Q. Ross, you were talking about there being two levels of team; that's also true in name changing. You have a bit of a problem going on at the moment with some teams wanting to change the names and others not wanting it to happen. How many brands do you think are essential to Formula 1 and how many teams should be allowed to change their names just to survive?
RB: We've been fairly ambivalent about the name change. Obviously, we're a team that has changed its name a number of times over the last 10 to 15 years. In fact – I know it's a slightly debatable point – but we are also one of the oldest teams in Formula 1, because we started as Tyrrell and that is the same company all the way through to now, with some variations of our name. So we don't have any strong views. I think it would obviously be very, very disappointing if a brand of the strength of Ferrari changed its name, but we know that's never going to happen and if it suits the commercial purposes of teams to change their name and it helps them survive, helps them prosper, then we should consider it. So we don't have any strong views and we wouldn't stand in the way of a sensible proposal. We don't want anything that's perhaps derogatory to Formula 1. We wouldn't want someone naming their team... I shan't make any suggestions as to what you could call it but we don't want that sort of thing going on but otherwise we have no strong views.
CH: I think the situation is a tricky one in many respects because there are two sides to it. On one side, it doesn't make any sense for a team to be called Renault when it isn't Renault, therefore a name change in a situation like that makes sense. I think that where Formula 1 needs to be a little bit careful is that the teams are brands and when the promoter is selling Formula 1 around the world, can sell Ferrari, can sell McLaren and now sell Red Bull Racing and Mercedes – they are all strong brand names. I think it's something to perhaps consider for the future, that there needs to be more careful consideration given to the names of teams and the mechanism by which they can be changed. As Ross says, if there's a logical, sensible reason then why not, but I think we also have to be careful that it just doesn't end up in a merry-go-round and companies that have the same company number just change effectively [the] entrant name on a yearly or biannual basis.
RB: One thing I'd add that is unfortunate about Formula 1 is that if this becomes a judgment call, people start to make judgments on the merit then that's fine, you're entitled to a judgement. Unfortunately, if it becomes a trading position and I guarantee those teams that are trying to change their name will have had approaches from other teams who want different favors paid in order to agree to the name change, and that's not correct. I know that happened to us when we wanted to change our name. People sought to get favors from that decision. That's what we mustn't have. If there's a genuine reason why a team shouldn't change its name, because it's not in the interests of Formula 1, that's correct, there should be a proper debate. It needs to be done in an adult way and not used in a divisive way.
MW: I agree with what Ross has just said. Philosophically, I can understand the desire to retain names and Ferrari, McLaren hopefully, proud brands, are not going to plan to change, so I understand that but I think also that we've got to recognize that we're in a commercial environment, I think it makes a lot of sense that for there to be two Lotus teams in the sport doesn't seem very sensible. The issue that Ross that just raised...I recall, within the last couple of years, when there was a desire to change the team name to Mercedes Benz, how a number of people conspired against that, which was a ridiculous position to take and very damaging to the sport. Hopefully, the established brands are just that, and they would have no motivation to change. I think if it was a small team and it's going to help them commercially...there are a lot of teams there whom we talked about there being two tiers, obviously it's not quite that simple but there are a number of teams for whom it's a reasonable struggle, to stay in Formula 1, it's a reasonable struggle to generate the budgets to go racing. I think we should encourage them to remain in the sport. As we mentioned earlier, this is the 700th Grand Prix of McLaren, but in that time 107 teams have failed. Now that's a sobering thought. I think we should be doing, as a Formula 1 community, everything we can to help and facilitate teams and as Ross said, if they come up with a clearly silly, divisive name or a name that's damaging to Formula 1, then we should be able to use good judgement to prevent it, but if it's clear that the name change facilitates the funding and the retention of that team within Formula 1, then we shouldn't use the polemics and politics of Formula 1 to prevent it.
JB: Yeah, we are a team that has changed our name this year for commercial reasons, and it was very important for us to have that flexibility, so in general, we are in support of it.
