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Q&A with Boullier and Perman

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21/06/2013

Two races without a decent points haul do not constitute a big drama insists Team Principal Eric Boullier, who keenly welcomes a new part-owner to the team with the news of Infinity Racing Partners taking a 35% stake in the squad.

What can you tell us about the ownership of the team?
Eric Boullier: This week we have some very good news which is another step in the development of the team by Genii Capital. A 35% stake has been sold to Infinity Racing Partners, an organisation committed to furthering the team's goals and supporting Genii Capital's vision for the team's future. The day to day running of the team here at Enstone remains unchanged but for the future, access to the global network of Infinity Racing's principal partners means there are major opportunities to secure high level sponsorships. Investors taking a stake in a team is common practice in Formula 1 and other sports, and Genii have been talking to potential partners for some time as they wanted to make sure that they would select the right one. We're happy that a strong investor has been found to help bolster the team's position and allow us to push for the future.

Montreal was the second consecutive event where results fell short of expectations; are the team falling away from the front of the field?
EB: Certainly not. In Monaco it was clear we had the pace and potential to achieve good results. Montreal was a different story, a difficult weekend for us, and we'll take that on the chin. We struggled a little bit in Canada, but we have been able to identify clear reasons why this occurred. We've learnt some valuable lessons and drawn the line under the Canadian Grand Prix. We head to Silverstone with a determined strategy to be back fighting for podiums.

Can the team maintain a championship push?
EB: Yes, and we're certainly not going to let two weekends of poor results stop us in our efforts. We have a very reasonable package to fit to the E21 for Silverstone - with a number of elements which should help with our performance - and we have plenty of other upgrades to come later in the season too.

What are your thoughts on the latest tyre allocations?
EB: We trust Pirelli's judgement in these matters as they have all the data to analyse and listen to the concerns of all the teams; some of whom are very keen to see the tyres changed, some of whom are very keen to have the tyres left as they are. Let's see what happens in the next three races for which the allocations have been made and see how that impacts on future allocations.

How do you rate the performance of both drivers in Canada?
EB: Kimi did a great job when you consider that he was suffering from a brake issue, and he continued his run of points finishes. It's frustrating for him and it's frustrating for us that he's finished without a strong points haul in a second consecutive race, but we have everything in place for Silverstone to reverse that trend. For two of the last three races, Romain's performance has been masked. In Spain our calculations showed a podium was possible were it not for the component failure which led to him retiring, and in Montreal his performance of driving through the field was masked by us having to change our tyre strategy. Had we continued on a one-stop Romain would have finished strongly in the points.

What do you make of Kimi's unbroken run of finishes and points scoring?
EB: Kimi's a points scoring machine and it will be nice if he sets a new record, even if he says he's not bothered by that sort of thing. Since his comeback with us he has been the most reliable driver on the grid for scoring points, and it's interesting to reflect back to the doubt some people had about his return to Formula 1. He's had some bad luck in the last two races, but I'm sure the drivers he's competing with will also have some bad luck too.

After a difficult weekend in Canada, Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane is feeling positive heading to Silverstone, with a useful box of tricks ready to be unleashed from the upgrades cupboard...

Montreal wasn't the weekend we wanted; what have we learnt from the experience?
Alan Permane: We struggled at a low energy circuit in both wet and dry conditions; that much is simple to say. Of course, as a team we go over the whole weekend and dissect every detail - including things like procedures, car setup and so on - to ensure we pick up on any area we may have missed out on and to identify if we could have done things better. Overall, it was very clear we were struggling for grip through the entire weekend in both wet and dry conditions. Romain put in some decent laps on Friday and ended both sessions in P3, but it was difficult to replicate that performance again. It looks like we weren't able to get the tyres into their performance window other than on Friday.

If the team struggles with low energy circuits, is there a concern for the rest of the season?
AP: Fortunately there aren't any more really low energy circuits to come this season. Of the current venues we visit, Montreal, Monaco and Hockenheim can be viewed as low energy and we've visited two of those already so far this year, with the third not being on the 2013 calendar. I'll be surprised if we encounter the issues we did in Montreal again this season.

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