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Friday press conference – Indian GP - Pt.1

Indian GP Friday FIA press conference with Jean Francois Caubet (Renault F1 Sport), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Adam Parr (Williams) and Franz Tost (Toro Rosso).
Team representatives: Jean Francois Caubet (Renault F1 Sport), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Vijay Mallya (Force India), Adam Parr (Williams) and Franz Tost (Toro Rosso).

Press conference

A question to you all about your initial thoughts about India and the circuit. Franz, first of all?

Franz Tost:
India, so far, I don't know very well, as I just arrived yesterday and my first impression is quite positive regarding here, the race track. I must say that the team around Sameer Gaur has done a fantastic job as the track itself is very interesting. Long straights, slow corners, fast corners, our drivers are really excited about the track. There are a couple of possibilities for overtaking. In general it is very important for Fq that we are racing in India - that we go to these new markets that are interesting and important for the future, like India, like China, Russia, the Arabian area, South America. These are the markets for the future and this is important for our sponsors, to bring in more sponsors as F1 is racing every second weekend. For F1 itself this is very, very important and thanks also to Bernie [Ecclestone] for doing this, as in the end he is negotiating and coming up with this these new tracks.

Adam Parr:
I would agree with everything that Franz has said. I would just add that India is a spectacular country and very colourful, very vibrant, and always has been. Being here is very exciting for us as a team and as a sport and being able to 'play' here is important if we are to be a global sport, so we are thrilled. I would just like to say thank you very much to the promoters here for putting on such a fantastic event and for publicising it so well in the country and making F1 feel so welcome.

Jean Francois Caubet:
For Renault, India is a strategic market for the future. We have three strategic markets in the future, India, Russia and Brazil so to race here is very important. We are building a huge factory in the south, in Chennai, and it is a pleasure to race here and I hope that the engine will be, probably, winning.

Monisha, you must be very excited to be here?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
I am very excited, and to start, I fully agree with what Franz and Adam said about the place here, about the track. We received a very warm welcome here. What I am very surprised about, pleasantly surprised, is the way the Indian media have been covering the whole event so far. I mean the amount of in-depth information they give about the sport, the rules, what is important, technical aspects, it is very unique. I have never seen that before in this depth and from a personal point of view, of course, I am very excited to have this link now between the job and the country where I come from, so it is a very special race.

Vijay, also you must be very excited and very proud of what you have seen today?

Vijay Mallya:
Well, my views are very, very partial. I have a huge vested interest. Over 30 years ago I drove my Ensign Formula One car here in India and I never thought I would ever see a F1 car race around India in the future. As the chairman of the ASN responsible for motorsport here, we have been trying to promote motorsport in this country for over three decades and this is like a dream come true. When I acquired the then Spyker team, I re-named it Force India and there was a lot of strategy and meaning behind it, as it was meant to put India on the F1 map. We have had an Indian team since 2008 on the F1 grid and now a grand prix here in Delhi. This is unbelievably fantastic.

A technical question for you all about engines. It is getting to the sharp end of the championship when the eight engines are perhaps getting a bit tired, when you are perhaps running out. We saw a couple of engine failures today. What is your engine situation in your particular team. Franz?

So far I must say that Ferrari has done a fantastically good job. We have not had an engine failure. I hope this stays like it is until the end of the season. Also with KERS.

Adam, you had an engine failure today. What's the situation with the AT&T Williams team?

Well we have, I think, two fresh engines left for the remainder of the season, so we are on track in that sense. We have had some reliability issues actually in the last three weekends, which our partner is working very hard to fix as soon as possible and, obviously, that's critically important for us.

Jean Francois, perhaps you can summarise three teams.


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20.05.2011- Press conference, Jean-Francois Caubet (FRA), Managing director of Renault F1
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 1, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Managing director, Sauber F1 Team
Vijay Mallya (IND) Force India F1 Team Owner
Adam Parr, Chief Executive Officer, Williams F1 Team
Friday, Press conference , Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
26.05.2011- Press conference, Vijay Mallya (IND), Chairman and Managine Director Force India

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