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German GP – Friday press conference – Pt.2

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Mark Smith (Caterham), John Booth (Marussia), Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Norbert Haug (Mercedes), Peter Sauber (Sauber)
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR

Q: (Edd Straw - Autosport)
Franz, we understand that Giorgio Ascanelli is out of the team or should we say on his way out of the team, and is certainly no longer in active service. Can you confirm exactly what his status is and what the reasons are behind this move, please?

Franz Tost:
I can only tell you that Giorgio Ascanelli is on holiday and there's confidentiality between the two parties. That's all that I can say to this.

Q: (Edd Straw - Autosport)
Can you just, in general terms, make any comment as to whether it's sensible to let your technical director be on holiday during a Grand Prix? Obviously we can read into this the fact that there is something clearly going on.

Franz Tost:
Sorry. I've said everything.

Q: (Sonya Kreye - Speed News)
Norbert, the season is wide open - this is a more general question - is this for you more enjoyable or does it put stress on you?

Norbert Haug:
Well, I would say it's positive pressure and you grade your pressure inside the team. None of the guys you see here on the podium doesn't like to be in the best possible position, and the best possible position is ultimately P1, but you need to work very hard. This is a very very competitive environment. We've seen very very good races this year. We've seen surprising results. We saw guys winning who nobody probably thought would win, so it's very good for the spectator. I think we have seven or eight teams that are in a position to clinch podium positions and as far as I can remember, that was never the case in Formula One. All the teams of course want to finally dominate. This is the plan but first of all you have to score points, then podiums then race wins, and it's a very very good mixture for the spectator this year and yes, it is demanding but I think we all do what our destiny is, what we want to do and we are not forced to do this but we enjoy it; not every second, not if you have bad results, if you do not achieve what you wanted to achieve, but this is part of the game. Even more, you can enjoy the good part of it if you really got on the podium, if you get a race win, if you get a feeling like China, with Nico, that's fantastic. I'm sure Peter can describe his feelings from Malaysia, fighting for victory which was a deserved result and a very positive surprise.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
To the four team principals: during the Silverstone weekend, an article was published in The Daily Mail in London in which Mr Ecclestone was quoted that commercially the Concorde Agreement was all agreed, saying that the commercial terms for the replacement of the present Concorde had been agreed with everybody. Could you four team principals confirm that you have actually signed a document with Mr Ecclestone, which forms part of the replacement for the 2013 Concorde?

Franz Tost:
Toro Rosso signed a Concorde agreement.

Norbert Haug:
I'm not one of the four.

Peter Sauber:
I think... we have an agreement with Bernie, yes. We have signed an agreement with Bernie.

John Booth:
We haven't signed an agreement.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
Mr Haug, you may not be a team principal but you are here as a Mercedes Benz representative. To the best of your knowledge has Mercedes signed a document with Bernie.

Norbert Haug:
Well, I can only tell you that we are in constructive discussion still, so that implies that we didn't sign yet.

Q: (Matt Coch - pitpass.com)
In terms of younger drivers coming up, how actively do you look at the supporting categories and the feeder series and how much interest do you take and how active a part do you play?

Franz Tost:
From my side, I only look at Formula Three races, Formula Renault races, the two litre and 3.5 litre, GP3 and GP2 of course and to get an overview of skilled drivers, because, as you know, Toro Rosso is a team which is responsible to Red Bull to provide good, young, skilled drivers.

Norbert Haug:
Well, I'm looking at it, traditionally, as much as I have time. I'm following it as well as I can, if I'm not busy.

Peter Sauber:


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