Drivers: Jenson Button (Brawn GP), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP)

TV unilaterals:

Q:
Jenson, out in the very last minute of Q3 and what a lap it was.

Jenson Button:
It could have gone very, very wrong. We timed it quite well I think. But then I had (Robert) Kubica who I thought was on an out lap and I had to let him past when he caught me up. The guys said you have got four seconds in the last sector. Four seconds is slower than a proper lap time to get across the finish line, so I had to get a gap as I didn't know if he was going to continue and I only got across the line with a couple of seconds to spare. So yeah, more luck than judgement in getting out at the end and by far the best lap I have had this weekend.

All weekend this guy has been tremendous and all the way through qualifying and I found it very difficult to sort of hang on to him on the low fuel. But I got the lap on the high fuel, so yeah, very happy. This was a bit of a surprise in a way, so when I heard I was on pole when I crossed the finish line it felt pretty good.

Q:
Sebastian, back again. Every race in the top three. A fantastic record you are now sustaining and the Red Bull Renault again looking very competitive.

Sebastian Vettel
Yes, it's true. We have a very strong car and also this weekend it seems to work pretty well, so I am very pleased for that. When I had the first run in Q2 I felt very comfortable in the car. On the second run I think the lap time was good, unfortunately not good enough to beat Jenson today. I would have wished to have the pole but at the last minute he took it away but yeah, second position is great, the front row. I think we had a very good recovery from yesterday where we were struggling a little bit with the balance of the car as in winter it was quite different from when we were here two months ago for testing to now. But we fixed it and again from this morning to qualifying we did another adjustment to the car which seemed to work, so I am very happy, I am very pleased for that.

We only needed one run in Q1 on the hard tyre and one run in Q2 on the soft tyre which should have been a bit quicker but I made a mistake in the last sector. But nevertheless, a great job. And also compliments to the whole crew as some of the parts arrived at the last minute and they had to trim it to mould it to the car, so it was all a bit tight. Long nights, not a lot of sleep but they will have more today.

Q:
Rubens, a great team performance. And that lap time in Q2, the fastest lap time of the weekend, was absolutely brilliant.

Rubens Barrichello:

Once again I was very happy with the car in Q2 and to be honest it came to me as a surprise. I think it was a great effort from Jenson and he is doing a really good job and he deserves to be there. But it came as a surprise in Q3. I had a good lap to be honest but I may have been too early on the track and that is the only missed opportunity because the rest went quite well. The lap was good and I was within the limits, so I am very happy. I think we have a good car for the race and I am still fighting. I think that Jenson is really doing well at this minute and I just have to try harder and harder to try to get him.

Q:
Jenson, we have seen some progress from some of the bigger named teams, if that is the right word, behind you but at the moment it looks as if you still have that amazing advantage.

JB:
I am not sure it's an amazing advantage being on pole by was it half-a-tenth or something.

Q:
I refer to the team's performance.

JB:
Yeah, I think as a team we have done a great job and this package is a step forward. I think we still need to work with it a bit more. I don't think we have got the maximum out of it yet. I hope we haven't anyway. But everyone at Brackley has done a fantastic job and I am sure they are all watching this now, feeling very happy with themselves as they should do. Both of us in the top three and I think over the weekend we have been trying lots of different things and we have found the right direction. I am very happy with our performance but it is very, very close and I don't know what lap Sebastian is stopping on.

SV:
Lap 27.

JB:
Lap 27, we are okay then as we are 32. So it is all fine, bring on tomorrow. It is a nice feeling to be back here. I am on pole and the last two races I was not even near the press conference, so it is nice to be back here. It's a great position to start from tomorrow but obviously the Ferrari is very quick. Surprisingly quick in Q2 and they have got KERS, so it is going to be a tough race tomorrow but I am excited. I didn't think I would be sat in this position at the moment.

Press conference:

Q:
Jenson, yesterday you were quoted as saying you weren't particularly happy with the balance of the car, with the new parts, so what changed from yesterday to today?

JB:
Well, some of it was because we were looking at how quick Rubens was, so obviously we looked at his set-up, took some parts from it which I think helped us quite a bit. In a way I'm very happy that Rubens was quick all through the weekend, it helped me in a way. So this morning the car was already a bit better but coming into qualifying, I knew that we had made improvements but I didn't how much of an improvement. Qualifying was a bit of a strange one because in Q2 I couldn't get anywhere near Rubens's times. My laps weren't bad. I had a bit of rear movement which is never my favourite but when we put the fuel on board, the car felt as it had done this morning, so I was much happier with the balance. So yeah, a little bit of a surprise to be on pole. I knew it was a good lap when I crossed the line but I didn't know what other people had done, so when I heard my engineer on the radio saying I was on pole, it was a pretty amazing feeling because it was also a shock to the system. Great to be here and hopefully we've got the pace tomorrow.

