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Japanese GP – Friday press conference – Pt.1

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES: Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Robert Fernley (Force India), Adam Parr (Williams), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Hiroshi Yasukawa (Bridgestone)
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 Sébastien 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:



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