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

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Q:
Sebastian, a great day for you. The first driver this year to be quickest in all three sessions, timing your last run in Q3 to the very last second.

Sebastian Vettel::
Yeah, so I mean after yesterday especially in Friday practice we had an engine failure and we were not able to do a lot of laps but still I had a good feeling for the car and I was quite confident for today. It is quite a surprise now to be quickest in all sessions and obviously a great day today and I am very pleased. Finally we made it. The last couple of races we tried very hard and finally we are ahead of these white guys. Thanks for the team and again a great job also in the factory as some of the parts arrived at the last minute, so it was quite an effort to fix them to the car. But we did it and they are working, so everything is positive. Let's see tomorrow.

Q:
Jenson, it looked like another well paced weekend so far. A lot of the drivers were complaining about the grip level and you were a little bit in the background but again in qualifying you are on the front row of the grid.

Jenson Button:
Yeah, yesterday was a tough day for everyone I think. It was so windy and I just could not get a balance to the car in those conditions. But immediately today with some changes to the set up and also the wind calmed down the car just seemed to be much better. And I got more to grips with the car and we worked all through the day. It is nice to be on front row and it's a great place to be for tomorrow. Obviously well done to Sebastian for pipping us and it is great that we have got a lot of competition out there. It is not just the Red Bulls and the Brawns but also the Ferraris are quick as well and the Toyotas, so it is good.

Q:
Rubens, consistent as we say. Talk us through qualifying from your point of view.

Rubens Barrichello:
Qualifying went great. I had a bit of a worry in Q2 because I had a used set and when I put a new set on I had a bit of traffic, so I wasn't sure if I would have made it. I was seventh, but on the tenth that everyone had, but luckily I was in front. Q3 went quite well. I chose to use the prime tyres and I think it was a good choice but you never know which one is the better one in those conditions. I had three laps. I wish I could have pushed a little bit more on the second lap but I had traffic again as timing on this final qualifying is everything and there were lots of cars coming out of the pits while I was on my lap already. But very well, very well. Everything is so close and I have a good car and I am quite happy.

Q:
Sebastian, your thoughts going into the race tomorrow. A lot of work as you say going on back at the base. A new aerodynamic configuration on the back of the car. Where do you think the car is and I say this in the context that you've always won when you've been on pole.

SV:
We will try our best to keep this statistic alive but it won't be easy. I think we have a very good chance here with a very god car. I expected more difficulties in qualifying, so I mean it wasn't easy but we made it. I think we have a very good race car for tomorrow, so I'm looking forward. Obviously it is the best position to start from. Also in terms of the grip level I think there is quite an advantage to be on the clean side, so let's see tomorrow. This is just half-way and the main task for us comes tomorrow. It is a very long race here, very tough. It will be very hot, so for both drivers and cars it won't be an easy one but it will be very exciting, so let's see.

Press conference

Q:
Sebastian, your second pole this year and, of course, you are probably aware that every pole winner has always won here in the four grands prix we have had so far.

SV:
I wasn't here four years ago. Yeah, I mean I am in obviously the best position to start from and I'm very happy, very pleased especially after a difficult day yesterday with not a lot of laps. But I had a good feeling. We had quite some new bits and they arrived at the last minute, so it was quite a job to put them on the car. The boys were working hard again. It is a tough season but obviously with these kinds of results it is the best to show them that we are going in the right direction, so I am very pleased. Today's qualifying was quite difficult. I think we do have a very competitive car in the race. I was not that confident in qualifying but then going through Q1 and Q2 I had a better and better feeling, so in Q3 I was quite confident to be up there at the front. Again it was very tight but finally we made it and put the car on pole again.

Q:
How much were you playing catch up after yesterday because you started practice quite late as well and didn't do many laps in the first session and then, of course, very few in the second.

SV:
Yes, it's true. Both sessions. Free practice one and free practice two. Just because the parts arrived so late and we were basically putting them to the car and it isn't always easy and we started a bit with a delay but there was no problem. The biggest problem then was to do only four laps. But nevertheless I think we have found a very good car. We have worked overnight and made some changes and they all seemed to work. Also this morning we were more focussing on Sunday, on the race, whereas usually you try to prepare qualifying and that is why we were not that confident for qualifying. But it worked, so very good.

Q:
How difficult was the tyre choice as it seemed after free practice three this morning that no-one was certain which was the quicker of the tyres.

SV:
I think still you can argue. The hard tyres seem to work surprisingly well. If you look at the times from Q1 to Q2 they were not massively quicker and that is unusual, so the circuit did improve but it didn't do the usual step, so that was quite a bit of a surprise. Therefore I think it is not certain which tyre in the end to choose. We relied mostly on the option which I think was the right choice but I don't think there was much in between them.

Q:
Jenson, your record of starting seventh and finishing fourth is the best of all three of you but you have finished all four races, so what are your feelings about this circuit?

JB:
I enjoy this circuit and that's why I found it tough when we arrived here and we did not have a good balance. When one person in the team has got a god car and is doing good lap times it is okay as you sort of know the time is in the car and you have just got to find it. I think Rubens and myself we did not have the best day yesterday and we were not really sure where the pace was but we found it today and it is good to be up there at the front. It is a pity we could not get pole but you are always going to say that when you are starting P2 but I am very happy to be where I am and looking forward to the race. We all love statistics and as you say every pole position man here has won. We are going to try and change that tomorrow and I am looking forward to it. I think this is a circuit where you can have a lot of fun and you can overtake and it should be a good race to watch hopefully.

Q:
With first and fourth on the grid Red Bull really do look like a threat, don't they?

JB:
Yeah, it has been like that most races except for Monaco. The races before that it was the same. I think these guys are doing a very good job and we are also. It is down to getting the best out of the equipment and getting the best team effort tomorrow. That is what will win the race and we have got to wait and see who that is.

Q:
A mystery for the tyres also with you.

JB:
After practice this morning it was quite difficult to choose which tyres to run in qualifying. I think we made the right choice for myself. On the prime I didn't really have a very good feeling. It was very twitchy and not what I like. The option tyre would get oversteer but it was sort of more gradual, a bit more of a rolling feeling and I preferred that, so that is the tyre we went with and we did the right thing staying with it in Q3 and not chopping and changing and I could just get on with my work and do the best I could.

Q:
Rubens, yesterday you were saying you were suffering in the first sector. Presumably you have mastered that now.

RB:
Yeah, I think it has been a good job since last night with everything. The car this morning felt a lot better. I think the track may have come towards us a little bit but all in all the car feels a lot better. This morning we could feel that already and it was a question of trying which tyre to see what was next. As you could see I qualified on prime and Jenson qualified on the option. It is difficult to see which one was the better one. I had a better feeling through high speed (corners) with the prime. It was a little bit more slippery than I predicted but all in all it was still a good qualifying. We were just playing with each other that we don't know which one is better - starting second here or third. I hope it is third.

Q:
The position of the grid is a factor, isn't it?

RB:
Yeah, because here you don't have a lot of... in fact I've been told that there are no races at all. This is the only event of the year. We've been passing on the main straight on the right, that's the only clean line. Although I like Jenson very much, I hope my side is a lot cleaner than his.

JB:
If any of you want to get your road cars out, do some starts, you're more than welcome.

Q:
There's a couple of journalists running round, would that help?

JB:
I'm not sure that helps too much.

 

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