Questions from the floor:

Q: (Heinz Pr?ller - ORF TV)
For Mr Hiroshi I have two questions. It looked as if the difference between the two tyres is bigger here than on any other circuit. For some drivers I saw eight/nine tenths. What really is the difference in lap time? And the other thing, I try to remember in '76 if you had the Japanese driver with the fastest lap in the race, was it Hoshino on Bridgestones?

Hiroshi Yasukawa:
Yes, it was Kazuyoshi Hoshino. As to your first question, I think it basically depends on the set-up, because I was also interested in today's action and I went into the pits and I looked at the tyres. Some cars' tyres were very smooth, some cars had a bit of abrasion. I think the set-up factor is very strong. But this factor also reflects the difference in lap time.

Q: (Heinz Pr?ller)
But as big a difference as that?

HY:
That's a bit difficult. I cannot say.

Aguri Suzuki:
It depends on the team. Some teams use the tyres better than others. For instance, if my team is using prime tyre or option tyre, sometimes there is no big gap, but with some other teams it may be much bigger. It depends on the set-up or the car. It's very difficult to say how much difference there is between the tyres.

Q: (Niki Takeda - Formula PA)
Wada-san, it seems that all the team principals have now agreed the definition of constructors. What is your understanding of the definition of non-constructors?

Yasuhiro Wada:
I don't think we have any firm agreement yet, because we haven't signed... or rather we haven't seen next year's Concorde Agreement yet, so I think discussion is still somehow going on and hopefully we can resolve this discussion quite soon.

Q: (Niki Takeda)
So, basically, for next year, what are you planning for the gentleman behind you [Aguri Suzuki]?

YW:
Well, as we did this year. We shall supply the engine and gearbox and beyond that, any technical support. It depends on the circumstances. We would like to support him as much as we can. It's up to him.

AS:
We are still good friends.

Q: (Ken Kawakita - Sportiva)
Continuing on the same subject, do you have a plan to supply the chassis if you have reached an agreement on the definition of a customer car?

YW:
I think that there are several discussions around the so-called customer teams. One is the definition of the constructors and another discussion revolves around customer cars and how to share the money from FOM. Those are two different discussions that are moving simultaneously, so it depends on the result.

Q: (Ken Kawakita)
That means Aguri-san must wait when thinking about next year's project?

YW:
I hope he can continue to do his racing team. It depends on what is decided but I'm sure it won't take too long.

AS:
Now it's very difficult to talk about this matter because the Concorde Agreement is not decided. After it's decided, we can discuss the future.

Q:
It means it's quite difficult for you. There's not a lot of time...

AS:
Yeah, but I have some ideas. I don't know if there will be a decision soon.

Q: (Niki Takeda)
It's a question for Aguri-san, Wada-san and Yamashina-san. It's regarding the Concorde Agreement; there's a strong possibility that it may not be signed off in time for next year. Would you welcome it if the new one starts in 2009?

YW:
There's a lot of discussion over the date. I think we are very close in finalizing a Concorde (Agreement), whatever shape it will be. For the last two or three years we keep talking about the... In the days of the GPMA we spent a lot of hours and days talking about the many aspects of the Concorde Agreement, not just commercial matters and the definition of a constructor but there were a lot of subjects to be discussed and renewed and re-confirmed, so I think we spent quite sizeable hours to mutually understand, so I hope a decision will be very close.

TY:
Same.

AS:
I have a little bit of a different feeling. We are already meeting seven or eight times during this year. There are still some points on which we are not agreeing or some points we are agreeing, but I don't know when this agreement will be done.

Q: (Ken Kawakita)
Yamashina-san, regarding next year's driver choice, is this matter related to or depends on Fernando Alonso's future, which is rumoured to be unclear?

TY:
I don't know if Fernando Alonso will come to Toyota or not. If he wants, I must think about that. I don't know if Fernando will... We must think about our team only.

Q: (Ken Kawakita)
But if Fernando moves the driver market will be moving dramatically.

TY:
But if Toyota will be involved in that process, we must be happy, but sometimes we are omitted because the current car performance is not so good. Anyway, we must think about ourselves first.

Q: (Ted Kravitz - ITV)
For Mr Wada. Will Honda run the earth car scheme next year?

YW:
Basically, we will continue but that doesn't necessarily mean the colour is exactly the same or not.

Q: (Niki Takeda)
Again for Wada-san. What exactly is the purpose of your participation? We can see the lack of performance this year, sadly, so is it purely an engineering exercise or a brand-enhancing exercise? What is it?

YW:
You mean the purpose of the Formula One activity? Well, it's not simply one thing. I think it's a mixture of engineering challenge and also carrying on the racing heritage which is connected to the Honda brand. Obviously, nowadays we have to think about some marketing aspects of the Formula One society as well, so it's not simply one factor but the combination of all of them.

 

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