Team principals: Flavio Briatore (Renault), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Colin Kolles (Spyker), Aguri Suzuki (Super Aguri)

Questions from the floor:

Q: (Peter Farkas - Auto Motor)
A questions for all of you. Ron Dennis said in his statement two days ago that whistle blowing should be encouraged in Formula One. What do you think of that?

Colin Kolles:
I think we are not in a position to comment.

Aguri Suzuki:
Yeah, I think so too.

CK:
It is not our problem.

Christian Horner:
It's a difficult one. Formula One is a competitive business, people move from team to team and obviously when they move from team to team they take ideas and knowledge with them in their head.

Flavio Briatore:
Yes.

CH:
But it is supposed to be in their head, not on pieces of paper. I don't have any drawings of any Renaults.

FB: Are you sure? [laughter]

Q: (Anne Giuntini - l'Equipe)
To Flavio and Christian, sorry for the others. It was said that some other teams attended the last World Council meeting. Were you there at the World Council as observers? And in the court of appeal there could be some observers. Would you be there?

FB:
We already had somebody in Paris last time. We have our lawyer to assist the meeting in Paris in the World Council. Already we have somebody there.

Q: (Anne Giuntini)
And will you be in the court of appeal as well?

FB:
Absolutely, of course.

Q: (Anne Giuntini)
Why is it interesting for you to be there?

FB:
Because I am in Formula One like McLaren and Ferrari. This issue about this story involves everybody sooner or later and I want to know exactly what is going on because I think it is part of our job. If you see the newspapers in the last two months we are not talking about which drivers won the race, lost the race... The spy story, if you want, was predominating everything and because we are part of this business we demand to know exactly what is going on because it is probably damaging everybody a little bit including me, including everybody. Stuff like this is not good for the sponsors, it is not good for anybody. We hope we find a final step and we hope something happens. I think that is the way we stop talking about that.

CH:
We didn't have anybody in Paris last week and we won't have at the appeal. The matter doesn't concern our team, nor any employees of our team. We trust in the governing body to make the right decisions, so we won't be present.

Q: (Dan Knutson - National Speed Sport News)
A question for all of you. Are your drivers allowed to publicly criticise your teams and, if they are not and they do, do you have a policy to deal with that?

CK:
This is actually confidential information.

CH:
From a Red Bull point of view, our drivers have reasonable freedom of speech. We have got an Australian and a Scottish guy who are both fairly vocal. Yes, they have freedom of speech but, obviously, it is not very wise to criticise you employer too often. They are both sensible guys and they don't really have any restrictions.

FB:
Renault is not a dictator. If somebody is not happy, they criticise the team. Sometimes the team is not doing a good job and has not really done a great job and I think the driver has the right to complain like I have the right to complain if the driver is not doing his job. But I think it works in both ways. At the beginning of the season, our driver said our car was not competitive and I think the driver is right. The media is very important, the public is very important and I never defend the driver if he makes a mistake and I never defend the team if it is not performing well. It's as simple as that.

AS:
Yeah, our team is nothing because it is a very small team and, last year, it was a very bad car. So the driver understands that it is a team that is not performing very well. But still, now our team is growing up, but I don't think our team is something.

Q: (Sal Zanca - Associated Press)
A question for all four. Did you agree or disagree with Ron Dennis when he said Ferrari had an illegal advantage in the opening race?

AS:
We don't know, it is not our decision. So we don't say anything...

CK:
We don't have the seven hundred pages, you know?

FB:
I think the floor changed after the race. Looked like it was not right in the first place.

CH:
Obviously, there was an issue with it. There was a clarification that came out from the FIA after Australia but, obviously, the car passed scrutineering and was deemed legal. So, after that the clarification came out about the floors, I think Ferrari weren't the only team that had to make adjustments.

Q: (Joe Saward - Grand Prix Special)
The question of intrigue, and whether it is good or bad for the sport. There are a lot of people who think intrigue is good for the sport. Where is the limit between what is good and what is bad?

CK:
You know the limits, most of the time, after you try the limits. It is very difficult to say for me. I don't know.

AS:
Me too.

CH:
I'll let Flavio answer first. I'll listen to what he says.

FB:
Depending on what you are looking for, and what is the rule, you go as closely to the rule as possible and this is the limit. After that, when we are talking about something else, it is the way somebody is operating. Some teams are operating some ways and some teams are operating different ways, there is no limit.

Q: (Joe Saward)
The point is that you have said that intrigue that is bad for the sport. I would argue that it is good for the sport, but there is a point that it turns bad. At what point does it turn bad? Is it when it goes to court?

CH:
I'll try and answer Joe's question. I think intrigue is a part of Formula One, it always has been and I think it has to fundamentally remain a sport. Formula One is obviously a glamorous sport and there is a degree of, you know, Hollywood involved in the business. But it should stop short of ending up in the courtroom, a civil courtroom with a kind of industrial espionage type scenario that currently exists between two teams. So I think intrigue in Formula One, with drivers, with teams, will always exist and can be healthy for it.

Q: (Dan Knutson)
What are the chances that Giancarlo Fisichella will be driving for the team next season?

FB:
I have never bet on anything in my life, so I'm not betting about Fisichella. I don't know.

Q: (Dan Knutson)
It is your decision, isn't it?

FB:
Yes. Today I don't know. It is your decision for something but, today, I have not decided yet. I have three or four races to see what is going on. We started in a difficult way with a difficult car, but I wanted to see with the performance of Heikki as well and then I try to choose the best for my team in the future. At this moment, I am thinking and I believe I will decide in September around Monza time, I don't want to decide before. I have the option until September, I don't want to really decide before. It is only the result that makes me decide yes or no in the future.

 

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