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GP Week : Issue 194
FROM THE COCKPIT JUleS BIAnCHI “I think we are quite surprised by our performance today after we had seemed to arrive at an improvement in qualifying. It was a very long race, I have to say. The car balance was not as we expected and I had to really push very hard to keep pace with the Caterhams, which is not ideal for managing the tyres. I think we will have to have a good look at everything before we go to Austin as, in theory, our new developments had seemed positive. It has been a tough weekend so we hope for better things in the final two races.” MAX CHIlTOn “That was a tough race for us today. We’ve made some good progress this weekend but for some reason we were unable to show that today. The start was good - again - so well done to the Team for getting on top of that because that last few races have been very good in that respect. Into the race the car balance was difficult and we were just battling for pace. It’s a shame, because our new developments seemed positive, but they haven’t translated into the race today. On the plus side, I finished yet another race - so that’s 17 out of 17 now - and of course we still hold position in the Constructors’ Championship. I think we have a lot of work to do to get on top of this before Austin as we need two strong final races.” KIMI RAIKKOnen “There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse. It’s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane. After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn’t start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it’s just back luck.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... seBAsTIAN VeTTeL After a dominant performance from the four-time champion that saw sebastian Vettel lead all bar two metres of sunday’s race, there was only one candidate for driver of the day. Vettel started behind his teammate, but had passed Mark Webber within nanoseconds of the lights going out to mark the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With every passing lap the German racer extended his lead beyond the laws of physics, at one point entering the pits with a 40-second margin over the man in second place. By the end of the 55 laps, Vettel had clawed back that lead, crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of his nearest rival after a truly faultless performance. 42 GPWEEK.com // 42 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> ABU DHABI