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Friday press conference - India GP - Pt.2

(Ubaid Parkar – F1Pulse) Martin and Stefano, considering that there aren't a lot of regulation changes next year, are you worried that Red Bull's recent form means that you might be chasing Red Bull again next year?

Martin Whitmarsh:
The fact is that you go into every year with high expectations. I think everyone works hard to improve the car. Red Bull's a very strong team, Ferrari's a strong team, the three teams behind will all be competing next year so if you're wise you go into every year worried about the eleven other competitors. You never know what they're going to spring, you don't know how good a job they've done. Sometimes you don't know how bad a job you've done yourself, so that's the exciting thing about Formula One. Everyone goes off the radar screen. We don't get pace information for a period of time. We all work hard to develop a new car. As I say, during the winter you start to grow confident about what you've done but you've got to be mindful of the fact that there are eleven good teams working hard to beat you.

Stefano Domenicali:
Well, on my side, with regard to next year, I would say that the situation could be more or less the same as this year. While everyone is trying to catch up the target that in terms of pure performance at the moment Red Bull have set, even in previous years, in my view, 2014 will be a re-set where there is a chance, where once again the field will be split into separate sections because it's a totally new (set of) regulations, it's a totally new power train, so I'm expecting that will be a year when we can see some incredible or interesting big surprises, or we can see the risk of having to field in one group because of this technical challenge that is huge. There's not a lot of time, because of course all the teams will try to push hard in 2013 and then at a certain moment they will need to decide what to do for the year after and bear in mind that this year, I would say, most of the development that you can bring to the next year's car, for 2014, you have to forget it and make sure that you have a good project that has to start from a white sheet of paper and you have no reference with the other competitors so it will be a big question whether... I'm sure that the first day of testing in 2014 will be quite a challenge and quite interesting for all of us.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
Stefano, I heard your answer earlier regarding having the Italian flag on the car but are you not courting political controversy by displaying such an emblem, bearing in mind that the FIA's statutes states no team or entity within Formula One is allowed to make political standpoint?

Stefano Domenicali:
I think that if you look at what is written in the press conference (release) it is not really what you are saying. I think that you have to refer to that, to be honest, and look what is written exactly, and the reason why we put that on. There's not any political intention or discussion in that. If you look at that, that's really what is written.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
I have read it, and obviously you're making a point regarding the two sailors that are in dispute with...

Stefano Domenicali:
No, no, that's not true.

Q: (Ian Parkes - Press Association).
It's on the website. I've read what's on the website. You're saying that it's for the two sailors.

Stefano Domenicali:
It's not true, to be honest, what you're saying.

Q: (Dhruv Behl – Auto X).
Just a generic question to the entire panel: what is India like in year two, compared to last year? So far, how has the weekend been?

Christian Horner:
I think it's fantastic...

Martin Whitmarsh:
Ladies first.

Christian Horner:
No, absolutely, you're quite right, Martin.

Monisha Kaltenborn:
Go ahead, no go ahead. I could be slightly biased on that.

Christian Horner:
I do apologise. No, it's fantastic to be back here. It's a great track, it's truly impressive what you've done here in India and I think that the race was tremendously well received last year. I think the circuit has a great blend of fast corners, slow corners, long straights, so it's a pleasure to be back here and it's great to see the evolution that's happened during the last twelve months with what's happened in and around the circuit.

Stefano Domenicali:
Absolutely. I totally agree.

Monisha Kaltenborn:
I fully agree with that. I think last year was really a fantastic event here and the FIA also awarded the promotor here with a special award for promotors at the end of the year. People were welcomed here with a lot of warmth. It's difficult to really top that but to keep that and still get away with all the hiccups that we had in the first year is a great achievement.

Eric Boullier:
Obviously I agree. I just say that when I arrived yesterday the first comment from my team was - as you will see - a lot of details and attention has been done to the track and it's much much nicer and better. That's really proved the commitment of the promotor and the country which is good.

Cyril Abiteboul:
Clearly some additional work has been done between the two years. Last year it was quite challenging work to be done, to deliver on time, which was the case, it was a good race, won by a Renault engine, so a good memory there. This year, we haven't had much time to enjoy the country because we are in the middle of a battle to try and recover our tenth place. We would love to do that in India, obviously, it's going to be challenging so if we could get a little bit of help from the weather, some rain, maybe that would help us in trying to get an abnormal race. Other than that, it's great to be in a part of the world which is important for all the sponsors, all the car makers which are basically starting to appear here. It's good to be here.

Martin Whitmarsh:



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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