Questions from the floor

Q: (Malcolm Folley - Mail on Sunday)
Jenson, you have experienced the same accident that Sergio has had. We saw Karl Wendlinger before you and DC's had an accident there and two this time. You talk about there being not much you can do about it, improving the safety there. It would suggest that something ought to be done to improve the safety there for you guys.

Jenson Button:
Yes. The cars have improved dramatically in terms of safety since Karl Wendlinger's accident and the circuit has improved, the barrier's been moved back since my accident, so there have been improvements, but we need to find a solution because we all love racing here. It's a very special circuit for us and there's so much history but there's a couple of areas. That is the main area really, I think. It's an area that we need to discuss and try and come up with a solution because we all think the same thing. We all want it to be safer there, so we can really come here and really enjoy the racing.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
Guys, you've all talked about the dangers, about part of the circuit, and obviously it has become, clearly, quite dangerous. You're paid to do what you do but are all you three guys prepared to put your lives on the line tomorrow going into that race?

Jenson Button:
Motor racing is dangerous; it says that on the passes, and we all know that, but there's always more we can do. We're all going to go racing tomorrow and I'm pretty sure that with higher fuel loads and everything you won't see any issues - I hope. So yeah, it is a dangerous sport, but I think we still need to keep tweaking certain areas. Some people say that it should always stay a dangerous sport, we shouldn't improve it, but I don't think that's correct. I think we've had some amazing racing this year and a lot of very safe racing, and some great fights, but there are just a couple of little areas that I think we all need to sit down and really be improved for the future.

Sebastian Vettel:
Not much to add. If we make comparisons to the past, between the lines you can read a bit of criteria that things are too safe these days and too easy in some ways, but things like this are a bit of a wake-up call, so we have to make sure that we learn from this and surely there's very little we can do for tomorrow. Obviously, the most important message was that Sergio is okay but for the future, we race on street circuits, here or places like Singapore, so it's our job, the drivers' job to make sure we defend ourselves and say okay, listen, we need this and that much space here and there and that should be the target. But, as I said, the most important thing is that Sergio is okay now and we'll have a good and safe race tomorrow.

Q: (Mathias Brunner - Speedweek)
There is a lot of construction going on in that area; do you find that the track has become more bumpy than in years past?

Mark Webber:
It's always been pretty bumpy out of the tunnel, on the brakes and as the boys have touched on a little bit, every year we come here the cars are a little bit different,
aerodynamically. Also, in the early 2000s, we had cars with engine braking, distance mapped electronics, things that were very sophisticated to help (with) the rear locking and the problems that you can have when the rear of the car is moving around. Now the cars are a little bit more basic in some ways but then obviously you have more technology like the diffusers and things like this, so we're always looking to make the cars fast, but on the flipside of that, the cars also then become a bit easier to drive or more predictable in those tricky situations. I think there is a bump there but it's just if you have a problem with the rear of the car there at that speed, the chance to recover is very, very low. We saw Nico, obviously, and Vitaly on Thursday had a problem and he went straight down; I think he was lucky. And I think also what's important to mention that it was very lucky that they pulled the sleeping policemen up after Nico's incident this morning because I think Sergio could have even had a nastier accident with his car potentially not having the right impact into the side. We just need to keep learning and work with the FIA, and the drivers chip in every now and again and help out the guys, because we're the ones in the cockpit and it's nice to try and improve where we can.

Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
Sebastian, this was your first pole here in Monaco. Was this the pole that you wanted the most and it must have been quite a lap because you broke Kimi's record from 2005 by one tenth?

Sebastian Vettel:
Ah, it's good to hear. I think Kimi doesn't care, to be honest. Yeah, Jenson's just said he's driving trucks these days. I was very happy with the lap. Obviousl, round here it's very important to find the rhythm. If you feel happy in the car and you have confidence in yourself and the car, then you are able to extract so much lap time around here. It's a very special circuit, it's good fun but still you need to push very, very hard, just like on a normal racetrack where you have space and nothing around. But here, any mistake could lead you into the barriers, so you feel this extra thrill and it's even more of a reward when you cross the line and you know that you had a very, very good lap. I'm very happy with that pole position. As I said, it's an important part of tomorrow's race but we've seen a lot of casino in many, many years here so we will see what happens tomorrow.

Q: (Tony Dodgins - Tony Dodgins Associates)
Sebastian, last year it was Mark who was really well hooked up around here and I think they might have found a small hairline crack in your tub or something later, but does it feel like a different race car this year? What's different?

Sebastian Vettel:
The cars are different this year, the tyres are different. A lot of things are different, but to look back at last year, surely I wasn't happy, didn't always feel comfortable in the car, but I think Mark was very quick around here, and very tough to beat, especially in the race, so he gave us all a lesson on that day. We will see this year. I'm very happy with how it went today but tomorrow is a different story. All I have gained so far is eight metres over this guy [Jenson Button] so we will see what we can do tomorrow. Track position is very important here, we've learned that in the past but I think there's no rain forecast so we can leave that one out. But you never know, we're living by the sea. There are so many factors here, we will see.

 

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