Questions from the floor

Q: (Wenfei Wang - Titan Sports)
Sebastian, today this is the third successive pole position in the new season; are you satisfied with all the components of the RB7, including the KERS and the DRS? Do you think there is any more room for the car to be improved?

Sebastian Vettel:
Obviously I'm very happy to be on pole position. I think we can be as happy as we can be for tomorrow. As I said, we had a very good run on Friday so yesterday, free practice, I think we were happy with the car we had and with the long runs, also managing the tyres. As I said, we're as happy as we can be going into the race tomorrow, with all the components on the car including KERS, so I was working without any problems today and yeah, I'm confident we will tomorrow. I think between Malaysia and here we have done another little step forward given that there is only very little time, so I'm looking forward to the race here. As Jenson said, it's usually quite exciting and a lot of things can happen, so it won't be an easy race and regarding the improvements on the car, the team is pushing as hard as they can. We brought a few things here. Overseas it's pretty difficult to react; I think once we go to Europe - I think it's the same for everyone - then it's a bit easier to bring the parts, customs are less strict. It makes our life or the team's life much easier. I think that to stay where we are now we have to keep pushing hard because I can assure you, people like McLaren, Mercedes or Ferrari, for sure they are not resting at this stage, so we have to keep pushing at least as hard as they do.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado do Sao Paulo)
Jenson and Lewis, as Sebastian said some minutes ago, he will use the KERS at the start. If he doesn't use it in the race, is it realistic for both of you to fight for victory with him?

Jenson Button:
We don't really know what his pace in the race is going to be like. If he's a second quicker, it's definitely not possible to race with him, whereas if he's four tenths quicker
normally and then we have KERS, it's possible. I don't know. We've got to see where we stand tomorrow. If you're talking about the start, there's a very short period before turn one, it's going to be very difficult to get past, even with KERS, if Sebastian doesn't run it, which I'm sure they will. But during the race, I think they're quick anyway. If you look at Malaysia, a lot of the race he didn't use KERS and his pace was still very good.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse)
Jenson and Lewis, how motivated can you be knowing that doing your best you can only finish seven tenths behind Sebastian Vettel? He seems to be unreachable; he's been like this for the first two races and it might keep on being like this for a long time.

Lewis Hamilton:
We're doing our best to catch up, you know? It's encouraging for us to have been on the first and second row for the first three races, considering where we were in winter
testing. I think we're happier than we could have ever have hoped at this point of the year. It's clear, since God knows when, since 2009, that they've had a ridiculously fast car, a great job done by the team and Sebastian and so we are pushing as hard as we can to close the gap. It is possible but I'm sure it will take several races, probably, before we get to where they are now, but I'm sure they will also make many, many steps forward, so we will continue in the chase, and hope that our development rate can be as fast as theirs, if not better.

Jenson Button:
Yeah, there are 24 of us on the grid and there's only one person that's ever going to be completely fulfilled with their race result and that's the way Formula One is, it's all about winning. We are in a better position than anyone else on the grid to challenge the Red Bulls. We should be happy with that and what we've achieved so far this year. This is a team that will never give up. They've fought for so many World Championships and they have the resources, they have the manpower and they have the passion to really fight for this and they will do everything they can to make sure that we catch Red Bull sooner rather than later.

Q: (Joris Fioriti - Agence France Presse)
But personally, isn't it depressing for you that whatever you do it doesn't seem to get you closer?

Jenson Button:
Yeah, but I've been racing in F1 for twelve years and more often than not there's a guy up the front - he was normally wearing red. It's the way Formula One is, it's a very
competitive sport and if you look at the last five years there's been a different world champion every year and we've got to try and make sure that this one in the middle here [Vettel] doesn't walk away with it this year. But it's not depressing because you work as a team, you win as team, you lose as a team and we are just going to fight as hard as we can, to get everything out of this car and more and really take the fight to Red Bull which is tough at the moment but it's three races in, there's another 16 races to go - well, there's actually 17 races to go.

Q: (Yiying Shi - F1 Express)
Sebastian, are you expecting it to be more difficult back in Europe as other teams will have big improvements?

Sebastian Vettel:
As I said earlier, we have to go step-by-step. As I said, teams like McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes, obviously they are not as happy as they want to be and they are pushing very hard, so to stay where we are, we have to push harder than them to stay there, so we are all aware of that. Since halfway through 2009 we have had a very, very competitive car and we enjoy running at the front but we still haven't forgotten how it feels to run at the back, not only finishing fourth, fifth, sixth, even further down. That's Formula One, just as Jenson says, it's competitive. Sometimes you might be in a comfortable situation, other times it will be very tight and other times you will be behind but then again, there are so many races left and so many things can happen. I can't predict the future. As I say, I'm happy as I can be at this stage but I can't predict the future, but I'm confident that we will have good races in the future as well, but first of all, there's a race tomorrow.

Q: (Stephane Barbe - L'Equipe)
Jenson and Lewis, do you think the DRS zone is as interesting as it was in Malaysia?

Jenson Button:
The line has changed. When I woke up this morning and got in, I noticed that the DRS position has changed on the circuit. It was 900-odd meters, now it's 750 before the last corner. 752 meters. It matters where you brake. Well, it doesn't really, does it? It's still pretty difficult to overtake round here, even with the DRS. A lot of it depends on the wind as well in terms of gear ratios. You've got to get a very good exit out of turn 13 to really tow up to the car in front and you've also got to be close enough to the car in front.

 

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