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Friday press conference - Singapore GP - Pt.2.

Team principals: Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Sam Michael (Williams), Mario Theissen (BMW Sauber)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP)
Mario, can you confirm right now that Ferrari will be the engine supplier next year?

Mario Theissen:
We have been talking to Ferrari and we have got a very positive response from Ferrari but apparently the first thing that we need is a place on the grid.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP)
If you have a place then you will have a Ferrari engine?

That would be our favourite option.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP)
Question to all: Brawn GP were the fastest in the first session and then Red Bull were fastest in the second. Does it mean that it is going to be a Red Bull-Brawn GP fight like at the beginning of the season?

No idea, let's see tomorrow.

Stefano Domenicali:
We will see on Sunday. In my view we need to be pragmatic. I think that not only Red Bull and Brawn have done a step. I think McLaren have done a step. We must not forget that Force India did a big step in the last races. Williams has done a step. As Mario said everyone has done a step, so I think this race we need to be very careful but for sure it will be a tough race between the first teams.

Norbert Haug:
Well, we are certainly working on it that it is not a Brawn and Red Bull race here. We try to interfere but I am not sure if we can do it. I am quite convinced that not everybody in the top five was using the same amount of fuel, so things may change tomorrow. But of course they are strong and as Stefano pointed out other people have made steps as well and if you get your act together there may even be some surprises. I think there are probably five teams in a position, depending on the strategy, to fight for pole position which is very possible for Formula One.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP)
Which are the five teams?

I think it needs to be kept open until tomorrow but I think your opinion is not much different to mine. Whether it is four or six I don't know, but it is a handful at least.

Q: (Peter Haab – Motorsport Aktuell)
Can you give us some information on Felipe Massa's progress?

With pleasure. Felipe is recovering quite well. He has started a training programme in terms of fitness and again starting his preparation. The next step will be to start a programme on the simulator and then the programme will be to do some kart running. And as soon as these things are fine, then we will decide when to put him back in a proper racing car.

Q: (Dan Knutson – National Speed Sport News)
A question to all four of you: given that FOTA is all about unity and co-operation, given that some elements in this paddock would like nothing better than to divide and conquer, what do you guys think about Williams going against the grain and running KERS next year?

Sam Michael:
One thing to be clear on: Williams have always said that we supported KERS, the concept of it, the ability to help Formula One with sustainability and the environment. We haven't stopped the development of KERS and we never did do that, just like the other teams didn't. I think at the moment we are discussing with FOTA the potential for an agreement not to run KERS next year. We are in the middle of that, in terms of days, so it would be wrong for us to come out and say that we are going to race KERS next year. In fact we never said that. In any statements, if you read carefully what we said was… at no point did we say we were going to race KERS, we just said we would continue developing it. I think if you ask most of the people who have KERS, they're doing the same thing. So it's quite different to say that we're going against the grain of FOTA. We are in FOTA, we've only had one meeting in FOTA since we rejoined, so that is in the middle of process at the moment. I think it's wrong to say that Williams are going against the grain of FOTA, especially at this time when we are talking to FOTA about exactly this point.

Q: (Tetsuo Tsugawa – Tetsu Enterprise)

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