Q. Was the Red Bull route something you chased from the beginning, as a lot of people suspected you were going the Renault route?
MG: We looked at both options, and Renault/Enstone was happy to provide us, but it was not able to provide us with a fully fledged 2011 solution. That really tipped things in favor of Red Bull. Longer term Renault could have done, but in the short term it would have meant some compromises so it was the best solution.
Q. Force India said recently that it was expecting Mark Smith to leave the team at the end of this year, rather than April as originally planned. Are you going to get hold of him earlier?
MG: We would clearly like to, but the bottom line is that a contract exists between Mark and Force India so that is totally and utterly in their hands. Looking from a practical point of view, you get to a point where you have to ask, do you want the guy to continue doing his job usefully, and if the answer is no then the question is how long you want to continue paying him to be involved. Maybe at the sharp end of the grid with big budgets you will pay someone to sit there for six months doing nothing at home, but does it make sense for teams running off a more tightly controlled budget?
Q. Where is the team's situation with regard to drivers for next season?
MG: I think there will be a driver announcement in the near future. Stability is always good and I think we set out a clear intention last year in terms of where we wanted to go in terms of experienced drivers – and the bottom line is that you would not have hired two experienced drivers to do your first season and then not have two experienced drivers when you should be going racing and they can make a difference.
Q. Will there be a third driver in 2011 who can do a few Fridays?
MG: We made no secret of the fact that, having now got our partner GP2 team with AirAsia – which is very positive as GP2 is now running on the same tires as F1 so the amount of extra information you can get on a grand prix weekend will be a big advantage we would like our reserve driver and test driver to be our two GP2 drivers. We would want their feedback during a race weekend, so that follows that we want experienced GP2 drivers who are capable of running at the sharp end and winning.
The GP2 team will be based at Hingham with the F1 team, but operation from their unit, but its engineering team will be embedded into the grand prix team. That is a very positive thing for us, and for any prospective drivers.
Q. So do you believe that the GP2 tire information can be an advantage for the F1 team in 2011?
MG: Yes. When you are sitting there on a Saturday afternoon, where your only real unknown is depreciation, you have a bunch of your boys running around and doing it. From the background we have, in terms of the behavior of cars on the GP2 car and the Toyota, they are not getting differences in results. I think it will be very good information and it is an attractive proposition for GP2 drivers to have a real association with an F1 team.
Q. In Japan you made a big step forward in your fight to grab 10th place in the Constructors' Championship with a 12th-place finish. How important was that?
MG: Ultimately it was massively important, because it was one of those races that had six cars out on lap two, where you could have tripped up. And to be honest, it was a really strong performance from the team. Looking at the battle of the new teams, we started in the wind tunnel three months later than everyone else and we finished it three months earlier as they are bringing updates – so to out-qualify the others by more than one second and then destroy them in the race was a really strong performance.
Q. Psychologically, was it good, too, to have delivered your best result of the season late in the season?
MG: I actually said to Tony [Fernandes] that I thought if we finished the first four races then that would have secured us 10th place. So to have done better than that is good. But to have done better than that because we raced was fantastic. We raced there – and it was a strong race performance.
Q. Is the plan for the next three races just to keep your focus and keep doing what you are doing?
MG: Yes, that is why you employ two experienced drivers, because they did not make any mistakes or fall off on the formation lap! It is why you have those two guys in the car, the strategy was OK, and we always had it covered. Anything can happen, but you don't get that many races like Japan – and the good thing is that when it happens we got a two-car finish. It is almost giving the others no chance and that is what we need to do – to lock it up. We always say on Saturday that what we would like is a boring race to 17th!