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Friday press conference - Italian GP - Pt.1

Italian GP Friday FIA press conference with Giorgio Ascanelli (Toro Rosso), Eric Boullier (Renault), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Tim Goss (McLaren), Peter Sauber (Sauber).
Team representatives: Giorgio Ascanelli (Toro Rosso), Eric Boullier (Renault), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Tim Goss (McLaren), Peter Sauber (Sauber).


Press conference


Q:
Eric, first of all, Bruno Senna had a fantastic start in Spa with a great qualifying performance. What has he brought to the team and we will come to the commercial side of that in a moment?

Eric Boullier:
Nothing.

Q:
But in terms of his presence?

Eric Boullier:
I don't know. I think his eagerness and freshness is clearly a good asset, a good new value for the team, which we didn't have during the summer and were struggling a little bit with the development of the car. Now it looks like we are back a little bit and are in a good shape and clearly Bruno brought with him his enthusiasm. He knows the team very well as he was working very closely with the team since January.

Q:
Presumably, that presence since January had made him popular and that is why people are pleased to see him in the car?

Eric Boullier:
Yeah, exactly. He has spent a lot of time in the back of the garage, in the trucks, with the engineers and the mechanics and he was very helpful as well for the race drivers as he was clearly committed and dedicated to help and pushing for the team so the team knew him and was pleased to see him doing well in qualifying.

Q:
You have four new commercial partnerships, two of which have Brazilian connections. Just talk about those.

Eric Boullier:
Everybody thinks Bruno came with a bunch of money, which is wrong, obviously. The only link was Embratel. Yes, Embratel was a personal sponsor of Bruno and this is clearly linked to Bruno. This is clear, nothing to hide. The two others, or the three others actually, are not related to Bruno. We were talking to them for a long time and the opportunity when we told them Bruno would be racing they just decided to do an 'mediatic shot' and use the opportunity to have this 'mediatisation' and just go for it.

Q:
What are your plans for Romain Grosjean, as there were thoughts he might be in the car, though may be not from you?

Eric Boullier:
Some people were thinking for me, which is good. I appreciate sometimes, sometimes not. Romain had a job to do to be a GP2 Champion. He is now officially the third driver and we will see what happens to him but there is no plan for him.

Q:
So he will come to all the remaining races?

Eric Boullier:
Yep, definitely. As the third driver.

Q:
Peter, looking at your team which direction would you like it to go in from now? Is it a financial direction? Where would you like improvement? Financial, technical, resources, where do you see the effort being applied now?

Peter Sauber:
Forward.

Q: Just forward?

Peter Sauber:
Just forward. I think the infrastructure is excellent and, of course, with more money we can be faster. In our case it is very easy.

Q:
Do you want more staff?

Peter Sauber:
Yes, it is possible to have more. We have about 280 and it is an advantage to have more staff.

Q:
Just tell us about the performance today. We saw Kamui Kobayashi pull off right at the end of practice, but up until then the performance was possibly better than you thought it was going to be?

Peter Sauber:



Related Pictures

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09.09.2011- Peter Sauber (SUI), Sauber F1 Team, Team Principal
09.09.2011- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
08.09.2011- Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
09.09.2011- Press conference, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal

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