Andrew Green (Force India), Nick Chester (Lotus), Jean-Michel Jalinier (Renault Sport), Tom McCullough (Sauber), Pat Symonds (Williams) and James Key (Toro Rosso).
Questions from the floor
(Oana Popoiu – F1 Zone).
Pat, as we are already halfway through the season, how will the team benefit from your work at this stage?
Well, I think with a lot of what I'm trying to do with Williams
is still a bit of a process rather than the detail and that process can have an effect, reasonably quickly. Now, we are engaged in a battle this year as well, and there are still updates to come to the car: there's a new front wing, there's new bodywork, there's quite a few major upgrades but of course they are things that are already well in the pipeline and not things that I will be influencing. So really my job is to try and look at the process of determining how we get the performance out of the car and I hope that that will have some influence this year but of course it's not a five minute job and I think we will see a lot more in 2014.
(Kate Walker – GP Week).
Andy Green, I wanted to go back to what James said earlier about balancing the development of the 2013 car versus 2014. Obviously you don't want to sacrifice next year's performance. Do you have a plan… I mean if McLaren
pull ahead in the Constructors' championship is that the point at which you switch more of your focus over? How much of your workforce is currently on 2014 versus 2013, because you're the team in the middle with the hardest decision to make, it seems?
It is a difficult balance. I would say the point at which they have more points – they are further ahead than us there are points to score – then that's obviously over. Like I said, we'll keep pushing as hard as we can with what we've got, but we have to keep an eye on next year, there's no two ways about it. It's too big a challenge not for us to have one eye over there. McLaren
are a huge, huge team, a championship-winning team and I don't expect they thought they'd be racing with us at the start of the season, and I'm pretty sure they probably didn't set themselves the target of fifth in the championship when they started the year. So we'll do what we can. We know it's going to be difficult, we'll take each race as it comes. There will be no step.
Who will make that decision? Will it be the major shareholders or the technical people?
It is a joint decision.
(Mike Doodson – Auto Action).
I guess my question is for Jean-Michel. Part of the success of the current V8 Formula One has been that the engine performance has been equalized between manufacturers. I'm wondering whether the FIA has informed you of when it intends to start imposing that same process, introducing controls to equalize the performance of the V6s and when that process does start, I wonder if you, as a highly competitive group, will try to resist it?
There will be a process for convergence after – I don't know – the first two or three years, definitely there will be a process of convergence. Regarding the V8, one of our strengths is to work with the team to make the quickest car. We have never claimed to have the most powerful engine, we claim to work with the team to make the quickest car and that's the kind of methodology we are developing for the 2014 car with our partners.
(Mike Doodson – Auto Action).
And the FIA controls?
I think there will be some kind of convergence because we cannot sustain - in terms of cost - free competition with open technology, open choices and open engineering. We need to have some limitation in order to reduce and control the development costs per season, so we need it.
(Edd Straw – Autosport).
Nick, the long wheelbase car, what's the reasoning behind introducing that and how will you be doing it? Do you need to make some monocoque changes or can you do it a slightly easier way?
Well, we've wanted to do it because we've seen there's a performance gain associated with it. The way we're going to do it is with a front suspension change.
But there's homologation to be done?
Yeah, that's already been done.
(Panos Diamantis - Car and Driver).