26 October 2012
Friday press conference - India GP - Pt.1
That was the target – to be top four this year. Top three would be the cherry on the top of the cake, but obviously it's tough to fight with the guys in front of us. But I'm quite happy… I should say actually very, very happy with how the team developed and worked this year. Obviously, we had a tough 2011. A lot happened last year which was not in our favour but this year we clearly pushed back and brought back the momentum for us. The team at Enstone and at the track here did an amazing job and both drivers did contribute a lot to the success this year with so many podiums. But yes, we all want more. Obviously being in the fight for the third place is nice. It's nice for the team. We obviously want to keep this momentum and keep pushing and take any opportunity. I think the session this afternoon, we had good pace on one lap and on high fuel, so I'm happy to be the headache of my colleagues.
Monisha, definitely the first lady of Formula One, and of course you've recently stepped up to be team principal of the Sauber team. Here you are at your home grand prix. How proud are you of getting that far?
I think for oneself it's a bit difficult to feel proud about that, I think that's for others to say, because I was given this opportunity and I was very happy to take it up. Not much has actually changed for me because I was anyway doing more stuff, for sure. It's just this little step to this title but now you really feel the entire responsibility on your shoulders.
Cyril, a new appointment for you, what exactly is your role, what is the hierarchy now at Caterham F1?
My main role is CEO of the F1 team. As you know Caterham is a large group with many different activities, so my focus is definitely on the Formula One team. As you can imagine, there's plenty to be done there. It's a position taking care of the day-to-day business, reporting to the shareholders so anything about that but no more and even my experience in the automotive industry, in the Formula One with Renault, over the past seven years had some things that is quite normal as an evolution but a great opportunity. The only thing that maybe is particular is that this is Formula One and one of the shareholders remains the team principal.
And is he the man you report to directly?
Obviously, the two shareholders and the rest of the Group.
Looking at the championship Martin, you're still there with a chance – it's not over until it's over. What are your feelings, what are the feelings within the team now as we tackle these last four races?
I think it's really business as usual. We have four races and we have to try to do the best job we can. We come to every grand prix seeking to win and we'll be doing nothing different in these last four races. It's an incredibly competitive season as we've had ups and downs, I think we've underperformed in the last couple of grands prix so that gives you a bit of pain but it also gives you some determination to do something better in the last four races. So, I think it's been an interesting season and there's no reason to suppose it's going to stop being one for a few races to come yet.
What's it going to be about, Christian and Stefano? Is it going to be about development of the cars? Is it going to be about the drivers themselves? Is it going to be about circuit suitability? Perhaps you can talk about your own feelings as we go into these last four races.
I think all of those factors are going to play an element. It's going to be about getting the most out of the next four weekends; it's going to be about being reliable; it's going to be about being quick; it's going to be about not making mistakes; optimising the package that you have throughout a grand prix weekend. It's set to be a fascinating run-in to the championship over the next four races. I think we're set for a real spectacle over the next four events. I'm sure it will go all the way down to the wire.
I agree with Christian. For sure at the end of the day being pragmatic it's important to do adding and summing up all of the points Christian was saying, not one point more than the other. So at the end of the day that is the situation that we have to face. And at the moment we are behind and we need to fight believing that it is possible because that's the spirit I want to see within the team. And when I speak about the team I speak about everyone but I'm sure that is really what I feel walking around the garage and also in Maranello. We know that is a very tough job but that is part of the game. If you think where we were the first day of testing, and where we are now after a lot of months, I think that we need to be in one sense not happy but on the other hand very proud of what we did – because the first day when we shake down the car in Jerez was very worrying. So, I just recall my guys, to make sure we keep the momentum with the positive attitude up until the end and then we will see. If, in this case Sebastian – or another one, because as we always say, up to the moment where the classification is finished, we need to respect everyone – will win, they will deserve it, and we need to make sure that we will congratulation with them. But up to that moment we will make sure we will fight with every resource we have up until the end.
Tagged as: FIA , Mclaren , Red Bull Racing , Christian Horner , Whitmarsh , Horner , Martin Whitmarsh , press conference , Sauber , Lotus , India , Eric Boullier , Kaltenborn , Boullier , Monisha Kaltenborn
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