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Australian GP: Friday Press Conference

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13/03/2015

Maurizio, obviously there have been a lot of changes at Ferrari since the end of last season. How do you feel about the state of the team going into this new year?
Maurizio Arrivabene: I mean, I don't want to talk about the past. We made changes. I would like to thank the people that were there before, the guys that left, and that's it. Thinking about the future and the actual situation, I was working a lot with the guys, as I said many, many times, to put them together for a common goal and to work concentrated, with feet on the ground, with the same objective. As I said to them and as I said to your colleagues, I don't want to hear any more talking about engine, chassis or any other people. If we lose, we lose together and if we are going to win we are going to win together. That's my mantra. This is what I said to the team and I saw them calm, committed and motivated. That's important for me.

You've been involved in Formula One for many years but obviously you've only been running the team since Abu Dhabi. What areas of running a team have provided you with the steepest learning curve and the greatest challenge?
MA: For sure the technical area. You have to know a lot about that, you have to be curious, you have to go around the factory asking questions, meeting people but especially listening to the engineers, learning from them, because you know the engineers they are talking a very special language, they are able to use 1,000 words to tell you what normally they are going to say in 10 words. So you have to extrapolate and to summarise and to make it simple sometimes. I think that was the big challenge.

Thank you for that. Eric, coming to you: can you tell us what's the latest on your driver Fernando Alonso and his return to the cockpit? We've seen him on social media these last few days and he's been working out quite hard, ready for his return?
Eric Boullier: The normal process recommended by the doctors was obviously to stay and rest at home for a few days and this is what he was doing and during the same time he was allowed to train again and start again his recovery and training programme. Now it's up to the doctors of the FIA to decide if he will be ready to race in Malaysia or not.

Okay. Can you tell us a little bit about the Honda relationship, the steps along the way with Honda this year? When do you expect to have the full potential of this brand new power unit?
EB: Well, it's a complicated question and we don't have the answer yet. We are still in the process, as you can see today, of developing and understanding the car. Obviously we had tough winter sessions, not a lot of miles covered and we still have a lot of parameters to work on and discover. We do out best, we are one team but we are still not there yet. I don't know how long it's going to take. Hopefully not so long.

Thank you for that. Monisha, tell us, from your point of view, about the events of the past week and particularly the last 24 hours?
Monisha Kaltenborn: Well, that's a topic I can't say anything about. Just to make it clear, any questions about that I will not be able to answer.

So you won't be able to say, for example, where you go from here for the rest of this weekend?
MK: As I said, I cannot say anything about it.

Perhaps you could tell us a little bit about the problems suffered by Marcus then today in practice?
MK: It was a very unexpected problem on the wishbone. We're investigating what actually happened there. We just have not got the conclusive answer yet.

Thank you. Graeme, coming to you: what's the state of play with your team this weekend, obviously you didn't manage to do any running today. Is it a software issue?
Graeme Lowdon: It's not simply a software issue, there are a lot of issues, none of which are a big surprise really when you consider what's been required to get the team here in a very, very short space of time. So I would say that the problems that we are dealing with at present are not unusual for the task we are doing, which is effectively setting up trackside and on-car infrastructure for these cars to run. We'll put our best effort in and deal with each problem sequentially and try to get through them as quickly as we can and try to get running as quickly as we can.

So what are the next steps going forward? Do you expect to run this weekend and what about the next few weeks and months?
GL: We literally have to deal with the problems one at a time and I think as we steadily get through them we'll be able to put a little bit more accuracy on any kind of prediction. At the moment it's quite difficult to predict as you have binary problems - things are either going to work or they're not going to work. But what I'm confident about is that we are not seeing anything that's unusual, just things that have to be dealt with in a very short space of time and also once these problems are solved we wouldn't expect to see them again.

Thank you for that. Claire, coming to you now, obviously the expectations around your team are very different now from this time last year. Has the culture changed within Williams? Is it more now winning mentality?
Claire Williams: Yes, it's great to come to the first race of the year a little bit excited about it rather than dreading it. So it's great to be in Melbourne and even better to be at the top end of the paddock than the bottom end of the paddock. There is I suppose more expectation on us and there is that internal pressure that we have all put on ourselves at Williams to make sure that we improve this year. We clearly had a great year last year but we know that we are back to square one, back to zero, and we've got to do it all again and hopefully do a better job and take the fight to Toto and his Mercedes.

We've seen a lot of activity already this weekend around fans, drivers, interaction. Do you feel that your Promotional Working Group is starting to make some progress?
CW: We've had quite a busy winter with the PWG and the teams just coming together to see where we can support. Formula One is a fantastic show as it is but just the work that we can do behind the scenes to support promoters and to engage fans and we've been trying to do. To see Melbourne and what the promoters have done here, with their red carpet and having a bit more accessibility to drivers, the heroes of our sport. Bringing the drivers to the fans has been great to see. It'll be interesting to see what the PWG can do to support those initiatives moving forward.

Finally, coming to you Toto. Obviously you're the defending world champions. Do you feel that you've gone from being the challengers to having a giant target on your backs, albeit one that seems to still be at some distance from everybody else?
Toto Wolff: Yes, obviously it's a completely different situation than last year. It's normal that you are being the one that is the target if you set the benchmark the year before and it's quite a challenging situation. There wasn't such a big technical revolution like there was from 2013 to 2014. You have to find little gains. I think we are in a good position; we are in a good state. We had a solid first day and it's just about proving that we can do it again.

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