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GP Week : Issue 195
FROM THE COCKPIT CHARleS PiC “Off the line I passed Chilton and was right behind Giedo and Bianchi at the end of the first lap. However, the car balance today was the same as it’s been all weekend, just not quite there, which meant I couldn’t push at all. I was keeping up with my teammate for the whole race, up to the drive-through in the last couple of laps, but we just didn’t have the pace today to put in the normal sort of race performance we’ve seen for most of the season. We have the chance to bounce straight back in Brazil, and we’ll work hard over the next few days to understand what we need to do to find a setup that allows us to get the most out of the package. I had my highest finish of the season in Brazil last year so we’ll aim to sort out the setup issue and be there to take advantage of anything that comes our way.” MAX CHilTOn “Heading into this race with the drive-through penalty to serve, I was always aware that this would be a tough and lonely race for me. I lost 15 seconds in the pitlane and the reality is that you are simply going to hit the blue flag phase much earlier and pay a hefty price for that in the second half of the race. I’m pleased with the job I did to try to play catch-up and I think my fastest lap reflects that. unfortunately the other factors defined my race. On the bright side, I’ve finished yet another race – my 18th out of 18 – and the car is performing well versus the Caterhams, so we’ll throw everything we have at the final race next weekend.” ADRiAn SUTil “It feels like I ran out of luck this weekend. up until saturday morning I was looking competitive and was happy with the car, but all of that promise disappeared with the problems we had in qualifying. In the race I made a good start, gained a few positions and was racing ahead of Maldonado on the back straight. For some reason he hit my left rear wheel and I immediately lost control of the car and crashed into the barriers. I don’t really understand why he was so close to me because the track is so wide there. I stayed on my line and there was a lot of space to the right and the left. so it was an early finish and a very disappointing day.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... VALTTeRI BOTTAs (right) The rookie who arrived in Formula One burdened by the twin weights of excessive hype and a terrible car scored his first F1 points at COTA on sunday afternoon, quintupling Williams’ points haul in the process. While Valtteri Bottas didn’t earn much in the way of screen time during the us Grand Prix, the Finnish racer delivered a consistent performance that far outstripped that displayed by his more experienced teammate. Bottas was able to fend off a late challenge from Nico Rosberg to cross the line in eighth, the team’s best result of the year. 40 GPWEEK.com // 40 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> UNITED STATES