Q. Lewis, you seemed to have really good pace today. You were very quick once Robert had pitted. You were on the pace of Sebastian.
LH: I think that all weekend we've generally been very quick, almost outqualified him in qualifying and in the race I think we were as fast or right behind him. Unfortunately, I think the Renault team helped the Red Bulls and kept me behind. It was impossible to overtake. I was on the limiter at the end of the straight, so I couldn't get close enough. It was sitting behind Kubica until he came in. As soon as he came in, I was able to bring down the pace and it was very easy to do that. I just lost too much time. But nevertheless, it was a fantastic race and a great job by Sebastian.
Q. Jenson, good start and great tire management.
JB: Yeah, I thought I would take it a little bit easy on the tires on the first few laps and I think it was ten laps in and I started pushing, started catching the front two and then they pitted. The only thing we could really do was stay out and see if we could keep the tires in good nick and jump Robert, because obviously Lewis got stuck behind him after the pit stop. So I was out there for I don't know how many laps but a long time on the tires. Every tire was flat-spotted by the end of the run but I pushed as hard as I could, it wasn't quite enough to challenge Lewis in the race, in the strategy race but yeah, to come home third in the last race of the season is a good way to end the season. Our team should be happy that we have progressed. It might be a little bit late, but I think our performance this weekend was very good and we should be happy with that. There's a lot of very useful information there and a lot of excited people about next season already. I don't want to talk about next season quite yet, but we're going to have a break and obviously we're going to get straight into it. Our aim is 2011 already.
Q Sebastian, congratulations, at one stage we believe you said over the radio that you have problems with the radio. What was that exactly?
SV: Yeah, I think I lost the left hand side earplug – I didn't lose it, it didn't fall out but I think it broke down and I only had the right hand side, so I just informed the team that if there's anything they want to tell me, please make sure the pit board is always there and the message is on the pit board as well. The radio worked, otherwise I couldn't have chatted with my engineer the last ten laps. He couldn't have given me the message that we won the championship. It was just a little bit on-off, as I said, the left hand side of the ear plug broke down, so I tried to re-connect it and in the end, the last five laps, it was fine again.
Q.Sebastian, many congratulations. If you speak to Jenson, one of his abiding memories of winning the title last year was going to bed rather early, because he was just absolutely exhausted. I know it's early, but how do you intend to celebrate? I wouldn't have thought that early to bed was your philosophy.
JB: I don't normally go to bed early either.
SV: Yeah. I don't know yet. I think I want to spend the time with all the people that have been... a lot of people are here, so that's good. But spend the time, first of all, with the team, the guys. Everyone was believing in me... I think the atmosphere in the whole team was great. Even though we had a moment when people tried to knock us down and give us a hard time, but nonetheless, we had the ability to focus on what matters, not getting distracted by all sorts of talk and so on which was going on. But to come back to your question, I don't know yet. Yeah, I don't think it will be very early, I don't think it's possible because it's already quite late. I think when Jenson won it in Brazil, he had a bit of a better time, or more time, especially in the evening, so when he went to bed at midnight it was probably six o'clock or something, so we will see. We have to enjoy this moment, it's our moment. The race started in daylight and I think in a way it will also finish in daylight.
Q. Congratulations Sebastian, I don't know if you know but Vitaly Petrov held up Fernando for the whole race. Could you now officially confirm that you will be his main sponsor for next year?
SV: I have to work out... it was a good race for me today. You know the way the race went.. I had some people talking to me on the way. For me, most of the time it was head down, just trying to focus on myself but as I said, I saw the screens and obviously I saw that Robert was a long time in P2. I saw the Renault ahead of Lewis and I thought 'wow, Lewis, he knows how to pass people' and McLaren have quite good speed, but on the other hand the Renault F-duct is amazing. They usually have quite a long top gear. I think Lewis can tell you a story. Then I also saw a red car and I assumed that it had to be Vitaly (in front). So directly or indirectly, thanks a lot. Hopefully he will be around next year.
