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Friday press conference - Malaysian GP - Pt.2

Friday FIA press conference from Sepang, Malaysia with Bob Bell, Cyril Abiteboul, Robert Fearnley, Sam Michael, James Allison and Pat Fry

Team representatives: Bob Bell (Mercedes), Cyril Abiteboul (Caterham), Robert Fearnley (Force India), Sam Michael (McLaren), James Allison (Lotus) and Pat Fry (Ferrari).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
To the two engineers plus anyone else if you'd like to contribute: last week we had qualifying delayed and then run on Sunday. We've had races red-flagged here and postponed - it's been happening more and more recently. Is there any way the sport can put together regulations where we can minimise the number of either red flags or postponements to give the fans what they really come here to see and pay for?

Pat Fry:
I think that with the conditions you sometimes get here, there's so much rain, it would just be impossible to run so I think we can try and make the cars safer to run and I think we have but purely down to the... is there a tyre good enough for the conditions... there was a downpour in 2009, wasn't it... you're never going to make something that can survive that kind of situation.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
Sorry, I'm talking generally, not just about here, because we've had it in Canada and all over the place. So I'm saying should we not be looking at a committee to investigate some way of overcoming this, not necessarily just here in Malaysia?

Pat Fry:
I just think that for me, personally, I just think it's a very difficult thing to overcome. With that much water, it's not safe to run. Whether the FIA want to get a committee together to try and understand and see if it is possible to run in that, that's entirely up to them.

James Allison:
I haven't got a lot to add. You know, you've seen it. The spray becomes impenetrable very quickly and the cars start to aquaplane. You could do something about the aquaplaning to an extent, with a different set of tyres, but the spray would still be an issue and there would still come a point where the aquaplaning would dominate, especially at places like this so I don't think technically there is much of a solution. We just have to wait for when there are conditions that a car can run.

Bob Fearnley:
Not unless anybody's got a quick connection to the man upstairs, no.

Bob Bell:
No, I don't think I can add anything to that. I think the teams are genuinely busy enough trying to design the car to meet the existing regulations. I'm sure the FIA have it within their power to investigate these things and see whether something could be done but as far as the teams are concerned, we've just got to get on and do the best job we can within the regulations as they currently stand.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).
Mr Fearnley, over the last few races – last season, we saw it last week as well – you guys seem to have made a deliberate decision on the pit wall to split your strategies and do almost opposite things with your two drivers. Is this a lack of confidence in your strategic decisions, or is it something more deliberate?

Bob Fearnley:
I don't think it's a lack of confidence. I think I would have thought that Melbourne was obvious, that you've got one driver that's qualified on a supersoft and then you'd be the first of the contenders running on the medium. I didn't think there was anything risky in that at all.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer).

Related Pictures

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21.03.2013- James Allison (GBR) Lotus F1 Team Technical Director
Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Caterham F1 Team Principal. 01.03.2013.
Sam Michael (AUS), McLaren
16.11.2012 - Free practice 2, Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari
20.09.2012 - Pat Fry (GBR), Technical Director (Chassis), Scuderia Ferrari

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