Questions from the floor:
(John O'Brian – Reuters
Do you think that the global credit crunch will have an effect on teams in the future?
For us, it doesn't make any difference, as we don't get anything. I think it is going to affect all of us. I think it is going to be difficult times, no question, and if you look at new sponsors coming into Formula One, it is very seldom, especially the big ones. As I see it, it is not going to be easy the next two years.
I agree with Gerhard. The global economy at the moment isn't in great shape and it affects all areas of the pit-lane. It is down to the teams to work collectively with the governing body to make sure that we are responsible in what we do to control our costs. But, on the other hand, venues and races such as this one are so powerful and strong for Formula One and demonstrate Formula One in such a strong and fantastic light, excuse the pun, I think there are other very positive aspects as well and I think this race, certainly this weekend, will be a big boost for the series in general.
I think that it would be foolish to think that the external environment doesn't affect our business but I think what is important, as with any business, is to prepare and we are trying to do that, some perhaps harder than others. I think that we need within FOTA [Formula One Teams' Association] to get on and identify ways to reduce our costs. I think we need to work with the commercial rights holder, with Bernie [Ecclestone], to continue to grow the sport and I think this weekend is a testament to what FOM has achieved in terms of creating something absolutely phenomenal. Our partners and our sponsors are absolutely riveted by this event and they are here in force. I think that in spite of the global environment we are in rude good health but we will only stay in rude good health if we prepare for the future because the world is changing right now, very, very fast, faster than anybody could have imagined even a month ago. I think it is time to get down and change a few things.
Pretty much the same. If we concentrate on this venue, I think this is a great chance. Of course, in whole financial world, all the surroundings are really challenging, probably more so than ever, but if you look at what was invested here, and what will be the outcome, what will be the exposure worldwide… Singapore is known for being a metropole for financial business for example, and I think that sends out really positive signals. I think this is an enormous chance, and the more you are under pressure, the more you are under pressure to sell your products, the more you need advertising, but very specified and very special examples, and I think Formula One can deliver that. I think that, remarkably, in the middle of a period where it is really difficult everywhere, to have a race like this is remarkable. Again, I think we should be mindful that (the reason why) this is happening here currently is that so many people put so much effort behind it. It is not just another normal race, it's a huge step and a really good chance for Formula One, for the sponsor partners, for everybody involved, for the media, for worldwide television viewers. I think it's special and that needs to be addressed on this occasion.
(James Allen – ITV
Could you tell us something specific that you learned about the track today, the way the grip levels changed or something unusual that you hadn't perhaps foreseen, perhaps Christian or Gerhard?
We learned that crashing on your third lap isn't the best preparation for the weekend, and there is very little margin for error here. I think you saw quite a few incidents today. You can see that the drivers are right on edge and there is a very, very small margin for error which is the trait of a street circuit. It's bumpy, it's quick in areas, it's a challenge set-up-wise. Obviously we're running the soft tyres here as well which presents a challenge in itself. We've worked through our programme, which was compromised in some respects on one side of the garage, but we've learned a great deal from today.
Well, we have found the set-up direction very quickly at the last few circuits on Friday but to be honest today we've been struggling a bit. We were especially struggling with riding over the kerbs and not enough grip, so overall we did not find our way today. Hopefully the engineers and the drivers will find it overnight but it's a bit more difficult than in the last three races.
(Will Buxton – Australasian Motorsport News
Adam, the FIA has announced that the Formula Two tender has gone to Palmer and that Williams will be helping out with that. Could you just let us know exactly what Williams' involvement will be and how you see the category developing into the future?
We are designing the car for Jonathan Palmer. We have no involvement in the F2 series beyond that, but it may well be that what we will do with Jonathan later on is to introduce a sub-series using the same chassis and the same format around the world as feeder series. That's broadly our involvement. In terms of the way the series is going to develop, it's a very exciting new challenge because it is a difficult format to operate successfully but Jonathan's been doing it for eleven years with his Formula Palmer Audi and our collective goal and ambition is to create a series which is really accessible. You've seen the pricing of it, really fair, but also a fast exciting car and that's our responsibility, so we're hoping it will create an opportunity for people who couldn't afford some of the more expensive series to have a go.
(Joe Saward – Grand Prix Special