Patrick Faure of Renault, Christian Horner of Red Bull, Timothy
Routsis of Cosworth, Yasuhiro Wada of Honda and Sir Frank
August 19, 2005
Q: Wada-san, Rubens Barrichello has been signed by the team, what
sort of effect will that have on the team and company, do you think?
Yasuhiro WADA: As you know, Rubens is a very experienced and
talented driver and has won a lot in his history. To challenge for
the championship, we have to have a strong and experienced driver so
Rubens is the perfect driver for us, and it was good timing to grab
Q: What about this year? I suspect itís been a frustrating year
hasnít it? What have been the feelings of Honda?
YW: Actually I joined Formula One in April so I was not expecting to
see this situation and thinking about what happened last year, I
personally wanted to be a bit nearer the front but unfortunately the
races have been up and down, up and down. But we havenít given up or
anything. We are still trying to challenge, to win the race. Thatís
Q: Can you give us an update on the V8 engine, how the progress
is being made with that?
YW: Yes. Our first prototype tested in the car in the very early
stage. The purpose was to get to know the character of the V8 and
that was a good test, so we accumulated all the necessary
information so far and new prototypes are running on the dyno day
and night. I think itís promising.
Q: Timothy, obviously you have the liaison with Williams for next
year, whatís the effect on the company having a team such as
Timothy ROUTSIS: Itís tremendously motivational. Iíve been very
pleased and I have to say a little bit surprised with the speed with
which the whole organisation has really engaged. I donít think weíre
under any illusions about the nature of the challenge next year but
thereís no doubt at all that everybody is really looking forward to
Q: Can you explain how you are going to look after Minardi as
well? Is it going to be two teams with V8s? Could you have done two
teams with V8s? Or is it one with V8s, one with V10s?
TR: The contracts weíve ended up with is that Minardi will run the
restricted V10 next year and Williams will have the exclusive use of
the V8. Could we have done two teams? I really wouldnít have wanted
to do that. The challenge in developing the V8 is one which will
really be best achieved if we can do it in close collaboration with
one particular team and that will be Williams.
Q: Can you give us some indication of the progress with the V8?
At one time people were saying that you hadnít actually started it.
TR: No. Weíve actually done considerably more than that. When we
started the whole V8 development programme we had a long hard think
as to the rationale of doing it and what was very clear to us was
that there was no purpose at all in embarking on the whole venture
unless we could be very confident that the engine which came out at
the end was going to be really quite a serious, competitive piece of
equipment and we set out a plan of what we needed to achieve, both
technically and the resources we would need to do that. We put those
in place and Iím very pleased to say that to date the milestones
that weíre hitting are exactly the ones that we need to see happen
if weíre going to achieve the sort of engine that we want for next
Q: When will it run in a car?
TR: Our current plan for the first car running will be mid-October.
Q: Frank, first of all, some of my more cynical colleagues might
suggest that this (Cosworth) was really a last ditch solution; is
that the case?
Frank WILLIAMS: Well, Iíve a lot of respect for the fact that some
journalists, unsurprisingly, are very cynical but being cynical
doesnít mean good judgement, having good judgement. There were a few
choices; we were offered an engine by BMW but we felt we needed a
fresh start and that Cosworth would be a good home. The culture is
truly the same. They have something to prove, we have a lot to prove
too, and the geography makes things very very convenient and thatís
very useful, I must say.
Q: What about the fact that youíre obviously paying for this
engine; would you prefer to have a paying engine? What is the
FW: A winningÖ all about performance. From what we have seen at
Cosworth, and the numbers involved, it should be good value for
money, and it will be exclusive.
Q: Youíve mentioned that Jenson Button very much figured in your
plans for next year Ė thatís why you need to keep him; did Cosworth
figure in your plans or was it BMW?
FW: The contract with Jenson, which I would not want to discuss
openly, does not have an engine escape clause, if that is the
significance of your question.
