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Bahrain GP - Friday press conference - Pt. 2

We need to be positive in life. It seems that we are looking for something to happen and this is what we don't want, as I said. This is really the objective that all of us here in the paddock should have, to be honest.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen)
The stock answer that keeps coming back when we ask about this race is that 'it's on the calendar.' There is a sporting commission, there is a technical commission, there's also a calendar commission. Now the first two actually go through the F1 Commission and then onto the World Motor Sport Council. The calendar doesn't. Do you people believe that there is a need for the teams – for the F1 commission, certainly – to have some input and to ratify calendars?

Christian Horner:
I think that's a position for the promoter and the FIA at the end of the day. When we enter a championship at the beginning of the year a calendar is published and you have the choice whether to enter or not. It's something that historically has always been the same and it's down to the promoter and then the governing body that's responsible for the safety of the drivers, the safety of the spectators and the teams to decide where those venues are.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen)
The question was, would you like to have input into it, as opposed to the procedure – I know the procedure?

Stefano Domenicali:
Normally it's not like that, to be honest. If we have to race over 17 Grands Prix, we need to have the organiser and the F1 has to have clearance from the teams so the discussion happens and this is related to the opportunity that they have. Then of course, the responsibility of other subjects is related to the national sporting authority, so the federation and the organiser, but that's the way it is at the moment.

Eric Boullier:
And if I may add something, we still have the opportunity to discuss with the governing body and the promoters about some adjustment in the calendar, not the location but maybe sometimes for logistical reasons we have some input.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen)
Effectively, what we're then saying is that the teams are also responsible for the shape of the calendar the way it is at the moment, including the Bahrain race.

Martin Whitmarsh:
Well, you're saying it, we're not. Sorry, I thought you said 'effectively you're saying it' but I don't think we're saying that at all. The commercial rights holder and the FIA agree the calendar together. I think you know that and so do we, so I don't know why we're having this discussion really.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen)
But if it goes beyond 17, you have input.

Martin Whitmarsh:
In theory we do, but as you know, the commercial rights holder… he has to get the races into the calendar and typically we're not consulted individually on each race.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer)
The Sunni/Shi'a schism is a conflict that dates back over a millennia; how do you feel about being used as political tools in this game?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Listen, I tell you, we're at the start of a fantastic World Championship. There have been three outstanding races and there's a great championship ahead of us. We've had three different winners, it's been a fantastic start to the championship and I think we can have a fantastic race here on Sunday. I don't think that going into what's happened over the last millennia or the politics around the world is something that most of us here are equipped to comment on.

Q: (Daniel Ortelli - Agence France Presse)

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