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Thursday press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.1

Team personnel: Graeme Lowdon (Virgin), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Adrian Newey (Red Bull), Peter Sauber (Sauber) and Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren)
Team personnel: Graeme Lowdon (Virgin), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Adrian Newey (Red Bull), Peter Sauber (Sauber) and Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren).


Press conference


Q:
Graeme, what do you feel about this race. Is this going to be your best chance for points here?

Graeme Lowdon:
Monaco always has the potential for an unpredictable race and with the best will in the world that is our best chance at the moment until we can move the car further forward. We had a good run here last year until we had some car problems and I think now we are on top of the reliability problems that we had as a new team last year so we are looking forward to the race.

Q:
You talked about bringing the car forward which is basically upgrades. Is there now going to be a regular flow or has there been a regular flow?

GL:
There has been although we kind of went on hold a little bit in Barcelona. We were developing a blown exhaust system on the car and then following the directive from the FIA we decided that we would have to hold until the meeting next month when there is going to be a clarification of what direction to go in. We won't, in terms of pace... I don't think we will be moving much forward in this race but certainly we plan to keep moving forward as you have to of course. We will see what this clarification looks like and then determine then the direction we are going.

Q:
Is there any technical contribution coming from Marussia?

GL:
Marussia were sponsors of our team last year and then moved into an investment ownership element towards the end of last year so they are now gainfully integrated with the team and certainly in the future I think we will see information going in both directions. They have some really exciting road car plans for the long-term future and we are looking forward to playing our part in that as well.

Q:
Vijay, in some ways again perhaps your best chance here. We saw (that) a couple of years ago when you really were looking on course for points until Kimi Raikkonen ended your chances. Is this race a good chance for points as well?

Vijay Mallya:
Yeah, absolutely. Since the beginning of the season we knew that at least for the first few flyaway races we would still be in the development mode. We were hoping to launch a serious aero package in Barcelona. We haven't got everything together quite yet but certainly there are improvements that are already showing during free practice here in Monaco. This is a fantastic race, my favourite, I would love to score points here.

Q:
We always tend to see you as a representative of your nation. How is the Indian Grand Prix coming along?

VM:
Coming along really well actually. The track is almost ready and will be ready well in time. The recent press reports apparently quoting Bernie (Ecclestone) saying that if Bahrain is re-instated then the Indian Grand Prix may actually be pushed back to December obviously raised a lot of questions at home. But whether it is October 30th, as scheduled, or later in the year we are ready and quite happy with the progress the promoters have made.

Q:
What's the reaction at home especially now that Narain Karthikeyan is back in a race seat?

VM:
Well when Narain and Karun (Chandhok) were both on the grid there was a lot of joy and celebration in India. But as you may know Force India have launched the “One In A Billion” hunt. It is going very well. We have had a few rounds already and we hope to identify some talented Indian kids in the not too distant future.

Q:
Is there going a lot of interest in that?

VM:




Related Pictures

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Thursday, John Booth (GBR) Virgin Racing Team Principal; Nikolay Fomenko (RUS) Marussia Motors Presidentand Graeme Lowdon (GBR) Chief Executive of Virgin Racing at a press conference where Virgin Racing announced that Marussia have acquired a shareholding in the team
Saturday Practice, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India
24.03.2011- Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team, Team Principal
07.05.2011- Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Technical Operations Director
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25.07.2014- Press conference, Eric Boullier (FRA) McLaren Racing Director.
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25.07.2014- Free Practice 2, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
25.07.2014- Free Practice 2, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07
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