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Friday press conference - Chinese GP - Pt.2

I obviously can't comment on whoever Franz's supplier is but in our case, taken over a reasonable number of years, the costs will be no higher than existing costs so of course there will be a peak at the beginning because there's going to be a lot of activity but with the homologation procedures which are in place and it's our objective to bring the costs down, so I don't accept that the costs are going to be eighty to a hundred percent higher, not in our case anyway. We're doing the whole package with the drive train. It is a new project, I think F1 needs a new engine, I think we've all heard the stories that Honda are coming in and there are other people looking at joining F1. I think it's regenerated that area, which it needed. That's our position.

Claire Williams:
With respect to Dieter's question, Williams is an independent team so we're always in favour of cost controls in F1 but with regards to that letter, no, we don't have a comment. It's not appropriate to discuss that.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport)
Christian, today we saw Vettel didn't go so well, so brilliantly as the last two weekends. Do you think that's a factor of what happened recently? The second question, which is also for Ross, is about the soft tyre; Ferrari was very fast today on the soft tyre, do you think that they are serious candidates for pole and then starting in front, for leading the race?

Christian Horner:
First of all, your question regarding Sebastian. Both drivers were working to different programmes today. It's an opportunity for us on a Friday to explore different set-ups and developments so obviously the information will be looked at this evening and set-ups will either converge or diverge over this evening into tomorrow but it's certainly been a productive day.

As far as your question on the tyres; it looks like the softer of the two tyres is certainly quicker but not particularly durable and obviously it's a question of finding that balance between what's right for Saturday and grid position and what's right for the race on Sunday. Felipe Massa certainly looked quick today on the soft tyre, but again, we've seen so many times that Friday times are meaningless in many respects unless you understand the programmes that each of the teams has been running to.

Ross Brawn:
I'm presuming pole position will be set on the soft tyre, because it's over a second faster than the medium tyre but it has quite a short life, so you've got to work out your strategy over the whole weekend, from qualifying onwards and there may well be people who chose, in Q3, to conserve tyres or plan to start on the more durable tyre. But I think pole position will be set on the soft tyre because it's so much faster.

Q: (Kate Walker – Girl Racer)
Christian, you've spoken extensively about the history between your two drivers and the successes that you've had as a team. However, with his comments yesterday, what Sebastian appeared to make clear was that he feels that he trumps the team. F1 being both a team and a driver's sport, the drivers are still team employees; how do you intend to make him understand that his position is as your employee, not as somebody who has the right to decide whether or not to follow your orders?

Christian Horner:
Well, I don't think Sebastian for one moment thinks he runs the team, he knows what his job is, he knows what we employ him to do, he knows why we employ him to do it and he's been with Red Bull for a long time now, as a junior driver and as a F1 driver and now as a multiple World Champion. He recognises, more than anybody, the value that the team has behind the success that he's achieved in the car, and he knows that he can't operate without the team. So he doesn't put himself above the team or think that he's running the team for one moment. He's made a decision in a race as a hungry driver and obviously based that decision on all kinds of emotions at that point in time. I think that he's made his position clear, that he's apologised to the team, he's apologised to myself. It's happened and we move on but it doesn't change anything.

Q: (Chris Lines – AP)
We move on from here to Bahrain; there are still ongoing political and human rights issues there. Are you concerned at all about how this reflects upon F1 and how it reflects upon your sponsors?

Christian Horner:
I've got enough problems with my drivers, let alone Bahrain. We've got our own issues.

Franz Tost:
I don't see any problems going to Bahrain, like it was last year. I'm looking forward to going there. I think that it's very important to race over there. F1 is entertainment. We should not be involved in politics. We should go there, we should do our race, we should be concentrated there and the political side and political topics should be solved by someone else.

Q: (Trent Price – Richland F1)




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