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Italian Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2

I think 21 is tough. I've got no personal knowledge of New Jersey so I can't comment on that. Will those 21 all happen? There's lots of rumours and speculation in the paddock about whether they'll all make it. Ultimately I think Bernie's job is to go out there and put the calendar together. I think he sometimes has to speculate as to the viability or how realistic some of them are. It's easy for us to jump and complain about the calendar. I think he's got to put it together and I think we should be grateful that in the last few years, from pretty difficult and challenging times, not only has he maintained a calendar but he's been able to bring some new venues into the sport. New Jersey, of course, would be fantastic in my opinion, it would be great for the sport. If you then say who would you lose? We've all got our personal favourites and our personal least favourites, but I think it would be very disrespectful to use this platform to voice those personal opinions. I think Bernie's just got to work hard to make sure we've got a good calendar. He generally succeeds one way or another and I suspect he will next year.

Stefano Domenicali:
I would wait. I would say that as you know there will be a discussion, the World Motor Sport Council at the end of the September, so I would wait for that date to see exactly what will be the situation because you are old enough in this world to know that things may change quickly, so let's wait and see.

Q:
Graeme, just a comment from you; do you welcome 21 races from a smaller team's point of view?

Graeme Lowdon:
We've always made it very, very clear that we're here, in Formula One, to compete and that means a level playing field, then that means that if there's 21 races, then we race at 21 races. If it's 20 then of course the cost goes down but that's not really how we have to look at it. We can't pick and chose what we would like about this sport. We can't ask for a level playing field and then try and look at something like that. As Martin has quite rightly pointed out, Bernie puts the races on, the negotiations with the promoters from the outside seem to be tortuous, to say the least. In some cases, they are difficult to predict, some of the twists and turns, there are announcements that that race is happening and sometimes they don't. Certain venues are more attractive. Sochi is a venue that is of particular interest to us because we obviously have a large following in the Russian market place, but I think in general it's important for us to be consistent in what we ask for as a level playing field. If that's 21 races, that's 21 races.

Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association).
Towards the end of Max Mosley's reign (as FIA president), he was committed towards cutting costs at a time when the sport was imploding, manufacturers were leaving. Under Jean Todt, he has implemented a regulation change for next season which is costing every single team multi-millions of pounds and seemingly put a number in jeopardy. Do you genuinely believe Jean Todt has done a good job for Formula One?

Christian Horner:
I think you're referring to the engines, Ian, when you're talking about the increase in costs and in fairness to Jean, the engine discussion was in place before his presidency. Where collectively we all made mistake was not to say no. Some of us did but at the end of the day there's a process that these regulations have to go through and the teams, through the old Concorde Agreement, had the opportunity, through the Formula One Commission etc etc to stop it and we didn't so we can only, in many respects, blame ourselves.

Q: (Sam Collins – RaceCar Engineering).
We've been told earlier this weekend by Pirelli that the deadline for them to supply you guys with the tyre information that they need has been put back by a month, so I would like to ask all of you how that has affected your 2014 car development?

Christian Horner:
Not at all, because we don't know what to expect from Pirelli. So it seems to vary from weekend to weekend. I think they're finalising their plans etc. It's the same for everybody.

Stefano Domenicali:
One thing that I would say in all fairness I think that it will important also to give to them the possibility to test, when the new cars are there. For example, in wet conditions, we need to make sure that we will be able to do it before arriving to some weekend where we will find wet and suddenly we may discover something that was not expected, so I think we need to also consider that.

Q: (Silvia Renee Arias – Revista Parabrisas).
Domenicali, talking about his future Felipe Massa said yesterday 'ask Domenicali.' I would like to ask you...

Stefano Domenicali:
I think that he did a good answer.

Martin Whitmarsh:
He's a very nice man.

Stefano Domenicali:
No, but I think that in that respect nothing has changed in our position. I know that everyone is waiting for information, waiting for news, as they have for all the summer, I have to say, because if you look back, all the summers were like that. Nothing to add on what we said a couple of weeks ago. We will take our time, there's no rush to make a decision. We want to make sure that we make the right decision. We will support Felipe because this is absolutely clear: he's a great guy, he's very much a team player and this is something that we will discuss at the appropriate time and of course, I will tell you, not only to you but to everyone.

Q: (Craig Scarborough – ScarbsF1.com).
Having looked at all your aero packages this weekend, you have obviously spent quite a lot of money developing packages just for Monza. Would you like to see a return of other high speed tracks - seeing as it's the only track now that demands these packages – like Hockenheim or Paul Ricard?

Ross Brawn:




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