Q. Christian, Red Bull have obviously come a long way since 2005; I was just hoping that maybe you could just speak a little bit about that journey and some of the struggles and highlights, also the importance of Abu Dhabi in that journey. In 2009, you won there, to set yourself up for a successful 2010 season and then you obviously won there again last year, to get Seb's title.
CH: It's been an incredible journey in a relatively short space of time. I think McLaren have done 700 Grands Prix, we've done about 120 odd. This is only our seventh car. When Red Bull bought what was the Jaguar team at the end of 2004, Dietrich Mateschitz had a vision of what he wanted to achieve and he set that out and spelled that out at a very early stage, internally, and it was a question of getting the right people in place, the right structures, empowering the right people and taking what was there already and developing that, and I think the first few years were building years for the team as we put the right infrastructure, the right facilities into place. Obviously Adrian was a key recruitment, together with other key placements within the team. When the 2009 regulations came along, which were probably the biggest regulation changes in the past 20 years, it was a perfect opportunity for the design team with a clean sheet of paper to demonstrate what they were capable of. Obviously 2009 was a strong year for the team, certainly the second half of the year was a tremendously strong period for the team and we managed to carry that momentum through into 2010 and at the same time saw the emergence of Sebastian, who had joined the team from Toro Rosso in 2009 into '10 and last year was a classic year in the sport, I think. For it to go down the wire on that evening in Abu Dhabi with potentially four drivers that could have won the World Championship that evening was phenomenal and our expectation, to win it with Sebastian, was quite low going into that race. It was quite a long shot, it was Fernando's championship to lose but it all panned out and Sebastian won the race, the results went his way and he became the youngest World Champion.
And then obviously again, with more regulation changes, with the introduction of a new tire supplier, with double diffusers being banned, with F-ducts going, with DRS being introduced, you've got some challenges to incorporate into a new car and what I'm especially proud of what the team has achieved is the continuity that it managed from the end of 2010 into 2011 and then throughout this season, to deliver at a consistent level. It's been a phenomenal journey so far, and a very exciting one and one that is testimony really to the people behind the scenes, the level of commitment, the level of effort. The super-human efforts that have gone in from each member of the team, men and women alike, has just been phenomenal to achieve the kind of results that we have. Obviously we're keen to build on that, not only in the remaining races of this year but obviously into 2012 and beyond.
Q. We're all aware of the culinary dangers of going to India - Delhi belly doesn't get its name for nothing. I was just wondering what you were all doing, health and safety-wise, above and beyond what you would normally do for a Grand Prix, what you are doing food and drink preparation-wise for that particular race. We hear that you're all taking your own produce rather than using local stuff, which you would normally do.
PH: I don't know what the Italian chefs have done but they seem to conjure up some sort of Italian food wherever we've been around the world so far. I think it's a bit of a mix: sometimes we do take some things with us and then the rest of it is sourced locally. It's a bit of a mix.
JB: I took (cricketer) Freddy Flintoff's advice at Silverstone. He's done 15 tours of the subcontinent: eat street curry and drink lots of beer was his advice so maybe we will follow that.
MW: We shouldn't overstate the issues there. I think there's a logistics challenge for the team to go anywhere in the world. I'm sure we're enjoying local supplies and there will be some taken, but that's very normal. I don't think we should single out India as a particular challenge in that regard.
CH: We've had a running show car team out in India for the past couple of weeks now. They've done show runs in Delhi and then they've gone off to the Himalayas where they drove up the highest road in the world, up to 18,000 feet. We've only had one incident of an upset tummy, but I don't think that had anything to do with the food, probably more to do with the beverage. No, we're not taking any additional precautions. We'll be buying local produce and obviously as a British team, curry is a relatively popular dish.
RB: I think the same as Christian's just described. We'll be using local supplies, really the same as every other race. We'll be relying on local produce.