7 June 2013
Friday press conference - Canadian GP
I won't pretend it's very pleasant at the moment. Again, I'm confident that once we get to the Tribunal the facts will become apparent, and you'll be able to make a better judgement. We're trying to focus on the racing. We had a great result in Monaco; a little frustrated that we lost second place with Lewis, as it would have been an even better result, and we've got a race here to focus on. We're going to try and stay aligned with the things we enjoy, like the racing, and we'll try and keep that in the distance. It's not very pleasant, but that's motor racing. I've been in it a long time, and I've been through these periods before.
Q: (JC Coté – TSN 9.90 in Montreal).
Ross, has it been difficult keeping the team and everybody focused on this weekend and last weekend in Monaco given everything that's going on around the circumstances of this test?
You try and bear the load as best you can for the team to make sure that they don't become distracted. There are one or two people in the team – apart from myself – who are involved in this, in terms of preparing now for the Tribunal. But we're making sure that everybody is else is left alone to get on and do the best job they can at the race weekend. You can't deny that it's a distraction, but we'll manage it as best we can. Ninety-nine percent of our people are focused on trying to do the best job they can over the race weekend, and there's one percent of people – including me – that's got to deal with the after-effects of the Pirelli test.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
To the four excluding Ross, please: Formula One is entering virgin territory with this Tribunal, we've never been there before. I believe the process allows interested parties or affected parties to make representations. Will any of the four of you make a representation in the Tribunal at all? In other words, providing your own evidence or input?
As you know, at the beginning of this process we were involved; first they wanted to understand the situation so we presented our documentation. The case has been closed on our side, so we added already our comments.
Obviously it is a new process but again we've been asked questions by the FIA, as have others. I think it's an information-gathering exercise so that the panel of judges can make an informed decision. I think that over the coming days obviously further information may possibly be required. It is a new process, so I think the most important thing is that it's dealt with quickly and we achieve clarity in terms of what's possible moving forward. Are we allowed to test out 2014 engine from our third-party supplier next week? There's certain things that need clarification.
We've responded to the questions from the FIA, but we don't intend to make separate representation in the hearing.
We'll be there!
Of course, apologies. Monisha?
Like the other teams we received questions which we answered. At the moment we don't plan to submit anything on our own to the judicial body, but if the judges want further information we'll comply.
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