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GP Week : Issue 30
Rosberg’s big comeback NICO Rosberg has admitted that he believed his chances of a good result at the Singapore Grand Prix had been dashed by a drive- through penalty. The Williams driver was awarded the penalty for pitting for new tyres and fuel when the pit-lane was closed. Under F1 regulations, the pit-lane closes until further notice when the Safety Car is deployed, but with the German almost out of fuel he had no choice but to stop. The penalty followed a tough start to Rosberg’s race. “I was stuck behind Jarno [Trulli] and the team told me ‘either you get by him or the race is over,’ so I had to risk it. I went for it a couple of times and it was pretty close a few times but in the end I locked up all the wheels and got past which was good even though I flat spotted my tyres quite a lot afterwards and it was quite tough as I had to do one qualifying lap after another after that to get a clear gap. Then the Safety Car came out just on the lap I was coming in and I couldn’t believe it. I was like ‘not again, it’s impossible.” Rosberg took the lead of the race after the Safety Car came back into the pits and admitted that leading a Grand Prix had been an enjoyable experience. “Yeah, it’s a very, very nice view, to have P1 on the pit board. I was just pushing as hard as I could, I had nobody behind me. I was thinking this is looking great and just pushing as hard as I could because I knew that I had to stop, I was going to get a stop-and-go, so I had to try and get the gap as big as possible. Rosberg went on to admit that the handing down of a penalty had shattered any illusions he had of a good result, which made the resultant podium all the sweeter. “At the time that the team said I had to have a ten second stop-and- go penalty, which I thought was going to come anyway, I thought it was all over again. Although I was P1, I was trying to go as hard as I could, I was enjoying it while I was out front, but I thought it was all over again, because I had to come in. Then I dropped to sixth and then they said to me that the guys in front still need to stop, so it was looking great again. It was me racing Fernando. I thought I might have a chance against him but he was just a bit too quick today but still, it’s been a great result for us. “And I think the team has also done a fantastic job because we also struggled with brakes and also had some problems with the bumpiness on the track. We had some issues with some things and they fixed up a whole load of things overnight in preparation for qualifying and everything held on great, so a big compliment to them also.” Glock delighted with achieved goals TIMO Glock has said he was delighted with his fourth place finish at the Singapore Grand Prix. The German drove a determined race to finish just shy of the podium, and although his Toyota team saw their main rivals Renault finish at the top step of the podium, Glock praised the job Fernando Alonso had done in wrapping up a surprising win. “At the end I’m happy with me”he said. “I did no mistakes, I got the car through the whole 61 laps without a mistake and I think it was the best I could do today. I’m fighting for the team, for Toyota, to stay in fourth and we are not really happy when your hardest competitor wins, and we have to admit to that and say that they did a pretty good job all weekend, particularly Fernando who really showed his pace, particularly in the last 10 laps.” Glock admitted that the conditions had been difficult, not just because of the bumpy road surface but also the high temperatures. “It was difficult, really tough and quite hot and with such a bumpy track the car was not very comfortable to drive; I am sure I will feel the effects tomorrow. At 28 one time I looked at my pitboard and saw there were 37 laps done and I thought, ‘bloody hell that’s a long second half of the race,’but I found a good rhythm at the end and got through without any mistakes and I’m quite happy with that.” Glock was also delighted to have passed a personal goal for the season. “My goal at the beginning of the year was to score 20 points this season so I am very satisfied to achieve that with three races still to go.”