Q: No, what I was asking was: Jenson has figured in your plans
for next year and you have given a commitment to sponsors that he
will be with the team. Did you also give a similar commitment to
those sponsors, saying that you will have BMW or Cosworth?
FW: Theyíve always respected our ability to see our own way
technically. That doesnít count or itís not written in any contract
Q: Patrick Faure, it wonít have escaped anyone that Renault has a
great presence here in Turkey, it seems to be everywhere. Indeed we
have been driving a Renault hire car and I would suggest you might
improve the clutches because there is a lot of stop starting here!
But how important is this Grand Prix to Renault?
Patrick FAURE: In fact we have been here for a very long time, we
have been established in Turkey for 40 years or something with a
very strong market share. I am happy to hear we still have a lot to
improve, we will try to do it, but for us it is very important to
have a Grand Prix, especially a very nice one like this one, the
circuit is beautiful really, and I think the drivers like it very
much, it is important for us to have a Grand Prix in this country
where we really have an important business and in a country which is
very important, I think, really, in being the link between Asia and
Europe. So we welcome this Grand Prix very much and hope to have
some new ones in different countries also in the future.
Q: Now, obviously you have had a very successful year. What
effect has that had on the company as a whole?
PF: In fact, even if it sounds a little bit arrogant, it wasnít such
a surprise for us because we knew during wintertime that we had
worked pretty well and that we would be amongst the two or three
teams really fighting for the championship, so when we started the
season we had set ourselves quite a high target to be amongst the
ones fighting for the championship and I told that to the people at
Renault and said Ďthat is our challenge and we have got to do ití,
and finally there is quite an enthusiasm inside the company for the
results we have at the moment. But also the better the results are,
the more pressure comes and everyone is asking us now what are you
going to do for the rest of the season and so, even if it is your
question, I say wait and see.
Q: What about progress with the V8 for next year?
PF: We made a survey with the people of Viry-Chatillon and Rob White
at the beginning of this week and to be fairly precise we are two
days late on our schedule, so it is not dramatic!
Q: When will you run it in the car?
PF: Not decided yet completely.
Q: Christian, just coming to your second driver, you seem to be
pushing Christian Klien more than Tonio Liuzzi at the moment, is
that the case?
Christian HORNER: I donít think the case is pushing one harder than
the other. I think that since Christian got back in the car there
was an unfortunate sequence of events. He was prevented from racing
in Indianapolis, obviously, on the first lap of the French Grand
Prix an electrical problem forced his race to a premature end and
then an altercation with Mr Villeneuve in Budapest, which was no
fault of his own either, so we thought it right and proper that we
give him another couple of races and see how he performs. This year
is very much a learning year for the Red Bull team, we have two good
young talented drivers and we want to have a good look at them.
Q: Looking forward to next year, we hear you have applied for a
24-hour planning permission to run your wind tunnel, things like
that, what other improvements are scheduled, are you going for more
people, more facilities?
CH: The team is evolving, it is growing, it will have grown by
approximately 25 percent by the end of this year and a lot of
investment has been made in the company and technologies such as the
Bedford wind tunnel, which will run simultaneously with Biscester,
so yes, we are investing in the future and looking to build on the
positive performances that we have made this year.
Q: And when do you get your first Ferrari V8?
CH: Well we are obviously working closely with Ferrari. We have the
availability of the engine for winter testing if we choose to run an
interim car. We still have to make those decisions whether to
proceed along those lines or not, but things are progressing well.
Q: When would that be for November/December?
Q: (Dan Knutson Ė National Speed Sport News) Frank, Jenson Button
has stated categorically that he does not want to drive for you. I
realise you say he is a professional so he will do a good job, but
even the tiniest inkling between a driver and a team is going to
affect a relationship. Are you worried that the relationship will
not go well and he will not perform well?
FW: I think there is a lot of noise currently, but we optimistically
believe that he will be fine. When he is in the car he will have too
much to do.
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