PRESS CONFERENCE

Q:
First of all a question to all the Team Principals about your engine deals for next year and also your engine usage this year. Are there any concerns about the eight engines coming up as we are near the end of the season. Franz?

Franz Tost:
Toro Rosso will continue the co-operation with Ferrari. We will run next year the engine as well as the KERS system from Ferrari. Regarding the usage of this year we are absolutely on plan. We will run tomorrow a new engine here in Suzuka. With this engine we will do Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi and in Korea we will run with the Monza engine. We are absolutely on plan.

Q:
That is with both drivers?

FT:
Both drivers the same, yes.

Q:
Robert?

Robert Fernley:
Yes, we are also fine with engines. We are linked again to Mercedes I am pleased to say for the next couple of years and we have no issues at all with our engines for 2010.

Q:
Norbert?

Norbert Haug:
The same for us, knock on wood. We are on plan like we have planned it. So far everything is fine. Regrettably we had a problem with Tonio Liuzzi's car in Force India which was not according to plan, so sorry for that but other than that everything was fine and like we have planned before.

Q:
Does that mean he is out of schedule?

NH:
No, no, everything is fine.

Q:
Adam?

Adam Parr:
We are with Cosworth next year and we are fine with engines this year.

Q:
There was something published today that Rubens Barrichello had an engine problem this afternoon?

AP:
Yes, I don't know whether that was one that is going to affect the number of engines he has got. But he has two in hand anyway. He was going to have a fresh one for this weekend and then a fresh one for Brazil.

Q:
So you have almost got more than you need?

AP:
We have got stacks.

Q:
Another question to you all about the young driver test at Abu Dhabi. What drivers are you going to run there and are you evaluating them potentially for inclusion in the team?

FT:
We will test in Abu Dhabi Jean-Eric Vergnes. He is a French driver, 20-years-old. He won this year the English Formula Three Championship and was also good in Silverstone when he raced in the Renault World Series. He won the first race and in the second race he finished second and I am very much looking forward to testing him in Abu Dhabi. But next year our driver line-up will be with Jaime Alguersuari and S?bastien Buemi.

Q:
So Vergnes will get both days in Abu Dhabi?

FT:
Yes, he will test both days for us.

Q:
Robert?

RF:
We are not planning at this time to run the young driver programme. We have no plans to test anybody else. We are comfortable with the drivers we have.

Q:
For next year as well?

RF:
Yes.

Q:
Norbert?

NH:
No final decision is taken for the young guy but hopefully it can be one of the guys who are in the Mercedes scheme. No final decision is taken.

Q:
And for next year that is all taken care of?

NH:
All set, like we are.

Q:
Adam?

AP:
We have one day reserved for the winner of the Formula Two Championship, Dean Stoneman, and we haven't decided on the other day yet. We haven't confirmed our driver line-up for next year either.

Q:
Franz, this year you have designed, developed and built your own car. That was something you hadn't done previously. How has that come together and how is it looking for next year?

FT:
We are still building up the infrastructure at Toro Rosso. That means we are still bringing in new employees. We started in the aerodynamic department from September 1st this year onwards working in a two shift and as well as production we extended the working hours to two shifts. So far we are within schedule. Last week, on Wednesday, the (inaudible word) of next year's monocoque was machined. They are just making the moulds now and so far everything is running quite well. We are not as large as other teams but the number of employees will also increase in the next few months and I am so far quite confident that we are on the correct path.

Q:
Hiroshi-san, obviously this is an emotional time for you. Your last Japanese Grand Prix for Bridgestone. Just tell us first of all, looking back at the past, how it all started.

Hiroshi Yasukawa:
Actually our brief for motorsports started in 1976, and in 1976 and 1977 we supplied our tyres twice to Formula One in Fuji and at that time our dream was that one day we would come into Formula One. But very far away and also at that time our company was so tiny. Co-incidentally in 1980 Honda re-started in Formula Two. Then in 1981 we started with Formula Two and our competitor was Pirelli. Then maybe the second year Pirelli stopped and Michelin was coming and we lost a lot. That was a very tough year. In 1983 we did Formula 3000 and the company said 'Hiroshi, you have to come back to Japan.' After that we did Le Mans and different races, categories, and I think in 1991 Mercedes Benz asked us to start in DTM. Also at that time against Michelin. ... (becomes inaudible). We dominated DTM and also we were doing IndyCar and that time Norbert Haug introduced to us a very strong Penske team. We made good results but always I had a dream that one day I wanted to join Formula One. Then in 1997 we started and in 1998 we got the World Champion with Mercedes Benz McLaren and at that time we had very good competitors. But always we are losing and now just by ourselves and very unfortunately we are going to stop at the end of this season.

Q:
What do you think motorsport has done for Bridgestone as a company?

HY:
Actually first we were going to develop the radial tyres. When we started at that time cross-ply tyres were the majority of the construction. But Michelin already started the radial tyres. We wanted to produce radial tyres. We achieved that and after that our brand awareness in Japan became very popular. But, unfortunately, we did not do anything outside Japan and only some people realised that Bridgestone is a tyre company. But when we started Formula One very quickly we increased our brand awareness. This is one of the biggest profits for our company.

Q:
Tell us about the history of Bridgestone and here at Suzuka as it is quite fitting that this is one of your last grands prix.

HY:
This racing course started 1962. I was a boy. I came and I watched the race. Not car races but motor cycles. In 1964 Bridgestone supplied some tyres but just normal tyres. After 1976 we were pushing very hard and we have very good memories and we met many very famous drivers but all of them were very young.

Q:
Robert, it may seem a little unfair to ask you about the Indian Grand Prix. It should perhaps be the Team Principal, Vijay Mallya, but I believe you do a lot of business in India yourself. Perhaps you can tell us a little bit about how the Indian Grand Prix is coming along, particularly when we have the background of the Commonwealth Games which are not going so well.

RF:
I think just to correct you on one thing I don't get involved in the business side with Vijay in India. Vijay and I have been pals for over 30 years and one of the things that means a great deal to him... he was actually the first person or he and I both took the first Formula One car to India many, many years ago and it is going to be quite a thrill to take the Force India racing team there. So as far as the track is concerned as far as I know it is moving along very, very well. It is a private enterprise programme. Slightly different than the Commonwealth Games, so I don't expect any difficulties there. I expect it to be a great event.

Q:
And the interest in India and Formula One?

RF:
I think the interest will be very, very high. We are also going to be complementing that. We will launch a driver academy in 2011 for Force India which will be longer term and hopefully that will give it the grass roots' process as well.

Q:
Norbert, quite recently you were quoted a saying Paul di Resta deserves to be in Formula One. Have you got plans to place him? It looks like he is going to win the DTM Championship this year.

NH:
Well, that is still open. Three races to go and I think four guys can still win the championship. But Paul is certainly a remarkable driver, no doubt. But it is not in our hands. Of course we have discussions with Force India. We have a good relationship but it is not our decision at the end of the day. We cannot influence it. But it would be nice for Paul, nice for our junior scheme, nice for DTM to bring another driver up and hopefully he has a good chance.

Q:
Adam, is Nico H?lkenberg still looked on favourably?

AP:
Absolutely.

Q:
Has he a chance of staying? What is holding up the driver process?

AP:
I cannot go into that. We haven't announced it yet and I don't think this is the moment to do that.

Q:
Can we expect an announcement soon?

AP:
I don't know.

Q:
All cards are in the air?

AP:
I am afraid they are at the moment.