Q:
Given all the modifications that are on all the cars here, it must be quite a relief that you're still right up there.

JB:
Yeah, I don't know that anyone's really gone that much quicker except for the Ferrari. They've been competitive today and in Q2 Felipe was within two tenths of Rubens's lap which was obviously pretty exceptional, so they're quick. I think we have the legs on them at the moment but they're closing very, very quickly and I'm surprised, so they're one to watch over the next few races, for sure. Our package is an improvement; personally I don't think we've got the maximum out of it over this weekend but it's a definite step forward and everybody at the factory should be very happy with what they've achieved but we can't stand still, we need to keep moving forward. I know they're working very hard on improvements for the next few races.

Q:
Sebastian, you must be equally pleased that the update has kept you ahead as well.

SV:
Yeah, it was tight. We've got some parts, nothing big, but you put the parts together and you have a big effect. They all seem to work. The boys didn't have an easy time because some of the parts arrived last minute but we were able to do it. Yesterday it was a bit difficult with the car. We were struggling a little bit for balance and this morning it was already much better but we were not yet strong enough with the soft tyres but going into qualifying, we changed the car again slightly and it seemed to work very, very well. In Q1 I only needed one run on the hard tyre and Q2 only one run on the soft tyre. The lap should have been below the 1m 20s bracket but I made a mistake in the last corner. I may have been able to match Rubens's lap time - it was a good lap for sure. Anyway, then, going to Q3, I think the car was working very well, I was very pleased, very happy. After the last lap my engineer came on the radio and said 'you are currently on pole but there are cars to come' and then unfortunately he said ' you are P2.' Yeah, I was waiting for a long time and hoping, 'OK, now no-one else is coming' but then at the last minute I got the call I was in second place but nevertheless it's front row, first row, so that's good for us. It will be difficult tomorrow for the start because we all have the KERS car behind us. It will be a threat; the way down to turn one is quite long but I'm very pleased, very happy with the result. It should be a good race tomorrow. I think we have a very competitive car and we are getting stronger.

Q:
Rubens, you've got your compatriot, Felipe Massa, with KERS right behind you. How much is that a threat and what's the feeling like that he's got an extra 80bhp after he reaches 100kph?

RB:
I'm thinking I might start on the second red light! Maybe I can get into the first corner ahead of him. It's not just the KERS, it's that they have a good car here. As Jenson said, I think it's the best... if you had the classification of the improvements probably Ferrari would be at the top of the list because they have done a good job. It's not just the KERS at the start, it's how well prepared they are. They seem to be good on long runs as well. We have to have that in mind for sure.

Q:
Are you a little bit disappointed not to be on pole?

RB:
Yes, I am. From what I achieved in Q2 I really thought that this time I was able to beat everyone in Q3. I probably went out on the track a little bit too early because I wanted two laps in case I also had traffic on one lap and that could have been a factor but nevertheless it was a good lap. It's very close. I just have to keep on fighting. I think I am quite happy on low fuel as I have shown. I just need to improve a little bit more on heavy fuel. It's something that if you think about, last year we were on low fuel all the time and that's how we compared, myself and Jenson, because we never got into Q3 and this year we have to set up the car differently in a way and I've been suffering a little bit. So yes, I'm a little bit disappointed; happy with the first and third places for the team but I was hoping for more.

Q:
Jenson, you nearly didn't get that last lap; you just made it by two seconds. What was the team telling you?

JB:
Well, they wanted me to go out as late as possible and I agreed with that because I needed everything to really get a good lap. Shov (Andrew Shovlin, race engineer) told me that Kubica was on an out lap, so when he was coming down the pit straight I guessed he was just starting his timed lap and then they said 'you've got to let him past, let him past.' I did and then they came on the radio and said 'no, stay in front of him, he's on an in lap.' So I was screwed then. I was stuck behind with four seconds to spare in the last sector but I had to get a gap, so I had to take the risk of dropping back, getting a gap, else it was pointless anyway. I crossed the line with two seconds to spare and obviously got the job done. I'm very happy and this is by far the best pole I've had because it was unexpected, it was very unexpected. As you probably know, my old boy, as we call him, Papa Smurf is always at the races but my mum has come to this one, so I'm glad that she's here on Saturday when we've qualified on pole.