F1 » 23 March 2012
Malaysian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2
Friday's FIA press conference from Sepang in Malaysia with Riad Asmat, Monisha Kaltenborn, Gerard Lopez, Martin Whitmarsh, Stefano Domenicali and Christian Horner.
Team Representatives: Riad Asmat (Caterham), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Gerard Lopez (Lotus), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Christian Horner (Red Bull).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Adrian Rodriguez Huber - Agencia EFE)
A question for Stefano Domenicali. I want to know exactly what the situation is inside your team and I want to know how you feel yourself. Are you concerned, are you worried, are you scared, are you angry? How are you feeling?
For sure, I'm disappointed by the performance of the car, no doubt. But on the other hand what I need to make sure is that at home we need to push on the development of the car because we know what are the problems with this car from the other weekend. Nothing has changed on that. I am confident that our engineers will solve the issues we have as quickly as possible because in such a close field a little step makes a difference, and in such a close battle, when you are in a difficult moment, you need to score points because everything can happen. So that's something, it is clear. Not happy as I said but not to be happy doesn't help, and I've asked my engineers to be focused on the job because that is what they have to do.
Q: (Naoise Holohan - Manipe F1)
Another one to Stefano. Can you give us an update on Felipe's situation? Has the chassis change solved the problems he had in Melbourne?
We had a programme today with some changes on the car to verify some different configurations and tomorrow we will have let's say the best package, because in this moment I would say for him it's important to feel the confidence around him. Not only him because the team has a lot of pressure, so that's the status of the art we have done today.
Q: (Andrea Cremonesi - La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Today we saw another big gap in the afternoon between Felipe and Fernando. Is it due to the different work that they did, or is it something more? The second question is about if you can describe… we wrote a lot about you travelling back home. Can you describe what is the situation there, what did you and Pat (Fry) did there?
In terms of what we have seen today we were trying to work with different programmes on two different drivers and tomorrow we will see the situation. Today there is nothing I can say that is going to one direction or the other. The work of today was done in order to make sure that tomorrow Felipe has the best car in the best condition. This is the thing we have to give to him.
On the other hand, what we did was to make sure that the focus on the programme has to be there at home with the engineers, mainly in the aerodynamic department. I've asked Pat to be spot on, on the case, in order to make sure that now that there is a lot of meat on the fire, we need to make sure this meat will be delivered as quickly as possible, as there is no time to lose.
Q: (Heikki Kulta - Turun Sanomat)
To Gerard Lopez. During your ownership with the team is this the best starting point to a new season with a new car?
Yeah, it really is. In terms of the whole package it's the most complete one we had. We had a good chance last, but then we obviously lost one of our drivers. I think now we have complete drivers, the car's good. We pushed the envelope without going crazy on certain things, it had to be within certain borders. So far we're pretty confident. We said at the beginning of the season that fourth place in the championship is what we're looking for and I think the package right now is probably able to deliver that, but the season's just started. It feels quite OK right now.
Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
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