Drivers:Jenson Button (Brawn GP), Mark Webber (Red Bull), Sebastian Vettel

Questions from the floor

Q: (Mathias Brunner - Speedweek)
Sebastian, is there much of a discussion going on on the radio, whether to do two stops, three stops or is simply a decision that you are told and basically that's it?

Sebastian Vettel:
Obviously you know what you are going to do in certain scenarios. You discuss strategy a long time before the start of the race and it was clear that in case we would be leading and we would have a certain gap to the car behind, because we were quite a bit shorter, then we would have gone for a three stop. At this point I haven't spoken to the team but at this point I don't yet understand why we were still on a three stop. I think a two stop would have just secured second position. We tried, it didn't work, so we'll know next time.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association)
Congratulations Jenson. Just watching you in the TV press conference, you looked a bit emotional, a bit teary-eyed. What is it about this win which has meant so much to you today?

Jenson Button:
I think it was... every race that I've won this year has been pretty emotional. The old memories obviously come flooding back but I think it's because we thought it would be a much tougher fight today and also when you get into a car that every single lap you drive you've got a smile on your face because it's working so well; this race was that race. I could have carried on driving for another 200 laps because I was enjoying myself so much in that car. Today was a day when we've shown that we have made a good step forward. People will say that this is our true pace and it has been all year but that's not a fact. I've given everything every race this year and I think we've found the best pace possible at every race we've gone to this year but at this race I think we have made a step forward with the balance of the car and the aero of the car, so it was a nice feeling. Even ten laps in, 15 laps in I thought it's probably not a good idea but I really wanted to radio the team and say 'this car is just outrageous.' It was tempting fate a little bit, so I left it until the end of the race. But it was just a very enjoyable day. This is the day really that I think is for the whole team; I really wanted them to be on the podium with me. I suppose they are at every race but especially at this one. I think it meant a lot to the team because they could see how good the whole package was.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Jenson, the question is when are you planning to win this championship because it looks like you're pretty much unstoppable?

JB:
I would love to win every single race this year but I've got another 19 guys on the circuit who want to stop me doing that. I'm in a good position, for sure. This race showed that we do have the best car but I think that we have the best package. I think this car really suits me, so I'm driving it at my best and everybody within the team is in a very good position and I think that they are giving a hundred percent also. You would say that the situation at the moment is perfect but it could very easily go the wrong way. These guys (Red Bull) can suddenly bolt something on that will bring them to our pace or even quicker, so you can't take it for granted and you've got to keep pushing. You can't lift off and hope for the best or try and take it easy. You still have to keep pushing. I've got a 26 point lead which is just out of this world but I'm still not going to lift off. I want to do the best job I can at every race I go to and I'm still going to make every move that I possibly can to win every race. But I also know that that is not going to be easy. I will have a bad race this year and I will get beaten and it's being ready for that situation I suppose.

Q: (Will Buxton - Australasian Motorsport News)
Congratulations guys. Question for all of you. You were all in the FOTA meeting this morning. Having been in that meeting, having listened to what everybody had to say, how much have you learned about FOTA's position, about their solidarity, their strength, and how much has that influenced or affected your feelings about the future of the sport and where it's headed?

Mark Webber:
Well, FOTA were very good this morning. They called in all the drivers with the FOTA teams just to give us a heads up and bring us right up to speed because obviously the circumstances out there in relation to the sport are changing pretty quickly. So for us to go there and listen to all the team principals and all the people making decisions for their own teams, to talk to the drivers who have been with them for a long time in certain situations, and our position is that we are totally in support of FOTA. All the FOTA drivers are with FOTA in the future. We want to race against the best drivers in the world, we want to drive for the best teams in the world and that's the way we want to see it go forward. We hope there is a... not a compromise - whatever they need to do to work with the FIA to have a very, very good championship next year and that's it really. We're very, very confident and we're trusting the FOTA teams and they are absolutely binding together, they are so strong together and this is what we're very happy about because this is what it needs to bring the governance of the sport in the correct fashion that we need to go forward.

Q: (Ercan Kazaz - Hurriyet)
Jenson, the next race is in the UK. Do you expect the same support that Lewis enjoyed last year from your home fans, ad would that create pressure or motivate you?

