F1 » 5 October 2012
Friday press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.1
Friday FIA press conference from Suzuka with John Booth, Monisha Kaltenborn, Kim Spearman, Martin Whitmarsh, Stefano Domenicali and Ross Brawn
Team representatives: John Booth (Marussia), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Kim Spearman (Cosworth), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari) and Ross Brawn (Mercedes).
John, the excellent result from Singapore means the team is currently 10th in the Constructors' Championship? What does that mean to a team, its people and what does in mean in terms of finance as well?
As far as the finance is concerned it's a little unclear at the moment as the Concorde expires at the end of the year so we don't really know where we are with that at the moment. But certainly it was a great lift for the whole team. There are only 12 places there and 10th place takes some earning. These Formula One cars just don't break down anymore. You have to earn every position. We had a small celebration afterwards, as you do, but we do realise that we still have a mountain to climb. It's a small step. It's the right direction but it's not where we want to be; we want to be a bit further.
You've recently announced Max Chilton as your third or reserve driver. What are your plans for him and what are your plans for Charles Pic, who has done a good job for the team this year?
We're in discussions with Charles. He's done an outstanding job, as you say. He's had a wonderful rookie year. We're in talks with his management and we'd love to keep him for 2013. He's done a great job, particularly in getting quite close to Timo in race situations; I think he's done a really good job there. Max is part of our young driver programme and has been for a couple of years. He's part of the natural progression and maybe we'll give him a Friday morning before the end of the year.
Monisha, first of all, you've lost Sergio but is Esteban Gutierrez almost an instant replacement for him?
Well, as we've been saying before, we will announce our driver line-up for next year in due course and we're not in a hurry in doing that.
We will do the same!
We still have to sort things out. Regarding Esteban, he's been with the team a long time, and this goes back to Formula BMW times, and whatever we do with him, and he's been our reserve and test driver for the past two years, is something totally independent from Sergio's leaving and we don't really want to mix them together. We'll announce whatever we have to in due course.
In terms of performances over the last few races, they've been a bit up and down but there have been some very promising performances as well. Is there a certain frustration within the team that those performances haven't led to the results they should have?
Of course there is, because we have been seeing that the car is a very competitive car and when you don't get the results you expect because of situations which you have no chance to change, you're just in there without any fault of your own, it is a bit frustrating but more important is that we still continue to believe in this car, which is also the basis for next year's car. So we just take it race by race and we hope it will turn out better next time.
Kim, can you tell us where Cosworth is at the moment, in terms of 2012 and 2013?
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