Q:
A question to all of you: the 2008 calendar has been released; what are your feelings about it and the lack of a US Grand Prix?

Aguri Suzuki:
It's okay because our sponsor is not the United States and is very important in the Asian market or something like that. But Formula One is very important in the United States because it is a World Championship of Formula One. But otherwise the rest of the calendar is okay.

Colin Kolles:
We are basically happy with the calendar. It's unfortunate that there isn't a race in the USA but it isn't up to us.

Flavio Briatore:
Very happy. I believe that if you have the USA, we need a proper grand prix. Sure, that is not Indianapolis. The logistics are not great. If we do something in the future in America, I believe in doing it in the right place with the right advertising, the right commitment from everybody and make sure people know we're there.

Christian Horner:,/B>
It's disappointing to lose a US race. It's an important race for us. For Red Bull, it's our biggest market, so hopefully it won't be too long before it's back on the calendar. Otherwise, the new calendar looks good with Singapore, with the new Valencia street race. It's going to be an exciting season.

Q:
Aguri, how has your team developed over the last year; has it grown, what has happened with the team?

AS:
Of course, but it depends on the budget. So I am trying very hard and my staff is working very hard as well and just now I am making plans for next year. Of course, the team has to grow. It's very difficult to say how much it has grown but everyone has been working very hard.

Q:
Is the intention to build your own car for next year?

AS:
Of course. Yes.

Q:
Have you everything in place for that?

AS:
Yeah, sure.

Q:
What about the drivers? The performance seems to be a little bit up and down.

AS:
Yeah, because Formula One is very difficult and we are a very small team. We try to get a good result at every race, but it's very difficult, many very strong competitors, all trying very hard. If something happened in Spain or Canada, which was a very tough race, or something like that, we can get some points or a good result, but if it's a normal race, it's very difficult.

Q:
Colin, we've seen three drivers in one of your cars over the last three races; just give us a rundown how that happened?

CK:
Well, obviously this will be the last one because we are not allowed to make any more changes as far as I know. Our young driver programme will probably be finished with Sakon. Well, the situation with Christijan was clearly stated, there's nothing more to say about it. We couldn't find a replacement that quickly, so we put Markus in the car for his home race, it was his home race. We reached quite high publicity, good PR and we will finish the season with Sakon.

Q:
Presumably what you're waiting for are the future developments on the car for Turkey.

CK:
We will have this so-called B-spec car in Turkey. It's very difficult to have it tested because it's really very tightly scheduled. We tested the rear end and the gearbox at Silverstone last week and we had no issues.

Q:
So you're quite hopeful of... how much of a step forward?

CK:
I don't know. Let's be surprised.

Q:
Flavio, the team seemed to have taken a leap forward in terms of performance from what we've seen so far today.

FB:
I'm not sure what you mean. It's nothing, today. It's Friday. Every Friday everybody does a different programme, testing and to be competitive on Friday doesn't necessarily mean to be good on Saturday and Sunday. We're working on the car, we have new pieces. I believe we've done a little step but I don't believe we are strong enough to be finishing close to the podium. If you count to four, the podium is gone already.

Q:
What do you think you can achieve in the second half of the season or are you looking forward to 2008 already?

FB:
First we need to look at 2007. Sure our performance is not what we expect. Sure it's not where we want to be in 2007. But you know the car was late, everything was late - it's a long story. The fact is that we hope to be fighting with BMW at the end of the season. We have to be realistic because for us McLaren and Ferrari are really really too far ahead, and to be what we hoped to be at the start of the season. At the beginning of the season it was really a disaster and little by little we have put the pieces together and the team is performing better etc. etc. And we have some aerodynamic pieces here and we have a big step in Monza and from Monza we have another step in Spa. We are still working to be competitive, to finish the season well before we start thinking about... talking about 2008. We are doing our best to look good between now and the end of the season.

Q:
Christian, ten points at the N?rburgring. I'm sure that put a smile on the team's face...

CH:
N?rburgring was a great weekend for us. We had a very good Sunday afternoon but one of the most encouraging factors of all was Mark's qualifying performance on Saturday, third row of the grid. Both the drivers used their heads, the team made the right calls at the right time and it was great to be on the podium and get Renault's first podium of the year.

FB:
I won't forget this Sunday, good for you, good for the engine too!

Q:
And the reliability was good too. We seem to have been talking about the reliability all year so far.

CH:
Unfortunately, our reliability record has been pretty poor this year. I think we've only achieved just over 50 per cent reliability which is disappointing. But the car's potential has been clear. We have qualified in the top ten in eight out of ten races. The potential has clearly been there but we haven't been able to capitalise on that potential, but the whole team's working very hard to get on top of the issues and hopefully, following a good test in Jerez, two reliable cars in N?rburgring, hopefully we can have a good reliable run this weekend and get somewhere near the points.

 

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