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Malaysian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2

Or it would suggest that we're structured in a different way, as a single entity as a race team, and I think that there are things that, when FOTA was first created, did that: clear and tangible restrictions in personnel, restrictions in the amount of engines, restrictions in the amount of gearboxes, restrictions in the amount of testing that has been permitted. All things that you can see policed and genuinely save costs and we think they're the type of things that should be focused on rather than apportionment of people's time and equivalence which is, in any formula, in any mechanism, is fraught with problems and difficulties. I think it was well intended at the time but I think - as with all these things - when you drill into the detail, it's something much harder to police, especially when there are companies or teams which are subsidiaries of other organisations. So for us we would prefer to keep it simple and go on tangible, measurable items.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association)
Following that up with Martin and Stefano, can you appreciate what Christian is saying?

Martin Whitmarsh:
I think the challenge of controlling costs in F1 is something that we've all had a go at and if you can do it by a simple singular number that you can count, see, feel, touch then it's quite a nice simple thing to do. So I can relate to everything that Christian has said. We've done some of those things, we need to do more, and I think you've to carry on. The fact is at the moment we in this room all know that there are F1 teams that are struggling to survive which tells us that we're not doing enough and that's why we've got to keep pushing.

Stefano Domenicali:
What I can add is that for sure that is something that we were discussing. We said - well, we were putting on the table certain conditions for us to be considered part of the general picture, because as we said, this could be a fragment of what is really controlled through the sporting and technical regulations, because that, at the end of the day, is the biggest thing that you can consider tangible and you can see would be some effort in saving money, so I think that overall this is the target we should aim at and I would say that if I have to look at Ferrari's interests, thank God that our financial situation is really good in terms of general financial position for the future. But we know that the situation of F1 is not so stable. We know that there are a lot of struggles around so we need to put aside our self-interest a little bit, to make sure that we can look ahead in order to make sure that we are a lot competing in F1, because this is a very critical period, where everyone is smiling but we know that it's very tough.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz - ESPN Brazil)
So back to Ferrari's situation; Stefano, you just said that you know what the Ferrari's problems are, but at the same time, you've brought different chassis and a new car for Felipe…

Stefano Domenicali:
No, I didn't say that. I said that in order to make Felipe comfortable in this particular moment, we took different parts of what we have, and so we changed to the spare chassis for Felipe and we changed all the pieces, in order to make sure there was nothing wrong with the car that he used in Melbourne. And with regard to the problems; we know what are the problems and we now we need to tackle them and make sure that these problems that are fundamental, I would say level priority two, will be solved, as quickly as possible, as I said.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz - ESPN Brazil)
Could you clarify what these problems are, because you bring in another chassis which delivers another message.

Stefano Domenicali:
No, no, the chassis is a part of the car. The problems with the car are what I said on Sunday evening after the race in Melbourne, so maybe traction in slow speed corners and speed. These are the two fundamental issues which need to solve.

Q: (Ralf Bach - R&B)
To all you six; I have learned that the problem of the Mercedes F-duct is that it's not that it breaks any regulation but it was only that Ross Brawn, as chief of the technical working group, had more or less broken a gentlemen's agreement. My question is, how can you break a gentlemen's agreement? I think you need gentlemen in F1 for this.

Stefano Domenicali:

Martin Whitmarsh:
Next question.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
Christian, back to the letter: does it worry you that ten people had actually left the two Red Bull teams off the list of invitees, and secondly, being one who has never really been slow at coming forward, did you not consider getting a copy of the letter and seeing if you would like to append your signature?

Christian Horner:
Maybe it will be printed on the internet, you never know. Maybe you've got a copy that I can look at later, Dieter. As I've said, cost control is something that is important, it's something that Red Bull fully supports but we don't agree with the current RRA. Within the RRA you've got restricted and non-restricted areas. How on earth can KERS be non-restricted, a gearbox be non-restricted? So open resources and spend allowed on those areas. So that's why we think a more workable solution… and indeed, we've sat down and tried, certainly prior to Christmas, and I don't think our teams are so different in structure that we can't find a solution and hopefully, with some productive discussion, moving forward, a solution can be found, to make F1 cost control for the top teams, but also, importantly, as Martin says, make it affordable for the teams in the middle of the grid and at the back of the grid. The cost to be competitive in F1 at present is too high. I don't think anybody will dispute that. The debate is how we achieve it.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
Did you not try and get yourself a copy of the letter?

Christian Horner:
If I don't agree with the content of the letter then why do I need a copy? Thank you.

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Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
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