F1 » 14 March 2013
Thursday press conference – Australian GP - Pt.2
I don't think so. I think you always want to start from the front. There's the odd example here or there where people maybe had a bit of a benefit putting on that extra set at the end of the race but on average I think if you can chose, you go for the front (of the grid).
Same for you Daniel?
Yeah, I'd like to! I'd like to. Obviously if I was in the position to do that as well I would definitely go for starting at the front. Starting in the mid-pack and taking that risk to save tyres is obviously putting yourself in a bit more of a tight situation potentially on the first lap with more cars around. The thing is, if you're able to fight for the front row you go for it, that's the logical one for me.
Q: (Gary Meenaghan – The National).
Is there such a thing as an ideal size of field; we've lost a team, obviously, over the break? Are we now the ideal size, should it be higher, less?
I think that's a nice number; twenty is probably getting a bit low so between 26 and 20 is a nice little number. More than 26 is probably too much on some tracks – Monte Carlo, whatever – in qualifying. I think that's a good number, certainly in a nice window but that level of numbers – I think what's important is the level of the teams, that's the thing we've got to keep an eye on, keep the level of the teams at a high level in Formula One, not to have cars on the grid that are properly not at the level, so we just need to keep an eye on that in the future.
Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo).
Start with me, finish with me: Sebastian and Mark, the new test for the front wing and forbidden to use DRS on many parts of the circuit; how do these changes affect your team particularly?
Look, we've had a lot of different front wing regulations in the last few years. It's normal in Formula One that we have to adjust technically around new rule changes, sometimes within the season itself, not just at the start of the season: January, February. We obviously make the car fit within those regulations and we will have to adjust the car around the findings of how that front wing will form in those new regulations, so that's fine. In terms of the DRS, it's not a big thing for us. I think that we have been OK in qualifying in the past, also quite strong in races so the effect of the DRS, the delta of the DRS, all those type of things which is not something that we're having a huge eye on, we're not disappointed that the DRS is less in qualifying. For example, Sebastian and I are very happy; we pushed quite hard to have DRS dropped down in terms of volume on Saturday afternoon so we're quite relaxed with that one.
I think most of the changes to the front wing came in trying to stop us so something that we maybe did better or that the others couldn't do and then there's just one more thing, so it's not a new situation.
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