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Thursday press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.1

Team principals: John Booth (Virgin), Tony Fernandes (Lotus), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren).

Press conference.


Q:
A question to all. Basically looking back at last weekend and looking forward to this weekend. Tony, if I can start with you.

Tony Fernandes:
Well, for us it was a good step forward. I am very, very happy with the upgrade package. Unfortunately a slight mistake with Heikki (Kovalainen)'s car. Continuing with Monaco today it has been two good practice sessions and looking forward to the race.

Q:
What is the big task this weekend?

TF:
Well, as we have consistently said every race to be ahead of Virgin and be best of the new teams and try and finish both cars.

Q:
Jarno (Trulli) seemed to have a problem this afternoon?

TF:
No, the engine had come to the end of its life and we were running it out to the end but unfortunately it ran out slightly earlier than we anticipated.

Q:
You are getting closer to those ahead of you. How is that working out? How much are you putting performance on the car? Have you solved reliability?

TF:
Well, at the moment it appears reliability is quite good but we are hoping to add more upgrades between now and Turkey. A little bit more at Silverstone and I think we will close shop for the year. But it was good today. We didn't seem to be that far away from the back end of the established teams and the drivers enjoyed it tremendously today. Heikki especially put in a lot of good lap times and good mileage.

Q:
John, looking back last weekend and looking forward to this weekend?

John Booth:
Barcelona was massive for us. The first time we got two cars to the finish in the fifth race. Not good enough and disappointing the previous four but a big relief for Barcelona. Continue the reliability here and then look for Turkey to start improving performance.

Q:
How much of this is a steep learning curve here? Is it a steeper learning curve here than elsewhere?

JB:
I don't think so. For me it is not really a street circuit. It is a road course with lots of buildings around it. The atmosphere is fantastic but the challenges are just the same.

Q:
The two car finished in Spain. Was that massively important?

JB:
Massively important but we should have had those from race one. It took us five races to get there, far too long, but very happy we have achieved it.

Q:




Related Pictures

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John Booth, Team Principal, Virgin Racing
18.02.2010 Jerez, Spain, Tony Fernandes, Lotus F1 Team, Team Principal - Formula 1 Testing, Jerez, Spain
Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal, McLaren Mercedes
Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal, McLaren Mercedes

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