11 November 2011
Friday press conference - Abu Dhabi GP - Pt.2
Abu Dhabi GP Friday FIA press conference with John Booth (Virgin), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Saul Ruiz de Marcos (HRT), Frank Williams (Williams) and Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren).
Team representatives: John Booth (Virgin), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Saul Ruiz de Marcos (HRT), Frank Williams (Williams) and Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren).
Questions from the floor.
Q: (Heikki Kulta –Turun Sanomat).
Frank, 10 years ago you were interested in getting Kimi (Raikkonen) to your team. Now, 10 years later are you still interested to get him now you can do so?
I knew this would come up. But my view, as you might well expect, goes as follows: a lot of supposition and I cannot make any comment about supposition, sorry to be so unhelpful.
Are you following his rally career?
I am not a rally fan.
Q: (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special).
Just to follow up on that question. Martin and Stefano, Kimi drove for both of you, what advice would you give to Frank on this subject?
Try and sign him. Kimi, we all know he is quick. I think people underestimate how intelligent he can be. I hope that he is hungry. I am sure he hasn't lost the capability to thrill us in F1 so I think it would be fantastic for F1. I wouldn't ordinarily presume to advise Sir Frank who he should sign but I think it would be exciting if he did.
Of course, I would not give any advice to Frank. He has long experience. A lot longer than me. For sure, I know Kimi very well. He is very talented, very strong, and if he wants to come back he has something that wants to show to everyone about him, about the fact that he was the last driver to win the World Championship with us and he will want to show he is still one of the strongest.
Q: (Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special).
Can I follow up with a question for John and Saul. You are both moving your teams shortly. One is going into motorsport valley and one is going away from it. Who thinks they have got it right?
Both are going south so it is something in common. Valencia is a wonderful town, but we will settle for Banbury.
Can you go into some details as to why you are going to Banbury?
We just feel it is the right thing for us to be under one roof now. We made a pretty bold move, in June I think it was, when we decided to take our destiny into our own hands and I think it is the right thing to move under one roof instead of the three we were in before.
Saul Ruiz de Marcos:
I think the decision is something positive. Normally, because of being one of the slowest cars and also because of that we have to go and look for something a bit different to the rest of the teams. They are in the same area, very similar background. In some time we will see if I was wrong, but I think it is the right strategy to do an approach which is slightly different to what everybody's doing. If I was one of the (inaudible) I wouldn't do it, but I have to try and do something different.
Q: (Simon Cass - Daily Mail).
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