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Japanese GP | Teams’ Press Conference

Guenther STEINER (Haas), Mattia BINOTTO (Ferrari), Toyoharu TANABE (Honda), Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Frédéric VASSEUR (Alfa Romeo) talk about the typhoon and how to manage the situation.

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Japanese GP | Teams’ Press Conference
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The first question that opens the Teams’ Press Conference in Suzuka is about what everyone is wondering: how will the teams manage it? Will it change their program?

All the Team Principals agreed with the decision taken by the FIA and claim that safety comes first. They all agree that is already common in other categories, like in Formula E and it is a chance to have more tyres to

“It has happened before and it will happen in the future”, said Abiteboul - “Sunday we will have the time to build both the qualifying and the race”.


Tanabe affirmed that his team is already prepared to analyse all the datas after the qualifying in order to set up for racing and he says that racing at their home Grand-Prix,  in their own circuit, is both a great honour and puts on them a great pressure too, but they will work normally and do their best.

The Honda’s boss had been asked to comment the first time of the Japanese driver Naoki Yamamoto in Formula 1 during the free practises. The Japanese raced with Toro Rosso, gave Kvyat one tenth, and he declared: - “Considering it’s his first run on a grand prix weekend I think he did a good job. He did a decent job for the team to set up the car in the first session of the weekend and then his run today will definitely encourage Japanese young drivers and fans. So, thank you Toro Rosso and Red Bull and it’s good for the Japanese fans as well.”

Vasseur referred to Giovinazzi as a good choice for next season as well: - “He is matching qualifying with Kimi and showing up good results. Probably he will stay with us next year as well but we have not decided yet. We will do it soon.”

There is another key point that has been widely discussed: the rivalry between the two Ferrari drivers.

Mattia Binotto is trustworthy that Sochi situation is not going to be repeated and considers the lesson learned because both of the Prancing Horse’s drivers are going to work for the team and only later for themselves. When asked if he is afraid of losing control on them, the Ferrari boss claims that is a luxury to have this situation.

He said he talked with his two drivers individually and he is ready to manage them and address few things that can work better for the future.  Binotto is sure that SF90 is a competitive car and so he is happy- but not surprised- of its performances and it can show good results also against Mercedes and its aero dynamical updates and against the strong power of Honda engine.


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