News FIA Friday press conferenceAustralia - Fri 15 Mar 14:56 GMT

Team representatives Mattia Binotto (Ferrari), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Cyril Abiteboul (Renault) and Christian Horner (Red Bull Racing) face the press in Melbourne

News FIA Friday press conferenceAustralia

  There is a huge whole at the moment that needs to be filled but for us the person, Charlie, who strolls in for a coffee and was just a decent man and I’m really sorry for his family in these terrible times.

  I think there is a huge debt of gratitude owed to Charlie for what Formula One is today, the safety, the lives that his actions actually saved, you know the way these cars are now and the safety record that they now have.

  CA: There’s been the winter, there’s been pre-season testing and there is FP1 and first I’d like to remove FP1 from the answer because it was a bit of a scrappy session with some reprogramming that took away precious lap time, as we had to test a number of items, so obviously our lap time was not really representative.

  Q: Mattia, can you tell us a little bit about your new role, you’ve been promoted to team principal over the winter.

  But like Mattia says, the teams were, lap time wise, very close together, but very few kilograms of fuel can make you look very good or less good.