2 November 2012
Abu Dhabi GP - Friday press conference
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Andrew Green (Force India), Antonio Cuquerella (HRT), Rémi Taffin (Renault Sport F1), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Pat Fry (Ferrari)
A question to you all about engines at this stage. It gets towards the sharp engine of the season and people are running out of mileage on their engines. Perhaps you could give us an update on how you are with engines at this stage?
We're completely to plan. As we worked it out from race one, so no issues for us at the moment.
Yes, same for us. We're going to start this race, both cars with the last engine and it's all according to plan as we planned in the winter.
Yes, exactly the same really. It's going to plan. I think we have one engine left to play but touch wood it should be fine.
As with everyone else, you manage it through the whole season. So you're making adjustments and corrections as you go through the year and we're OK.
Remi, your teams?
Let's say since last race we're on plan. We've obviously had up and downs during the year but we're all fine. We also have some engines left obviously for six of our eight drivers, one left, which we should use for this weekend. So it will be up to eight this weekend for all our customers and we should be OK for the rest of the year. Obviously we have to manage the mileage on Fridays but yeah, we're on target.
Andrew, first of all, Force India seems to be fairly comfortable in the midfield but what does it take to get the team towards the sharper end of the championship?
Quite simple: you've got to out-develop the guys in front of you.
Is that money? Is that personnel?
It's everything. But ultimately you need the money to invest in the team, in the hardware and in the people and ultimately that will increase your rate of development. That's what you need to do, that's what we would need to do if we were to start to target these guys in front of me [Fry, Brawn]. It's something we've discussed with the shareholders at great length, telling us where they want to be, what they want to do. There's more discussions happening very shortly and hopefully we'll be able to announce something in near future.
Have you still got developments coming this year or are you working one hundred per cent on the new car now?
Oh, we've been on the new car for several months now. There's been no development on this car since the shutdown effectively.
Antonio, can you give us an update on how the team is developing in Madrid, in terms of staffing etc.,
Yeah. As you know we've done a big change this year, moving everything, everybody's under the same roof now and we got our DO [design office] as it started from the summer and now our department is moving from Germany to Spain. We are recruiting, we are doing a lot of interviews and we are recruiting at a high rate of people. But still we are the smallest team, there's no need to hide that. It's a long way for us to get into the midfield, or let's say the average size of team. But we are growing fast.
In terms of development of the car for next year, is it going to be essentially the same car?
Oh no. It's not going to be the same car. It's going to have... all the cars they have a lot of common parts that carry over from one to the other but of course it's going to be completely new in many areas: suspension, aerodynamics and many areas. Of course some parts of the transmission are parts we are going to keep them but I would say all the parts that are lap time-relevant are going to be improved or replaced.
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