Questions from the floor.

Q:
(Alan Baldwin - Reuters) Mike, in the engine announcement this morning, both the Lotus and the Renault press statements made no use of the name Lotus. Is that purely because of the court case that's pending or is there some other situation behind that?

Mike Gascoyne:
I think you'll probably find that it's quite simple in that the name of the holding company that enters Formula One is 1Malaysia, so the Cosworth engine contract was with 1Malaysia, the Renault one is with 1Malaysia, my contract is with 1Malaysia, all the employees' contracts are with 1Malaysia. As everyone knows, there is a situation with the name but I think that in terms of the engine announcement it was far simpler.

Q:
(Joe Saward - Grand Prix +) Mike, are you going to be working for Lotus next year?

MG:
Well, I work for 1Malaysia as I've just said, that's who my contract's with. Obviously there is a situation... there have been discussions in Malaysia. They're confidential as far as we understand, from our side although there seem to be a lot of stories doing the rounds today. All I can really say is that looking at the future of the team, as I said earlier, we have a fantastic future. We've built a great team. I think with Tony, Nasa and Din, the three shareholders, we have three fantastically committed shareholders that I personally am very proud to work for. They are absolutely determined to be in Formula One for the long future. They're fully committed. The team is fully behind them as well and I think the announcement that we've made in terms of engine and gearbox supply, the wind tunnel is everything you should be doing to build up a Formula One team that will be able to take on the established teams. That's really all I can say. I'm an engineer. For me, the job I do on Monday doesn't alter if the name changes. Ask Ross, he's been through a couple in the last couple of years and dealt with it very well. But I'm absolutely convinced that come what may, with our shareholders, with the team that we've built up, that the future for our racing team is very bright indeed.

Q:
(Joe Saward - Grand Prix +) Ross, do you think you will be beating Team Lotus next year?

Ross Brawn:
I've no idea. I think that as Mike says, they're putting together a very nice organisation. What it's called is down to them. I hope as many of the new teams as possible do come through and establish themselves well in Formula One. We need those teams in Formula One and I'm delighted to hear that these new teams are making really strong plans for the future.

Q:
(Joe Saward - Grand Prix +) Can I ask another one about the FOTA situation and your position on their technical committee; have you got any sense of unity yet on the engine decisions which need to be made by the end of December?

RB:
There's still a lot of discussion going on about the best route for the future in a full spirit of co-operation between the FIA and the teams. I think we are still in delicate times economically, so we have to be careful of the plans that we make, that we can find enough support for doing a new engine. I think that's all under discussion at the moment. I think all sides are sensitive to the issues and a good solution will be found.

Q:
(Gaetan Vigneron - RTBF) John, the Belgian driver Jerome d'Ambrosio was driving for you on four Fridays in the morning; what's your opinion of him, and on which element do you base your judgement for his eventual future?

John Booth:
Well, Jerome's done a fantastic job this year, particularly under very difficult circumstances in Singapore - on a damp track that he didn't know before. One small mistake in four outings is pretty good. We continue to evaluate him going forward.

Q:
(Alan Baldwin - Reuters) Mike, your drivers for next year, is any decision imminent?

MG:
Yeah, I think a decision is imminent. I think this year we made a clear statement with the drivers, picking two experienced drivers, two race-winning drivers for a new team. And part of that process is that it's very important going forward to have drivers of that quality when we're in a position to go racing properly which we want to be next year. So we will make the announcement when it's due. As I say, there have been a lot announcements and I'm sure it will come out in the very near future.

Q:
(Joe Saward - Grand Prix +) Jarno, you went to America on your way over here; did you have a good time, did you go and see NASCAR, test any NASCAR or anything like that?

Jarno Trulli:
No. I always go to Miami because I love it and try to meet up with Juan Pablo (Montoya). There was also a triathlon competition which I didn't enter. I was just there. I didn't watch any testing. I know that Juan Pablo was testing somewhere a few days before but honestly no, I was there for a holiday and I think people are just... they are making up rumours and this story about the future.

Q:
(Joe Saward - Grand Prix +) Well, you did test a NASCAR last year...

JT:
Yeah, at the end of the season, yes. I enjoyed it.

Q:
(Alan Baldwin - Reuters) Question for Ross and Mike really; John, I guess you won't be using KERS next year but the other two presumably will be, and I just wondered if you could say how competitive a team can be without using KERS next year?

RB:
I think you saw last year that there are advantages and disadvantages. It's extra weight, it's extra packaging. You need extra cooling. Against that, you have the performance of the KERS but I think the reason we're committed to it is that it's very important strategically. I think you saw the situation at the starts sometimes with KERS systems, and we didn't want to be in a situation where - as we faced last year - we were getting beaten off the line. So it's a very important technology strategically, and fortunate in that I believe Mercedes have the best system. They certainly had the best system last year and I believe will have the best system next year in terms of performance, weight and packaging. We're committed to KERS. It's a good signal for Formula One as well in terms of the technologies we're encompassing, and I think that with the new regulations to control the costs of KERS, then it's more affordable and more available for more teams.

MG:
I think Ross has said it all. Strategically it is a very important thing. It's something that we're looking at, maybe not for the start of the season because we've still got a lot of things to get in place that we haven't been able to do as a small team but I think you have to look at the strategic options for racing. Again, I concur, it's exactly the sort of message that Formula One should be sending out.

Q:
(Gaetan Vigneron - RTBF) Nico, have you learned something special from working with Michael Schumacher this year that you didn't know before, technically speaking or concerning the approach to a race weekend and so on?

Nico Rosberg:
In general, I can judge myself fortunate because not only Michael but also to work with people like Ross who have a lot of experience and a great track record and everything; there's always things that you can pick up and it's just been an interesting experience for me, and working with them then also helps me improve myself because I pick up bits and pieces and so for sure it's been good for me.

RB:
I think Nico has also contributed an awful lot to the team, it's worked very well. It's been two way traffic, so I'm delighted with having him in the team and the contribution he's made because it's not just on the track.

 

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