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Friday press conference - European GP - Pt.2

Team principals: Aldo Costa (Ferrari), Colin Kolles (HRT), Vijay Mallya (Force India) Peter Sauber (BMW Sauber)

Questions from the floor

Q: (Joe Saward - Grand Prix Special)
Luca di Montezemolo has been talking a lot about third cars. Can I have your views on third cars; from the Ferrari point of view, how easy it is to do it, and from everybody else based on whether you think it's a good idea, strategically, for Formula One?

Colin Kolles:
For me, two [cars] are enough. We wouldn't do three cars. I think doing three cars is more for the top teams. We are not in a position to run three cars.

Peter Sauber:
Now we are twelve teams, I don't think it's necessary to bring three cars. If you go down to seven teams, it could be necessary.

Vijay Mallya:
I'm obviously concerned with the number of cars on the grid. At certain tracks, I personally feel that the number of cars we currently have are perhaps a tad too much, or too many. But I'm not opposed to the idea of a third car at all. The incremental cost of building and running a third car is not that great, so if the need arises, we're quite happy to do it.

Aldo Costa:
I don't know what to comment, really. I think Mr Montezemolo's proposal was done in case there were not many cars on the grid, so big teams would have been available to run three cars. That's what he thinks. I'm convinced that with a good notice period we can do it, not this year. It would not be possible for us to run three cars, not even next year, because with the current resource restrictions we are running with minimal spares, with very few chassis. I think all teams will be obliged to do that, so overnight we could not run a third car. If we were well programmed, yes, we are keen and available.

Q: (Joe Saward - Grand Prix Special)
Just to follow up on that, the FIA made a statement about licences for leading members of teams. How do you feel about being licensed to the FIA, and Vijay, how do you feel about licensing yourself?

Vijay Mallya:
I was part of the discussion at the World Council on the whole issue of licensing. I think this has all come about arising out of some recent judgements whether the FIA has authority to impose penalties on people involved in Formula One. If they are licensed by the FIA, then the FIA has some jurisdictional control.
We do nothing wrong, we come here to race, we race cleanly, we race according to the sporting regulations. I don't care if I have to be licensed, I'm quite happy to be licensed.

Aldo Costa:
I do not have a strong opinion on this.

Colin Kolles:
To be honest with you, if the FIA decides I have to be licensed I'm happy with that. I have no issue.

Peter Sauber:
Yeah, the same for me.

Q: (Joe Saward - Grand Prix Special)
There's been a lot of movement of technical staff recently. Aldo, you've hired a deputy technical director (Pat Fry). Can you tell me what a deputy technical director actually does and is there any truth to the rumours that Nikolas Tombazis is going somewhere else?

Aldo Costa:



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Colin Kolles, Team Principal, Hispania Racing F1 Team
Vijay Mallya, Chairman & Managing Director, Force India F1 Team
Thursday, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Head of the Gestione Sportiva and Aldo Costa (ITA), Technical Director, Scuderia Ferrari
Peter Sauber, Team Principal, BMW Sauber Ferrari F1 Team
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE), Sauber F1 Team 
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber C33.
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber C33.
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber C33.
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber C33.
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Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Sauber C33.
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