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GP Week : Issue 190
FROM THE COCKPIT PAUl dI RESTA “It’s such a shame to come away with nothing to show from a race where we had put ourselves in a position to score some valuable points. The management of the tyres was good and the overall performance in race conditions was very strong. even without the safety Car we were in good shape, but as a team we made the right calls and were looking to challenge the train of cars ahead of us in the final few laps. Then I had the incident at turn seven. I’m still not sure what happened, but I took the corner the same way as I had done the previous lap and the car went straight on and wouldn’t stop. The team is investigating what happened.” ROmAIN GROSJEAN “The race was going pretty well and I think a second or third place finish was a realistic prospect. We had a good strategy pitting under the safety car and we should have finished well, but unfortunately today my engine had other ideas. We lost air pressure and the team tried to fix the problem by topping it up with an additional pit stop, but that didn’t work so we had to retire which is never what you want to happen.” dANIEl RIccIARdO "The crash was my error, trying to make up for lost ground. At the start, my car just seemed to sit there without moving off the line. It was very frustrating to lose so many places right away. I think I went down five places from ninth on the grid to fourteenth. so I was on the back foot from then on, just trying to do the best I could. In the second stint, my engineer came on the radio and said ‘the pace is good, keep pushing.’ I was aware that for the pace we had, we were not doing too badly and maybe at the end I was just trying to get too much out of it and made that mistake. It’s a delicate corner with not much run-off and I went too deep into the apex. I then braked a bit harder, locked a wheel and went into the wall. It’s not a mistake I’m used to making. I will learn from this.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... KIMI RAIKKONeN Kimi Raikkonen has no need to prove his worth as a driver. The 2007 world champion has legions of adoring fans, a contract with Ferrari for 2014, and has proven his passion for racing by continuing to perform for Lotus despite the problem of a perennially delayed payslip. And given that his singapore Grand Prix weekend was blighted by flare-ups from an old back injury that left the Finn in considerable pain, no one would have blamed him for taking it easy on sunday. Instead, Raikkonen fought his way up from 13th on the grid to a third- placed finish, making short work of getting past half the grid over the course of 61 laps of the Marina Bay street Circuit. 43 GPWEEK.com // 43 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> SINGAPORE