Q. Jenson, a former winner here also but a bit of a problem here last year. And the year you won you were having to run to the podium. Do you remember that?
Jenson BUTTON: Yes and it was because I hadn't been on the podium here for so many years. I think it was five years between my second place here and winning the race. But it was the most enjoyable 200 meters I have ever had running.
Q. Do you regard this as a home race?
JB: I don't live here.
Q. You don't live here any longer? I know your dad does or hereabouts.
JB: Yeah. For me, it is a very special race. It is a race you would love to win. Every race you would love to win, but this one is very special. I think it's because even if you're leading the race it's very stressful. Mentally it is very, very draining. It does feel like the road is narrowing over the 78 laps. But it is a very, very special race to win. For me, the most exciting thing was qualifying. Putting it on pole here in qualifying meant probably as much to me as it did to win the race. When you are pushing to the car to the limit on low fuel, new tires, getting as close as you can to the barriers, that is a real buzz, so I enjoyed Saturday as much as Sunday.
Q. Martin Whitmarsh says your third sector performance last weekend, that's the very tight sector in Spain, bodes well and suggests you could be good around here as well?
JB: Yeah, we were good in Turkey in the last sector and in Barcelona. Whether it changes when you have got a barrier next to the circuit I don't know, we will have to see. But I think we have to be positive coming into this race. The last race was good for Lewis and myself after lap one and he was able to push Sebastian until the end. It has been a little while since we have seen that so it shows that the upgrades that we brought did help. We always want more but I think it was a good upgrade. Here I really don't know where we are going to be, but we should be positive. Mechanically I think our car is strong and we will see. Our KERS system is very good. I know there are another four cars with it but it should work well for us.
Q. Rubens, you have had 18 Monaco Grands Prix already. I believe you call this your second home race?
Rubens BARRICHELLO: Yes, very much yes.
Q. Tell us why?
RB: Well as I live here and I enjoy being here still going around a true Monte Carlo and having fun with the cars the way it is. To be very honest when I got here back in 1993 I looked at the track and said, 'It is impossible, there is no way you can race a Formula 1 car around here' and with time you just start to enjoy it so much. I am a little bit like Jenson in the way that I like Saturday better because qualifying is such a buzz. It is really close to the walls all the time and that's what keeps me going, it is the buzz from what Formula 1 can give you.
Q. What about the setup of the car here. What are the most important points about it?
RB: You need to be asking for maximum traction. You need to have good balance. If the car is either too much oversteer or too much understeer, you are in trouble. It is almost like you want the car more balanced than just the grip level as the grip level here is not high because the asphalt is a common one. Although there are some resurfaces on the track that gives you a little bit more grip. It is all about traction and, especially now with the tires the way they are, you are going to be asking for better consumption on the tires. You are going to be looking after the tires a bit.
Q. Obviously, you are looking for your first points for the Williams team. Does this give you a better or worse chance?
RB: I think a better one, a better one as anything can happen in Monaco. Although qualifying is not so important as it used to be because of the conditions of the tires I still think qualifying here is going to be important for you to have the first third of the race in a good way. It is sad not to have scored points. Before the beginning of the season you are talking about different prospects but I am sure it will come and hopefully this weekend already.
Q. Question for Michael, Jenson and Jarno. What memory do you have from your first victory here and how exciting was it? The second part of my question is: Has it changed something for you?
MS: It was 1994 and that was after the tragedy that we had in Imola. It was still with us in these moments so naturally emotions were a bit low. Nevertheless as I said at the beginning it is the most prestigious race you can win. As Jenson mentioned before, me too, in qualifying I just had a fantastic lap. It was spot on and that is a big thrill and if you can repeat this in the race, although we had a certain margin I think and I was relatively easy up front, so then you don't have to but it is the ultimate accomplishment you can have from a race over here, no doubt. Has it changed something to me? I put myself into the record of being in a winner in Monaco and then it is all focused for the championship and it is just a single event.
JB: Obviously, for a racing driver they want to win World Championships in Formula 1 and that has to be your main aim. But after that, if you are looking at race victories, you would say the Monaco Grand Prix along with your home grand prix, they are both very special to you. The lasting memory for me was obviously parking in the wrong place and running to the finish line. I wouldn't change that for the world. It might have been embarrassing at the time but I have got very good memories of arriving late and saying to Prince Albert, as I ran up onto the stage, "Sorry." So yeah it is a very special race and for the person who wins this year they are going to feel very special emotions. You celebrate the victory with not just your team, but with everyone here in Monaco. It is a big celebration and I think that also means something. All these people have come to watch the grand prix. The people on the boats, the people in the grandstands, the marshals, everyone is involved in the celebrations here and that is nice.
JT: Well it is always nice when you get a victory and winning in Monaco is special as it is the most prestigious race that you want to win. Even though it doesn't make any difference to me, it was nice. I remember a few moments when I crossed the line was my first ever win in Formula 1. It was a perfect weekend as I did pole positions then I dominated the whole race and when I crossed the line and had won all my career in a few seconds went through my mind. I was so satisfied. It didn't change me much apart from that some people didn't like the fact that I had won Monaco, especially inside the team so it was wrong timing probably. But apart from that it didn't really change much for myself.
Q. Nico, both father and son have never won the Monaco Grand Prix. If you do it, would that give you something extra to celebrate that with Keke?
NR: No, not at all. It would just be special in its own way. Not comparing to my father in any way. It would be nice if we both won here, that would be great.
Q. Michael, you again had a fantastic start in Spain, coming from the right side. So did Alonso, from the same side. Is it possible that the disadvantage is less on Pirelli tires, starting on the right-hand side?
MS: There are very clearly some tracks where the difference is less than others, and I think in Turkey it was a clear disadvantage to be on the wrong side, on the left side in that case. In Barcelona, it's a slight disadvantage to be on the right side, not a big one though. But normally it's always a disadvantage to be off the line, by bigger or smaller amounts.