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Friday press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.1

Technical directors: Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Aldo Costa (Ferrari), Sam Michael (Williams), Nick Wirth (Virgin)
Q:
A question to you all. You have all brought new modifications to the cars. How are they performing so far looking at today's performance? Would you like to start, Sam.

Sam Michael:
We had some of our parts on the car today. Just on Rubens's (Barrichello) car actually. They are all working fine and we have some more parts coming tomorrow.

Q:
Can you give us some indication what they are?

Sam Michael:
We are running a diffuser today, a new sidepod and back part of the engine cover and then some mechanical parts which you can't really see. And tomorrow we will have a new front wing.

Q:
Nick, you are obviously limited to the amount of bits you have brought.

Nick Wirth:
Yeah, we were planning to run our two updated monocoques which unfortunately got affected a little bit by the delay in freight coming back which meant we were only able to bring one of them today which Timo (Glock) is running. It has a completely new fuel system on it and various other bits and pieces, some of which are coming out tomorrow as well, so it is just early days for that. So far, so good.

Q:
He didn't seem to be very quick today. In fact, slower than Lucas di Grassi.

Nick Wirth:
Yes, we were running different fuel levels as we are sorting out the fuel system and bits and pieces, so we will see tomorrow.

Q:
Aldo?

Aldo Costa:
We had a pretty intense programme today. We had several aerodynamic components to test, so we had modifications on the front wing, brake duct, diffuser and then we had our version of rear stalling wing.

Q:
How did that go? It was interesting you were very quick in a straight line this morning but not so quick this afternoon.

Aldo Costa:
Yeah, we were doing a different test on a different wing setting, with a different system, standard versus the new system, so we have to put altogether the picture this afternoon, understand the data and then decide for tomorrow.

Q:
Ross, you had quite a lot, I think. Longer wheelbases, different chassis, all sorts of things.

Ross Brawn:
Well, the bodywork change looks fairly dramatic. It is an improvement of course. It is not a huge improvement. Most of the big improvements come from the wings and the underside of the car. But it is how we conceived the car at the beginning and we had a bit of work we still wanted to do before we introduced the car as you see it now, so we went conventional for the first four races. Now we have got the system we always planned. Like everyone there are modifications to the other key bits, wings, diffuser, brake ducts and we have changed the wheelbase in order to give us more range, more weight distribution, although this is a circuit where I don't think rearward weight distribution is so attractive but it will be something we will want to use in some of the future races.

Q:
Another question to you all. It has been talked about that KERS might be introduced next year or might be introduced with the new engine regulations in 2013. Can you just discuss that and whether you would like KERS next year, whether KERS is very important for Formula One, whether it is an integral part of the 2013 engine regulations, if you feel that. Sam, you obviously have got a vested interest in the team.

Sam Michael:



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