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Friday press conference - Italian GP - Pt.1

Team representatives: Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Pat Fry (Ferrari), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber)

Q:
Franz, a new technical director. One has departed and a new one has arrived. First of all, can you explain what happened with Giorgio?

Franz Tost:
First of all I want to thank Giorgio Ascanelli. He did a very good job over the last six years, when he was with us because we must not forget that he had to build up infrastructure at Toro Rosso. When he started there were around 20 engineers and today there are around five times the number. He did a really great job. We were quite successful. As you know in 2008 we won the first grand prix with Sebastian Vettel, therefore thank you very much for this. Now times have changed, we are looking forward to a new challenge and therefore James Key is on board with us.

Q:
So, what can you hope for from James in the short term with this year's car and in the longer term with next year's car, which presumably has already been started?

Franz Tost:
First of all, this year's car, we've arrived into September where we can't expect so many changes. I think we will come up with some upgrades for the rest of the season, but there were planned and in project already before James joined us. But he is now very much involved in the design of the new car, which already started around two months. But nevertheless he will have hopefully a lot of influence over next year's car.

Q:
Presumably you're very encouraged to see what's happening with Sauber, which was James' last car?

Franz Tost:
Sauber is doing very well. The car is very fast and hopefully he will do a similar good job, as he did at Sauber.

Q:
And the same engine of course?

Franz Tost:
Exactly.

Q:
Pat, first of all, tell us about Alonso's problems today?

Pat Fry:
Well, this morning, obviously, he had an issue, which stopped us running a little bit early. This afternoon has been a bit of a messy afternoon for us. We had a problem with a brake system and finally a gearbox problem stopped us running right at the end. Fortunately, we managed to do all the long-run work with Felipe. We didn't get the entire programme done with Fernando, but we answered the questions we needed to ask.

Q:
Was that quite a high mileage engine? And what about the gearbox, do you get a penalty for that?

Pat Fry:
Gearboxes are free on Friday obviously and the engine was obviously a Friday engine at high mileage.

Q:
In terms of the performance this year, you've turned round a car that was not particularly competitive at the beginning of the season, particularly around Barcelona and the Mugello test. What did you do then and what can you do now? Was it modifications or was it set-up changes.

Pat Fry:
Mainly modifications to the aero package. I think we made a reasonable step forward in Barcelona and we made another reasonable step forward in Canada. I mean, every race we bring new parts but I think those are the two steps that I suppose stand out when you look at the performance of all the teams. But I think we've still got a long way to go to be happy with our performance level.

Q:
And the aero package here: how is that working?

Pat Fry:
Yeah, everything seems to be behaving sensibly. It's a little bit of an extreme circuit here and I'm sure there will be different downforce level choices with people and it should make for an entertaining race anyway.

Q:
Eric, we've seen Romain Grosjean here. Presumably you've had quite a chat with him. What has he said and what have you said to him since last weekend?

Eric Boullier:



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