23 November 2012
Friday press conference - Brazilian GP - Pt.1
Not a huge change. Obviously as a facility it's only of benefit when the DRS is being used and next year there's also a move to DRS only being used in small areas during practice and qualifying, so there's a general move away from it anyway. It's always helpful, it would be foolish to say it's not been an advantage, but we've got other solutions in place for next year.
Change in the financial structure in that Mercedes have brought back a shareholding from Aabar. How much is that changing for you? How much does that mean things change for you?
No change for the team, quite frankly. I think it's part of a bigger disinvestment Aabar are making in the Daimler group and it wasn't logical for the Formula One team to stand out separately. So part of an overall strategy from Aabar. I think it demonstrates the commitment of Daimler to F1. So for our team it makes very little difference, but it gives us reassurance and confirmation of Daimler's commitment to F1.
For Stefano and Christian, basically similar questions. Stefano, first of all, preparations so far: has everything gone according to plan? I'm sure you had a strategy worked out, a plan worked out for this weekend.
First of all, last weekend was the birthday of Christian and this weekend is the birthday of Ross, so happy birthday Ross. We have to keep the tradition of that. We have done the job we were supposed to do today. We know that this weekend for us is a challenging weekend. We have to do the maximum on our side and that will not be enough if we want to win the Drivers' Championship. We need to go in the race, as I said, trying to be perfect on our side and then seeing what's going to happen. But that's the only thing we can do and we will do.
What's the mood like within the team?
The mood is that we have nothing to lose, because we are already behind. We need to go there with a rational approach, as I said, to try to be there, if some situation will arise, we need to be prepared to take them. This is really the spirit that is around the team at the moment.
And the weather forecast doesn't look very good. Does that work for you or against you?
I'll tell you later. Before, it's always difficult. It can be good in terms of mixing the cars but it depends on how intense the rain is, when it will come. It is another thing on the table that has to be used in the best way we can.
Christian, similar for you: preparations so far, how have they gone.
It's been a pretty normal Friday really. Track temperature has been very high today, so I'm sure that's been a challenge to some degree to each of the teams, but it's been a sensible Friday. We've worked through our programme with both cars and plenty of information to look at tonight. How relevant that will be, as Stefano has alluded to, with the rest of the weekend, we'll only see when we get up in the morning and particularly on Sunday morning. It's been very much a normal Friday for us.
And the mood within the team?
Fantastic. I mean, obviously, just having sealed a third consecutive Constructors' World Championship the mood in the team has never been as high. It's extremely focused; we're approaching this race just as we have the other 19 and you know for us it's a question of trying to extract the most out of ourselves, out of the cars, out of the drivers this weekend and we'll see where we are at the end of it. But certainly our approach to this race isn't any different to any of the previous 19.
And is the rain, is it a variable you could do without?
At the end of the day it's the same for everybody so whoever wins this championship is going to have to have mastered different conditions, different circuits, different challenges and we could well get another factor on Sunday. We take absolutely nothing for granted despite the fact we're coming here with a 13-point advantage. We know from our own experience how quickly that can change. We saw that in 2010 in Abu Dhabi when I think we were actually more than 13 points behind going into the race. So our focus is very much, as I say, going into this race to try and get the most out of it we can and when the chequered flag falls we'll know where we are.
Tagged as: Ferrari , Mclaren , Mercedes , Red Bull Racing , Christian Horner , Brawn , Whitmarsh , Horner , Martin Whitmarsh , Domenicali , Ross Brawn , Stefano Domenicali , press conference , Brazil , Interlagos
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