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GP Week : Issue 192
FROM THE COCkpIT lEwiS hAmilToN “I got a fantastic start this afternoon, better than both Red Bulls for probably the first time this year. Mark moved right, so I had to move as well, which sandwiched sebastian between me and Romain. seb's front wing clipped my right rear, cut the tyre and that was that. It wasn't his fault at all, just one of those things that wasn't meant to be this afternoon. I feel most gutted for the team - the guys here at the track and in the factory - because they are doing an amazing job right now and we're just not getting the reward for it.” GiEDo vAN DEr GArDE “My start was ok but going into turn one I was squeezed between both the Marussia cars and had nowhere to go. I lost my front wing in contact with Bianchi and then the car went straight off and into the wall. It was quite a heavy impact but I’m ok. Obviously that’s disappointing, but it was a racing incident and sometimes these things happen so now we’ll move on to India and push for a better weekend there and for the rest of the season.” JulES biANchi “All in all I think this is a weekend that was destined not to come my way, which is a shame as I love the suzuka Circuit. We did our best to fight back and I was very confident in the way we would approach the race. unfortunately, as I turned into the first corner on the opening lap, van der Garde hit my rear wing which pushed me off track and into the gravel.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... ROMAIN GROsJeAN Yet again, Romain Grosjean came close to winning a grand prix but was unable to retain the lead when it counted. However, when compared with his crash- happy performances in 2012 Grosjean merits praise for his start alone, rocketing past both Red Bull drivers and into a lead that he held – pit stops aside – until sebastian Vettel past him for the win on lap 41. Grosjean delivered a strong performance from start to finish, controlling the pace of the race and outwitting the Red Bull pit wall with a two-stop strategy that scuppered Mark Webber’s afternoon. 42 GPWEEK.com // 42 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> JAPAN