Questions from the floor

Q: (Ralf Bach - R&B)
Seb, do you think Melbourne is the best track for your car?

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't know. There are a lot of tracks to come, that's for sure. Last year we were competitive here, the year before as well. We seem to like the place. I like coming here as well, the track is a challenging one, it's quite rough in some places. It's a demanding track for the driver and the rhythm is right, so after one lap you feel happy, I would say, not that you don't feel happy at other tracks but I think here the satisfaction you get is quite good. You feel and you sense the speed around here, so that's something I enjoy a lot and obviously our car likes it as well. All in all, I think that's a good match. So far it has been quite good.

Q: (Ralf Bach - R&B)
What I mean is that the aerodynamics are not that important here.

Sebastian Vettel:
I don't think so. I think aerodynamics are very, very important everywhere.

Lewis Hamilton:
That's the only place where's he's getting a gap to us, the aerodynamics, otherwise it would be even better.

Sebastian Vettel:
I think the bottom line is that we have a good package and we're happy to be where we are. We didn't really know, after the long winter, so that's a good and a positive surprise which we take on board. As I said, there are no points yet and there will be a lot of races and there will be races where it will be difficult for us to beat some other teams. We're not looking to those, but we go step by step.

Q: (Paul Gover - Herald Sun)
Mark, were you using the KERS in your car today?

Mark Webber:
No.

Q: (Paul Gover - Herald Sun)
Would it have made a difference to getting you on the front row if you had been?

Mark Webber:
Maybe. We didn't run it today for reasons we will keep in the team.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - AFP)
Lewis, one week ago you were saying that you had a car that was far from being a winning car and a week later you come up with a very fast car which could be a winning car, so what happened? I don't understand.

Lewis Hamilton:
Well, I was never saying that the car was bad, it already felt better than last year's car. It was just lacking downforce. What downforce enables you to do is brake later, to attack the corners faster, to get on the power earlier so in improving your downforce you improve your minimum speed, so you can improve your kilometres per hour through each corner by ten kilometres. That's a lot of time, because you carry that all the way down the straights. So we've improved the rear end of the car which means that I'm able to attack corners a lot more, massively faster in the higher speed corners and so we've basically just fixed an area of the car which was lacking and it clearly shows, this weekend, that by fixing that one part, the rest of the car is working quite well around it. But we still have a lot of work to do, but it's really due to a fantastic job by the guys back at the factory.

Q: (Livio Orricchio - O Estado do Sao Paulo)
To all of you: are you surprised by Ferrari's performance?

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah. I think they had a very good run in the winter. Yesterday it was a bit difficult to judge. I thought they're reasonably competitive and more or less there. I was surprised in qualifying. Q1 I saw that they put on some option tyres already. It was quite tight for Felipe to get through - not tight, but he had one last shot. And then it's difficult to judge from the inside of the car what was going on, so that's really all I saw, more or less. After that, you focus more on yourself. In Q1 you have a bit more time to watch TV, I would say. Yeah, I was surprised.

Mark Webber:
Well, yeah, a little bit but I think today it's pretty clear that people are still getting used to the tyres and maybe it's not the right window for some people, so this is moving the lap times around a lot. I think we saw Nick Heidfeld go out very early. Some people are still finding their way. Maybe Ferrari are in that boat.

Lewis Hamilton:
Yeah, I think they've got a great car. I find these tyres very easy to use, and obviously these guys have found them quite easy to use, but I guess some people down the field have not really been able to switch them on how they would like but this is very early, we're all learning as we go along. At the end of the testing, it was obvious that they (Red Bull) were the fastest, they were the championship winners the previous year, they were the fastest and won the last race, so clearly, rolling into next year, they were going to be the most competitive, so it was no surprise that they were the quickest this weekend. I would have thought that Ferrari would have been a bit closer to us but I think, again, it's just the tyres. Maybe if they got the tyres working they would be able to close the gap.

Q: (Matthew Cochinos - pitpass.com)
Mark, how hungry are you going into your home grand prix tomorrow?

Sebastian Vettel:
You'll have lunch before, no?

Mark Webber:
Yeah, Seb said I would have lunch before the race! I think you want to do well at every grand prix, clearly. I think there's a little bit extra emotion, obviously, as both these guys can relate to: Germany for Seb and UK for Lewis. That's normal. Any sportsman competing in a big event at home, there's a fraction more emotion attached to it. It shouldn't really make you perform better, you've got to perform everywhere you go, but also keep in mind that it's a long season this year. You need to get off to a good start in the championship. I didn't put myself into the best position today but I've had tough Saturdays before and Sunday... it's a long, long day, so I hope I will see you guys again tomorrow.

 

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