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Friday press conference - Italian GP - Pt.1

Technical directors: Aldo Costa (Ferrari), James Key (BMW Sauber), Paddy Lowe (McLaren), Sam Michael (Williams) and Adrian Newey (Red Bull).

Press conference.


Q:
A question to you all. Can you tell us about your Monza specifications? What have you changed? Are you running the F-duct if you have an F-duct?

Sam Michael:
Our Monza spec is just for Monza really. We didn't actually put a lot of work into it as it is only one race, so we put a lot of our effort into the next race as it pays off for five grands prix rather than one. We are running an F-duct, so it was pretty clear from our work where our wing was. It was an easy decision to run an F-duct and the rest of the package is pretty standard, so it is just really tune of front and rear wings for this track level. That is what we did.

James Key:
Similar situation to Sam really. It is a Monza specific package as it is such a unique circuit now, so a front wing to suit the circuit and a rear wing too which has also got an F-duct. We had the options of choosing either but as Sam rightly says it is the best thing to do if you can. We have evaluated it today and it seems to work, so happy with it.

Paddy Lowe:
We have two new elements this year which is the much larger fuel loads than we have had before and we also have the F-duct element. You probably noticed we have been playing all the games today trying the combinations and we will make our choice tonight.

Adrian Newey:
Same as everybody else really. We have the F-duct. It is a bespoke rear wing for around here. The front wing is a slightly trimmed down, modified version of our normal one.

Aldo Costa:
No big differences compared to the others. Two solutions to be tested on the rear in terms of F-duct and again front wing developed for here and other modifications around the bodywork but nothing else.

Q:
Another question to you all. Are you happy about the new flexi-wing tests or should we have been looking more at the floors of the car? The amount that the nose moves and the floors as well.

SM:
I think on the floor the new test is pretty vigorous. What they have done to create this 100 millimetres offset load means that if you had a bib or front edge of the floor that was very soft in torsion as you go over kerbs that wouldn't be possible to do anymore from Monza onwards and the front wing load test from our point of view didn't make any difference because it is only really a linearity test. There is potentially more to do on that if that's what the (becomes inaudible) deems the best thing to do. I think the floor has been tightened up significantly in my view.

Q:
And you are happy with that?

SM:
Yes.

Q:
James?

JK:
Similar situation again. The front wing was never an issue for us. As Sam says it is a linearity test. We checked our wings but it wasn't an issue, so it hasn't affected us really. On the floor it is tighter with the lateral loading test and we had to do a little bit of work just to make sure we were complying with that 100 per cent. But vertically it hasn't really affected us. It has tightened up and you can argue it is the right thing to do to be sure everyone is at the same level to a certain extent but for our side it is okay. We are happy with it and we are happy that we are compliant.

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Friday Practice 2, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
Friday Practice 1, Sam Michael (AUS) Williams Technical Director
Friday, Aldo Costa (ITA), Technical Director, Scuderia Ferrari

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