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Hungarian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.1

Well, it's certainly difficult now that we don't test. If you bring a whole package of upgrades to the car, on Friday morning P1 typically we have our only test session and if it's wet then it rather handicaps that test. It's been difficult. I think we've made some progress and we will continue to do so. We had a reasonably big package of upgrades in Germany and we have a few bits and pieces here as well. You'll do what you can. We've had a remarkable run of run of rain in the practice sessions so far this year. It would be nice to get some steady, dry conditions where the engineers can work more easily. But it's the same for everyone. Everyone, to varying degrees, is trying to develop and improve the car and that's part of the challenge. Sometimes you've got a great data set and you can go forward with confidence and other times you have to make a decision on a limited data set and in some ways that's more interesting. The engineers don't like it but it's more interesting when you have to take a bit of a flyer.

Q:
You must have been really pleased with the way those worked in Germany for Button particularly in the race but obviously Lewis a little bit as well and Lewis fastest in both sessions today?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Yeah, you're not pleased until you're scoring maximum points. I think we've made some progress. But this year has been a very difficult to predict championship, it's been tyre dominated. Those who work the tyres… you can work very hard on your car but if you can't turn the tyres on then you're in trouble. We've seen that a few times on our car – too often – and we've seen it on a few other cars. That's a great challenge for everyone. I think it's going to be a very exciting championship. You've got to say Fernando and Ferrari have done a great job to be where they are, but there are still 430 on the board, to be taken, and I'm sure ourselves, Red Bull, all these teams here will be trying our best to pull back that advantage.

Q:
Jenson's had a bit of a difficult time recently – you must have been really pleased with the way he bounced back in Germany?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Yes, of course. If you are a racing driver and a racing driver in a team like McLaren or Ferrari, you're going to come under quite a lot of scrutiny. It's very different, you can turn up as a rookie in some other teams and there's pressure because you're in Formula One but I think if you're in McLaren, whoever you are, same if you're in Ferrari, year in, year out, if you're not qualifying on the front two rows of the grid then there's quite a large enquiry afterwards and all sorts of pressure ensues. I think Jenson hasn't lost his skills, he's had one great win this year, he's very, very fit and very, very committed and I was delighted for him that he's back on form and I'm sure he'll be strong this weekend.

Q:
Toto, first of all, you have a new position within the Williams team, what does that involve?

Toto Wolff:
Formally, I have a new title. Actually the position is not quite new, I have been doing the same job for a couple of months already after Adam's departure. It involves basically helping Frank in the daily job running the team.

Q:
You're an investor in the team as well as holding this new position. Where do you see the team in five years' time? What's your plan to take it forward?

Toto Wolff:
My approach, kind of changed. I was an investor before, which is the easier part – you can criticise and stick your nose in everywhere. Now formally I'm an official employee of the company – at least I work for the company – so I have to deliver as well, I'm part of the team. Where do I see the team? When I joined in 2009 I gave myself a five year period to progress. Now this is a random period, it just sounded OK for me. We have won a race this year, which came quite early, maybe earlier than expected, but I think the team is on-track technically and on- track setting all the other commercial departments as well.

Q:
And to have this commitment, you must have a vision for the sport as a whole as well. How do you see the sport progressing?

Toto Wolff:
The sport, Formula One, is still the biggest or largest global sports platform in the world and it's growing, it growing healthy and successfully. Obviously you can always try to change and optimise things but it's a fantastic platform worldwide and this was the basic concept behind getting involved in a Formula One team.

Q:
Luis, the team seems to have made some improvements – how do you see that progress?

Luis Perez-Sala:
We are quite happy, I am quite pleased because the start of the season was very, very difficult; to have the car ready was almost a goal. And then, from the first race where we did not qualify, we have been improving the team. We have new headquarters since April 1st in Madrid. The race team is already working on, I will say, getting used to the races and we still need to grow the team on the design and the aero side.

Q:
How is that expansion coming on from the team point of view? And also, from an economic point of view how easy is it to expand the team in that area?

Luis Perez-Sala:




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