16 April 2010
Friday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.1
Team principals: Eric Boullier (Renault), Colin Kolles (HRT), Adam Parr (Williams), Peter Sauber (BMW Sauber).
Colin, tell us about your driver pairing, completely inexperienced when it comes to this race here in Shanghai?
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.
How easy or difficult has it been to build up a team, especially one that was really starting on the back foot?
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.
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.
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.
Can you just clarify the rumours of the relationship between the team and Dallara?
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.
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?
It's not so easy to explain, maybe you have to ask the technicians. We expected more, especially after the good winter tests.
What were the basic problems, at the last race, for instance? Are those engines finished for the year or was the sensor the problem?
It was a pressure sensor and we can't use the engines again.
And then at the first race you had problems as well.
In Bahrain, there were two hydraulic problems. One was a mistake – I think both failures were not necessary.
And again, your drivers, an interesting mix of the experienced and the newcomer. Tell us how you feel about those two?
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.
So you're really waiting for the season to settle down.
Yes, it's necessary.
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