Team personnel: Jose Carabante (HRT), Jean-Francois Caubet (Renault Sport F1), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Mark Gallagher (Cosworth), and Adam Parr (Williams).

Press conference

Q:
Jean-Francois, how will the diffuser rule effect you depending on whether you have them or don't have them?

Jean-Francois Caubet:
Normally (becomes inaudible) because we worked over the winter on the exhaust. We did a lot of work, but I think the FIA decision was a good decision and the next meeting in June probably, the technical meeting, will find the definite decision. But probably we will keep it like that.

Q:
Are you in favour of keeping it?

J-FC:
Yes, because if you change the rules I think we will find another solution where we will spend a lot of money nearly for the same thing.

Q:
Is it true that Renault are looking for another customer team from an engine point of view?

J-FC:
Yes, today we are providing three teams, Red Bull, Lotus Renault and Team Lotus and probably for 2014 we are looking for one more team. We have the capability to provide four teams.

Q:
And that is with the new engine regulations?

J-FC:
Exactly.

Q:
Are you in favour of those regulations?

J-FC:
I think Renault is very clear on this point. We are fully supporting the FIA. It makes a lot of sense for a carmaker like Renault to be road relevant. I think it is a key point for the future of Formula One. We have started work now for a few months and we will be ready next year, November, to provide for four teams.

Q:
Adam, it seems as though the team is evolving at the moment. Going into different areas in business. For example, could you explain your link up with the Jaguar Land Rover type of deal?

Adam Parr:
We are doing some development of our business but obviously what's happening here at the track is still central to why we exist. But the Jaguar Land Rover partnership is phenomenal for us because they are a fabulous company. They are growing extremely fast. They are investing ?1billion a year over the next five years in their base. They launched last year the CX75 concept car and over the last few months we have developed that concept into a road car, a super car, which we will be building with them over the next couple of years. To have a relationship with a company like Jaguar Land Rover is phenomenal opportunity for us and we are very proud of that. We're also very excited about the car itself. It is going to be an astonishing car. A 200mph super car with the emissions less than a Prius, so it is a very exciting project.

Q:
Is that the sort of thing, therefore, that you see your KERS development effecting as well? Where you can take that sort of engineering?

AP:
Yes, we will be using our KERS technology in the CX75 and, of course, the power train is a downsized internal combustion engine with turbo and a large KERS system, front and rear axle. Very much the concept which we hope we will see in Formula One in 2013.

Q:
What are your feelings about those regulations?

AP:
Our view is no secret. For several years we have said Formula One needs to move to more sustainable technology. We were big supporters of KERS and we think the new engine formula is fundamental to the future of the sport. We understand that there are other views on that subject, but fundamental, if Formula One isn't about new technology areas and leading what happens on the road and elsewhere, then I am not sure exactly what it is about. We believe it is essential.

Q:
And the diffuser rule. What is your feeling on that?

AP:
We have mixed feelings because since Spa last year we have been using the same technology. If it is illegal we are illegal. On the other hand, to take it to another level is a significant investment for us and logically we would like to understand the legality of it before we do it. I think we will be very interested to see how that plays out over the next month.

Q:
Mark, to some extent Cosworth had some advisory role in the engine regulations. What was the thinking behind that?

Mark Gallagher:
I think the view was always that the manufacturers, from the outset, agreed with the FIA that having an independent engine manufacturer available to Formula One teams was a good idea. The view was: if Cosworth was involved in the creation, or the formation, of the rules for 2013 and the way the engine would be conceived, that if we could do it, then any car manufacturer could do it. I think that was really the concept at the beginning of why Cosworth was involved and that was certainly the case at the beginning of last year.

Q:
From a manufacturing point of view how involved are you in the KERS business as you don't seem to provide KERS and your teams don't seem to use them?

MG:
Well, of course, in Formula One we worked with Williams on the KERS and the KERS system that is fitted to this year's engine is a Williams system. We have really developed that in collaboration with Williams, so we have taken what was last year's engine and completely reconfigured it, re-engineered it to accept the Williams KERS system, and that has been a terrific collaborative partnership between two engineering companies to provide that solution. Cosworth, as a group, has got a major electronics and electrical division and you can imagine that a lot of the automotive companies that come to us for research projects, and indeed delivery of complete power train solutions, these days most of them that come through the door want to have some degree of hybridisation, so it is a technology we are involved in. But in Formula One terms, it was absolutely sensible for us, with Williams particularly, to work as we have done and, of course, that system can now be utilised by any of the other teams that are customers to Cosworth so, for example, if Jose (Carabante) or Marussia Virgin Racing wanted to have a KERS system it is available through Cosworth.

