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Friday press conference - Canadian GP - Pt.1

Friday press conference ahead of the F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Team personnel: Eric Boullier (Lotus-Renault), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Andrew Green (Force India), Paddy Lowe (McLaren) and Sam Michael (Williams).

Press conference

Andrew, Force India have always, supposedly, been good on low downforce circuits. This is a low downforce circuit and it would seem that this is exactly true isn't it? You seem to have been pretty good today?

Andrew Green:
It does look as though the track came to us, that's for sure. Low downforce, low drag really is the way you want to look at it. The car seems to respond well to the lower downforce set-ups, that's for sure. It is not something we actively pursue. We would like to make it a bit more of an even car as we definitely seem to struggle as we get to the higher downforce tracks which is where we have just come from. But it is nice to be a little bit more competitive.

You were running three drivers today. Did you think Adrian Sutil really missed out a bit this morning and that perhaps was a contributory factor this afternoon?

I don't think so. Adrian knows the track really well. It was just unfortunate he picked up a little bit of understeer on the exit of Turn Seven and once he got onto the dirty part he just kissed the wall. It was unfortunate he couldn't complete the session. I am sure he would have done as good a job as Paul (di Resta). But I don't think sitting out of the car this morning was any big deal for him.

Paul has done a really good job on a circuit he has never seen before?

Yeah, again. Acclimatizes really quickly. It really only takes him a handful of laps to get up to speed. Quite impressive.

Paddy, how much of a low downforce setting have you got? Have you brought a low downforce package? Is it as much as, for example, in the past?

Paddy Lowe:
Nothing particularly special, nothing like we would have done in the past. I think as we have seen the regulations push us into a smaller and smaller box, the difference between a high downforce circuit such as Monaco and a lower downforce circuit such as Canada has become less and less and that is true for us here.

Is that helped also by DRS?

I wouldn't really factor that in too much. If you look at the race you are not factoring in DRS as a routine element, so in terms of race performance DRS is not a factor.

Coming to DRS a bit further. Here, of course, there are two DRS zones. How do you see the drivers using DRS? Is it just going to be in the second zone or is it going to be in the first zone as well?


Related Pictures

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24.03.2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Pat Fry, Scuderia Ferrari
07.05.2011- Sam Michael (AUS) Williams Technical Director
12.02.2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team and Nick Heidfeld (GER), Testing for Lotus Renault GP, R31

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