Q. Jenson, Sebastian always mentions the tiny chance that you still have of winning the championship; what do you think about it?
JB: I think it's great, going into this race, Sebastian thinking that I have a chance of winning the title. He's probably the only person here... or the only person that's saying so. It's all but over. I think for Sebastian, he probably doesn't want to think about it until after the race because after the race, when the championship's actually done it's a big buzz to cross the finish line and win the championship and I'm sure that's something that he's looking forward to but he doesn't want to think about right now, and especially to discuss with us lot here. For me, this is a circuit I'd love to win on, I think we all would. It's all about the challenge and to come away with a victory here would be very special. I'm sure it would be overshadowed by a certain person winning the championship but it would still be very enjoyable for myself.
Q. Sebastian, you're not only running for the championship but you're also running for statistics; this could be one of the most successful seasons in Formula 1, what with pole positions and everything. Is it something that you're trying to achieve or are you also looking at what Michael did in the past? Is it something that gives you extra motivation?
SV: Not really. Regarding Michael, I think whatever we try to do, he did much more. As I said, we really try to approach every race and really go race by race. I think the moment you start to think about too many other things is the moment that things that are really in your control which are usually the things that you are facing at the present time, are slipping out of your hands. That would be wrong. I think we had occasions – maybe not in the same style but in the past – and lessons to learn, and I think so far we learned our lessons and it would be wrong to allow yourself to forget those and do the same mistakes again, so it wouldn't be very smart. So we try really to get the best out of ourselves, obviously enjoy the package we have, the car is competitive this year, the team is working fantastically well and we are on a good run. There's no guarantee that it will be good again in the next race or the race after that will be as competitive as the previous race so we will really have to take every chance we get. As I said earlier, if the chance is there to win and we feel that we can go for it, we have to go for it. If the chance is not there, then we try to finish second. If the chance for second is not there, then we try to finish third, so it's pretty simple to say, sometimes not so easy to stick to that but as I said, it's not our first race.
Q. A question for Kamui and Sebastian : you two guys were teammates when you were younger. When you look back at each other, what has changed from that time to now, in terms of personality, driving style, communication with the team and maybe weekend strategy and understanding engineering? And if there is any situation in the future when you might be teammates again, what would the teammate relationship be like?
SV: I have a lot of good memories. I remember that it was Kamui's first year in Formula Three, so he came in as a rookie, but you can ask Paul as well. We were all in the same team at the same time and I remember in some corners Kamui was – I don't know – 10kph or even more quicker than all of us. We didn't understand. And he was quicker the whole weekend. In other corners, obviously, we were a little bit quicker than him, but it's always give and take and I don't think he's lost his craziness that you sometimes see. I remember the race that we had here and he overtook I don't know how many cars. It seems that sometimes he sees gaps or he finds a different line on the track that other people don't find. I think it makes him a very good driver; you never know for the future. Obviously the situation has changed a little bit, there are a lot more cameras around now and we don't get to see (one another) or chat as much as we did in the past but I think – or I know – he's still the same kind of guy. I wouldn't mind racing with him again – as long as I make sure he's not 10kph quicker in some corners.
KK: For me, at the moment, we're in different cars, so much different cars, so I cannot say... he was always good in Formula Three, he is always working really hard. He communicates really well with the engineers. I can see that from TV, he has really good communication with the team and I think that was something he's had for a long time. He was really good at communicating in Formula Three with the team guys. I think that's everything, that's why he can make a really good car and he has the fastest car on the track.
Q. Now Sebastian Vettel is going to finish an outstanding job; in this situation, which are the three best drivers in Formula 1, according to you?
HK: If I excuse myself from the list, so all the guys are behind myself – that's what you meant, yes? So it's obviously Sebastian, Jenson and whoever is third in the championship at the moment, Fernando? Lewis? That's the order this year, that's what you've got to stick with, I think.
SV: What do you want us to say? Obviously we have to have a certain self-belief otherwise we would sit and say – I don't know – five drivers before we think we might or I might stand a chance, then obviously we are in the wrong job. It has to be like that. If Kamui didn't believe in himself and thought he could only be fifth best on the grid... If I thought that way, it would be a waste of time. I respect the other drivers a lot and I think that all drivers in Formula 1 deserve to be there and if you look at every single one, there's a reason why they are in Formula 1. It's not just because they got lucky and all of a sudden called up to Formula 1. Obviously they've been very successful in previous years, in junior categories and didn't end up here without reason. I think you have to be aware of that. Obviously you respect some of them more than others and you feel it on the track as well, when you race against them, how much room they sometimes give you. To give you an example, I enjoy racing against Fernando a lot because you know you can count on him, you know that most of the time he sees you and he knows that you are there. He doesn't give you a lot of room, for sure, but just enough. It's the same with Michael or if you race with Jenson, you know that these guys are always very fair, they're not making your life easy but they are very fair and I think it's the respect that you have for each other that really matters in those circumstances.
Q. Jenson, can you just talk a little bit about your relationship with Japan, what kind of things do you do when you stay here? Do you ride the Metro, for instance? And how has your impression changed since the first time you visited the country to now?
JB: I obviously don't have as many connections to Japan as Kamui does. I came here for the first time in '96, I was racing karts and it was a real shock to the system, as a 16-year old, coming to Japan, it's such a different culture. At that point in time, where I was, I didn't understand anything, the road signs, street names, anything, because everything was in Japanese. It was very difficult as a 16-year old but I really enjoyed coming here because it was something very difficult and I also loved racing here in Suzuka, because I raced here in '96 and '97 around the go-kart circuit which is just before 130R. I don't know if you've ever got out there to see it but it's just like the Grand Prix circuit, it's phenomenal.
For me, it's the best circuit I've driven on in karting. I had some good times then, but obviously a lot has changed from '96 to now: my experiences of being in Japan and obviously spending five or six years with a Japanese team, working with a lot of Japanese people and now being with a Japanese girlfriend. So I have a lot of very good connections. I spend quite a bit of time here training, relaxing, eating good food. For me, it really does feel like home even though I don't really speak too much of the language, a few words, the words you need to know. Anyway, I'm going to stop there! Yeah, the Japanese people are very strong. Obviously we've seen a couple of big disasters this year in Japan, and we've seen how strong the Japanese people are, and how they've really pulled together when they are in difficulty, so I think we can all learn something from them, and we should, and try to help out as much as we can and Kamui is doing a lot this weekend, and I'm sure quite a few of the drivers are. We are always going to try our best. Is it enough? I don't know. My crash helmet is very similar to what I had in Monaco, so it's all in Japanese, and I will be auctioning it off after the race, which will go to a Japanese charity which will help the people that have been affected by the tsunami and the earthquake.