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

Questions from the floor

Q: (Frederic Ferret - l'Equipe)
Sebastian, each time you did a lap this afternoon, you set the fastest time. Can you explain how you do that? Is it easy from the inside?

Sebastian Vettel::
I disagree, I think in Q2 on the first run I was second, if I remember rightly. Again, it was difficult after yesterday, we didn't have a lot of laps and basically I was relying on the feeling I had. I was quite happy, we made some changes and I think that that shows that even without a lot of running we are able to do the right thing, so that speaks for us. I think we are in the right direction, it's good now to be ahead of those two but qualifying is nice, pole position is very nice and the main thing comes tomorrow. There are no points for today.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo)
For all three drivers: this morning Ferrari seemed to be faster than we saw in qualifying. Are you expecting them to be a little heavier than you?

SV:
I don't know. I was also surprised because we expected them to be more competitive. Maybe they are much heavier, I don't know, but in the end it's good because I start from first and I think Kimi is sixth, so no KERS car in my back this time. That's a good feeling already. As for everything else, we have to sit down. Obviously we just got out of the car and I saw the final results. I don't know which tyres they have used, maybe they struggled. I don't know. I don't think it was an easy session, this qualifying, not an easy, usual, straightforward session because the circuit picked up grip but not as much as it usually does, so it's difficult to say, also with the tyres being so close to each other.

Jenson Button:
Also, they weren't as quick in Q1 and Q2 as we expected, so I don't think it's just fuel load, personally. But this morning they were massively quick. I was surprised at Massa's times but it seems strange that they are not there now. Maybe their car is not working so much in qualifying form.

Rubens Barrichello:
Nothing to add. Before the weekend, I was expecting that they would be very fast and they proved this morning that they were but in qualifying, as Jenson said, it didn't seem to have that last bit of pace, so lucky us.

Q: (Rodrigo Franca - VIP Magazine)
Question to Jenson and Rubens: tomorrow will be the seventh race of the season and Brawn GP is still the team to be beaten in Formula One. Did you expect to be in this position since in December you had no team, no future with everything going on, Honda leaving Formula One?

JB:
This could be a very long answer. You've probably heard it a few times. At the end of last year we didn't know what to expect. And when we realised in March that we were racing, we were very happy. We knew that we had a competitive car but you never know how competitive. The bit that amazes me is not the speed of the car - the speed of the car is very impressive but it's how the team has done a... they haven't put a foot wrong under pressure whereas maybe other teams have and that's the reason why we've been so competitive and so consistent I think. So we've got to stay in that mindset, stay positive and focused. As soon as you start relaxing, it all goes to pot, so you've got to stay focused and that's exactly what we're trying to do.

RB:
Well, every time I talked to the team during November, December, they seemed to be so happy with how much they got back in terms of downforce and how much happier they were with a different engine, just for the sake of having something different. We knew it was going to be competitive but if you'd asked me, honestly, what I thought, going to the first race, I thought competitive would mean fifth or sixth. From someone who was starting 13th or 14th, it was that much better and then we could conquer more. But it was impressive from the first lap. Jenson was able to drive it first and after four laps I went to ask him and he said 'yeah, we're going to have a good season' and I believed him. So when I drove the car, it was a fairly good feeling.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Rubens, you only had one outing. Was it clear from the beginning that you needed three laps to bring the tyres to grip? If you had started a little bit earlier, might a fourth lap have been even faster?

RB:
That could be an argument, because I question... this morning the fourth lap was better than the third lap but in qualifying, four laps is a bit difficult. You have cars going around and basically I lost the first two laps today, due to the fact that I had traffic, so I pushed on the third lap and that was fine but the balance wasn't as good as I expected, so maybe the fourth lap could have been better. I wish we knew how much it was from one...

SV:
You would also have had less fuel.

RB:
Exactly, I would have had less fuel as well. All in all, I wish to know how much was in the tyres but I think it's very, very close. I just don't know if my ones are better or not. I had a good qualifying with a little bit of understeer and I heard that those guys had a good qualifying with a bit of oversteer, so it's a bit of a non-situation.

Q:
(Heinz Pr?ller) Sebastian, did you know how many seconds you had in hand to cross the line in time to have an extra lap?

SV:
No, I didn't, I didn't know. Was it tight? Was it? It worked.

Q: (Balazs Vajta - Autosport es Formula)
Two questions for Rubens: the first one is you started out not as quick in Q3, you really did your quickest lap on the last lap. Was this due to the hard tyre or pure traffic? And secondly, you and Jenson seem like perfect brothers. After every race you are hand-in-hand but you are second most of the time, so how big is the pressure on you now to beat him finally?

RB:
First question; it was a bit of both, it was the tyre, I knew the first lap wasn't going to be the faster one but I had traffic as well. I pushed a little harder on the second lap but I had traffic again, so the third lap was the only one when I could achieve something.

You know, as much as I love Jenson as a friend, I hate him as a driver, so it's very, very simple. We get on very well. I think it's a fantastic pairing for the team. We are working well together and as you said, if you take Q2 for example I'm in front of him and then Q3 he was able to do the job. Today I couldn't say I had a problem with this or that. You never know what the tyres might have done for me but with me it's my determination. People might have this feeling that because I was second to Schumacher, that I will finish second to him, but I will fight him very, very hard. This time we work well for the team, there are no choices, no sad options like I used to have at Ferrari and this time I just have to conquer and I hope it starts tomorrow.

Q: (Paulo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Sebastian, from your words, you seem to be as confident as you were in China. Could we see something like we saw there with you dominating this race or do you think it's going to be a little bit tougher?

SV:
Yes, I think I was confident in China but it didn't help at all because the day after it was raining, so it was a re-set. Okay, it was a very good race for us, obviously we got along well with the conditions but we couldn't show how good we would probably have been in the dry, so we had no answer to that one. Now we are in a similar position, I think. Tomorrow it should be dry, most likely, you never know but as far as I understand, quite hot and dry, so it should be a dry race and let's see how we get on tomorrow. I don't think you can do more than pole position on Saturday; we did so, so that's positive, but again, there's no reason to be too excited. I think we have done our homework so far but the main demands come tomorrow when we have to race 58 laps around here.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - l'Equipe)
Sebastian, how important is this pole compared to the other two and were you expecting it when you came here on Thursday?

SV:
It's always difficult to know what to expect. I think this circuit is quite different compared to the last couple of circuits, especially Monaco. It's probably more similar to Barcelona and in Barcelona we were in good shape as well, so here we are again. I think a pole is always important. You can speak to the man on the right (Jenson). I think he had the pleasure to have the most pole positions this year and yeah, he always won the races, so it's essential, it's the best position to start from and let's see. It's a long day tomorrow. For sure it won't be easy, it will be a tough fight against those two and also the guys behind because we do not know about the fuel loads yet, so we will see tomorrow.

 

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