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Post-Canada GP Q&A with Todt and Domenicali

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11/06/2007

Jean Todt: Pointless to say that we are very disappointed, because we lost important points. We have been beaten by… obviously because Kimi with the only Ferrari finishing the race is finishing fifth but we feel we were able to compete against all the others except the winner's team. For the second race in a row we have been beaten by a team more competitive than our team. It's a big shame that we had to have one car excluded but there's no complaint. You have a red light, if you don't stop in front of the red light you get excluded, so that's it and we have to analyse very carefully the situation. All the ??? I have seen them already, these kind of circumstances and I've seen them in different circumstances, so let's hope that soon we are able to do a better job.

Why was the pit lane closed at the time that Massa came out and did you tell him that the pitlane had a red light.
JT: He did not pay attention, he was concentrating on going out, not having any car passing him, and we did not tell him anything.

Renault said they can't see the red light from the pit wall. Is that the same for you?
JT: Can we see the…?

Stefano Domenicali: No, from our position, no.

JT: But you know, honestly, it's not a question because it's in the rules, so if you have a procedure where you say be careful, you will have the red light, you don't have to see. We didn't say (that) to him and he did not pay attention.

The season started you being over a second faster around Australia than McLaren. It's evolved through Bahrain where you were pole and win, Spain pole and win and now it's seems to have gone to a situation where the race track today is half a second slower than the McLaren.
JT: Too much but it's not a second, I think it's four tenths. Four tenths. On this type of circuit, it was the same kind of difference already in Monte Carlo two weeks ago, so definitely they did a good step forwards. Maybe the specification of the circuits were more against our car, I think we will have a quick answer next week. I'm not saying that next week we will be in front but at least it's a different kind of circuit, you have a lot of common points between Monte Carlo and Canada so we will have a different idea on a different circuit in one week's time.

Do you have confidence that the rate of development for the second half of the season will be on a par with or slightly better than McLaren?
JT: I don't know. I don't know what they are preparing. I know that we are preparing a series of developments. What it will give? Will it be enough, not enough? I will say time will tell.

This circuit has got a certain characteristic in terms of hard on brakes and obviously a lot of changes of direction. Is that where you felt you were suffering?
JT: Mainly we were missing traction in slow corners.

Do you feel that BMW has closed the gap on Ferrari or perhaps even leap-frogged ahead of Ferrari in the last two weekends?
JT: It was a strange race, because the introduction of safety cars so definitely it did not help our strategy. We had to stop our two cars earlier than planned so we could not get advantage of it and that compromised significantly the race.

You came into this race appearing to be quite confident about improving your form from Monte Carlo but perhaps that wasn't the case. Do you feel there's a problem within the car or do you feel that it's just extracting the maximum of performance from the whole weekend?
JT: You in certain conditions we were not quick enough. Our engineers have to analyse very deeply and then to understand.

Is that a surprise because you went into Barcelona with a revised chassis and revised aerodynamic package and we expected you to be very strong and in Barcelona you were, but it doesn't seem as if the revisions to the car have really paid the dividends that we expected?
JT: But you know Barcelona was Barcelona and in the meantime it was a new introduction of development for Monte Carlo and for Canada which are two completely different circuits. Probably if we went back to Barcelona we would be in a position to win the race, we don't know.

But in fact in Monaco the race pace of Felipe was in fact very good, so it's the first time this season that the pace is not there.
JT: I mean, no, in Monaco we were slower and here we were slower by almost half a second, but we hardly had a clear track in front and we know that not having a clear track is a big disadvantage.

Did Kimi have any particular problems today?
JT: Yeah, he had some problems, he slightly touched a car at the start, and then he got some parts of the crashed car in front, in the front wing, as you could all see, and definitely (that) damaged the performance of his car.

Kimi has quite a problem with the super soft tyres at the end of the race. How difficult was it to get the right tyre management?
JT: When you say Kimi, all the drivers with the super soft tyres had problems.

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