Technical director Robert Mathershaw was absent, though newly-appointed Executive Director Arthur Lapierre was on hand to answer questions for the assembled media.
'Hello, and welcome to the Liverpool Grand Prix press conference, I welcome any questions from the floor.'
First of all, Arthur, you're a new appointment within the team. How have you settled?
It's been great. I'm of course the owner of Lapierre Competition, and Robert and I have worked together over the years, and now he's in the World Championship with Liverpool, I've come on board to get involved with the team.
So why has Robert stepped down from his role as sole boss of the team?
To clarify, he hasn't stepped down. We're taking this championship very seriously, and he wanted someone on board who will be able to look after the finances of the team without any distractions. I'm executively in charge of the team in terms of PR and press conferences, and both Robert and I will be looking after driver hiring and firing. The big change is in the technical department. Robert has now become technical director and will oversee the development of the cars without having to look after everything else too. He's got a long held passion for it, and he's good too. Hopefully this means next season we will start with a good car under the new regulations.
Fair enough. Anyway, practice went well, what are your hopes for the weekend?
A win. Obviously.
You've got a similar personality to Karl then...
Yes. I don't talk bullshit. I'd written what I said earlier down under orders from the press officer.
If you don't like it, get out of my press conference.
(Three of the journalists leave)
Good, we've got the quality journalists now.
Are you going to win the championship this year?
How on earth should I know? We're here for the racing. The adding up of the points is by the VFIA. Enjoy the race everyone, I'm off to the motorhome for a nice cold beer!
So with that, the press conference was over.