F1 »

Friday press conference - European GP - Pt.1

Team representatives: Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Mike Gascoyne (Team Lotus), James Key (Sauber), Geoff Willis (HRT), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso)
Press conference

Mike, can I start with you. Principally about General Electric. What sort of effect are they going to have on the team?

Mike Gascoyne:
Well twofold. It is great to have one of the world's biggest corporations coming on board in what is a very major sponsorship deal for the team and I think it really makes the future look very good for us, both financially and also as a technical partner. I was lucky enough to visit their research facilities when we went to New York to make the announcement and (they have) some fantastic technology and facilities. It was actually, for me as an engineer, very inspiring to go around their labs just and see the level of technology and enthusiasm and the freedom to think. I think in Formula One we are very good at what we do in getting to races every two weeks and turning things around very quickly but sometimes as engineers we lose that capacity to think and be innovative and give people the freedom to have time to do some fundamental research. So it was very inspiring for me, as an engineer, to go around there, and I am sure some of the technologies they have got in battery technologies and electric motors for electric vehicles will be very relevant to where Formula One is going in the future. All in all, on all fronts, a fantastic announcement for the team.

When do they start getting involved?

Mike Gascoyne:
Well, I think you will see at the next race the unveiling of the car with all the signage on and from a technical point of view we are already in discussions with them.

Geoff, 13th place in Canada, most people would say not fantastic but it was a step forward for yourselves, so what are the aims now for the rest of the season?

Geoff Willis:
Certainly, it was a good result for us, if 13th place is ever a good result. It was important for us in the championship fight we are having. Again those sorts of races are races where you have to finish and you have to finish as far up as you can. Those are the times when a backmarker team can get lucky but you have to make your luck. We are still developing the car this year. We will carry on as long as we can through the season. We were going to have a development here that actually will come to Silverstone and we are trying to get something on the car pretty much every race I would say for the next four or five races. We have got a new wind tunnel programme starting very shortly, which we will do some 2011 car work on, so I am hoping we will get something from that test immediately on the car.

Are you just duelling, as it were, with Marussia Virgin or are you aiming at Lotus as well?

Geoff Willis:
I think you always have to aim high and being realistic there is quite a big gap to cross. It would be nice to be able to cross some of the gap this year and continue to cross it next year.

James, slightly contrasting messages coming out of your team. You said that you slightly need to improve on qualifying, you feel that you need to. Then, yesterday, Kamui Kobayashi basically said that qualifying wasn't that important. Interesting contrast.

James Key:
Well I guess Kamui is a bit individual in that respect isn't he, as he is such a good racer and he again proved in Canada I think that he can go from one position and quickly make places up. But I think as a team in general our race performance is much better than qualifying. I think it has got something with the way we are using the tyres. But if we need to look at our race weekend and improve one part of it, I think for us it is qualifying. We tend to build up to it and I think in Canada it was a bit of a disappointment. In Monaco it was better up to a point, obviously, but I think that's our focus at the moment – to try and make the car quicker over the weekend.

Just talk a little bit about Kamui. How pleased are you with his performance and how far can he go do you think?

James Key:
Well, we are very pleased, as he has continued from where he left off last year. The good thing with him is that he does challenge in races. He has got a very good racing head on him. Even in Canada I think he made up three or four places until we had the red flag and that's the wet conditions. But he keeps it clean. You know he is not knocking his front wing off every five seconds, so I think we are extremely pleased to have him in the team again this year and he is continuing to prove to be a great racer. Kind of going off from last year, we continue to have a lot of faith that he can make a strategy work which with these tyres et cetera is quite important I think.

Ross, we are seeing you it seems inching up the hierarchy. Is that the case at the moment? We saw Michael (Schumacher), for example, fourth this afternoon and he was very nearly on the podium in Canada.

Ross Brawn:

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
James Key, Sauber F1 launch, Valencia, 2011 [pic credit: Sauber Media]
24.06.2011- Press conference, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP and Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
Friday Practice 2, Geoff Willis (GBR), HRT, Technical Director
20.02.2011- Mike Gascoyne (GBR), Lotus F1 Team, Chief Technical Officer
26.07.2015 - Race, Press conference Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull Racing RB11, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.07.2015 - Race, Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.07.2015 - Race, Press conference, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull Racing RB11
26.07.2015 - Race, Press conference, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
26.07.2015 - Race, James Allison (GBR) Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
26.07.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Roberto Merhi (ESP) Manor Marussia F1 Team
26.07.2015 - Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30.
26.07.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Start of the race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
26.07.2015 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
26.07.2015 - Race, Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
26.07.2015 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
26.07.2015 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB11 and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W06

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.