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GP Week : Issue 186
FROM THE COCKPIT JEAN-ERIC VERGNE “There’s not much to say today, because after not having a good pace all weekend, today there was no change. I found the car very difficult to drive right from the start, then there was the moment at my pit stop, when I had to brake hard to avoid Di Resta who was released from his pit right in front of me, which cost me more time. On lap 23 the team told me they had spotted a fault with the hydraulics and called me in to retire. It’s extremely disappointing, as this is my second consecutive race retirement. A weekend to forget.” JULES BIANCHI “Obviously it is very disappointing to end my race so soon, due to an engine problem on lap 22. I got a very poor start and it was a real battle to recover from that and stay ahead of Pic. I had just completed my second pit stop and got ahead of Van Der Garde when the engine let go, but I think we had the pace to be able to fight to keep both Caterhams behind had I continued. The car felt well-balanced and we were showing the usual more positive race pace. It has been a less than straightforward weekend so perhaps this was just not destined to be our race and we just have to look ahead to the next one in Hungary.” FELIPE MASSA "I am very disappointed with what happened, especially after the rest of the weekend had gone well. At the start of lap four, when I was on the straight, at the moment when I braked, the rear wheels locked up and I couldn’t stop the car from spinning. When the car came to a stop, it was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t stop the engine from stalling. It’s very odd that it got stuck like that, even if so far, the team has not seen anything unusual. The Mediums did not have the pace we expected after Friday’s free practice, but maybe other factors, such as the higher temperatures, came into play and made the difference. Now I want to focus on the next race when I plan to do my utmost to turn things around.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... ROMAIN GROsJeAN In the early stages of the German Grand Prix, Grosjean looked to be in with a decent chance of victory, taking the lead after sebastian Vettel made an early stop on lap 7. After pitting six laps later, the Lotus driver emerged in P3 and made short work of passing P2 Jenson Button before chasing down Vettel for the lead. But when the safety Car emerged a few laps later and Vettel dived in for fresh rubber, Grosjean stayed out on track. The time and grip lost behind the safety Car would end up costing the Frenchman his chance at the win, and the final laps saw the Lotus pit wall ask their driver to move over for his teammate, costing Grosjean a clutch of championship points in the process. 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> GERMANY