Drivers: Felipe Massa (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Kevin Magnussen (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Kate Walker - Crash.net)
To all six of you: I was wondering in development terms if you could tell us the difference between the cars that were packed up in Bahrain and the cars that we're going to see leaving the pit lane tomorrow?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think it will be a very different car. Obviously, for us, we had a lot of problems during the test so we didn't get to test a lot of stuff and we hope we do some more running here and obviously put the parts to the car that we think are better for overall performance. Yeah, it will be a bit different but I think it's the same for all of us.

Q:
Fernando, I was on the same plane as Pat Fry and he was certainly pushing a lot of boxes out through customs when we arrived, so you've got quite a lot of new parts I guess.

Fernando Alonso:
No, maybe they found some...

Sebastian Vettel:
Spare parts.

Fernando Alonso:
...food or something. The car is exactly the same as it was in Bahrain, not new sponsor, not anything.

Lewis Hamilton:
It's very similar to the two next door... probably more so to Fernando. There'll be a couple of things on the car but generally it's going to look the same.

Felipe Massa:
The same car.

Kevin Magnussen:
We've got a few bits on the car so hopefully we will be good.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
Sebastian, obviously this past pre-season has been very different compared to previous pre-seasons with Red Bull. I was just wondering if you come into this season with a different mind-set, knowing you've got a car that could struggle to even cross the finishing line on Sunday, compared to the car you've had in previous seasons where you know it's going to be pushing for the front row of the grid, pushing for race wins. Does your mind-set alter?

Sebastian Vettel:
I think generally, at this stage for all us it's difficult to know what to expect, how the racing will look, how it will feel inside the car, how many cars will cross the line. We saw that we had a lot of problems, others had a lot of problems during the tests that we had. It's difficult to have any sort of expectations for most of us I think, but as I said in the beginning, it's a long season and so obviously I'm going out here, not trying to just make it round, I'm going out here to push to the maximum and do the best I can and then we will see where we are and we will see how far we get. The target, for sure, is to finish and the target for sure is to finish in the best possible position, so that's the mind-set, fairly straightforward and for the rest of the year, I think we're a strong team, we have a lot of good people on board, we have strong resources so I'm confident we should progress as the season goes on.

Q: (Dan Knutson - Auto Action)
Lewis, you and Nico get along very well, you got along very well last year when you were going for wins. This year, you might be both going for the championship, you've been in that kind of a fight before. Do you see that putting a bit of a strain on the relationship with Nico?

Lewis Hamilton:
I mean when everyone's talking about the relationship between us, it will be the same at the start as it will be at the end. We've been racing together since we were 13, we've been in championships competing right to the end, one where he's won, one where I've won and it's been the same since... It's a more fierce championship and a lot more is riding on it but at the end, I don't see any issues.

Q: (Trent Pryce - Richland F1)
Kevin, you say that the McLaren feels quick, does that mean it's responding well to set-up changes? Does it feel like it has a good baseline?

Kevin Magnussen:
Yeah, both, I would say. It just feels like a Formula One car, it feels like it's balanced and I don't have a lot of experience with Formula One cars but definitely the car that we had last year just didn't have the right feeling about it. This year's car is responding well in terms of driving the car and also set-up changes and has a good feel about it.

Q: (Shane McInnes - 3AW)
Seb, have you offered much advice to Daniel, your new teammate now racing at Red Bull and if you have offered some advice, can you share that wish us?

Sebastian Vettel:
Not much, we didn't drive that much this year so there was not much I could talk about. Obviously you do your own thing once you are in the car, but as a team we share everything that we experience and together with the engineers, it's always... people expect that if you come to a new team or if you have a new teammate or you know a certain driver very well, people expect kind of questions like 'how hard do you approach turn three in Australia' or in Monaco. It's not like that. Obviously everybody's got his own style and even if I told him to brake here or there, then he would still try and find his own way. There are some things where I'm open so if he has some questions he can ask. It's the same for me the other way round. I think I can learn a lot from him so obviously he's a new guy, he has a different driving style to Mark. I didn't see that much yet in testing because we didn't run so much, but I'm sure, as the season goes on we'll both learn from each other.

Q: (Ben McKay - Australian Associated Press)
Felipe and others if you wish, there are so many uncertainties leading into this season, is it fair to say that Formula One is under something of a cloud with the continued poor health of Michael Schumacher?

Felipe Massa:
Sure, I always think about him every day, pray for him every day so I really hope that things can go back and be OK for him. For sure it was a shame to see what's happened but I keep thinking about him, he's on my helmet and we'll keep praying and believing that things can be OK for him and he's coming back.

Q: (Mat Coch - Pitpass.com)
Kevin, this year you're up against Jenson Button who I guess is getting towards the end of his career while you're at the very start. Do you feel that it's a little bit of a make or break year for both of you and that if you beat him, your career is made whereas if he beats you, you're perhaps in a bit of trouble?

Kevin Magnussen:
Well, we all know that you are measured against your teammate but I don't see it like that, I try and do my best, try and learn as much as I can in the early part of the season and see where it takes me. There is a lot pressure in being in Formula One, especially when you are with a big team as I am. It's where I want to be, I've always dreamed of being with McLaren and I'm here and I'm going to do my best and try not to worry too much about the negative things.

Q: (Sylvia Arias - Parabrisas)
Felipe, I want to know that after so much time with Ferrari, working with a Latin team, how do you feel now with a British team, what differences have you found, your feelings?

Felipe Massa:
For sure, working with the car is the same and everything, similar things. It depends which team you are with but the idea, the working is the same but it's very different the way... outside, the way they talk, they are much more quiet. The Italians, they cannot talk without shaking their hands. I am like that because I am from Brazil as well, so for sure it's a big change for me. I'm trying to learn everything quickly, changing some names as well, understanding the way they talk as well, because I never lived in England, so that's also new for me. But it's nice, it's a nice experience as well, but definitely the mentality is pretty different.

Q: (Carlos Miguel - La Gaceta)
For all six, it's a simple question: which team is the favourite for the championship?

Daniel Ricciardo:
I think the championship is... as Seb said before, a long way away so... I could probably say for this race, judging from testing but I think we're going to develop so much throughout the year, all teams with the new cars this year so to answer the question simply, for this race, I would put my money on Mercedes but try not to count anyone else out but to answer your question in one word then it's them.

Kevin Magnussen:
I don't know, it's very hard to predict. We've seen for many years whoever is strong for the first part of the season might not always be the one at the end of the season so it's hard to predict. I don't know.

Felipe Massa:
Yeah, I think I would say Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton:
I will say Williams.

Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, not much to add. I think for this race Mercedes based on winter testing for the season. I think after three or four races we will know a little bit more.

Fernando Alonso:
I've no idea.

Q:
One final question: how many finishers in the race on Sunday?

Fernando Alonso:
How many are we? 16.

Sebastian Vettel:
12

Lewis Hamilton:
15

Felipe Massa:
14

Daniel Ricciardo:
No one. We're all going to be running across the line!

Kevin Magnussen:
22

 

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