6 September 2013
Italian Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2
Friday FIA press conference from Monza in Italy with Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari) and Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing).
Team representatives: Graeme Lowdon (Marussia), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Ross Brawn (Mercedes), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari) and Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing).
Questions from the floor
Q: (Kate Walker – GP Week).
We now have one official candidate for the FIA Presidency elections happening in December. I know that you guys don't have any input on the vote but I would like your opinions on both the elections and the candidate himself.
I heard today that there was a programme announced by the candidate for the presidency. Of course I haven't had the chance to read it but I will do it in the next days. I think that in Formula One it's important to proceed with stability and continuity – it's one of the things that we are always missing. So, I believe that what is important to keep as a relation with the FIA is this kind of thing and so therefore I would like to see this happening – but of course it is not us that will decide that. That's it really.
Well, I don't know David Ward well enough and I haven't had time to look at his manifesto so I really can't comment on him. I think Jean – and clearly I don't know Jean as well as some of the people here – but I have to say taking him as the President, I think he has not used this sport for his own ego, which I think is very tempting. I won't go back into the past but I've seen and survived so far three presidents – only just, one of them – but I think Jean has acted in the interests of motorsport. I think for some people there hasn't been enough commotion, action, controversy around him. Those are good in some people's minds but I think for those of us that participate in the sport, having some consistency, someone who takes decisions that are in the interests of the sport quietly and efficiently is very beneficial. As you say, we don't influence the outcome but I think Jean has done a good job so far and we'll see if he's successful at continuing to be the President.
A general point is that democracy is a good thing, isn't it? So you've got to welcome the process. I had a very quick look at the manifesto that came out from one of the candidates and there's lots of topics that it's good to have healthy debate on those topics and I'm sure that's what the FIA members will do. In terms of the process, anything that's democratic has got to be welcomed and if it provides transparency, provides the opportunity for debate, I think it'll be an interesting process to watch from that point of view. I agree with a lot of the comments Martin said about what Jean has done. I haven't been in the sport as long as Martin so I haven't had the same number of presidents to live through but I think we're looking forward to a healthy debate.
Well, like Stefano said, most important is the stability and the continuity in the sport. I think we all know there are many challenging issues we are facing and in any case I hope that whoever comes up with the presidency will take up these issues and continue what has started and take it to the next level. Because we're clearly reaching a point where certain decisions have to be taken ahead. And that's what I hope will be done.
Obviously I know Jean very well, having worked together for ten years. I think stability and consistency are very important. I think Jean has taken a quiet line, particularly in terms of Formula One and that – as Martin said, those of us who have experienced the other end of the scale – is welcome. And I think the opportunity to do another period as a president of the FIA is important, that we have that continuity. I think Jean has stabilised the situation and now wants to move on to progress things and I know the huge commitment he makes to the sport overall. We are part of motorsport but there's a huge amount of other things going on that he's active in. And I think the continuity is very important.
I guess to have an election you've got to have more than one candidate. It now relies on Jean to become a candidate and declare that he's prepared to continue as well. I think as the others have summarised, he's done a very good job in his presidency so far. It really has very little to do with us, it really is an FIA issue and between the different ASNs – and who knows, there may even be another candidate. Maybe Martin's going to throw his hat into the ring as well… No. As I say, I think Jean's done a very good job and everything's already been said.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Monisha, with the arrival of the Mexican Grand Prix next year, does that put any pressure on you to retain Esteban Gutierrez for next season, and if so, what does the future hold for Nico Hulkenberg, bearing in mind you're seemingly committed to employing Sergey Sirotkin?
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