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Friday press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.2

I think it's thoroughly depressing, the success that he's had this year! It would have been far better if they had never made the first race! But no, in all seriousness, they have obviously done a very good job, they've turned up with a good car, they've inherited a good engine and their drivers have done a very good job. It's been a great season for them and we're going to make it as difficult as possible for them in the remaining three races.

HY:
They are doing a fantastic job, it's great, but racing is very difficult. It requires much know-how and many things happen. I respect their results.

BB:
They've done an incredible job considering where they were a year ago – all credit to them. I think it's a great thing for the sport as well, that surprises like that still occur. I think that's great for everybody.

JH:
I think the results speak for themselves, it's indisputable and full credit to them.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – AFP).
To all of you: we all want Formula One to gain an audience but when it's raining drivers don't run. It's quite strange, it doesn't happen in other sports. Are you quite ashamed of what happened today? They paid 200 Euros for their seats and they didn't see any cars.

JH:
Wimbledon gets rained off quite frequently.

CH:
I think one of the things it would be nice to address for next year and maybe Hiroshi can help us on this is that we are a bit limited on wet tyres, so we're saving them up for the rest of the weekend, because there's a good chance that there's a bit of rain tomorrow. If Hiroshi's a bit more generous with his tyres then you might see a bit more of us on the track on a wet Friday.

HY:
It's a big problem. Our budget is also limited, so we have to strike a balance. Anyhow, our responsibility is that we have to supply equal treatment for everybody. And also, our position is very, very tough. Actually, our main business is selling our tyres for cars but if the car business is very bad, in this case we are not selling which means that we cannot make any profit. Nowadays our board members are very tough on me. I have been doing this business a very long time, so I understand the balance required, so at some stage we need to find a good compromise.

JH:
I think on a serious note, it's a very valid point. It's something that all the teams are acutely aware of, that we have to increase the value which we deliver to the public at races and all stakeholders. So given more time, through FOTA we can try to address some of these issues and ensure that we deliver solid value and good value particularly to the fans and public.

BB:
I agree with John. If we can run and put on a show for the spectators and we can do it safely then we should do and quite rightly so. I'm sure Hiroshi would love to see us running as well, but he's got real budget issues too. Equally, I'm sure a compromise can be found that will deal with this issue in the future but it does need to be dealt with.

Q: (Ken Kawakita – La Vie Creative).
John, can we have a little more detailed update about Timo's condition? Is it possible he has 'flu A' which is spreading widely through Japan?

JH:
At the moment the doctor doesn't think that's the case, so he's obviously had quite heavy anti-biotic treatment today and he seems to be responding well. At the moment his fever's dropping and we feel confident he can probably drive tomorrow. I think the doctor has to wait and see. Obviously he's had some worry about that. Jarno (Trulli) was actually quite sick on Monday, after the race. He wasn't too good during the race weekend and I think some of the teams' technicians have got various colds and fevers. I think quite a few people have suffered throughout the teams. Timo's definitely rough.

Q: (Ken Kawakita – La Vie Creative).
So that means there is still a slim chance for Kamui (Kobayashi) to continue driving for the whole weekend?

JH:



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