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Friday press conference - Italian GP - Pt.2

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).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Stefano, yesterday Fernando and Felipe talked a lot about the extra motivation for the team to be here in Monza in front of your tifosi. Could you explain to us exactly how the situation is and if you can give us some more ideas how you approach this race?

Stefano Domenicali:
From my side, I always keep people with their feet on the ground to make sure that they work hard and stay concentrated, but for sure it's great to see the enthusiasm that is around the track for our cars, for our drivers so that's the feeling that everyone is enjoying when they are here but this is giving you extra pressure that has to be managed, as I said before. This is why I never said anything over the lines because I know that by saying something like that it gives more expectation that is already high. I know that when you are here… I remember last year when it was a fantastic emotion to share with all the tifosi when we won the race and that would really be a fantastic opportunity if this would happen again, but as I said, no more than that.

Q: (Giorgio Pasini – Tuttosport).
Stefano, it seems that there is a battle on the track with Red Bull but also in the media over the last days between you and Christian Horner.

Stefano Domenicali:

Q: (Giorgio Pasini – Tuttosport).
Yeah, he's not very happy about your interview today.

Stefano Domenicali:
That's the first time that I hear that.

Q: (Giorgio Pasini – Tuttosport)
Because today he said that it's…

Stefano Domenicali:
That's a new one. I will speak with him, without speaking to journalists. I want to see what he's saying. I don't know, honestly. I don't have to verify anything. If he has a quarrel with me, he has to verify, I have nothing to verify.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport).
There was an interview in Germany where you said that Vettel is not a leader as Michael or as Fernando, that's what…

Stefano Domenicali:
I said that in my view… well, I know what I said so... I said that speaking about the drivers, to be a leader you need to have experience, points, championships, leadership and a relationship with the people and so on. So I said that in my view at the moment, the ones that are already doing it are Fernando and Michael - and Sebastian is on the right route to do it. With this year's win, he will be there very, very soon so I don't think that I've said something strange. I think that's a fact, but it's interesting to see Christian's reaction. Maybe he will have something to say to me. He knows my telephone number.

Q: (Giorgio Pasini – Tuttosport).
And the question to Mr Ascanelli: can you say something about the rumours of the movement of your team to Abu Dhabi?

Giorgio Ascanelli:
Germans. The movement of my team to Abu Dhabi? Do they make good pasta in Abu Dhabi?

Q: (Giorgio Pasini – Tuttosport)
And in Italy, is there space in Formula One, in Italy, in motor sport that is not Ferrari?

Giorgio Ascanelli:
Well, first of all, we have three sponsors - we have acquired three new sponsors this season in the last few days, they arrived in the last moment, it appears on the rear wing, it doesn't appear yet on my shirt although my shirt is very wide and probably would guarantee more exposure than the rear wing! They are three different sponsors which we deal with separately. I don't think there is any discussion about the fact that the ownership pertains and remains in the hands of Mr Mateschitz so far. I have never been bothered about what's going to happen in the future in any team I have occurred to work within the last 28 years. I've always tried to do my best; sometimes my best has not been enough and sometimes it has been enough. I'm relaxed about the matter. It is good to have a little bit more money to do some more things. Mr Sauber just highlighted just how large an issue that might be. What I can say is that Mr Mateschitz and Red Bull since two years have promoted the expansion of Toro Rosso in Faenza and a new facility will be ready in the next two years. Then, if we have to move everything to Abu Dhabi, well, we will see. If there is space in Italy for another team like Ferrari? I think one of the difficulties which I experienced personally when I worked at Ferrari and one of the experiences which I am experiencing here in Toro Rosso is the fact that the market is not as alive as it is in England. Now if our wind tunnel is in Bicester, it is a deliberate choice although it is more difficult than most people think to make a car by fax. Nowadays it's easier because you've got satellite transmission and connection but having a melting pot of technicians in 150 miles is a large advantage, so I think there is more space for Formula One in Italy, and I would be welcome to see it.

Q: (Sarah Holt – BBC Sport).
Hallo. A question to Stefano: I don't know what Ferrari's chances of victory are on Sunday after what Sebastian has somewhat surprisingly done today, but would a win here in Monza be enough to appease you after now seeing the championship become almost impossible for you?

Stefano Domenicali:
I don't think so. Sorry. I think that for sure if you win in Monza, it's an important result for the team and for everyone that is feeling that Monza is a particular race but that's it. For sure, this championship is not really the best one, even if I think we could have won more races this year, to be honest, and the situation would have been different in terms of the championship, in terms of the situation. I can easily remember a couple of them. So we need to take the situation as it is without crying and be sure that the extra races that are from here to the end are very important, because, as I said to all the guys, we need to maximise the points because we are fighting for something, in any case, positions and other stuff and use that to also make sure that we can anticipate some work that can be used for the 2012 project. So, that's what I feel.

Q: (Fabrizio Corniati – 422Race.com).
Mr Domenicali, correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that in this race you are again using the old suspension which you were using again in Spa and not the new one which you used at Silverstone for example and which seemed to reduce the problems of getting tyres up to temperature, which had been a problem for you throughout the season. Could you explain the reasons for this choice?

Stefano Domenicali:
It's true, we are also not using that new… well, that different suspension but the reason is different. For sure our engineers believed that with these track conditions, that kind of suspension is not helping to improve the car otherwise we would be stupid not to use it, so that's the reason why we chose the other solution.

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