DRIVERS - Rubens BARRICHELLO (Williams), Jenson BUTTON (McLaren), Nick HEIDFELD (Renault), Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes), Michael SCHUMACHER (Mercedes), Jarno TRULLI (Team Lotus)
Q. Nick, second here in 2005. Renault reckon they are historically good here. What are your thoughts about this race coming up?
Nick HEIDFELD: I am definitely looking forward to it. Renault has been strong here the last couple of years. Robert (Kubica) did a strong job here last year qualifying second and finishing on the podium. Obviously, it is going to be the first time for me with this car here. It seems that our car performs strong over a bumpy surface, which we always have here in Monaco, so it is going to be interesting.
Q. And you have finished nine out of your 10 Monaco Grands Prix. What's the secret to that?
NH: Not crashing into the barriers! I didn't know that. I think that is quite a high rate of finishing and probably that's why even in weak cars sometimes you score points here, so that's obviously quite important.
Q. This year you are saying that tires are the key?
NH: Well tires this year have been important in each of the races. For the first time this year we are on the super-soft tires. We have used them in testing but that was quite a while ago and it is going to be crucial and quite interesting to see how the tires are going to behave. We will try to use Practice 1 and 2 to get a good understanding for them.
Q. Nico, very much a home race. Your school is next door to the paddock.
Nico ROSBERG: Yeah, it is always very, very special to race here. It is the city I grew up in and my school is one floor above I think, if I am not wrong. Just here.
Q. They are still waiting for you, I think?
NR: It is nice. I really enjoy the track, too. I think it is a fantastic track and I have always gone well here so I think we can do really well this weekend.
Q. What's the secret? What's the policy that you have? You said aggressive and precise?
NR: Yeah, it is the combination between the two really. You have to be very aggressive on a street circuit like this and at the same time you cannot afford any mistakes. You need be very precise with the way you are putting the car. It is something I really enjoy.
Q. Your best qualifying is fifth around here and sixth for the last three years I think?
NR: Sixth in the last three years?
Q. Yes, I think so.
NR: OK, so now it is time to make a big jump forward.
Q. How far?
NR: We will see, but it is definitely possible as the qualifying from the past years I was quicker than where I eventually qualified so if it all goes together I think we will definitely be farther forward. Then in the race anything is possible with a lot of pit stops and everything this year with the tires.
Q. That's the point isn't it, anything is possible? It is no longer predictable or goes according to the form book does it?
NR: Yeah, even for a track like Monaco now the race will open up things a lot.
Q. Jarno, a former winner in 2004. How special is it to win around here?
Jarno TRULLI: I think special because Monaco is special. The glamor and any driver wants to win here. That was the case in 2004 and now here I am, back again. I always enjoy the streets of Monaco and I have always done well here.
Q. You had a good weekend last week in Spain. Tell us about it?
JT: It was a tough weekend until the race and the race then turned out to be much better. The team is doing a great job as we took some big aero update which eventually showed how close we were with the midfield pack and our, let's say, direct rivals from last year, we lapped them so it just shows how far we have gone. Now we need a further step in order to be an established midfield runner. Last week was great because for half the race I was battling with the guys in the midfield. Then we fell a little bit apart with the hard tires. We knew we were struggling with them, but definitely the team is doing a very good job.
Q. Given the demands of this circuit and the fact that is it very different, can you do the same again?
JT: Same or better. We always look to do better. Obviously, Monaco is Monaco. We know anything can happen and it is unpredictable. We have the confidence to think positive and come here and say that we can do better than Barcelona so let's hope we can really succeed. But we won't get any feedback until we have Thursday practice and we get an idea as very often in the past, I remember before this race I was starting on pole and then in this race I was starting on the last row of the grid so it just shows how important the car is around the streets of Monaco.
Q. Michael, a five-time winner here. Seven times starting from the front row. How special is this race?
Michael SCHUMACHER: I guess everybody has the same opinion. It is the race of the year that has the highest emotion and highest prestige.
Q. But is it a race you can predict, particularly this year? It seems predictions are virtually out of the window...
MS: Yep, absolutely. Due to very different strategies that we apply this year compared to probably previous years. From my point of view I have absolutely no sort of feeling and understanding whether our car may suit this track any better than other tracks so it is going to be completely open.
Q. But you had a better race in Spain. Did you enjoy Spain?
MS: I think I enjoyed Spain as much as I enjoyed Turkey in terms of action and in terms of driving. It is just the result I was a lot more happy about.
Q. Which? In Spain?
MS: Yes, obviously.
Q. And you had your mirrors full of Nico as well?
MS: Indeed, yes.
Q. But he was behaving himself?
MS: We had a couple of nice maneuvers together but I think we are both clever and smart enough to avoid collisions and still have fun on the track.
Q. So no idea of how you are going to go here?