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Friday press conference - Turkish GP - Pt.1

Franz, we have seen you running Daniel Ricciardo on all the Friday's so far. Is he being groomed for next year? What is the situation for him?

Franz Tost:
The situation is that he is driving for Toro Rosso the first practice on Friday. He should learn the team, all the race tracks, to work together with the engineers, get a little bit of knowledge about the press work, about the marketing and this should be the preparation for him to race for Toro Rosso in 2012.

Q:
No plans for before then?

Franz Tost:
No, currently not.

Q:
You have two drivers?

Franz Tost:
We have two drivers, yes.

Q:
Mike, what chances of you running KERS later this year. Is that part of the programme?

Mike Gascoyne:
I think that probably will be pretty difficult for us as a small team. Obviously, it requires some fairly large updates to the chassis to do that. I think we would have to be very convinced of the benefit that would bring outweighed against putting those resources into other areas such as aerodynamics, so I think it is going to be pretty difficult for us. We have got a lot of catch-up work to do in terms of development. We have made a big step forward relative to a lot of the teams on the grid but we have got to do even more as it hasn't really affected our grid position, even though we are more competitive. But we are bringing a range of updates to the coming races so it is unlikely just for the amount of resource that it takes for the gain that you get. But it is something we are very actively working on for next year.

Q:
Norbert, do you feel you are now potential winners?

Norbert Haug:
Potential winners? Not yet. We are working on it. I think that would be unrealistic. We have been forced last year and I think we have a real strong group of competitors around us. The team won the championship before but we restructured a lot and we have a new environment and we need to resettle things. That takes a while. It takes a while everywhere. But I think there is big potential there. We are learning. It is getting better and better. We certainly underperformed in the first three races. We don't need to repeat that as I think that is well known. Hopefully we can stabilise on China or comparable to China. That would be the plan, to be among third and fourth position and then go forward from there. Every position you want to gain in that region gets tougher and tougher step by step, that's for sure, but the direction is the right one I would say.

Q:
Martin, we see Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button racing week in week out. How do they work together? How has that changed? How is that gelling? Is it continuing to gel or do you think it is pretty much stabilised? They seem to get on very well, they don't seem to be major rivals.

Martin Whitmarsh:
Well I think the good thing is they are major rivals on the track. Certainly neither of them likes being beaten by the other one and that is just as it should be. But they are both very, very open with one another. They share information and they share jokes as well so I think it is a fantastic relationship within the team and it helps us, that harmony. You cannot necessarily quantify it on the stopwatch, but it makes a pleasant environment for the engineers, their exchange of information. I think they are both very comfortable in the team. Inevitably two British drivers in the same team, immensely competitive individuals, there has always been the hope in some corners of the media there would be aggravation – and who knows what will happen in the future? But, so far, it has been very, very good. It looks as though it will continue to be so and they will race each other on the track. We have seen it on the track this year. They are not giving anyone quarter, they really want to beat each other, but I think they have got a tremendous amount of trust and respect and I think that makes it easier to calm my nerves a little bit, occasionally, when you are on the pit-wall wondering if you are going to be the idiot team principal that allowed your drivers to race each other.

Q:
Is it the best pairing you have ever had, do you feel?

Martin Whitmarsh:
From a relationship point of view I think it is. I think it is very, very, good. It does not matter what I say, anyone can see it. You have only got to come into the McLaren
hospitality facility and you see them together. It is very natural, it is not forced. There is general warmth and affection between the two of them.

Q:
Christian, I think there was a meeting of the constructors or the team owners the last couple of days. Can you tell us what happened, what was decided or discussed during that time?

Christian Horner:
A meeting of the constructors?

Q:
Well a meeting of the team owners, a FOTA meeting or whatever you like to call it?

Christian Horner:
I think we got one later this weekend. I wasn't aware of one earlier. Martin is the chairman, ask him.

Martin Whitmarsh:
We will meet at a fairly routine meeting, a number of issues, on Sunday morning.

Q:
Christian, tell us about Sebastian's accident today. The damage?

Christian Horner:
It was a shame. It was just one of those things that we, as a team, were keen to have a look at the inter. As Sebastian went out the rain increased slightly, he got a little bit high on the exit of Turn Eight onto the kerb, just put a wheel on that astroturf that has claimed a few victims today and he was just unlucky. Unfortunately it did quite a lot of damage so rather than rush and cobble together the car for FP2 we decided it was important to rebuild the car carefully in preparation for tomorrow. It was one of those things. It did quite an extensive amount of damage. He must have hit just about every corner on the car so it has given the boys plenty of work to do this evening.

Q:
Quite a rare occurrence really?

Christian Horner:



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