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Malaysian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2

A question for Riad. Are you expecting any repercussions from either the governing body or the legal system regarding the court case with Force India, given that the judge found… I've got a couple of comments and I read through the judgement last night, that your team did actually copy bits of Force India's intellectual property and that parts found their way onto your car?

Riad Asmat:
I've got no comment on that but I think the judge has already given his judgement. If anything were to happen, I can't say for FIA or Force India or whoever it is, if anything happens they'll inform us. But I'm quite clear in terms of where we are with our positioning and we're fine.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
Christian, I just wondered if you'd managed to speak to Charlie (Whiting) since I spoke to you this morning?

Christian Horner:

Q: So you've still got no clarification yet on the Mercedes rear wing?

Christian Horner:
I haven't personally spoken to him. I think there has been a bit of debate obviously about the Mercedes rear wing and you know, assuming the car has passed scrutineering, at the moment you have to assume that the FIA are happy with the configuration that the Mercedes car's in.

Q: So is that the end of the matter for yourself then?

Christian Horner:
Probably not. I think the biggest thing for all of us - I'm not the only one - I think there are probably other gentlemen that are keen for clarity going forward. Is it something that's accepted as a clever interpretation, and hats off to Mercedes if it is, or is it something that you know isn't permissible moving forward. I think that's the most important thing to resolve and it would be nice to come out of this weekend with that clarity.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan - The National)
I've got a question for all six of you. Could each of you look at the role of the team principal at your particular team? Obviously some teams have a team principal that goes to every race and is very hands on and at other teams he's happy to let other members of the team do different jobs.

Monisha Kaltenborn:
In our team, Peter Sauber is the founder of the team, and the team's gone through a quite awkward time, especially since 2010. So I think it's been important for us that since he is the founder he stands for certain stability and continuity, which was important in the last two years. But everyone has seen that over these years he has started to step back a little. He doesn't particularly enjoy going to all the races, and it's of course up to him to whether he will want to change anything, but I guess it's important for us, because of our specific situation, that he is around.

Riad Asmat:
Well, I do have a team principal but he's sort of broken down all rules. Obviously I go to most of the races and I run hands-on with the team that I have and it seems to work. He does it with all his other entities and it seems to be working quite well.

Gerard Lopez:
In our case, Eric manages the team as a team principal should, as far as we're concerned, and also for the fact that unfortunately or fortunately, I have other things to do, so I can't devote my time to F1, as much as I probably sometimes would. He plays the role and acts as a team principal, which is the way we understand it.

Martin Whitmarsh:
I think in our team the team principal enjoys going to all the races. Whether the race team enjoy him going to all the races I don't know, but I go because I quite enjoy it. We like to think we're hands-on but I suspect they just humour us most of the time.

Stefano Domenicali:
Of course, it depends on different teams but on my side for sure I'm not really involved in the technical side of it, because I delegate these things to the people that should follow that. The team is an entity where there are a lot of things that have to go on in terms of organisation, in terms of sponsorship, in terms of commercial activity, in terms of administration, so it's really a company - because we are part of a group that is bigger - and that's the way it is. The best situation would be to have a team principal who is not coming to the races because it means that he really has a very very good number two that can delegate everything so that would be the ideal scenario for the future.

Christian Horner:

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