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Friday press conference - British GP - Pt.2

Friday FIA press conference from Silverstone with Bob Fearnley, Rob White, Mark Gillan, Pat Fry, Adrian Newey and James Allison.

Team representatives: Bob Fearnley (Force India), Rob White (Renault Sport), Mark Gillan (Williams), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing) and James Allison (Lotus).


Questions from the floor.


Q: (Sam Collins – RaceCar Engineering).
I've mentioned this to one of you guys before this weekend already; at the moment the weight distribution of the cars is fixed in quite a small window. Is that something you'd like to see changed, going forward in 2013 into 2014 as well?

Adrian Newey:
First of all, it puts an emphasis on light drivers, which is, as long as we're in a situation where we don't have ballasted seats… for instance, with Mark Webber, we have a driver who's on the heavier end, compared to Sebastian. That means he has less freedom on weight distribution. The obvious solution to that would be that drivers have to carry ballast on the side of their seat but that's something that has been discussed and it hasn't happened so far. It really means that if you make the wrong move, you're locked into it for a while, so I don't have a firm opinion on this. It's one less variable in a way but on the same for everybody type basis, I'm not too worried about it, one way or the other.

James Allison:
I think the rules are the way they are because we, the teams, keep voting them that way, so we can't do much other than say 'well, that's what we asked for'. We've voted for this several years running now and each time we've done it, I think it's more or less been on the basis that Adrian just alluded to, that it's one fewer thing to worry about. You know if the weight's all in one little window that you're not going to get completely screwed by someone getting it right just by good fortune or by good judgement. So we keep voting for it, I guess, because it's a safer thing for an individual team to have.

Pat Fry:
It's just one less variable, isn't it? I don't mind if we've got it or not. It's just one thing less to worry about.

Mark Gillan:
It's obviously a relatively small window compared to historically what we've been able to do but as James said, we all voted for it and we continue to vote for it so everybody's got the same limitations.

Q: (Naoise Holohan – ManipeF1).
There was a big effort in this year's regulations to eliminate exhaust-blown diffusers, but I think it's pretty widely known that that technology has returned this year already. How big a development area is it compared to last year and are we heading for the same uncertainty as we had last year in terms of its legality or not?

Adrian Newey:
I don't think so. I think that the fact is that the cars have to have exhausts and they will always have an aerodynamic influence so what we are really talking about is is that a small aerodynamic influence or is it a very large one? Compared to last year, we have a fraction of the effect that we had so I think it's not an area of zero development, they still make a difference, but in terms of the gains we're able to make compared to what we had last year then it's a fraction, so I think it's a fairly sensible place to be perfectly honest.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
To Bob Fernley, as team principal, today you did very little running this morning in particular, certainly nothing in anger. I would assume that's because of the limitation of wet weather tyres for the weekend; you don't know how much running you'll do. If one looks at the cost that spectators have paid plus some of them spent five hours in traffic trying to get here, is it really fair on them and is there any solution that you can think of to improve the spectacle under such circumstances?

Bob Fernley:
Not really, Dieter. As a team, we obviously feel very, very guilty that we're not out there running for the spectators but on the other hand, we don't gain anything from it. With all due respect, even if we'd had the tyres we wouldn't have run, because the risk to reward is the wrong ratio for us, and it was more of a precautious programme than it is by taking unnecessary risks.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).



Related Pictures

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21.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari
13.04.2012 - James Allison (GBR) Lotus
23.03.2012- Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director

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