Q. Sebastian, congratulations. You did the same as Kimi Raikkonen in the last race coming in P3 for the last race. Is it more a question of racing skills or luck and do you know what is world champion in Finnish?
SV: I don't know. I think I knew but I don't remember anymore. I think it's international. If you go to people in Germany and say World Champion I think they know what it means. I assume it's the same in Finland or anywhere you go. I was actually thinking about Kimi's situation today. Like Kimi or not – some people do, some people don't – but I think it was a little bit of a similar situation. Obviously we were in a stronger position in terms of how many points were missing, probably, but in the end, if you know Kimi, you know that one big advantage – not always, but in that moment especially – is that sometimes – sorry – he doesn't give a s***, he just does his own thing. And that was the target all weekend long. Obviously what he achieved three years ago was very special. I think most of us have been there and no-one thought it was possible. He proved us wrong but circumstances were special, same as today. Who would have thought that Ferrari starting from third with good pace would finish seventh? That's how it goes sometimes. As I said, just happy to put my name down on the list.
Q. Sebastian, when you look at this season it seemed that after Spa you changed your approach a little bit, you have been relaxed as you were in the old days, whereas before you had maybe been a little bit tense. What triggered that change in approach?
SV: I think you – not you personally, but after Spa... again, I apologized to Jenson, I apologized straight away for what happened. I called him in the evening. I think this is how it should be. We all respect each other and I'm actually very happy and it makes this moment even more appreciated to sit here with two guys. Even when they drove past, when Lewis drove past at the entrance to the pit lane, on the in-lap, the way he – I think so, at least – the way he raised his hand and he gave me a thumbs up, I felt that he really appreciates and I felt a lot of respect. I've known him for a long time – not as long as Jenson – and we have been through a lot in Formula 3. He has been kicking my ass pretty badly there.
Now to race each other in Formula 1 is fantastic. He came to me and said congratulations. It's good if you can look into someone's eyes and you feel that they mean it. So but to come back to your question, what triggered that, probably... I had the clear target, going into this season, to win the championship and I was very focused, working very hard, harder than before. Maybe mid-season... I don't think I lost the focus but maybe a bit tense, as you said. With the way things went and the races developed, it wasn't always easy but to come back, after what happened in Spa, which I think was a racing incident, I had guys coming from behind, I had the target to win the race. Lewis was pulling away, we had a bit more pace than Jenson at that time, we had a problem with the front wing. It was starting to drizzle a bit. He was defending, I wanted to...
JB: You don't have to explain yourself again. It's all right.
SV: I tried to pass. Anyway, lost the car and took him out, took both of us out. So I explained it. And then I got a lot of bad press in particular. It wasn't easy at that time, with a lot of people talking bad things and trying to knock us down, but that's when you realize who your friends are, who belongs to you and who is supporting you. In the end the whole paddock is a group full of people and it was important to invest my energy into them, in order to get it back until today. At some point, I accepted the fact that sometimes things don't go your way but in the long term, I think there's something called justice and latest today, at least in my calculation, it turned out to be right. But sometimes it goes that way, sometimes it goes the other way.
Q. Question to Lewis and Jenson., I suppose the pair of you have both gone through what Sebastian's going through now; what emotion did you go through which he could perhaps relate to and what experiences did you have afterwards that perhaps you could provide advice to him on?
JB: It's different for everyone. The next few weeks, months, even years you will be looking back at what you achieved when you won your first World Championship. This guy's going to have a busy few hours. The world's press will be asking him question, he will have cameras in his face. It won't feel like his time initially but once you get back, have a shower, head out, see the people you've experienced and enjoyed the season with, who have made it happen, that's when you really feel that you've achieved something.
LH: I think Jenson's said it all really. It's different for all of us and it's for him to experience it and take it all in. I think that's the best advice I can give him is just to enjoy every second of it and try to embrace every minute. Don't let anyone take any of your time, or too much of your time. Make sure you save some for yourself.