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Monaco Grand Prix – Wednesday press Conference Part 2

by F1Fan on May 13, 2010

Part 2 of Wednesday Press Conference consists of Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Timo Glock and Sebastien Buemi fielding questions from members of the world press.

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Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport) Jenson and Felipe and anyone else if they would like to comment. Do you think the Red Bulls will be as far ahead as they were in Barcelona here or do you think that the different nature of this track means there is an opportunity to close the gap a little bit?
JB: It is a very difficult question to answer as we haven’t been around the circuit and we haven’t done a single lap yet. But if you look at every race this season the Red Bulls have qualified on pole whatever the conditions and whatever the type of circuit. They are going to be quick but I am hoping the gap is not quite what it was in Barcelona. If they get it a little bit wrong in qualifying there might be another team that can fight them for the pole which is exciting. I don’t think we expected that after Friday in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix. But here I think it will be a bit more mixed up and I hope so as they were quite a bit in front in qualifying in Barcelona. But this is a very different circuit to Barcelona, a lot of very low speed corners here and you need good mechanical grip and I think we are all doing our best to make sure it is an exciting race for ourselves and for you guys. We don’t want the Red Bulls walking off with it into the distance.
FM: Red Bull has always been the best car in qualifying this season. I think they have a very good car which works very well on new tyres in qualifying. In many races we have seen them very strong in qualifying but then their race pace was a little bit different than how it was in qualifying. Maybe they can again be very strong in qualifying, but we need to try to be closer, or even better would be to be in front, because I think the races are always a little different. Qualifying is very important as Red Bull have shown. Until now, they have been the best in qualifying, so it’s something that we need to understand, how to prepare the best for one timed lap, or even two timed laps, depending on Q1, Q2 or Q3.

Q: (Andrew Frankl – Forza) To Jenson and Felipe, the FIA is trying to promote safe driving. How can you promote safe driving if some of you guys are doing 190 mph with one hand on the steering wheel?
RK: Good question.

JB: Always a great question to try and answer. We’re in a controlled environment, this is very different from driving on the road. We are professionals, this is what we’ve grown up doing and we are supposed to be the best in the world at what we do. I think it’s wrong to compare it to driving on the road. I think the way that we drive on the road is very different to the way we work on the circuit and the way that we drive on the circuit. I’m a little bit surprised that you try to make out that they are the same.

Q: (Andrew Frankl – Forza) As an example to millions of young people, who are trying to imitate what you are doing and I just think it’s a bad example. I’m not suggesting that you are the guilty party. I’m just asking.
JB: I think youngsters are probably more intelligent than you’re letting on. I think that they understand that driving on the road is very different than driving in a racing car. It hasn’t changed for the last 50 years. There have been professionals in motor sport and there have been kids growing up and driving on the roads. That’s not changed. I think kids these days understand the difference between what we do and also driving on the M25 around London, for example.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express) There was a suggestion that they might split qualifying but that seems to have been shot down. Wouldn’t you have preferred to have the top teams running in a separate qualifying and the slow backmarkers on their own, because you are going to get held up?

FM: When you are qualifying and you cannot do your lap it’s always not nice. Here it is the worst track for that. I think we’ve done a good job until now in qualifying: Q1, Q2 and Q3 but here will be a big problem, I think, especially in Q1. It would be nice to have a little bit different qualifying. At least you can make it more real, to give the possibility for every driver to do his best. I think to find a free lap here will not be easy. But anyway, the decision has been made and so we need to try to do our best.

TG: The point is that we all signed up for that and the situation is as it is and we can’t change it. The point is that in GP2 they have 24 or 26 cars and they manage it as well. It’s difficult. I had the same situation in 2007 when I never found a clear lap but that’s Monaco. Monaco is different and we all have to manage it.

JB: There’s obviously a bigger time difference between the cars in F1 than in GP2 but it’s going to be tricky for all of us. Normally, if you’re on a flying lap and you find traffic you want to back out of it and try and find space for the next lap but I think we’ve got to just keep hammering it around. I don’t think we can back off. We’ve got to just try and stay on it, because that might be the quickest lap we do. I think it’s going to be pretty tricky in Q1 but we’ll cope, I’m sure. A few of us will be angry at the end of Q1 and not happy but we’ve all got to deal with the same situation.

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express) Did you not vote for it to happen?
JB: It’s not down to us, it was down to the teams to make a decision, wasn’t it?

