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Friday press conference - Canadian GP

Question to everyone – probably – except Ross, who can of course add anything to it: how much of an advantage do you guys think such a test during the season – 1000km – is, and what is it in particular that you can learn from such a session?

Christian Horner:
I think that whenever you run the car… when you're not allowed to test, when you have limited mileage, when the rules are written as they are, when you run a current car of course… for the way that Formula One is, with the way that the amount of technology and with the amount of data analysis there is, you're always learning. Whether it be reliability, whether it be endurance, whether it be performance. So, of course… even if you're testing a component for a supplier, you're learning. I think Formula One has moved an awfully long way over the last few years to ensure fairness and equality to all of the entrants. I think that if a team does carry out 1000km of additional testing with a current car, you're going to learn something.

Martin, anything?

Martin Whitmarsh:
Nothing more to add.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Ross, part of the debate that's been going on about this test is whether Mercedes gained permission from the FIA as to whether you could run the current car. Are you in a position to state whether you have cast-iron proof from the FIA that will help your case going forward at the Tribunal?

Ross Brawn:
I think we wouldn't have done the Pirelli test unless we believed we could do the Pirelli test and I think when we get to the Tribunal, you'll have your answers.

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Action / National Speedsport News).
A question for all of you. If there is to be private testing in the future – I stress private, not secret – and even if it is with a two-year old car, would you like it to be announced so we all know about it beforehand?

Stefano Domenicali:
So far, without interpretation of the regulation, running with a 2011 car, or two years car, is not testing, as per the Sporting Regulations. So that is pretty clear from our point of view. On that respect, we believe, as you know, we are the ones that were pushing since the old ages, we believe that it is important to test. So therefore if, after this situation, we will be in a situation where we can test again, as we have discussed within the teams, as you know, it is, I think, fundamental and I think it's the right decision.


Christian Horner:
I think the lack of transparency is disappointing. That you get to learn these things second hand. I think it is important that there is transparency, of course. If a supplier has issues then it needs to obviously deal with them but when all entrants are supposedly equal, it's only right and proper that information is made transparently clear.


Martin Whitmarsh:
No, whatever testing happens there should be transparency and the rules should be clear to everyone.


Monisha Kaltenborn:
I agree with what's been said. If you look back at the time the testing was permitted, nobody used to make any big deal out of it: everyone knew that there were test teams out there and you were somewhere in Europe testing.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
Obviously the entire situation arose because of the regulations banning testing. Two days before the protest was lodged, I believe the big four teams met in Monaco with Mr Ecclestone to discuss testing next year, eight or nine days, I believe. How do you people see this working and then for Monisha, specifically, how will this impact on the smaller teams, should it be introduced? And also will this alleviate the Pirelli tyre test situation that they have at the moment?

Stefano Domenicali:
I think that there was this discussion between six teams in Monte Carlo, because as you know, basically, with nothing to hide, we were the ones that were promoting, in a way, to go back to testing because we feel it's important. And I have to say that we were discussing, we find the right balance between, let's say, the request from one side and the need to consider – what was on the table – considering also the issue that the small teams have always presented, and I believe that what was agreed and discussed was a fair, sensible balanced approach that now it's important that we go through and ratify in the new regulations because that's now the key point for the future. Now is the moment to ratify what we have discussed and what I believe is the right compromise for all the entrants in the championship now.

Ross Brawn:

Related Pictures

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20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team
06.06.2013- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
11.05.2013- Free Practice 3, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
26.05.2013- Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
16.03.2013- Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
12.04.2013- Press conference, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP

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