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Post-race press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.2

Mercedes, next year, has five former technical directors employed, a new Formula One record; how can you survive against them with all this human brain-power?

I hadn't realised it was five. Yeah, that is a lot. Yeah, all is lost. I think we should just all go home! No, they're all good guys. We know them all. I think it's a strong team. We look forward to competing against them.

Similarly, I'm going to worry about what we do in Milton Keynes, not what's happening in Brackley, to be perfectly honest.

Pat Fry:
Same. I'm not really thinking about it, to be honest. I've got my own issues and things to sort out. It's a strong team, as Paddy says. Time will tell, won't it?

Naoki Tokunaga:
Each team has its own approach and I think we have a different approach. To tell the truth, I am concentrating on our team, the structure and strategy, how to distribute our resources. We have a different approach.

Giorgio Ascanelli:
Or all six of us could go to Mercedes as well and make it 11! Mercedes could manage enough, they pay well, I'm sure we could agree on something!

James Key:
It's always difficult to comment on what other teams are doing, because you never really know how they are structured and how they work. As Paddy said, it's a pretty strong line-up of people, all with good experience. Personally, I've only really worked for relatively small teams and I guess the one thing I could say from a small team's perspective is that efficiency is certainly better when you're small and I guess with more people, particularly good experienced people, maybe that takes a bit more managing, to make sure it all fits in together – but it's not really for me to say.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Adrian, Ferrari is promising a very aggressive new car for next season. McLaren's drivers, also, were complaining somehow, because the car this year was not as powerful and as competitive and they have put a lot of pressure [on their team]. What is the Red Bull going to be next year? Will it be an evolution of what we have now? Do you think that the advantage that you have is enough or are you going to explore new roads and surprise everybody again?

I think that fundamentally there's no point in doing something new if it's not better, so our approach is certainly not complacency, so we're not thinking: 'we don't have to do anything, we'll still be quick enough next year.' That would be enormous folly. We're working away trying to deal with the regulation changes. I think, as mentioned, the restriction on the exhaust exit position is actually a very big change; it goes through the car. Other than that, the regulation changes are significant but not huge. So, in that sense, the car will be an evolution, it will bear a family resemblance to the RB5, RB6, RB7 lineage. It's just a matter of pushing on, as always. As Pat mentioned earlier, the fact is that you don't know how much performance your competitors are going to find over the winter, so it's get your heads down and get on with it, and you find out where you are come the first race.

Q: (Joris Fioriti – Agence France Presse).
To Paddy and Adrian, what do Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel have that their team-mates don't have, whether it's positive or negative? What extra thing do they bring to the team?

One's English, one's German, I guess. I don't know, how you can answer that? I can't answer for Paddy, obviously, but I think for Sebastian, this year, he's obviously driving with great confidence on the back of his championship from last year. I think importantly, the change to Pirelli tyres has taken Mark longer than Sebastian to understand; how best to use those tyres. In truth, you can have this perception that the difference is big; it doesn't take much of a swing for things to change, so while Sebastian has clearly had a much stronger run than Mark this year, quite often the difference in the race has been quite small but the results have been different enough that the points standing is where it is.


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James Key, Sauber F1 launch, Valencia, 2011 [pic credit: Sauber Media]
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