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Thursday press conference - Monaco GP - Pt.2

No, I think the team pressure is something that is really in the media rather than a reality. I think that if you're a tyre maker and the mode of failure this year is more dramatic because the tyres aren't deflating they're actually cutting into what we have now is a high tensile steel belt, that creates an opening that overheats and then creates what you've seen with the delamination. That's something that's not very good from a tyre maker's point of view and we wish to get rid of so we need to do it for good reason. I think every team would agree with that. So you've got to try and do it, though, with a minimum amount of change because there's a number of teams that have taken an approach this year that's different. They decided early on what the challenges of the tyres would be this year and quite rightly they're saying okay, change but don't make it so dramatic, so that's the situation we're in and we're closer to finalising the changes for Canada and that should be the end of it.

Q: (Dieter Rencken - The Citizen).
Alain, when we spoke a year ago here you said that what ultimately pushed your team, Prost Grand Prix, out of business was the engine costs. We've heard quite a few people here talk about engine costs next year. Renault, in particular has come out and said that their price will be between 20 and 25 million which is a 250 percent increase over the current price. What do you say to that? Is there a chance, do you think that teams could go out of business because of engine prices next year?

Alain Prost:
It is a problem, it's first of all part of negotiation and the price you've said is much higher than it is in reality, but again, I'm not the one negotiating. Your reference with my team is obviously a good reference. I was paying 28 million dollars for the Ferrari engine in the first year and I was supposed to give 32 million the year after. I had to pay this money but I had to give a guarantee and pay almost cash before. That was in September, October or November, I don't know. Why I say that because it's always a way of trying to get the best for the general interest and we will see what is going to happen in negotiation but also you need to know that the budget of Renault Sport F1 is 150 million euros per year, and you can imagine... if you just make a very quick calculation about the price you can imagine divided by four teams, for example, and you will realise that Renault is paying a big contribution.

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