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Japanese GP – Friday press conference – Pt.2

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

Q: (Joe Saward – GP Plus)
Gentlemen, team principals; Bob Bell, recently technical director of Renault, is on the market. Anybody want him?

Adam Parr:
He's certainly a very capable guy. I hope he will get a job very soon.

Norbert Haug:
Certainly, first of all I'm not the team principal, so maybe I cannot talk about that. It's Ross's job but he has enough today, and it really is. I think this is not a good opportunity today to talk about these issues. As Adam said, Bob did a good job and I've no idea what will happen.

AP:
Is he paying you for this, Joe?

Franz Tost:
He's a high-rated engineer but we have Giorgio Ascanelli in this position and we are very happy with him.

Robert Fernley:
Yes, I think Bob's done an incredible job for Renault and all we can do is wish him well. I don't think there's anything Force India will be able to do but he deserves a place in Formula One.

Q: (Joe Saward – GP Plus)
Can I come back to you, Robert, on the subject of the technical goings-on in your team? It seems that one driver always goes well and the other driver doesn't. Is that because one driver's slower than the other or is there a problem with the cars and is Tonio Liuzzi just unlucky?

RF:
There is an element of those factors, Joe. Tonio has had a problem with the mechanical and aero packages in the car throughout the season, and we work hard to try and correct them for him. There are times when it all clicks together and other times he's still struggling a little bit with it, but it is fundamentally something we have to keep working with on him.

Q: (Joe Saward – GP Plus)
Lotus have signed a deal with Renault and they're getting to buy Red Bull transmissions. That makes them a fairly competitive force for next year – perhaps. Why didn't Williams get a Renault engine and go down that route, Adam?

AP:
Because we have the view that the Cosworth engine is very decent; we don't want someone else's gearbox we make our own and we're very proud of the technology that we put into it. To change engines, I think, would have been a massive disruption again, and any possible benefit that it could have brought would have been more than outweighed by the disruption and waste of time in changing everything again. So we're very happy. We've got a nice steady programme going into next year for once and we're really enjoying that.

Q: (Joe Saward – GP Plus)
Despite not having any drivers who are going to necessarily…

AP:
You don't need any drivers, do you?

Q: (Bob McKenzie – The Daily Express)
Could I ask everyone what they think about racing at a circuit that has not yet been signed off and is still drying off and there is apparently not much of an infra-structure, that being Korea, and particularly from Bridgestone's point of view about racing on a track that is still curing?

FT:
As far as I know, Charlie Whiting will go there next week, will have a look, will have an inspection and then they will make a decision and so far as I know we will go there and we will race there. Maybe there's a little bit of an advantage (to that for us), we will see. Just let's go and see what's going on, because I haven't yet seen the track, therefore it's difficult to estimate the conditions but I'm convinced that the FIA and FOM will find the correct decision.

Hiroshi Yasukawa:
Always when a new race track is coming, this time Hermann Tilke, the producer, they give us some idea of the surface. I think we've already made the tyres, so we have to try. Our tyres are equal for everybody. At this stage, wait and see.

RF:




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