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Friday press conference - India GP - Pt.2

Honestly, as I said, I don't think this is a matter for this press conference to discuss this subject, to be honest. And as I said, if you have any questions or doubt about it, we have our press office available to you.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters).
Stefano, question about your car: Nick Tombazis said a few things before the weekend about the wind tunnel and updates not working as they are supposed to in the last couple of races. Are you confident on today's evidence that you've got to the bottom of the problem there?

Stefano Domenicali:
Well, it's difficult to say. For sure, being a pragmatic guy, we need to make sure that with the little of what we expect, today we will analyse the data. It is difficult to see, for example, FP1; the track was changing every lap so we need to take that into the analysis that the engineers are going to do now but for sure, the elements that will make the difference really, up to now, up to the end, if we would like to bring new updates on the car, we need to make sure that they are delivering what we are expecting, saying without doing, but making sure that this will deliver the objective that theoretically we would like to bring and this is a fundamental element that also relates to the fact that we need to work very hard to make sure that the problems that we had this year, mainly at the beginning of the season, will not happen again at the beginning of next season, so it's quite long work that we are doing at home to make sure that we will improve that situation.

Q: (Luigi Perna – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Stefano, about the new elements on the car; what worked and what didn't?

Stefano Domenicali:
I don't know! We will see when it counts. Today is too early to say. The people will have done a good job if the car has improved in performance relative to our main competitors. If that is not happening, of course that means we haven't done a good job. But it's too early to say.

Q: (Kate Walker - Girl Racer).
Question for the back row, please: I understand you might not want to confirm any of your decisions regarding who you might have selected for your drivers for next year, but will you be confirming your line-ups before the end of the season or during the winter?

Eric Boullier:
Before the end of the season.

Monisha Kaltenborn:
We as well.

Cyril Abiteboul:
Same thing.

Q: (Shreyas Sharma - Mail Today).
To all of the teams; last year we saw that the tyre wear at the circuit was an issue. On the evidence of today do you think that has improved; whoever wants to answer that question?

Stefano Domenicali:
I believe that last year...

Christian Horner:
Ladies first!

Stefano Domenicali:
Ah sorry, for sure! Last year was a completely new track, for sure the asphalt was in its first year of life so I'm sure that this year the situation with the tyres if you compare to last year is different. And looking at the runs of today, it seems that the tyres are more stable than what we saw last year, but that is my feeling after the end of the first day of practice.

Q: (Alan Baldwin - Reuters).
Monisha, Kamui was saying yesterday that he's trying to find extra sponsorship and he's busy working hard in Japan trying to find some backing. To what extent does his financial situation and backing influence the decision on whether he stays or not?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Regarding Kamui, we've always said that we know his strengths, his qualities as a driver and these kind of aspects have not played any role in it. If you look back, even when we took him up, also then people criticised us for that decision, and everyone knew that he doesn't have any sponsorship package so nothing has changed on that.

Q: (Vanessa Ruiz - ESPN Radio).
So, Monisha, does the fact that he's looking for a sponsor mean that he's leaving Sauber?

Monisha Kaltenborn:
I don't know. I think you have to ask him that. We've not had any talk like that and, as I said, we are generally also looking at him, talking to him and I think we know him quite well by now, to know what we have if we keep him on.


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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