Q:
Is it bad news to hear that Renault are sniffing around and wanting to supply another team?

MG:
No, maybe they might want to supply Stefano with an engine. I think Cosworth is not the only potential victim of Renault wanting to have a fourth team. But, actually, Cosworth wants to have a fourth team and I am sure if Norbert Haug was sat here he might say he would like a fourth team. The reality is, in all seriousness, competition on the track technically is always matched by competition off the track commercially. We are well used to that at Cosworth and we believe we have an extremely good product and we don't really fear competition from anyone.

Q:
Stefano, is this pretty much a home race for you with all this support for Fernando Alonso?

Stefano Domenicali:
For sure it is special event as you feel the atmosphere that is around mainly Fernando. It is an added pressure that we have on top of the fact that as you know we announced yesterday the extension of the agreement. That is an important element at this stage of the season that put once more here in Spain something special. But this is part of the game. We know that wherever we go the supporters of Ferrari are a lot and this is the greatest thing of our brand.

Q:
The contract with Fernando. Is it a surprise to be such a long contract?

SD:
No, I think it is a natural evolution of the relationship between the team and Fernando. It is a natural evolution as it gives a sign of stability for the future. It is important in this moment when a lot of things are changing, it is important for the guys that are working at home, to see how Fernando wants to keep fighting with us. It is a sign of great responsibility to all of us as we know how strong he is and how dedicated he is to the team. That is the reason why we felt it was the right decision for us.

Q:
Coming to the engine regulations. It is always perceived Ferrari are against them - is that the case or is it a wrong view?

SD:
As you know we always discuss our position. As you can imagine, on the road car side we are a manufacturer that produces a very specific car with a very high number of cylinders. But as always in our co-operation with the FIA we are discussing it and I think the discussion is still on and in a constructive way we are trying to work on this subject as it is an important element for the future, both on the technological side, but also we need to consider the level of investment that the new project needs. These are the things we need to consider as a lot of things have moved on in a couple of months and it is another thing that has to be considered, full stop.

Q:
What are your feelings on the diffuser regulation?

AP:
Well, the diffuser is something that some teams started a good job earlier than other teams so, as always, a big reward to the one that understood the potential of that development on the car. Then, of course, we have seen that and we were working flat out to see how we can improve that area of the car. The meeting that will (take place) in two, three weeks is fundamental, as we need to understand what will be the future of the development. If that area, let me put it this way, closed, then we need to target a new area of development, and as you know, the season is very long. But after I would say six, seven grand's prix, the margin that some teams can have taken put the other teams in a different situation so that's another element the technical people will consider.

Q:
Jose, as a home race how important is this for you as a Spanish team.

Jose Carabante:
Yes, this race for us feels like home. For us it is a very special weekend. The atmosphere is different, so we always try to do the best here. We feel Montmelo is like home and it is a very, very amazing weekend so let's see what happens.

Q:
Very often there is discussion about the health of the team. How healthy is it and does it have the money to continue?

JC:
Okay, after our first season it was not an easy beginning. Now I think we are in a different position and the result is clear. We are improving in all the areas. I think that every race we are looking at how we can improve and the result is clear. We are also starting to think about 2012. There is already in place a contract with the Mercedes wind tunnel that is going to mean that for next year we have time to prepare properly the programme.

Q:
And your feelings about the diffuser. Do you want the diffuser or would you prefer a different decision from this meeting?

JC:
What is important, especially for a small team, is also about the costs. This is something that that we hope stays in consideration. The costs in Formula One, I think that it should be affordable and should be in the right way. We need stability in the technology side and we need to know what the future is going to be otherwise we take the wrong way and it is going to be difficult to start in a different way and we are not in a position to spend money, just trying things. We just hope the decision is clear and we hope that the small teams opinion will be taken into consideration.

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