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Friday press conference - British GP - Pt.1

Well, the upgrade was a new sidepod and exhaust, so I think it's been a bit exaggerated how big the change really is. It's a fairly big visual change but a less big engineering change. I would regard it as part of the routine development. In terms of the performance it brings, well because it's a big cosmetic change everybody focuses on it. You could perhaps make a small change to a diffuser or a front wing endplate that might be just as big a performance difference but nobody will spot it. Well, the teams will spot it but the press won't so much let's say. The problem is this season it's difficult to see much form, as much as we had a similar benefit or advantage in Bahrain as we had in Bahrain but then that can swing to the other way round at other circuits. It's a very difficult season to read so far.

Because the pace in Valencia was phenomenal. You were certainly going to win that race.

Adrian Newey:
Yes, we would have wont he race for sure, but that's the ifs and buts of motor racing.

James, just going back to the alternator. How was it you had a problem with one car and not the other?

James Allison:
I think it's probably just that the alternator was very near to the limit of what it could do. There's always a scattering components and one fell just the wrong side of the line. Rob's probably got more of an insight into that than I have but we weren't operating any differently.

Looking at Romain Grosjean: how has his performance changed so far. You've had nine races now with him so far, we're almost at mid-season. Have you seen him mature over the year?

James Allison:
I think he's gathered confidence as the season has gone on but if you go right back to the first running in pre-season he was quite quick right from the off. He probably took a couple of long runs in pre-season to get a handle on how to look after the tyres over a stint, but he's been pretty useful right from the outset. He's just had a bit of misfortune at the starts in a few races. But that seems to be going more his way now. He's very pleased with how his season is going and we're pleased for him and with him.

Related Pictures

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22.06.2012- Free Practice 2, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.05.2012- Free Practice 1, Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari
13.04.2012 - James Allison (GBR) Lotus

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