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Friday press conference - Japanese GP - Pt.2

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).

Questions from the floor

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta Dello Sport).
Martin, did you feel betrayed by Lewis' decision?

Martin Whitmarsh:

Q: (Sam Collins – Racecar Engineering)/
Question for Stefano, you mentioned there's been a correlation issue with your wind tunnel, how has that affect the development of this year's car so far?

Stefano Domenicali:
I think that… well, I'm sure that is happening also to other things. I've seen above all in the second part of the season when we were trying to bring new updates on the car, that not all the updates were working on the track. So, we start to investigate a little bit better and we've found that was this issue, that going into the deep analysis of the reason, we understood, we considered it was coming from the tool that is… not obsolete but not really up to the speed of the new technologies that are available on the market. So, that was the reason why we are thinking to do that, to make sure that at the least the percentage of the things that we bring at the track is higher than what we have now.

Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters).
Monisha, you have three or four Mexican sponsors, without Sergio can you keep them? What's the prospect for next season?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Well, to start with, the prospect for next season is good. We are very confident we will be around, for hopefully more years. As for the sponsors, we know that Telmex, that is Mr [Carlos] Slim Domit has also publically stated that his project with Sauber, regarding the Escuderia Telmex, is a long-term project, so it will not be affected by Sergio's leaving the team.

Q: (Alan Baldwin – Reuters)
Are the other sponsors linked to that project, or are they separate with Sergio?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
It's a natural link there, obviously, because they are from the same country, but it is not just all that simple that because one driver leaves us all these sponsors will leave. It doesn't necessarily have to mean that.

Q: (Thibaut Villemant – Auto Hendo).
Question to Monisha, we saw that you wanted to try Robin Frijns for the rookie test – can you confirm the information?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
We have not as yet announced our drivers for the Young Driver days – we will also do that very shortly.

Q: (Gary Meenaghan – The National).
Martin, yesterday when we sat here, Lewis joked to Sergio that he knows exactly what's going on with Sergio's car for next year. To what extent is that true, and how much of a concern is it for McLaren?

Martin Whitmarsh:
No, I think Lewis has been part of the team for a long time, I think he knows the people and what we're trying to do but I don't think there's any great secrets in that, so I don't think it's a concern. I think if I was pursuing intellectual property from other teams, I'd probably go for engineers not drivers. But I think again, Lewis is respectful of the team and what it's doing, and I think he knows we're doing to do everything we can in the remaining six races to try and win, and try and win some championships and I think the best way to do that is to work together, be open and carry on as you ordinarily would.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta Dello Sport).
Stefano, Fernando has said in the last few races that he's waiting for Ferrari to counter-attack and not always be on the defensive. Looking also at the problem you have with wind tunnel, how can you guarantee that you're going to be able to give him the things he needs to attack and not always defend and wait for what the others are doing? Is there a plan with that? Have you discussed it?

Stefano Domenicali:
The plan is to try to push as much as we can, bring new developments every race but it isn't easy. So the guarantee is the effect on the effort on the team to work very hard. More than that is just pure words, and that doesn't help the situation. So, for sure, I think the situation in the championship is very clear: if you are not able to improve the car then it is more difficult to fight for the championship because we cannot rely on the problem of the others. That's the fact but it doesn't mean that we will not push as hard as possible. But is a consideration that we cannot rely only on being third, fourth, whatever it is, we need to make sure that at least we win a race and then we will see what will be the situation with the others.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters).

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05.10.2012- Press conference, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
05.10.2012- Free Practice 2, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Chief Executive Officer, Sauber F1 Team
05.10.2012- Press conference, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
05.10.2012- Press conference, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
05.10.2012- Free Practice 2, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
05.10.2012- Press conference, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
05.10.2012- Press conference, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal

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