Well, we wouldn't be racing if we didn't feel they were safe. You go into every race with the best information that you have and you wouldn't come to any race if you had any doubts.
(Kate Walker – GP Week).
We've heard this week that the possibility of a late season tyre test after Interlagos for 2014 has been mooted. How do you feel about that, will that be beneficial, given all of the spec changes we've got between the next year?
I understood that test was now not even going to happen. Potentially we will testing some tyres during the free practice session at Brazil but maybe Paul knows more about that.
Practice isn't viable because it's so limited in running. You can maybe run one spec. The intention was to run a far more detailed, proper tyre test programme. We need to have a re-think on that one and find another way. Brazil would be ideal because it would be a good circuit for us to run some testing, because of the nature of the circuit, end of season as well, we'll be getting closer to what we want to be using for next season.
Sam, would that be what you would be looking for as well, a tyre test in Brazil?
One thing I do agree with Paul is that Brazil is a good track for outing problems on the opposite side, obviously, to what we had at Silverstone. So McLaren
will support whatever Pirelli wants to do. I do believe you can do quite a lot on Fridays as well but obviously not as much as if you concentrate fully on a one or two day test afterwards.
For us the most important thing is safety and the integrity of the tyre so we're working as closely as we can with Pirelli and their engineers and the FIA to help guide the process to deliver that result. Whether that needs a test at a particular place is another matter to be determined but I think the important thing at the moment is for the engineers to work behind the scenes and make sure that the right analysis is done to feed the process.
Beneficial to Ferrari
to have the test?
Well, I think the test was discussed yesterday in the SWG and I thought that the conclusion was not Brazil but they were going to try and find another solution. That's as much as I know.
So Paul, if it's not Brazil and it's not FP1 in Brazil, is there time for another solution?
We need to have another chat, a more serious chat. We need to find, in more detail, what we need to do. For us, tyre testing is 14/18 specifications, 600 kilometres a day. You obviously can't do that on a Friday. We need to find a way of running this season with something more representative than the 2010 car. Equally, going forward, what happens when the new cars are actually going out? There's certainly a need to go wet testing in our opinion, we believe. Probably the teams might be interested in doing that as well seeing that half the year we seem to be racing in the rain. The new power plants, we understand, will have a dramatic impact next year and certainly wet conditions is something that we need to think about running an all team test before we actually get to Malaysia.
(Oana Popoiu – F1Zone.net).
Pat, how many times during a weekend do you change the strategy? And how much of that relies on your car's performance and how much on your competitors?
Well, you go in with a rough plan of where you are. There's been quite a few races this year which have been on the borderline of either three to four or two to three (pit stops). I think you have a plan but then it's a case of looking at everyone's relatively pace, tyre degradation, how our tyres are doing. It's constantly being updated really. It's all done live and in simulation-land.
Do you prefer it that way. Is it a bit more exciting where you're having to change plans every few laps?