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Brazilian GP: Friday Press Conference

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05/11/2010

John, just a summary of your season so far. Your first season, how do you feel about it.
John Booth: Well, pretty much as last time I answered the question. The first half was a disaster but it has been steady progress all the way since Monaco really.

How do you feel about next year? It has been suggested that a lot of money needs to be put into the team.
JB: Well, our budget is in place as planned for three to five years and nothing has changed in our budget plans at all.

So there is a straight financial programme?
JB: Absolutely.

And there is nothing more to add to that?
JB: No.

Two of the new teams have gone for new transmissions from various places. What about yours? Have you had transmission problems? Are you expecting to change?
JB: We had transmission problems very early on in the season. Ours is a little bit different to the new teams in that it is pretty much our own gearbox with internals manufactured elsewhere, so our situation is a little bit different and we are very happy with the developments we made this year. Next year's box is looking even more reliable, so we are pretty happy with it.

So it doesn't really apply to you?
JB: No.

Timo, a summary of your season particularly as you were coming back from injury at the start of this year.
Timo Glock: Yeah, as John said we had a very hard start to the season and it made our life a bit difficult in the first part. I think, for me from Silverstone onwards, we had quite a good development on the car and just improved from race to race. Learned and the team itself just went more and more in the right direction and grew more together and from my side every race weekend I did my best. I had a couple of good highlights where I could out-qualify the Lotus, so I had some good times in wet conditions as well in Singapore and Korea. But we had some races where we were unlucky and we could have been around P13, P12, but that's racing. We have to learn from our mistakes and make it better in the future.

What is required do you think? Can you take the fight to Lotus next year?
TG: It is a bit too early to say as everyone is developing as hard as possible. Up to now I don't know. We will see. We have to improve. We have to learn from the mistakes and just develop as hard as possible.

But you are hopeful of a good season next year?
TG: Yes.

Are you definitely staying with the team next year?
TG: At the moment it looks like is, yes.

Ross, the car seems to have got better since you stopped developing it. That is not meant to be an insult; perhaps you can explain why that should be?
Ross Brawn: Thank you for that Bob, that was very kind. It has just been consolidation and often when you are introducing a lot of new things, particularly with no testing, it makes the Friday and Saturday practice quite difficult. We had a bit of a low point during the season when we had a lot of new stuff on the car and we did not have it working properly and we have just consolidated those developments since. I think we are not extracting the most from it which has been a good lesson for us and something we will perhaps bear in mind for the future to arrive at the circuit with a package that is more thoroughly prepared before we try and get it on the circuit. We have seen that almost with every team this year that it is two steps forward and one step back because of no testing. I think back to the days of testing we would spend days evaluating things and often things would not work the way we expected. It is understandable but I think we have learnt quite a lot from it.

If you are looking at it with your FIA hat on, has the season been technically perfect in that we have so many teams that are so close at the head of the field?
RB: I think it has been a great season for some of the reasons I just explained. Teams have not been able to bludgeon their way through developments in testing. We have had no refuelling which has brought another dimension. Tyres changed quite a lot this year, so I think it has been a great season. I think we are still concerned that when things stabilise that we ought to have this option of a new rear wing for next year to give some extra spice to the races if we need to. I think the formula is pretty good at the moment. You have to say the racing is great, the whole spectacle is very good. We always need to find ways of improving it but it is not a bad show.

Nico, your feelings on how your car might perform on these next two circuits. As Ross says it seems to be getting better and better?
Nico Rosberg: For sure Korea was a good chance for us and we were a bit further up than we had been in the previous races but I would be careful to say that we will progress. What we want to try and do is just hold our position and at the moment it looks like it is going to be a little bit more difficult here this weekend but saying that tomorrow is rain and if it rains I think we have a better chance. Actually if it rains tomorrow I think we have a good chance to be much further up the gird.

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