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Singapore Grand Prix: Friday press conference - Pt.2

Just to comment on this, when I said ten more races, I know we face the same problem that today we have a team sized for twenty races, so if we go one or two more races, I think we would struggle if we could do it, but if you had ten more we would have to have a second team. This is why I said ten actually, because four races would be difficult but it's better to race than test.

Bob Fearnley:
I think Eric's got a very good point there in terms of the amount of races, but the advantage you have of testing as opposed to having two or three races imposed on you is if you could make the choice of whether you wanted to go testing. You don't have to do that, you do have to do races.

Q: (Luke Smith - NBC Sports)
Eric, since Ferrari's announcement, the two names that have been linked to the seat (at Lotus) have been Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa. Where does this leave Romain Grosjean in this situation; is his future with the team secure or could you completely change your line-up for next season?

Eric Boullier:
His future is secure so far because he has a contract with us. Last year was a bit difficult for him; this year he's doing a great job. In the last four races, we have nothing to complain about. He was one hundred per cent up to speed, especially compared to his famous teammate. We just see now and monitor what he is doing and if everything is going as planned, he will have a great future with us.

Q: (Fredrik Af Petersens – Honorary).
One question: I might have missed something but you are all talking about a missed opportunity regarding next year. Why did you miss it?

Eric Boullier:
We couldn't sit down together and clearly we missed the opportunity by not taking the chance to conclude the process.

Q: (Fredrik Af Petersens – Honorary).
Aren't you grown-up enough to do that?

Claire Williams:
We're all too competitive.

Franz Tost:
We do not only compete on the race track, also behind the scenes, around the green table.

Q: (Fredrik Af Petersens – Honorary).
Just a comment, and I agree with Franz when it comes to testing, but your father, Claire, once said, a few years ago when there was a lot of testing, that 'the first race of the year, my car is about half a second slower than the quickest one. Then we go testing. At the end of the year, my car is quicker but still half a second slower than the quickest one.' So why go testing and, as Franz says, spend a lot of money?

Claire Williams:
That's true. Yeah. I do think that there is an argument that over the course of a year, if you start the season... to use an example, where we were at the start of this year, if we had had the opportunity to do some test days after the first few races, after Bahrain or Barcelona, it may have helped us, we don't know, so I think there's an argument for both sides.

Q:
To pick up on Freddie's original question, Tony is there a feeling among the teams that are represented today that you haven't got the voice that is heard, that missed opportunity that you're talking about. I assume that your opinion was given at various meetings. Was your voice not heard? Was that the problem?

Tony Fernandes:
No, I don't think so. I think there were numerous meetings, loads and loads of meetings, loads and loads of proposals but at the end of the day, some teams decided to split and when that happens, it's a divide and rule situation and the whole thing falls apart. I don't think it was anything else but that. There was lots of unity at the beginning but one by one, people decided to do their own thing.

Q: (Dieter Rencken – The Citizen) .
would like to continue this particular debate about cost-cutting and maximising income. The general consensus of opinion seems to be that the teams screwed up in not maximising the income they could get from the commercial rights holder. The general consensus of opinion also appears to be that the FIA should control cost cuts. Am I correct in assuming then, that you people are asking the FIA to control something because you people screwed up?

Bob Fearnley:




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28.06.2013- Press Conference, Eric Boullier (FRA), Team Manager, Renault F1 Team
16.03.2013- Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
05.07.2013- Free Practice 1,Claire Williams (GBR) Williams Deputy Team Principal.
24.03.2012- Saturday Practice, Tony Fernandes, Caterham F1 Team , Team Principal
Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team Deputy Team Principal.
22.03.2013 - Press Conference, Robert Fernley (GBR) Sahara Force India F1 Team

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