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GP Week : Issue 188
FROM ThE cOckPIT PAuL dI rESTA “I got a lot of wheel-spin at the start of the race and was down in about tenth place going into turn one, but during the first lap I managed to recover to seventh. After the second pit stop I was racing closely with Adrian and there was a train of four cars battling as we went into the final chicane. Pastor [Maldonado] went in deep and missed the apex so I tried to get the cut-back and was going around the outside of him. He then decided to try and enter the pit lane, which was impossible given his track position. As a result he hit me, which took the rear corner off my car.” kImI rAIkkoNEN “I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue. We both got good starts off the line but there wasn’t enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time, but after that I was pushing as hard as I could. There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was going okay until we had to retire. We’ve finished a lot of races and had some good reliability; one day your luck has to run out and today was that day.” cHArLES PIc "We started on a set of options and I was off the line cleanly with no problems on lap one. I passed both Chilton and Bianchi and by lap eight was catching my teammate but then I was told to box as we had an oil leak so we stopped the car to avoid any damage to the new engine we used today. Racing’s sometimes like this – we had good pace on Friday and saturday, the car felt well balanced and we’d made some progress.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... FeRNANDO ALONsO Never underestimate Fernando Alonso. After qualifying in a disappointing ninth place for the Belgian Grand Prix, the Ferrari driver spent saturday evening telling the media that he would finish sunday’s race on the podium. Few believed him, although we should have done. sunday afternoon saw Alonso delivering the ultimate masterclass in creating opportunities on track, fighting his way up to fifth place by the end of the first lap before working his way up to second, the position he held for the bulk of the afternoon. Included in Alonso’s charge were two particularly impressive overtakes, on Mark Webber at eau Rouge and on Lewis Hamilton at La source. 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BELGIUM