Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (Honda), Jenson Button (Honda), Anthony Davidson (Super Aguri), Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Alexander Wurz (Williams).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Xuping Tang - F1 Express).
To Alex and Anthony. Is it more encouraging to be a racer instead of a testing driver in Formula One?

Anthony Davidson:
Yeah, it is obviously what we have been working to do. For me over the last five years I have really tried to land a race drive and it's been a fantastic year so far. I am looking forward to the rest of the year obviously, but I think so far so good. It's been everything I thought it was going to be and I'm really enjoying it.

Alex Wurz:
My situation was slightly different to Anthony's because I have raced three seasons. I then decided after the years with Renault-Benetton to come and test for McLaren. This testing stint took a bit longer than I was hoping for but nevertheless... The fight to come back was hard but very rewarding once I sat on the grid at the first race this season in Melbourne. That really was very pleasing, coming back. I think most of us here on the podium, apart from Rubens, were test drivers so I think you always have to watch out for the current test-drivers because it is not a bad job. It is something good, it is important for the team but nevertheless I really like the race and it feels more normal because test-driving just isn't right if you think you are a race driver.

Q: (Xuping Tang - F1 Express).
For Jenson. Do you think the leaving of the test driver Anthony Davidson is one of the reasons for the recent car performance at the beginning of this season?

AD:
I can answer that question!

Jenson Button:
So you're saying it was all down to Anthony that we had a quick car last year? I can't give him that much credit. Anthony was good to have in the team because he was very experienced. We worked together for many years so yeah it was very useful but he's gone on to better things. We've got Christian [Klien] in the team now and he's doing a very good job. He doesn't get that much testing, the testing rules have changed so he's not getting as much testing as he would have hoped but he is doing a good job as well.

Q: (Xuping Tang - F1 Express).
Do you want him [AD] back?

JB:
I think it is a bit unfair to try and steal him back from racing. I think he's enjoying himself.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News).
Rubens, the team has finally started to get on top of the car but if you look back what has been the chief problem with the car?

Rubens Barrichello:
Since the beginning of the year the car has had some big stability problems and every time you change from high-speed to low-speed as you try to turn the car into a corner you lose the back end, so we have been addressing the problem. Magny-Cours was a lot better in that respect. I think we are going in the right direction. We are still very draggy on the straights which is something we have to improve but on braking it is much better.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News).
Jenson and Anthony. Not only this weekend but throughout the entire year another British driver has grabbed all the headlines. How do you guys view the whole 'Hamilton hype' thing?

JB:
It's the first time I've been asked this question (laughter). He deserves the amount of hype he's been getting. He's doing a great job, leading the championship by 14 points in his first season. You can say that he's in the best car, which he has been for most of the year. But he's still beating his teammate so yeah he has done a great job and he deserves the credit.

AD:
It's allowed me to get on with a nice quiet year. This is my first year and it is what I thought it was going to be at the start of the year, as soon as Lewis was announced by McLaren. So that has been quite a benefit for me to get on with a nice easy ride from you guys.

Q: (Filippo Falsaperla - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Felipe, can you give your judgement about the affair involving Ferrari and McLaren and if you can feel something strange or different working within the team?

Felipe Massa:
I have nothing to say about that. I am here to drive. There are many things going on but my job is to drive the car so if you need any information about that ask the team.

Q: (Filippo Falsaperla - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
About the feeling?

FM:
The feeling is the same. We had a very, very good race in Magny-Cours, the car was competitive. I'm really looking forward to having a good weekend here and having the same car we had in Magny-Cours. Last week was very, very good the car was very competitive and I am really looking forward to fighting for the victory.

 

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