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GP Week : Issue 185
FROM THE COCKPIT SERGIO PEREZ “This was a big shame for the team – we needed this result. My race had been going well. I’d been running inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon when my left-rear tyre suddenly exploded. I just felt an explosion along the Hangar straight – there was nothing I could really do about it. The tyres are a big concern. Luckily nothing too serious happened to anyone, but we need to sit down together, get an explanation and get something done. Overall, we made a solid improvement through the weekend. We made some useful improvements and showed that our pace is a step forward. Those are all positives to take away. We were just very unlucky today.” SEBASTIAN VETTEL “Obviously it’s quite disappointing to retire when we were only a few laps from the end. We had a gearbox issue, I think fifth gear broke and damaged the rest of the gearbox as well, so it was not possible to carry on. It’s a shame because we were in a good position and it’s a nice race to win here, so yeah I guess we have to come back next year and try again. It’s good that it’s only a short time until the next race.” JEAN_ERIC VERGNE “I got a bad start and that’s something we must look at carefully, as it compromised our performance. But it would not have made a big difference today, because of the problem I had when my tyre failed. I don’t know what happened, I did not feel any warning signs and it just let go under braking. I did manage to come back to the pits, fit new tyres and go out again, but the team immediately told me I had quite significant damage to the car, which in any case I could feel. The car was very difficult to drive from then on and in the end, the team took the decision to retire me, as there was no sense in carrying on.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... LeWIs HAMILTON In an afternoon characterised by recovery drives, there was none better than Hamilton’s climb from the back following the dramatic tyre failure that cost the Briton his chance of a maiden win for Mercedes in front of his home crowd. Where many might have lost heart, Hamilton got on with the task at hand, making the most of the opportunities afforded by the race’s two safety Cars to fight his way back up to the front. While victory was out of his reach, the 2008 world champion crossed the line 0.632s off the podium, helping his team to overtake Ferrari in the constructors’ standings. 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GREAT BRITAIN