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Friday press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.2

Team principals: Bob Bell (Renault), Christian Horner (Red Bull), John Howett (Toyota) and Hiroshi Yasukawa (Bridgestone).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Chris Lines – Associated Press).
John, regarding your comments about Kubica. How are you able to know how much you can spend on a driver until you get a final okay from Toyota regarding your budget for next season?

John Howett:
It is fairly easy. To me the budget is going to be roughly this size and you can reduce other areas. It is fairly simple. If you buy a cheaper driver, you can deploy that in other areas. I think a very simple equation for us.

Q: (Chris Lines – Associated Press).
You have a rough idea then? It is not something that is going to vary wildly from what it is this year?

No, I mean I guess less than this year but still a very significant and substantial budget.

Q: (Will Buxton – Australasian Motor Sport News).
Question for Bob and John. It seems at the moment that Robert Kubica is either going to go to Renault or Toyota if the rumours are correct. Between the two of you who do you think has got the best chance of signing him?

Bob Bell:
I think I will say we have and John will say he has, so I think we will let history determine that one.

I mean we wait and see. I think we have an even chance.

Q: (Ralf Bach – R & B).
Two questions for Mr Howett. First I read that you are also in touch with Kimi Räikkönen?

Not with Kimi, but with his management, yes.

Q: (Ralf Bach – R & B).
Second question. What is the illness of Timo. Is it Kobayashi fever?

I just won't answer. It is a stupid question and it doesn't deserve an answer.

Hiroshi, Saturday and Sunday will be different weather from Friday. What is important about the tyre strategy for Saturday and Sunday?

Hiroshi Yasukawa:
Always the track conditions are changing. When you are coming to the race track this race track surface is normally very rough, but when cars are running and always put on some rubber the conditions get better. Then Friday, Saturday and Sunday it always improves and each time set-up is going to change and you should find a good set-up for good performance for the tyres.

Q: (Will Buxton – Australasian Motor Sport News).
Christian, the GP3 teams were announced last night and you're going to go into business with Mark (Webber) in a GP3 team. Can you just tell us how that's going to work out? And also, since you moved over to Red Bull Racing from Arden, the team has never won a championship. Are you going to do anything more with Arden in GP2 and GP3 to ensure an improved level of success?

Christian Horner:
Arden's been very successful since I left on a fulltime basis five years ago. They've won races every year, they have the capacity to take on more activities, GP3 being an obvious one, supporting grand's prix at ten events, unfortunately on a Pirelli tyre – I don't know what happened there! Mark has been looking at other bits and pieces and he was keen to get involved in something. Arden have the capacity to do it and therefore it made sense. He was keen to put something back into the sport to support young drivers, to set an example, work with them, young Australian drivers in particular. I think it's a good initiative that he's got involved in, to be putting something back into the sport, trying to help youngsters come through. There's a good management structure at Arden, my time is fully focussed on Red Bull Racing but I've got no doubt that they'll do very well.

Q: (Jerome Bourret – L'Equipe).
To all of you, may I ask your opinion on Ross Brawn's success as team principal? Is it a surprise for you and do you think he's the man who made the former Honda team into a winning one?


Related Pictures

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Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
John Howett (GBR), President Of Toyota Motorsport, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
Bob Bell (GBR) Renault Technical Director, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009

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