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Friday press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.1

For 2012, obviously we turn our attention to the next six races and helping out teams to do the best they can. Trying to consolidate John's team's situation in 10th place in the Constructors' (Championship). As you've probably read they've re-signed and partnered with us for 2013 when they'll use a KERS-enabled package, which we hope will bring yet another step up in pace for them. We're very excited about that. And we're still in negotiation with HRT.

Q:
And in terms of 2014, new engine; what are the plans?

Kim Spearman:
Love to do it. If we can find a commercially sustainable way to provide a competitive platform for some potential customers, we'd like to do that. We are in useful negotiations with customers and hopefully we'll find a way to be in. We've been in business for 54 years, much of it in Formula One. We've got passionate people back at Cosworth who want to stay in Formula One and we'd like to get there.

Q:
Has anything started on paper?

Kim Spearman:
Oh yes. We've been working on the engine for 18 months.

Q:
Martin, very interesting, your driver line-up for next year; they're two drivers who are known to be very easy on tyres. What effect will that have on the team and the car?

Martin Whitmarsh:
I don't think it will have a distinct effect. I just think we will be working hard to make the car as quick as we can and of course as kind to the tyres as we can. It's not easy but obviously if you have a well-balanced car with plenty of downforce then typically they're kinder on the tyres but I don't think the drive line-up will influence that, we'll be doing the best job we can in that regard.

Q:
Drivers always say they're always learning. Where is Sergio Pérez on that learning curve, in comparison with Lewis Hamilton?

Martin Whitmarsh:
In fact, Sergio's about the same age now as Lewis was when he started in Formula One, so he's some way further down the learning curve, which of course makes it intriguing and exciting to see what we can do and how he can develop. So I think it's going to be a very interesting spring as we work together, and of course the goal is to have him in a condition where he can go into that first race with the potential to win it.

Q:
Do you think it weakens the team at all in comparison with the current situation?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Well, I think the current driver line-up is a very strong driver line-up and we'll see next year just how strong Sergio can be and we'll whether it's weakened us or not. But I think whatever happens, we've got a super experienced guy in Jenson and we've got an exciting, fresh young talent in Sergio so we're looking forward to it.

Q:
Stefano, you've already denied that you're going to tell us who you're drivers are going to be next year, so a very easy question for you: do you know who's going to drive for you next year?

Stefano Domenicali:
I should.

Q:
You should know? Do you?

Stefano Domenicali:
I think to go ahead with this kind of speculation I don't think it's so relevant or interesting. As we said: very soon we will tell you what is the situation and up until the moment I have news on that I will stay quiet. Also because I would start to be very boring in giving the same answer to the same question.

Q:
In terms of the wind tunnel, interesting news there. What can be done to the wind tunnel in the short term? Is there a problem with it, do you think? What is the problem with the wind tunnel at the moment?

Stefano Domenicali:
I think for sure our structure is not the best one in that respect, it is quite old, so as always – and I think it's happened to all of us – for sure in different situations, we're trying to improve the quality of the tools that we have. And this is something that we are trying to do mainly to improve the correlation issue that we had and this is the plan: that we should be able to do in the next season.

Q:
So, when will it be open again?

Stefano Domenicali:




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