20 April 2012
Bahrain GP - Friday press conference - Pt. 2
Friday's FIA press conference from the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, attended by Bob Fernley (Force India), Stefano Domenicali, Eric Boullier, Martin Whitmarsh, Norbert Haug and Christian Horner.
Team Representatives: Bob Fernley (Force India), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull).
Questions From The Floor
Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer)
I have question for Norbert: Reuters reported yesterday that Aabar are considering a complete withdrawal of their Daimler stake, could you please comment on that, let us know what you know?
I just hear the speculation and read the speculation. Nothing more.
There's no discussion in Stuttgart?
Nothing more to say, no.
Q: (Simon Cass – Daily Mail)
Probably a question for all of you gentlemen. The thing that seems to be said is that politics and sport don't mix but even by some of your answers that you gave previously, it's quite obvious that they do. Given that, wouldn't it have been better to try to wait another year for Bahrain to progress a little further before coming back to have a race here?
Martin, as the spokesman of FOTA?
I didn't know I was the spokesman. I think, again, the calendar has been set for some time, we are the competitors, it's a race in the calendar, we are here to race. Period.
Does anyone have more to add to that? Christian? Norbert? No.
Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer)
Since arriving I've been contacted by a number of Bahrainis who are actually supportive of the race, have you and any of your team members found similar contact from the citizens of Bahrain?
I think there is a lot of support for the race from all parts of society here, so I think that's positive. Clearly often the majority aren't heard on these occasions but I think there's a fair amount of support, you can feel it here. I understand they've sold out the grandstand so presumably that's a tangible sign of support.
I think the guys here have been very welcoming. They look after the teams very well and hopefully we can put on a good show on Sunday. I think at the end of the day it's a sport, we're a sporting team competing in a sport that competes at 20 venues around the world. We'll do our best as we do in all of those other events to do the best job we can on Sunday.
Q: (Edd Straw – Autosport)
Christian, Stefano and Martin, as the representatives of the top three teams last year, setting aside the safety of F1 personnel, if there is any bloodshed or injury or worse this weekend, among protestors, that are clearly aimed at having an anti-F1 element, should F1 be held responsible in any way, is F1's presence here acting as a trigger?
I don't think we're going to comment on that. We are here to take part in a race. I think we've made our position clear. So unless anyone else wants to add anything, I think we are here to race.
I echo Martin's comments.
Tagged as: FIA , Ferrari , Mclaren , practice , Mercedes , Red Bull Racing , Christian Horner , Martin Whitmarsh , Norbert Haug , Stefano Domenicali , press conference , Bahrain , Force India F1 , Sakhir , Lotus
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