Drivers:Jenson Button (Brawn GP), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Rubens Barrichello (Brawn GP)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
Jenson, in Q2 you did 1m15.016s and in Q3 you did 1m14.902s. Can you explain this please?

Jenson Button:
No, not really. I think I just went quicker, I suppose. Q3 is the one that matters. In Q2 I did struggle with a bit of understeer. I was behind another car on my lap which cost me some time. I was a little bit scared that I wasn't going to make it through Q2 but I did and Q3 is the important one. For sure, I pushed harder in Q3 than I did in Q2. The fuel effect wasn't anywhere near like I thought it was going to be. I was able to brake in similar places with higher fuel as I was with lower fuel, so I don't quite understand that. Yeah, I just pushed that little bit harder. If I was 95 percent in Q2, I was 100 percent in Q3. I couldn't have got anything else out of it. I have been nowhere near Rubens through the swimming pool but I drove as fast as I could through there and yeah, I thought I was going to end up in Flavio's (Briatore) boat which he would not have been very happy with. It was a good lap, I was very happy with it.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, is KERS your weapon against Jenson at the start?

Kimi Raikkonen:
Here it can maybe help a little bit but it's such a short straight to the first corner, it's very tight, it's very difficult, you need to really have a jump. Much better to be able to beat the first guy but we will try, we will try what we can and see what happens.

Q: (Tom Cary - The Daily Telegraph)
Jenson, you made a big deal about being aggressive over the past few races. You touched on it just before saying you found a balance in the car. Are you going to have to return to your smooth driving action, now that you've got pole? Do you just want to stay out ahead of everyone or are you going to have to be right on the edge the whole way through?

JB:
You've got to be on the edge but you've got to think in a different way than you do in qualifying because in a way you've to look after the tyres, you have to also be on the edge, so it's a difficult one. But you can't be touching any barriers in the race because that would screw your race. You have to drive a little bit differently than in qualifying and I will drive as quickly as I can, obviously within the limits. You've got to respect the barriers. I hit one on Thursday, I only just tapped it, but it bent something on the car, a track rod. Yeah, I will be staying away from them, for sure.

Q: (Malcolm Folley - The Mail on Sunday)
Jenson, we talk about this place being the most important race on the calendar to get the pole. You've got it here today, and now with the race strategy the race is in your hands. Can you tell us how you go to bed tonight considering that you wait all your career to get pole at Monaco and going into the race tomorrow, people at home are going to be so excited about what's going to happen?

JB:
Well, honestly, I didn't... this might be a negative attitude but I honestly didn't think I was going to outqualify Rubens today but I have, so I'm very, very happy and I'll go to bed happy but also already thinking about tomorrow. This circuit is very unusual, it's different to any other circuit. People will say if you're quick round Monaco you're a master and what have you but I don't think that's the case. I think it's just different to other circuits, it takes a little bit of a different driving style and that's it really. Some drivers might be very quick for the rest of the season and they're not so quick around here. It's just the way it is. But I'm very happy that I've worked closely with the team and Rubens over this weekend and I've been able to get the best out of the car and put it on pole. I'm not thinking about tomorrow yet. That will be when I get back to the team. It's not over yet; starting on pole is obviously an advantage, that's why we get so happy about the best lap in qualifying but it's a long race and anything can happen, as they always say. We don't know what fuel other people are on. I don't know what fuel Kimi's on, we'll find out soon, but they might be much longer than us which would obviously make them more competitive than us. We have to wait and see and as you might have seen in practice, there's been a lot of graining on these tyres, especially the rears, so that's going to come into play. The Ferrari seems good on the harder of the two tyres, maybe quicker than what I've been, so it's going to be an exciting race. Some people say Monaco can be a procession but I don't think that will be the case. There will be a lot of marbles, I think there will be quite a few mistakes tomorrow with the tyres graining, so it will be an exciting race, I think we will put on a good show for the fans.

Q: (James Allen - Financial Times)
Jenson, in the last two races you've arrived and the car hasn't really been working for you and you've had to work quite hard to get yourself into a position to challenge, so I wonder if you could say a little bit about whether that gives you great satisfaction at the end of it to then be sitting here and looking good for tomorrow, and also just talk a little bit about the confidence that you need to drive you through that process.

JB:
Turning up at the first races and qualifying on pole and winning that race was the same sort of feeling as I've had this weekend, to a much bigger extent, obviously. But with it being so difficult over the last couple of years and winning the first race this year was a magnificent feeling and this weekend has been a little bit like that in a way because I struggled on Thursday, then got to grips with the car and everything's come together in qualifying. We need to look at why we're turning up and I'm not happy with the car to start with. Obviously I'll sit down with my engineers and we'll all go through it but they've done a great job to put me in this position, we've all worked very hard on improving the car. I have quite a lot of confidence, obviously, so far this season, but you take every race as it comes and even though I've won four races this year you still come here and think I've got to win this race, I've got to get on pole, and if you don't, you think of it as a little bit of a failure. You take every race as it comes. Even if I hadn't had the first five races, I would have confidence but you never know what's going to happen.

Q:
Kimi, given your difficult start to the season will you really risk everything for a victory tomorrow or will you try to ensure some good points?

KR:
I'm only interested in winning, so I have nothing really to lose. OK, the team needs points but in the end they are happier with a win than just some points. We're not really in the championship. We know that the team has not had a very easy time this year but we have shown some signs that we are getting better. We still need to work. This is a special place, so if we have good speed here, I wouldn't say that we would be where we want to be on a good circuit, maybe not as good as Brawn, so that's what we're really aiming to improve, so I will definitely try to do everything that I can.

Q:
Jenson, Monaco is really difficult to overtake, sometimes it makes for a really boring race. Does it mean that's perfect for you?

JB:
It's perfect for the guy that starts on pole always. You think that going into the race, but as I said, anything can happen. The first lap of the race is always exciting for us all. If there is a car that can overtake us it will for sure be a car with KERS. There are a couple of places on the circuit where there is always that possibility. The first few laps are important but the way the system is now with fuel, going into qualifying, Kimi might be running five laps longer than us on the first stint which might work better, might work in his favour, might not. We have to see, so it's not as easy as just qualifying on pole and you've won the race. But it won't be a boring race, I don't think so.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Jenson, Rubens mentioned that he has got at least one fresh set of soft tyres. How is it with you and is this a big advantage to have a new one left for the race or a disadvantage if you don't?

JB:Yeah, it matters when you're going to use it in the race, for sure. If you're going to use it at the start, your first pit stop, your second pit stops, your third pit stop, whatever. We have to wait and see. But yeah, I have one set of the super soft tyres left.

Q: (Ingo R?rsch - Sport Bild)
I have a question for Jenson: could you explain the difference between the preparations for Sunday's race now you're on pole compared to the races last year? Is it more exciting or are you just more focused on the race or do you sleep as you do every day?

JB:
I always sleep very well. It's a much nicer position, for sure, especially round Monaco, to be at the front because there can be mayhem around here. People know that it's difficult to overtake, so everything happens on the first lap. It's much nicer being at the front, as it always is. Last year I had a lot of accidents, more than I've had in my whole career and it's because I know how important it was to fight my way through, on the first couple of laps. So yeah, it's a nice position to be in and I'm sure every driver will say the same, it's pretty normal.

 

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