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GP Week : Issue 189
froM THE cockpIT MAx chILToN “Another tough race today and one which underlined the balance problems we’ve been experiencing all weekend. The start was okay but we weren’t able to keep pace with the competition today. What I was encouraged by was my pace versus my team- mate – there was nothing between us for the first 25 laps but every time I got close enough to overtake I lost downforce, so I couldn’t do anything to improve. I kept with him throughout the rest of the race, despite experiencing the toughest blue flag phase of the season, when it was really hard to make sure I gave the space needed at the right time and not suffer a huge loss of time myself. Time now to say goodbye to the european phase of my debut season for what will be a very challenging run of long- haul races I think.” jeAN-erIc verGNe “everything was going well, I wasn’t actually in a battle at the time and was conserving my tyres and controlling Button behind me quite easily. Then I felt something was wrong (right) and had to stop at the side of the track. I said on the radio I thought the engine had gone, but actually it was still running and it seems I had some sort of transmission problem. A real shame, especially as I knew my final stint on the Hard tyre would be even stronger. I would definitely have finished quite high up in the points as the guys ahead were not pulling away from me. I seem to be suffering a lot of bad luck this season, but I keep believing the turning point will come soon.” PAuL dI reSTA "It has been one of those weekends to forget, starting with the brake failure yesterday and the early retirement today. I just got caught out going into the second chicane because the cars ahead of me got backed up – I guess they were reacting to the tussle going on ahead of them. I locked both fronts trying to stop the car and ended up hitting Grosjean. unfortunately it was too late to take avoiding action. Now we need to look forward to singapore and put this one behind us.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... NICO HuLKeNBeRG While the 2012 sauber was a competitive animal, claiming four podium finishes over the course of the season, the C32 has not been as strong as its predecessor. Hulkenberg surprised even himself with a P3 grid slot on saturday afternoon, and the German racer spent sunday ably fending off the faster cars around him on track. While the Incredible Hulk lost two places over the course of the 53 laps of the Italian Grand Prix, he fended off Nico Rosberg with ease, and crossed the finish line a mere 0.994s behind Felipe Massa. It was a strong performance, and a timely reminder of the young driver’s speed and confidence. 39 GPWEEK.com // 39 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ITALY