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Friday press conference - India GP - Pt.2

Friday FIA press conference from India with Eric Boullier, Monisha Kaltenborn, Cyril Abiteboul, Martin Whitmarsh, Christian Horner and Stefano Domenicali

Team representatives: Eric Boullier (Lotus), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) and Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari).


Questions from the floor


Q: (Sruthijith Kurupichankandy – The Economic Times).
Question for the gentleman from Ferrari. Is it common for your team to use your car to make political statements – and if not, why did you decide to make an exception in India?

Stefano Domenicali:
Well in that respect I understand what you are saying. There was a press release that was done two days ago, so if you want any clarification of that, our press office is absolutely very pleased to answer to your question. But y'know, if you look behind in the past we've done a lot of initiatives but y'know, there's nothing that I want to into very specifically because it's not really the place where I should do it.

Q: (Ajit Devadason – SIFY.com).
Question to Monisha. Sauber have traditionally had a tendency to attract excellent talent, groom them and then pass them on to the big teams. Do you plan to change that?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Well passing them on was not really our strategy, it just happened. So I wouldn't really agree on that and say that we need to change anything on that. It's true that historically we have been attracting young talent and it appears to be that we can provide them the right kind of platform that they can show their talent. Of course in the last case now we would have also liked to continue with Sergio but he's going to fantastic team, one of the more successful teams in Formula One and for us it shows that we can still provide that kind of environment to a young driver to show his talent. And how we can change? Simply by ourselves being more competitive.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
Christian, it's an open secret that you're in a slightly different position to the other teams when it comes to your stance on the Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA). Could you explain to what extent that's made your negotiating or bargaining position a bit more difficult when it comes to the general discussions, the entry, the costs, the potential tax, the new working group, all of that?

Christian Horner:
I think that they are two separate things. The resource restriction, the concept of the resource restriction was to - and still is to - reduce costs in Formula One, the costs to compete in Formula One, and that's something that we're not opposed to. We are fully in favour of costs being controlled in the sport, we just disagree with the mechanism, at the moment, how they are presented to control those costs and our concern is that different entities, different organisations are treated differently in what is proposed so far. It doesn't include the engine, for example, so there's freedom to spend, at the moment, on the engine, particularly the new power train in 2014. But I think that what has come out of the discussions recently - and with the formation of a new Concorde Agreement, it gives the opportunity to sit down with our colleagues and hopefully agree a strategy on what does work and what does control costs, for the larger teams as well as the smaller teams, for the future, that is sustainable, that includes all aspects of the operation of a Formula One team, because currently, as proposed, the RRA doesn't deal with so many aspects, whether it be KERS, for example, whether it be exhausts, whether it be drivers, whether it be other aspects of spend and cost drivers in Formula One. So hopefully there will be that opportunity over the coming weeks and we remain committed to ensuring that there is a workable solution that's transparent, that's fair, that's balanced for all the participants.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
Do you feel isolated?

Christian Horner:
I don't think we find ourselves isolated. We elected to leave FOTA just over 12 months ago so we haven't sat in FOTA meetings. We attend all the technical working groups, we attend all the sporting working groups with the parties that matter, we're present in all discussions.

Q: (Daksh Panwar – The Indian Express).
Stefano, the Indian government has criticised the decision to the put the flag (of the Italian navy) on the car. So given that that has created controversy, will you review it for Sunday's race?

Stefano Domenicali:




Related Pictures

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05.10.2012- Press conference, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
12.10.2012-  Free Practice 2, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
07.09.2012- Press conference, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), Chief Executive Officer, Sauber F1 Team
20.04.2012- Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Lotus F1 Team
07.09.2012- Free Practice 1, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director

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