. The last two years have been very tough, for both of us. To drive that car we had last season, it was a handful. Every corner we got to we didn't know what was going to really happen. So it was a beast, but that's what we had to deal with. We knew that there were some very talented people in the team. We just haven't produced the car that I think we expected to last season, but we've put all our work into this car and you can see that we can produce a good car as we have in the past, and now the important thing is to just keep improving it and our updates throughout the season I hope are going to be enough to keep us strong.

Q: (Ron Reed - Herald Sun)
Jenson, what, if any, conversations have you had with Richard Branson in the last 24 hours or so?

JB:
I haven't spoken to him really. We've obviously been doing our own thing, getting on with work, so we haven't spoken.

Q:
Jarno, sure it's very early, but did today's performance show you that Toyota can fight for the championship?

Jarno Trulli:
It's difficult to say because obviously I haven't been close enough to these guys who at the moment look like they are the men to beat. All I can say is that since this winter time we were feeling pretty good, since the first time I tested the car I gave a positive comment straight away. This result is a lot down to the team but I'm proud of what is happening, because I think I've been giving a lot in terms of experience, in terms of direction and straight away the first time I tested the car we were on our own, so we didn't have any reference point, but straight away I said that for me it was a very good baseline. Now we've proved that the first time I can tell when something is right or wrong and the direction to take and naturally this makes me feel very happy because it means that I'm not only good at driving but I'm also good at giving the direction and leading the team in one way. So I'm getting what I want and the team is doing a good job with both Timo and me, the atmosphere is great, so it's a big thanks to everyone because we have seen that the machine has a major impact on the results, no matter who is driving it, but it's important to have a good car. Today's result is just a great way, a great day to thank everyone and to show that Toyota is on the right direction, on the right path. Now, from being third to saying that we can fight for the championship is a bit too early to say.

Q: (Bob McKenzie - The Daily Express)
Jenson, two things: first of all, what was your feeling when the safety car came out, just at the end? Did you think that's ruined the spectacular blaze over the line or did you know then that you're going to win it? And secondly, is this a sort of poke in the eye for people who doubted your talent over the years? You always said you needed the right car?

JB:
First of all, when the safety car came out I wasn't thinking 'I'm going to cross the finish line with the safety car out.' It was 'oh dear, another safety car.' But when I crossed the line, I'd won the race. I crossed the line first, it doesn't matter how it's done. The safety car wasn't on the track then anyway, it had already come in, but it's the same emotion, exactly the same emotion because you've won the race and in spectacular fashion, I think, even though we had the safety car out.

What was the second question? This win is for me and for the team and that's what I care about. I don't need to poke anyone in the eye about what they've said about me in the past. There have been a lot of positive comments in the past and those are the ones that you obviously enjoy. If there are going to be negative comments, I have no reason to poke anyone in the eye for any reason. I'm just happy to be here and I've worked bloody hard to be here.

Q: (Livio Orrichio - O Estado do Sao Paulo)
To all of you, do you think the FIA can change the result of this race; what do you think about that?

JB:
That's nothing that we can change as drivers. We're here to put on a show and also to get the best out of the equipment on offer and that's exactly what we've done this weekend, and we will continue to do so over the next few races or for the whole of the season, and we have to see what happens. At the moment, I'm enjoying this victory because it is a victory and I think it should stand for sure.

RB:
Obviously it's in the hands of the FIA to decide what to do but the FIA already checked the cars and already said that the cars were legal, so I'm not expecting anything different.

Q: (Paulo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
For Rubens and Jarno: do you think that now you've driven in a race, that the new rules are helping overtaking or does it not change much?

RB:
I don't know if I can answer this question right now. I would like to wait for Malaysia to answer that a little bit more, because this race was a bit strange. We've raced at five o'clock, difficult visibility and the tyre temperatures were dropping. Because of that, people had different sorts of balance in the race. At one point, I thought I could overtake, it didn't matter if I had the wings to play with or anything, so it didn't seem to be easier but I think people did have problems, some more than others, with tyres temperatures, so I would like to wait until Malaysia to fully answer the question.

JT:
Well, it helped make the race a little bit more fun, a bit more show and overtaking. The fact is that anyway, being late in the afternoon was really due to the shadows, so we had to be very careful where we were putting our wheels and on the other hand I don't want to be pessimistic but I spent many laps behind Fisichella who was a second or a second and a half slower than me and I couldn't overtake, and I really needed to overtake him, so I was really pushing and attacking but I couldn't make it. Maybe it's slightly better but definitely at the moment it didn't change my race at all, but let's wait and see. I would be more than happy if we had more chance to overtake, not just for us but the show for everyone.

Q: (Richard Williams - The Guardian)
Jenson, did you know at the first test that this kind of thing was going to be possible, and if you did, what are the qualities of the car that make it different and make you feel so comfortable?

JB:
When I drove it at Barcelona, after four laps I felt that the car was competitive, and also when I got out of the car and looked at the timing board, I realised that we were competitive. For me some of it is to do with the tyres which I think suit this car well. When I drove last year's car with the slick tyres the car seemed to be reasonably good. We have made some massive steps forward with the car for sure. I would say that mechanically we have improved a lot since last season, so it's better in the low speed corners, some of it again is helped by the slicks. Aerodynamically I think we are strong, I'm sure there is still room for improvement there and I think Mercedes have done a great job with the engine, the driveability of the engine has been good from the word go. There have obviously been some points which we needed to improve with the engine and the driveability but to be able to do that in six or seven days is impressive. So it's not just one thing, it is the whole package which is good, but I still don't think we're getting the best out of it yet.

 

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