F1 » 7 June 2013
Friday press conference - Canadian GP
I think – as you say quite rightly – there's been some discussions about testing for next year which will certainly be beneficial for whoever the tyre supplier is in the future but it's structuring that testing to make sure there is a good commitment to the tyre supplier, to get a proportion of that testing and that is quite a difficult thing to do. If there's eight days or ten days of testing, how much of that is available to a tyre supplier, because they need testing, they need to feed off something, so I think that's a point that needs addressing.
Well, I think even as a smaller team per se we are not against testing because it does have a lot of benefits and looking at next year with a new engine coming up, if you look at young drivers, you can give them mileage there or for suppliers when they need to test, so as such it's nothing we're against but for us, it's all linked with the cost, so our ideal would be that if you try to link this to overall cost saving, so you find some other areas where you can bring the cost down, which again brings up discussions about a cost cap or so, that you can do anything within that, that's something we would be looking for but as such we wouldn't really be against testing.
Q: (Paolo Ianieri – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
Ross, should Mercedes be found guilty, do you think that your position would be weakened because there are rumours that you might be the sacrificial lamb of this situation and that in this case you might have to leave the team or have a different future?
I think there's been some rumours before and nothing's happened. I think we should say let's wait and see what the Tribunal find and then we can go from there. It was my decision to do the test so that's a fact and let's see what occurs at Tribunal and we go from there.
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
Ross, I have two questions for you: first, I was wondering if you could explain why you chose to use your race drivers rather than your test driver in the car, given that it was a test? And secondly, one of the rumours that we have heard going round is that you're in position of an e-mail from Charlie Whiting confirming that you did have permission to do the test. Could you confirm whether or not that e-mail exists?
The e-mail, I don't want to comment on any matters of that sort that relate to what's going to come through in the Tribunal. In terms of running the race drivers, in any form of testing, apart from the young drivers' test, there's no control or limitation on the type of driver you have in the car, so it was natural for us to use the drivers we have. We wanted the most representative conditions we could for the Pirelli test, it was as simple as that.
Q: (Daniel Ortelli - AFP).
Ross, you said the test was your decision. Was it connected in any way to the fact that you were disappointed by the result of the race on the previous Sunday, or was it related to the fact you had a guarantee it was tyres for 2014, or both? Was that part of your decision-making?
I can certainly say that the decision was based in no way on the track performance that we had. I think everyone in Formula One is concerned about some of the delamination that we've seen, so I think that's a worthy objective. Certainly nothing to do with the performance of the car, because nothing was aimed at addressing that.
Q: (Ralf Bach – Der Spiegel).
Ross, did you inform Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff before the test?
That's not something I want to comment on. I'm sorry to keep repeating this, but you'll get all the facts when we get to the Tribunal.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Ross, I just wanted to know how you're feeling generally. You've been accused of being underhand, you've been accused of a lack of transparency. Do you feel saddened, frustrated – cornered, even – by all these accusations and by what's happened?
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