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP) Jenson, are you happy with the Red Bulls’ lack of reliability this year because otherwise they would be in the same situation that you were in with the best car in many ways last year?
JB: Yeah. At the last race they had a second advantage over pretty much anyone. I don’t think we’ve seen that in Formula One for many years. So yeah, they do have a good advantage in qualifying and they’re also quite fast in the race. F1 is never straightforward and obviously they’ve had their issues and haven’t been able to come away with five victories out of five, which is great for us because at the moment we’re all playing a little bit of catch-up when it comes to qualifying pace anyway. We’re all working hard to catch them. So yes, we are in a good position and maybe they haven’t made the best out of some of the situations they’ve found themselves in.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo) Question to Kubica: the car here is a little less important than on other tracks and you like to drive on street circuits. What do you predict for yourself this weekend?
RK: The car is still very important. I finished second in 2008 and I was starting second last in 2009, so it shows that the car is still important, and that’s why it’s very, very difficult to predict. There are two options: either our car will be very good or our car will not be so good. Of course we are trying hard to improve the car and we hope that Monaco will be a good track for us.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP) Sebastian, when do you think your bad luck is going to end?
SB: I hope this weekend. Obviously it’s not all through bad luck, but we try to fix our problems and to understand why they happen, so I hope it will be fine for this weekend.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport) Felipe, Ferrari won’t be using the F-duct here and you didn’t seem to be very happy about it last weekend. How will the situation be in the future? Is it possible that Fernando can use it and you not, for example, in Turkey and other races?
FM: No, because we’re not using it for a reason. It depends on the track when we use it and it depends on the track when we don’t use it. We always prepare the best for every track we go to, so if we don’t have the F-duct on this track it’s because it’s better without it. But for sure we’re going to use it in other races.

Q: (Carlos Miquel – Diario AS) Question for all of you: how proud are you to compete in Formula One? Tomorrow is Formula One’s birthday. When you see Formula One’s history, are you proud to be in this competition?
JB: Yeah, this is where we wanted to be years ago, well, for me anyway. I’m 30 now, getting on, but when I was eight years old I used to watch racing between Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna when they were both at McLaren. I was very passionate about racing then. My dream was obviously to be in Formula One and to fight against the best drivers in the world. It’s a real privilege to be racing against the best drivers in the world and also to be in one of the most successful teams in the world. Yes, I’ve been in it for ten years now. This is my eleventh year in Formula One, so to be here for so long does mean a lot to me.
FM: Yeah, it’s the same. I think Formula One is a dream for every driver. To become a Formula One driver means you are at the top of motor sport. You are doing what you always dreamed of, especially when you get to Formula One and then you have the possibility to improve and to grow inside the category, to go to good teams. We are doing what we love to do. We have a great life. When you’re working in an area which you love, I think you do so with a lot of pleasure and passion. That’s why time goes by too quickly, because we’re doing what we like to do. It’s really a big pleasure for all of us.
SB: I think Felipe and Jenson summed it up quite well. Maybe ten years ago when I was driving in karting I was just dreaming of one day being in Formula One and now I’m there, it’s my second season, so for sure, you do what you love to do, so you just try to do your best and I hope it’s going to continue like that for many years and for sure, you are so proud because you can fight against the best people and against the best teams. You’re part of it and you just want to grow inside it and have good success.
RK: Same. There’s not a lot to add.
TG: As everyone already said, when you start in go-karting you just look up to Formula One and you have your heroes. Jenson has been here for ten years. It’s my third year and I was watching him sometimes on TV. It’s great to be in Formula One and to achieve that target as a driver, just a big pleasure to be here and fight against all the top guys.

Q: (Marco Evangelisti – Corriere dello Sport) Felipe, how much did the car efficiency let you down in the five races so far? Did you expect, at the beginning of the season, to have a better car or did you expect a little bit more from yourself in terms of fitting to the F10?
FM: All during the winter tests I was 110 percent happy with the car and then we went to the first race and the car was great, everything was working perfectly as I wanted and then when we changed the tyres I was always struggling a little bit more to get used to the car, to get used to the grip level, so that was the biggest problem, the biggest issue that I felt in the last races. There are some issues that I felt this year but I’m working very hard and I’m going to solve the problem. We know it’s an issue that has cost me a few points in the last races, but it’s something that I know I’m going to solve.

Q: (Anne Giuntini – L’Equipe) Felipe, why, precisely, were you not happy with the F-duct? Was it the way you have to use it which is not comfortable, or is it in its own efficiency?
FM: I never said I was not happy with the F-duct.

Q: (Anne Giuntini – L’Equipe) It’s just the previous remark, it’s not the question that you’re not unhappy with it.
FM: As I said, I had some races where I was struggling with the grip level of the car and we didn’t have the F-duct, so it’s not really with the F-duct that I have a problem.

Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport) Felipe, it’s a similar question really. After Barcelona, Stefano said the guys back at the factory were going to look into some potential problems with your car because you hadn’t felt comfortable with that. Have they found anything that might improve things for this weekend?
FM: Yeah, we have so many ideas, looking around Barcelona, so let’s try to use these ideas to see if they’re going to work but for sure we have a group inside the factory and myself as well working very hard to solve all the problems I had.

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