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Friday press conference - Canadian GP - Pt.1

Very well. Very, very well. This kind of opportunity is very good, not only showing off to the fans but to have dialogue with them and we had a very good communication. We let them speak and ask the questions and also discuss their concerns about F1, the actual current F1 and the future F1 and it is good to have a good contact with them and understand better.

Renault's performance today?

Bit down, let's say. Not fast enough. I think we are understanding, as I said recently since a couple of weeks now, where we are wrong and why we went a little bit down in the performance compared with our competitors. But we are in the process now to fix it and we should be back on form.

You've already been in your new job for quite some time, but you've just had more responsibility. How have things changed for you having been appointed director of chassis?

Pat Fry:
There's a reasonable amount of work to do. I would say mainly we've been concentrating on organising the factory a little differently and making things work better. I think there's a very good group of engineers there. We just need to get focused on what we think is important and obviously to do the most important things first. So there's been reasonable progress.

Obviously you've come from McLaren. Are things very, very different at Ferrari?

Yes, it is quite interesting on lots of fronts really. I suppose I've been in the fortunate position of seeing how McLaren worked, how they set a car up and the basis behind how that worked and then to come to what was one of my biggest rivals and now working for them, to then see the different philosophies, so it's been a very interesting experience for me over the last ten, eleven months. Hopefully we can learn from both; there's good bits everywhere.

We've seen two very different Ferraris over the last couple of races: one that performed fantastically at the beginning of the Spanish Grand Prix but not so well later, and then one that was right there at the end of the Monaco Grand Prix. What Ferrari will we see here?

Well hopefully one near the Monaco performance! In Barcelona we had a few particular issues that we were struggling with which sort of exaggerated some of the problems that we were having. I think we reasonably understand that now, having worked in the simulator and simulations to try and understand it. Monaco was a bit better and we didn't have the issues there. Here we still need to analyse and understand but I think we're looking in reasonable shape.

And in terms of development, how long does the development continue absolutely flat out before you start moving over to next year's car for example?

We're learning all the time, so I think that while we continue in the development of this year's car it actually helps us for next year's. It's not like there's a big radical rule change or something and you need to stop and re-think so you've just got to keep on working at understanding what the issues are. While putting performance on this year's car, effectively we're making next year's quicker as well. There will be, at some point but not now, the dilemma of when you swap your wind tunnel over to being fully on next year's project rather than this year's, but that decision will be in a couple of months' time, before we start finalising a plan.

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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