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Friday press conference - Spanish GP - Pt.2

Friday FIA press conference from Spain with Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Mike Coughlan (Williams), Mark Smith (Caterham), Andrew Green (Force India), Nikolas Tombazis (Ferrari) and Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing).
Team representatives: Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Mike Coughlan (Williams), Mark Smith (Caterham), Andrew Green (Force India), Nikolas Tombazis (Ferrari) and Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing).

Questions from the floor

(Dan Knutson – Auto Action and National Speedsport News).
All of you have upgrades here; could you tell us what the new parts are on your car and please be specific?

Mike Coughlan:
New front wing, some forward floor changes, but that's it.

Dave Greenwood:
New front wing, new floor, new suspension parts on the front suspension, so not just aerodynamic. Reasonably comprehensive I would say.

Mark Smith:
Front and rear wing, floor, some bodywork parts.

Nikolas Tombazis:
Sorry, but I think I will be a spoilsport and won't specify. You can look at the photos.

Adrian Newey:
I think it's a bit of an unreasonable question really. It's all part of the sport isn't it, to find out what we've done?

But presumably there have been plenty of boxes arriving overnight from England.

Adrian Newey:
Well, we've got to keep the boys in sandwiches.

Andrew Green:
Bit of everything, really: aerodynamic and mechanical.

Is it as significant an update package here at Barcelona as it has been in the past? Is it one of the most important milestones?

Andrew Green:
Not as big as it has been, but it's still significant, yeah.

Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Tombazis, the upgrades that you brought here, are they working reasonably well and do you think they are going to help you to try to catch pole position tomorrow?

Nikolas Tombazis:
As I said before, because it was raining in the morning, we haven't had the opportunity to do all the back to backs as we would have liked. It's quite difficult to get good answers on a Friday even if it's not raining because of the tyres and the various other things one has to do on a Friday. So we were are still analysing and it's an on-going process. I would say that some things are working, some things are not but we will have to also re-test some things at the next race, before we decide properly.

Fernando was saying that qualifying pace was something that he wanted more of from the Ferrari. Did you set that as a first order priority for this upgrade?

Nikolas Tombazis:
Yes, I think it's quite clear we want to improve there, but obviously if we improve there we don't want to give away some of our race pace so the race pace is still more important in some ways for the end result but sometimes when we start further back it makes things a lot more difficult, so yes, qualifying is a priority.

Q: (Mike Doodson – Auto Action).
From time to time, the idea of having a point for pole position comes up. I understand the idea has been discussed recently and rejected. Without putting all of you to any trouble, could I ask perhaps Nick and Adrian if they are first in favour of that or why was the idea rejected?

Adrian Newey:
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't aware that it had been discussed again lately. Certainly, when I was in IndyCars, and that was the standard procedure it always seemed to me to be a good thing. It gives a little bit more emphasis to qualifying, bit more to the show if you like and qualifying's all part of the TV spectacle. It seemed like a little extra bonus at the end and seemed sensible. That's my personal opinion.

Nikolas Tombazis:

Related Pictures

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26.10.2012- Free Practice 2, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
26.10.2012- Free Practice 1, Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
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