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European GP: Thursday press conference

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26/05/2005

Jenson, can I start with you considering you have been a little unemployed over the last few weekends. What was it like to watch as a spectator rather than drive?
Jenson Button: I was employed. I was commentating for ITV. It was quite interesting actually, to watch the race while it was actually happening.

And how was the commentary?
JB: I was quite good! Quite impressed with myself.

And modest too! Coming here, are you frustrated? Are you like a greyhound on a leash?
JB: I am not frustrated now. I have been, but we are back racing again so I am very excited and counting down the minutes to go out on the circuit. It has been a tough couple of weeks, not being in the car considering we think we have a reasonably quick car. But we have to get our heads down and get on with the race.

Is the rest of the team thinking the same way?
JB: Definitely. I think everyone is very positive. They handled the situation very well and as a team we are very strong and we are very positive.

So you are going to come back with a bang?
JB: Erm, we have to wait and see. We haven't got the easiest slot in qualifying, first and second, so that won't be very easy, but I am sure we will make the best out of the situation we are in.

Michael, Monaco is always regarded as a bit of a one-off. How do you come here for this race weekend?
Michael Schumacher: With a lot of optimism, I think. In most of the races we have been very competitive, it is just qualifying that we struggle. We are optimistic we can handle it better here.

Is the change in qualifying going to be good or bad for you?
MS: Put it this way, even if it is bad, it is only bad once, not twice any more!

So, in a way that is good, in a way that's an improvement.
MS: Yeah.

You came under fire from both Rubens and your brother after the Monaco Grand Prix, is there more to say on that or is it all said?
MS: It is all over. I mean, Ralf and myself had a nice chat about it. It is racing.

Ralf, do you understand his viewpoint?
Ralf Schumacher: As he said, we discussed it and it's done. It is not right to discuss this any more.

Gerhard Berger said after the race that you had problems with mirrors, what was the problem?
RS: Yeah, he is well informed! I lost my left-hand mirror, left mirror? I think it was left-hand mirror. Just the mirror blade went off, it does happen with the vibrations we have.

And was that a problem around Monaco, where it is so tight?
RS: No, I think in Monaco the last few laps were a bit of a disaster because of all the slower cars and there was a lot of fighting going on and that is why it was a bit close towards the end.

This is the home race for you and for the team as well. What does that mean to you?
RS: It is always great to perform well in front of a home crowd. We have a chance to score some good points and maybe a bit more but we have to wait and see what the weather is doing.

So Nick, second in Monaco. Has it sunk in yet, or has it gone past?
Nick Heidfeld: No, it's definitely sunk in. It was the first second place of my career, obviously it was great it happened in Monaco, and I definitely realise it.

Obviously this is a very different circuit to Monaco, are you quite confident here after last weekend.
NH: Yeah, clearly we are moving in the right direction but I am sure it is going to be a bit more difficult here. Obviously, a couple of teams were struggling with their tyres at the last race, so that is not going to make things easier.

What about the changes in qualifying here. Is it going to make a difference to you?
NH: I don't think it will be a big difference. I find it strange that lots of people seem to love this idea when I think it is more or less the same as last year, and last year we changed it because nobody liked it. So I think it is a bit strange.

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