27 July 2012
Hungarian GP - Friday press conference - Pt.2
Very interesting question. It's definitely a conflict of interest; this is why, at the beginning of the year - actually last year already - I have refrained from interfering in any kind of negotiations or discussions between the team and Valtteri's management group, so my role is a pure financial investor behind Valtteri. He's managed by Didier Coton who is doing the day-to-day job and we're having - to use banking language - Chinese walls. Emotionally, of course, I saw Valtteri for the first time in Formula Renault 2000 here at the Hungaroring in 2008 so he's a boy I have followed for quite a long time and he's a friend, as is Pastor, and as is Bruno. Luckily I'm a shareholder in the team and I have a five percent commission on Valtteri's contract so I think that shows how the balance would go if it was only about the economics. So the point is that it's very clear that the team is going to take decisions on the best package of driver and hopefully it's all going in a direction that we can have the quickest in the car.
Q: (Christian Nimmervoll - Motorsport - Total.com)
Following up on Dieter's question regarding the deadline, does that mean that the entries were rejected or what's been the formal answer from the FIA?
The FIA has asked us to re-submit our entries at a later date.
Q: (Joe Saward - Grand Prix Special)
Toto, in your new position, obviously there's more responsibility on a day-to-day basis. Does that mean we're going to see you moving to England and going into the office every day and taking over Adam (Parr's) chair?
Yeah, that has been quite an issue actually, to discuss that. We have been negotiating on how many days per week I have to spend in England, but it's very easy. I like England a lot, staying in Oxford which keeps me young, it's a student city. I must be careful now about putting myself in shit! Obviously my wife is Scottish so she enjoys being there as well. The answer is yes, I'm going to spend more days at the factory and I enjoy it, it's what I want to do now.
Q: (Michael Schmidt - Auto, Motor und Sport)
Toto, as Remy Taffin was explaining, there are many mapping possibilities in the Renault shop which you could take. Why didn't you take the one which Red Bull has chosen in Germany, because it looks like it's a quite interesting one?
First of all, flattening out torque curves is something that every team looks at, obviously, and the reason why we have not been taking up that solution is because we didn't make it work as Red Bull have. We have no coanda exhaust and this is why it's not as beneficial for us as maybe for others.
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