5 July 2013
German Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2
No, it's not something we discussed with the drivers. They came back from the GPDA meeting and said that they'd made that decision. We respect that. Both of our drivers, and I'm sure the rest, are fully aware of the changes and investigations that Pirelli have done over the last four or five days. It has been a pretty monumental effort to get the tyres that they've got here. I fully appreciate that. Had a lot of conversations with Pirelli directly and we're happy with the direction and changes that they're making. Both of our drivers are fully aware of that and understand it. At the same time you can kind of understand their concern: they just don't want a repeat of the last race. So we respect them because of that.
Similar really to what Sam was saying. We went through all the technical changes that have been done and the operating limits that have been recommended by Pirelli and the drivers were pretty confident that things would be OK.
Q: (Pierre Van Vliet – F1i.com).
Question for Paul. I understand that on top of the young driver days in Silverstone, Pirelli is planning some more tests – a private test in Paul Ricard next week or Barcelona at the end of the month. Is that true – and which teams are going to be involved?
The young drivers' test, we're taking along some of the tyres that are going to… the structure of the tyre that will be used going forward this season. Five sets. The Paul Ricard and Barcelona tests are with the 2010 Renault and it's our own testing that's looking forward for a few things for next season. Obviously it's a little bit slow now compared to the way the cars are moving.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
Paul, your press release on Tuesday stated that there was no safety issue if the tyres were used as intended. You also clarified that turning them around... the effect of that, the lower pressures - all that's been corrected. As a result of that, on what basis have the specifications actually been changed on the grounds of safety, because that's the only way the rule change could be pushed through? Could you clarify that, please?
Well, you've seen at Silverstone a very dramatic increase in performance, compared to previous years and for some teams, they described it as a three fold increase in loading on the tyres, so going forward, you learn from those situations, obviously, and you want to give a greater margin, so it's purely that.
So it's a precautionary tactic, as it were, a precautionary measure that you need to take.
Well, yeah. The rate of development in F1 is vast. You've also got a moving target. You don't need two signals like that, do you?
Q: (Walter Koster – Saabrucker Zeitung).
Mr Hembery, after all these tyre dramas at the beginning of the season, are you still able to sleep well, or do you have nightmares? And do you fear that Mr Jean Todt could perhaps have the intention to bring his French friends back into Formula One with Michelin?
Well, I don't have nightmares fortunately. We do work a lot. I think everyone in F1, these people here, will tell you that no matter what job you have in F1 it's very intensive so that's not an issue. I have to say that Jean Todt and the FIA were extremely supportive. Actually we were talking, before Sunday, about a number of issues going forward and I could only say that we thank the FIA for their great support, including Charlie Whiting as well, over the last week. I think that all I can say is what I see and that's a very co-operative and very supportive FIA.
Q: (Oana Popoiu – F1Zone.net).
Sam, Jenson said yesterday that it's the development of this car that will help you next year. If McLaren don't manage to fix this car, how will that negatively affect next year's car?
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