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GP Week : Issue 213
Nico Rosberg’s car may have been best on the soft (qualifying) tyre, but once the switch to the harder Medium came at the first stop, the momentum swung towards championship point leader Hamilton. As Merc’s head of motorsport Toto Wolff concluded: "The decisive moments in this afternoon's race came in the laps after the first pit stop, when Nico was suffering from understeer on the Prime tyre and there was a pace difference between the two cars. This allowed Lewis to close the gap on Nico, take advantage of the DRs and make a clean overtake into Turn 12. “Both drivers had to manage the challenge of making the tyres last long enough in each stint and they did a great job with this, running at a strong pace all the way to the flag. There were some alarming moments in the final laps as we saw our pair closing on a gaggle of cars absorbed in their own battle. But they were able to negotiate these backmarkers safely to bring home our tenth one-two finish of the season – which is a real tribute to what this team has achieved in 2014. “We reached a number of milestones today but, on a personal level, the most significant is to see Lewis break the all-time record for race wins by a British driver. I worked closely with Nigel Mansell, the previous record holder, during his most successful years in the early 1990s, and he was another great, lionhearted racing driver; to see Lewis set a new record this afternoon is very special.” Later after the race, an inkling as to why Hamilton was able to breeze past so decisively emerged when it seemed that Nico had muffed the ‘extra boost’ procedure when he saw Lewis coming – switching a delayed boost gain rather than the instantaneous steering wheel ‘button’. It was a moot point. Bottom line was that Lewis’ car was better on the Mediums ... no matter how Nico put it: "It was a tough day for me and it feels horrible to finish second after starting from pole. The conditions were very different compared to yesterday and it took me too long to find my rhythm at the beginning. “In Formula One it is all about adapting quickly, but it just took me too long. Ten laps after Lewis passed me, I got it right and was able to push much more, but Lewis just did a better job today. Horses for courses 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> USA PARTNERS: