Press conference.

Q:
Colin, tell us about your driver pairing, completely inexperienced when it comes to this race here in Shanghai?

Colin Kolles:
Well, we are a new team, new cars and rookie drivers, so it's not easy, for sure, but I think they've done quite a good job in the first three races, not making too many mistakes. Today also went quite well, at a different level to the top teams, of course, but I think that we are improving steadily, so we are making step after step.

Q:
How easy or difficult has it been to build up a team, especially one that was really starting on the back foot?

CK:
Not easy, it was a lot of work, I can tell you, in a very short period of time. I think people are underestimating what has been done or how difficult it is.

Q:
In terms of getting your personnel, for instance, you're not really based in the middle of Oxfordshire in England, in among existing racing teams.

CK:
Yes, for sure, Murcia is not really the centre but obviously I was able to put it together. I think I have quite a good network and it was possible with the help of people who were loyal to me over a long period of time.

Q:
Can you just clarify the rumours of the relationship between the team and Dallara?

CK:
I can clarify this. Obviously I have spoken with the people involved and I think they have been misquoted and misunderstood, so actually there is nothing more to say about this.

Q:
Peter, a very difficult start to the season for you. I'm sure you didn't come back into Formula One for a start to the season like the one you've experienced. Tell us what has happened?

Peter Sauber:
It's not so easy to explain, maybe you have to ask the technicians. We expected more, especially after the good winter tests.

Q:
What were the basic problems, at the last race, for instance? Are those engines finished for the year or was the sensor the problem?

PS:
It was a pressure sensor and we can't use the engines again.

Q:
And then at the first race you had problems as well.

PS:
In Bahrain, there were two hydraulic problems. One was a mistake - I think both failures were not necessary.

Q:
And again, your drivers, an interesting mix of the experienced and the newcomer. Tell us how you feel about those two?

PS:
It's very difficult to talk a lot about the drivers because during the last three races we have had a lot of problems, and it has been impossible for Kamui (Kobayashi) and Pedro (de la Rosa) to show their talents.

Q:
So you're really waiting for the season to settle down.

PS:
Yes, it's necessary.

Q:
Tell us also about the transition of Willy Rampf, who has been with the team for such a long time as such a faithful servant, to James Key, your new technical director?

PS:
I think Willy's plan to leave the team was for more than one year.

Q:
What have been his great strengths?

PS:
Oh, he has a lot, a lot of strengths. He started with us 14 years ago as a track engineer and then has grown up slowly and we had a lot of success with Willy, especially in the 2001 season with Nick (Heidfeld) and with Kimi (R?ikk?nen), when we finished fourth in the World Championship.

Q:
How easy is it going to be for James [Key] to take over?

PS:
I think it's too early to speak about that, especially in this difficult period. For sure it's not easy for him to take over the team now and to make progress very soon.

Q:
Will Willy keep coming to races? When does he actually clear his desk and leave?

PS:
The last race under Willy's control was in Malaysia, in Sepang, and this one is the first race for James. Willy leaves at the end of the month.

Q:
Eric, again, a question for you about your drivers: the experienced Robert Kubica and the newcomer Vitaly Petrov.

Eric Boullier:
I think we have a good pair of drivers, one experienced one and one rookie but both very, very motivated.

Q:
How do you see them working together over the last three races?

EB:
Both of them are very eager to do well and they are working well together. They have to learn about each other, but Robert is very keen to give any advice to Vitaly. They're working very well.

Q:
What about your own experience as a new team principal; is it a very steep learning curve?

EB:
Yes, very, very, very with a big slope. It's very exciting and I'm very, very pleased to be here. It's definitely a challenge, because F1 is huge, a lot of requests, a lot of people, but I'm starting to fit in well.

Q:
Any big surprises?

EB:
Everything is a surprise, because it's new. You have so many people, so many responsibilities, it's just seven days work (a week). But I'm definitely ready for it.

Q:
You have Peter Sauber behind you, Adam Parr alongside you, both their teams would like to be fifth in the championship this year. What are your aims, because I think you would also like to be fifth, if not fourth?

EB:
No, my aim is to be better than fifth. Obviously we would like to be as high as possible in the hierarchy. We have to be reasonable, so fifth would be the minimum.

Q:
Do you see Williams and Sauber as being your major rivals?

EB:
Some of them are our main rivals.

Q:
Adam, your feelings about fifth in the championship?

Adam Parr:
Well, I think we've got a bit of work to do to even claim that but we have ambitions, like Eric, beyond fifth as well.

Q:
What about the Cosworth partnership; do they feel like a new engine supplier? How does it feel like to work with them?

AP:
They are a new engine supplier and the relationship feels very good, I think, in the sense that we have a very similar philosophy about life and what we're trying to achieve. Unfortunately, it's always the case that when you change engine (supplier), it's a challenge. We've definitely got challenges on all aspects of the car that we need to overcome and that includes the engines, so we're working with them very closely on that, and I'm very pleased to say that from Kevin Kalkhoven (Cosworth owner) down we've got the complete support of Cosworth and they are passionate about what they do and they are very good engineers, so we're expecting to make good progress on that front.

Q:
In terms of what they've supplied, you would say that they are not a new engine supplier at all. It seems to have been very reliable.

AP:
Well, it's been reliable in some respects but we do have some underlying issues that we have to address. We're not there yet. As Patrick (Head) likes to remind me on an hourly basis, anybody who thinks that they've got the engine or any other aspect of a Formula One car sorted out is just kidding themselves. We're very early in this programme and there's a lot of work to be done.

Q:
Similarly you have an interesting mix of drivers, the most experienced driver in Formula One and Nico H?lkenberg as well. You've also been nurturing Nico for many years.

AP:
Yes, well, one of the great highlights of this season for us has been our two drivers. It's a real pleasure to work with both of them for very different reasons. Rubens (Barrichello) is a fantastic driver; one hoped and expected that his technical input would be phenomenal but not only his understanding of what's going on is amazing, but also his ability to identify potential solutions. So having him is wonderful. Also you can just see the way that he can dig deep and find that extra few tenths in qualifying. He's leading the way, as one would have hoped. Nico is a very pleasant surprise, particularly in Malaysia where he showed what he could do and in the rain which is not always the case. Nico's a very special guy, not only is he a great young racing driver, but as you may know, he volunteered to work in the factory, he's worked in almost every area of our factory alongside the guys on the shop floor. He's got their complete respect and that shows through in everything he does, so we're very happy and very proud to have both of those drivers.

Q:
And when did your relationship start with him?

AP:
With Nico? It's been about three years now. Of course, the best thing about working with Nico H?lkenberg is that he brings with him (his manager) Willy Weber who is just fantastically amusing at all times.

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