Q. Jenson, this track actually hasn't been very kind to you in the past, this is your fourth finish here, but a very good finish, I would say
SV: One (non-finish) is down to me!
JB: Yeah, I think third is my best result here. For me, the race was a lot of fun. The first lap was pretty messy, as Mark said, a lot of guys in fifth, sixth, seventh got together and then it was just mayhem for all of us behind, because there were just bits flying everywhere. At turn one, I think Paul [di Resta] or [Adrian] Sutil hit my rear wing so I had half my rear wing endplate missing on one side which isn't good for downforce. And then as I exited the corner, there were bits flying everywhere. Someone's front wing went through my front wing and ripped one of the mirrors off as well, so it was a pretty messy first lap. I was radioing to the team saying 'I've got a lot of damage, I need to come in.' They said 'you can't because you will be in so much traffic, just keep pushing.' I did so for five laps and they said 'pit and we'll go to options.' We ran the option for the rest of the race. The balance was pretty good but there was low grip out there because of the rear wing damage that I had. It was tough but also a lot of fun. Passing people into the last chicane round the outside was very enjoyable but we can always say what could have been if we didn't have a misunderstanding yesterday - without swearing. Yeah, we've had very good pace all weekend; the car's working very well and I think that, as a team, if we had got everything together, we probably would have had a much better result but this is the way it is. These guys did a better job and we've got to look forward to Monza, because we have a very strong package. For me, this is the best the car has felt all year but we didn't get the best out of it.
Q. Third in 2005, incidentally.
JB: Yeah, I started 13th that year or something like that, I think[qualified ninth, started eighth]. It would be nice to qualify at the front and we had the pace to do that but it didn't happen. I had a fun race, it will be one of those races that I will look back on and say that it was enjoyable, I had a lot of overtaking. It's not very often you overtake two cars round the outside into turn one and at the same time, so it was enjoyable.
Q. How did you get by Alonso at the end?
JB: At that point of the race, it was reasonably easy. I could tow up to him on the straight, there was no one in front of him and I could do him with DRS, as I did with a couple of cars, but it wasn't easy at the beginning of the race because everybody had DRS open so you had to overtake normally which was more fun, overtaking normally into the last chicane and into turn one. There was the time that I passed one of the Renaults and a Sauber. I went down the outside of both of them and overtook them both, but the problem was, heading down the hill to Eau Rouge, they both used DRS, so coming out of Eau Rouge, I had a car either side of me and into Les Combes was a lot of fun, but I stayed in front.
Q. Congratulations for providing a really thrilling race today and I think you all had some very exciting passes, but the one that I think got our imagination going was Mark going down the hill, no DRS and taking it straight to Alonso. Could you tell us about that and whether it was just a moment's inspiration or had you calculated it all?
MW: Well, you don't have much time to get the calculator out at that point, mate, so I think most of the race I was still charged with frustration from the start, so when I came out behind Fernando, obviously we were very, very close going down into Eau Rouge and I knew Fernando would have been using some KERS so I was using some KERS as well. I got a tow, obviously, and then I thought if I can get to the inside then I might have the line but obviously both of us are very experienced, we both don't give much too easily, so it was a good battle and very, very rewarding that it worked out OK, but it takes two guys doing a good job to get all that right obviously, so it's more rewarding when you can do it with someone like Fernando because he's a world-class driver and he knows when enough is enough. Obviously my attitude might have been a bit different with someone else, let's say, but in the end, it worked out for me today but in Monza, maybe it's his turn to do it to me. I was breathing in at the bottom, I got in and I looked in the mirror at the top and I saw he was still in... well, he had no choice, obviously in the end he had to... one of us had to lift and I had a slightly better line and it was he who had to lift.