28 June 2013
British Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2
Friday FIA press conference from Silverstone with Graeme Lowdon, Eric Boullier, Christian Horner, Ross Brawn and Martin Whitmarsh
Team representatives: Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Eric Boullier (Lotus), Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing), Ross Brawn (Mercedes) and Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Ian Parkes – PA).
Question to Christian and Eric: if you two guys are squaring up to a tussle over Kimi Raikkonen, with the exception of money – bearing in mind he's already quite a wealthy guy – what do you think will be the attraction to either a) bring him to your team, Christian? or b) keep him at your team, Eric?
At the end of the day I guess it's going to be the equipment at their disposal. They're going to want to drive – any driver, any competitive driver – is going to want to be in the most competitive environment that he can be in. I guess that's the same for Kimi as it would be for any driver. But let's just be clear here, we're not just looking at Kimi Räikkönen, we have Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne who are true contenders for that seat. We just need to take a bit of time to look at all of the options available to us.
I think the environment he has with us obviously suits him. I think he told this many times. As Christian says, he's a driver, a competitor, so he can see every year we keep improving the team performance and obviously we expect to keep going in this way and match at least Christian's team's performance as soon as possible. So, being part of the environment you can like and build around yourself is one of the nicest challenges for a driver.
Q: (Luc Domenjoz – Le Matin).
For Christian Horner. We heard what you say about Kimi Räikkönen and the two Toro Rosso drivers but what about Sébastien Buemi? We understand he makes a valuable job as a third driver but would you consider him for next year and if so what are his chances?
Sébastien has made a great contribution this year as third driver and doing development work in the simulator. He had a great run at Le Mans last weekend which was super to see – but he's not a contender for a race seat at Red Bull Racing. He's an important member of the team but our choice is more focussed on the current, active Formula One drivers.
Q: (Luke Smith – NBC Sports).
Question for Christian: are you looking for a driver to simply accommodate Sebastian Vettel or someone who can actively challenge and rival him?
We want the best driver that we can possibly get. Sebastian wants to be challenged, wants to be pushed and from our perspective there are two championships. There's a Drivers' World Championship and a Constructors' World Championship and you don't win a Constructors' Championship with one driver. So, from our perspective, we want to field the most competitive line-up that we can and do our very best to support both drivers as we always have done.
Q: (Bob McKenzie – Daily Express).
Sorry, this question comes up occasionally so you've probably got the stock answers but what do you think it does for the image of Formula One – particularly here, at the biggest Friday crowd anywhere in the world – to have them sitting around for ninety minutes watching virtually nothing? It just doesn't look good, does it?
Tagged as: Mclaren , Silverstone , Mercedes , Red Bull Racing , Christian Horner , Brawn , Whitmarsh , Horner , Martin Whitmarsh , Ross Brawn , press conference , Lotus , Eric Boullier , marussia , Boullier
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