JB:
Every year I've been to Silverstone to race in Formula One it's quite amazing the support you get, even when you're not driving a competitive car and when you can't get a result you still get a lot of support which is fantastic. The British public has always been behind their drivers. Going there this year is obviously a different situation: I'm leading the championship. In previous years, when the car has been difficult to drive and we haven't had any results, in a way you're a little bit embarrassed because you've got so much support. You've got so much support but you can't give them anything back but to arrive there leading the championship, I feel that, in a way, it's giving them something to really get a hold of and sink their teeth into and really enjoy. Yeah, so arriving at Silverstone I'm going to be very excited and looking forward to the weekend but when you get into the car you're a hundred percent focused. In a way it's another race while you're actually in the car. Before and after it's very different, for sure, but the great thing is, a lot of people that work in Formula One are British, we have a lot of fans in the United Kingdom, so hopefully we will put on a good show for them and we will have a sell-out crowd and this will help us in the future have a Grand Prix in the UK.

Q: (Mathias Brunner - Speedweek)
Mark, of the upcoming tracks where do you think Red Bull Racing can most likely challenge Brawn GP?

MW:
Well, it's difficult to say. We expected to be a bit closer here, to be honest. Jenson was on another level today. There was no way anyone was going to beat him. It's not that we're really going to change our mentality going forward. We're doing everything we can to make the car as fast as possible for every venue we go to and that's starting with the next grand prix in the UK. You would think, looking at the past, whether it was Barcelona or a little bit Malaysia - those sorts of circuits and Shanghai - where there were some quicker sections that would suit us, so maybe Silverstone is somewhere where we can maybe get closer. N?rburgring? It's very difficult to say at the moment. I think if we went to N?rburgring as the next race Brawn would still have an advantage. We need to keep going on the path we are but we need to bite into the back of their development if we can somehow and soon. Obviously we need to do it soon because the more races we do, there are less to come.

Q: (Ed Gorman - The Times)
Mark, following that one up, you're renowned for saying it more or less as it is. Jenson, then, was trying to make the case that things could still go wrong for him, even though he's won six out of seven races but do you, in your heart or hearts, really believe he can be stopped from being World Champion this year?

MW:
Jenson's in an incredible position. To have a 26-point lead is an amazing position to be in but the way the points-scoring system is at the moment, for him to chip away is still not that easy if his main competitors are consistent. He's got a great benchmark to start from now. Two DNFs changes things obviously. But there's no question about it, he's in fantastic shape, going forward, seven races down, ten or eleven to go. Even if he's cruising and picks up a lot of results, not on the top step, it's going to be a long, long time for people to get that back. Finishes are crucial for him and he's been around long enough to know that.

But just adding to my statement before, I said there was no atmosphere in Turkey. I think that there were a lot of people that tried to come in today but obviously it's not that cheap and things like that but we should have let them in for free at the end. It would have been nice for the show to let people in. I'm sure there's a lot of people that would want to come to the Turkish Grand Prix but can't afford to because it's very expensive. Jenson and I spoke about this on the parade lap that on the day maybe we should have made an announcement yesterday or even this morning to get some more people in here to let them experience our sport and that's a shame that it didn't happen today.

Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto Motor und Sport)
Mark, you've opted rather for the conservative strategy during the last three races, as it is mostly decided on the Saturday before you put fuel in for Q3. Is that what you are pushing for?

MW:
No, it's just the better way for me. I've had a little bit of problems with Q3. Yesterday I nailed Q3 pretty much how I wanted to, so with that in mind, it's always better to have a little bit more fuel and have the options in the afternoon on Sunday. Obviously the KERS cars are a risky business because you can also qualify around them, so that's a major trap for me in the first stint but going forward I'm obviously planning to qualify the best I can in Q3 and have the best strategy for the race. I know there's no points on Saturday afternoon and I want to get the best result on Sunday.

Q: (Frederic Ferret - l'Equipe)
Question to Sebastian: you said arriving here that your car suits the track and you were confident with it. When you saw Jenson flying away what did you feel you still miss in your car, to beat the Brawn's race pace?

SV:
When I saw him flying away the first thing I thought was 'shit' because obviously we wanted to win today and we were not quick enough. As I said before, I was happy with the car, I felt quite comfortable all weekend. Yesterday was very good, I think. Today we were just not quick enough. I don't see that there's one particular place on this circuit, for instance, where we were losing time. I think it's just a little bit here, a little bit there. Again, I think we have a very good car, especially in medium- and high-speed corners and I think that's not where we are losing too much time. I think it's probably more in the areas like the last sector here, in the low speed corners, but I don't really see that we have been much weaker in general there, so I think it's a bit everywhere, maybe. Just a little bit more in the slow speed corners.

 

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