F1 » 6 September 2013
Italian Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2
Yes. I would personally, yes, I think that when we had Hockenheim and Monza as the two low drag circuits it was always interesting to have some variety. I think the type of racing you get at these circuits is a little bit different and I would welcome more circuits of the type we have in Monza. Not sure how we achieve that, unfortunately. Monza is now an outsider in terms of the wings we have to make, it's a special aero package for here, made for only one race but that's the case for Spa as well. Spa's in the middle; all the other circuits I can think of we race maximum downforce. May be different next year with the engines we have; may be different with some of the rule changes next year because the lower wing disappears and the rear wing is a little bit smaller, so there are some changes coming which may narrow the gaps between high downforce and low drag circuits. But I do enjoy racing in Monza; apart from the atmosphere which is always great, it's a very interesting technical challenge for both the team and the drivers, so it's a great race.
I think that Spa and Monza now... Spa... the cars have improved and the circuit's been changed slightly there. In many respects the Spa package is very, very similar to here. We're able to use an awful lot of elements here in Monza that we've used two weeks ago at Spa. It's unique, it's different, it's got heritage, it's obviously a very quick race. Strategically it's a different race, the degradation tends to be pretty low here. The fuel effect is obviously one of the lowest of the year as well and I think it adds that variance to the calendar. That's the great thing about Formula One. You go from Monaco to Monza, they're two poles apart and it's part of the technical challenge that is Formula One.
I think it's been said. Variety is good. I think this is a great circuit, the place is full of history, the fans are fantastic. I wouldn't necessarily want to come to Monza twice but I think circuits like this are great but probably, as Ross reflected, we're not likely to see new ones built like this.
I think it's probably fair to say we spent a little bit less on our Monza package than the other teams that are here, but as I mentioned before, from our point of view that's not really the point, the challenge is the same for everybody. From a personal point of view, I think Monza has a special magic from the minute you come through the walls of the park, it's just got an atmosphere that is really something special and provides the teams with an environment for racing that's really quite unique so from that point of view it's a great place, and as I say, in terms of the financial return and Craig, you're quite right, this is a very, very different circuit to others so it's difficult to make a business case, if you like, around it when you're keeping a very strong eye on the finances. But I think that's really not the point when it comes to Monza.
Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen).
Graeme, you've spoken about the level playing field and it's the same for everyone and you spoke about the finances. Is the level playing for your team in particular really that level? Is it the same for you as for the others, given that you don't have a commercial agreement with the commercial rights holder and you're unique in that respect?
You're right, it's not level at the moment, but it's my job and the management team that I'm working with, it's our job to get it level and I think we are making some progress there. We've been very consistent. I think we've got a very, very good racing team. It's not for me to judge, but I do believe we deserve our place in Formula One, this is not an easy sport and it's not meant to be easy. I think the fact that it's difficult is one of the good things about Formula One, but we are the only one of the new teams that gained an entry in June 2009 to still be here and I think that's all credit to the people working in the team. I would love to take all the credit myself but I can't. I think we'll just continue and hopefully discussions with the commercial rights holder with a view to reaching a position where we are on a level playing field.
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