12 October 2012
Korean GP - Friday press conference - Pt.1
I think we can maintain and improve what the car is delivering at the moment for the next year. Clearly we follow the same concept in terms of developing the car, make a good basic of the car and try to improve the weakness of the last year's car, like we did this year. And try to do that in the most efficient way. It's what we try to do: to use as less resource as possible but for the maximum performance and be able then to develop the car during the season.
James, everyone's talking about the modifications here, and whether they're working or not. What the general viewpoint?
Reasonably happy with the way they're working. I think we're at the beginning of a relatively long road with them – they're not straightforward to make work perfectly first go out. But the numbers we're getting from them are good, so yeah, quite pleased.
Romain Grosjean yesterday said you know the weaknesses of this car. What are you able to do about them?
Same as anyone else – you just chip away at them. It's an annoying sport this: you can think you're making progress and then everyone else gives you a wake-up call. But we've got a good team back at the factory and a good team here at the track. We just keeping working away at the things that aren't so good and try to make the things that are good even better. It's always the same job.
Paddy, five races to go and according to the FIA sheet you've used all eight engines. Is that a concern?
No, not at all. We're working exactly to the plan we set out at the beginning of the year. I think, like all the teams, we deploy our engines in what we consider the optimal pattern across the different races. Some circuits are better for power than others, so we happen to have used engine number eight where we thought it was best. Other teams have different solutions. But there's no concern at all, it's all to plan.
You seem to have had a few reliability issues of late. Would that be fair to say?
It hasn't been what we'd like. I think if you look on a historical level it hasn't been that bad but they all came in a bit of a bundle through Italy and Singapore. Very unfortunate for us but actually overall, looking at the season, it hasn't been so terrible.
Adrian, Japan looked so good, is that representative of the circuits for the rest of the season would you say?
It's very difficult to tell, I think. We've seen swings from race to race, team to team all through the year. That's been one of the hallmarks of the year. You've only got to look at Mercedes performance in China, which looked so dominant, yet they've been less dominant on other races. So I wouldn't like to predict anything on the basis of one race.
Here there are so many different characteristics of this circuit. You look good in the third sector. Is that a sector you concentrate on? Do you concentrate on one sector of a circuit?
No. It's a tale of two tracks here in as much as the first is very long straights. Engine power is important. And then you've got the rest of the lap, which is quite twiddly, so you can get quite big swings between the various sectors.
If I can come back to David Greenwood: the same question for you about eight engines, with Charles Pic. Is that a concern for you?
Yes, I would say so. At the minute that is a concern on where we are with the engines.
So it's not tactical?
Perhaps not in our case.
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