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Hungarian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Andrew Green (Force India), Rémi Taffin (Renault Sport), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Toto Wolff (Williams), Luiz Pérez Sala (HRT)


Q: (Heinz Pruller - Honorary)
Toto, we know you were a great racing driver yourself. Is there any plan for you to drive the Formula One Williams for fun, off-season or somewhen?

Toto Wolff:
As you know, I was more ambitious than talented and there is no ambition to drive a Formula One car because it would just look ridiculous, I think.

Q: (Heinz Pruller - Honorary)
Because Walter Wolf, who once bought the Williams team, he tried himself and it was a kind of a disaster.

Q: (Heinz Pruller - Honorary)
Martin, we know you wanted to become an aeronautist once, a while ago. Now we have an Austrian guy, Felix Baumgartner who wants to break the (extreme sky diving) world record. Have you heard about him?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Yes. Firstly, it was a long time ago that I was involved in aeronautics. I think they've moved on since the bi-plane! I think any challenge that you set yourself in sports, in technology, I think are always exciting. I think anyone who is brave enough to try and do these things are often considered nutty by many but I think that that's the sort of thing that drives humans on, that feeling of endeavour and that passion to try and do something that's not been done before.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
Luis, in the previous press conference in Hockenheim, Norbert Haug and John Booth admitted that their teams hadn't yet signed any form of Concorde or commercial agreement for 2013 onwards. Where does your team stand in that regard at the moment?

Luis Perez-Sala:
We have not already signed anything.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen)
Remi, as you said earlier on, you supply four teams with engines, yet only one was called in by the stewards last Sunday. This sort of implies that the other three were left out of the gizmo, if I can call it that. What is your customer policy regarding these sort of devices or technical developments?

Rémi Taffin:
I think we can make this simple. We've got our engine with this map in a certain way. We've got an area in which to play which we call the ballpark and each of our four teams is able to chose between these things so they are free to play with our engine as they wish, let's say, and that's the way they do and they did, so maybe that's why we got one team that has gone to that in Hockenheim and there could have been another one one race after.

Q: (Joe Saward - GP Special)
You're all movers and shakers to a certain extent in Formula One, but all of you have to answer to bosses. Can you explain how frustrating that is sometimes when you're there running racing teams and you have to answer to people who perhaps don't have as good a grasp as you do?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Well, certainly my chairman has a phenomenal grasp of this sport. He's been around in it for a while. I have to report to the board from time to time but I don't find it frustrating. I think it's good. If your owners don't have any interest, initially that's fun but it becomes a bit disheartening if they don't have a passion to speak their mind and express an opinion. We don't always agree with them but that's part of the fun.

Toto Wolff:

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