F1 » 28 August 2009
Friday press conference - Belgian GP - Pt.1
I don't know. Last week I think he was six-tenths up on his previous lap time and would have been quicker than Jenson but had small problem in turn 13. We have got to understand whether it is the car too much on the edge or driver or set up but I think really we believe he has got it and we are working very hard to get him up the grid, so he has a good starting position.
Christian, some interesting challenges for you. First of all, could you just explain to us what the situation is with Sebastian's engines, what he's got left, what he hasn't got?
The situation on engines is quite clear. Each driver is allowed eight race engines; four of those are consigned to shrapnel, unfortunately. But he's got two new race engines and two used engines available to him. We will strategically use the two new engines, so we will be running one here, one possibly in Monza and then with the used engines, we will spread those out over the remaining Fridays. So if we're frugal with the mileage on the Friday and go for quality rather than quantity, then hopefully we can avoid taking a penalty. But if we use any additional engines to those eight, then we will incur a ten-place penalty.
You would never run an engine over a specific mileage that Renault have given you?
Well, Renault obviously have a target mileage and as they gain confidence in those engines perhaps going beyond that mileage then we might extend but they're working with us on that and obviously trying to support us in the best way they can.
In terms of Sebastian (Vettel) and Mark (Webber) and their championship positions, how do you manage that – or do you not?
Very simply; we support both drivers equally. We have brought the same upgrades to the cars at every event this year and it's really been down to what they do on the circuit. It would be wrong from a team perspective to be favouring at this point of the championship one driver over the other, so we've treated both with an equal hand.
We know Sebastian has got a contract until 2012, what's the situation with Mark?
Mark – we were delighted to secure his services for a further year, which we announced in Germany, the weekend that he won his first Grand Prix. So we're really happy with the driver line-up we've got for 2010. I think it's one of the stronger pairings in the field, it's a great blend of youth and experience and there's a very strong working spirit between the drivers, that's professional and very collaborative, so from a team point of view, we're extremely happy with the pairing that we have.
And probably happy to have that issue settled unlike quite a few others.
Yes, absolutely. Obviously we're into the driver merry-go-round at the moment and the fact that we're not part of that is very settling from a team point of view. They know exactly who we're working with for next year.
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