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Japan GP: Friday Press Conference

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28/09/2007

My first question to you all is simply your general reaction to being here in Fuji this weekend?
Hiroshi Yasukawa: Being here in Fuji is beautiful and fantastic. Yesterday we walked the whole course. One reason is that it's good exercise, and we were surprised. With the safety issues, they're very, very good I believe, and the whole facility is fantastic. Also I remember 1976, the first time Formula One was held here in Fuji. That time also, Bridgestone supplied the tyres for Mr Hoshino-san. That time I remember we had very heavy rain. (Kazuyoshi) Hoshino's driving was fantastic, so without question, this race had a very strong impact. Since that time, everybody remembers Hoshino and also our Bridgestone super-wet tyres. So it had a very strong impact. Also that was the first time we in Japan had Formula One – it was a big surprise, a big shock, to experience Formula One.

So was that the start of the Bridgestone Formula One story?
HY: Yes, that's right. It has a very strong impact for us.

Of course, you would have still been at school then?
HY: No, I'm a very old guy. (laughter)

Aguri Suzuki: I want to say thank you very much to the Fuji Speedway people. Everything is very well organised – they've done a very good job – and also the facilities are very nice. Yesterday we walked around the circuit with Hiroshi, and it's unbelievable with the safety and facilities and everything. Thirty years ago, I also came here – I was about 16 years old – and it was my first time watching a Formula One Grand Prix. It had a very strong impact on me as I was thinking for the future that I must come in here, inside of the paddock. So it's fantastic that I am now in the paddock.

It's an expensive ticket, isn't it?
AS: (laughter) Very expensive!

Wada-san, were you here as well?
Yasuhiro Wada: I wasn't 16 years old, but I was here as well. In 1976 I was one of the observers, you could say, and I just wanted to personally take a look at the Formula One cars. It was a very big experience for me, and somehow I came back 30 years later – it's amazing.

And your feelings about the circuit?
YW: It's a very good facility and very well organised. It will be nice to go back to Suzuka in 2009, but it's good to have two courses in Japan.

Yamashina-san?
Tadashi Yamashina: This morning, when I was entering the circuit, I was very excited to see all of the Japanese people walking around. That's much different than the other European circuits. The mood is kind of different. A lot of Japanese fans – we can race in front of them, so such a mood is very exciting for us. I'm very happy that we are at the Fuji Grand Prix as I'm in charge of this circuit and as the managing officer of the Toyota Motor Corporation. So far I have good information that any big issues will be done very well.

Some individual questions for you. For Hiroshi-san, it's your first year again of being the sole tyre supplier – how do you think it has gone, and have Bridgestone got what they wanted out of it?
HY: Our understanding was that next year, 2008, we would do this, but this year, suddenly, our competitor stopped. Honestly, at the end of last year we were very busy as we had to keep fairness for everybody and also consider safety issues. But so far, I think, we have done a good job. Also, regulation-wise, the FIA made a very good decision. Each race meeting we bring two specifications (of tyres), and drivers have to use each compound. This is good for the fairness and spectator-wise, it is more interesting. If a driver starts with a tyre with the white line, they must do one stop. If they do a pit stop and they use another white line tyre, then the spectator knows that they have to do another stop. It makes it interesting, and it has people talking about tyres, which for us is good.

Is anybody asking for changes for 2008?
HY: I believe it will be the same as this year.

And how are the tyres behaving here – what's the general feeling in practice so far?
HY: This track is new for everybody, and I believe today that everybody tried the two specifications. I think everybody will choose the softer side for qualifying, that's what I think.

Aguri-san, a lot of people say that the second year is harder than the first year in Formula One. Looking back at the second year now, how do you feel the team has done – how has it gone for you?
AS: The second year is much more difficult than the first year. In the second year, we have to get some results. The job is going well and already we have some points and some good races, but still, it's very difficult.

What about the drivers for next year – are your drivers settled for next year?
AS: No, it's not decided, but right now we're talking about some things. I'm very happy for Taku and Anthony to continue to drive for our team, but it's not decided yet.

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