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GP Week : Issue 196
FROM THE COCkPIT Giedo van deR GaRde “My start was really good, I passed my teammate and was fighting with Bianchi through turn one, but had to lift slightly to avoid one of the Force Indias which let Jules through. The car felt good at that point so only a couple of laps later I was past him and immediately put clear air between me and him, pushing on to Kovalainen ahead in the Lotus. We went until lap 24 on the first set, at one point running as high as 14th, but the main aim was to put a gap between us and the Marussias, and when I rejoined on another set of mediums we had the gap up to about seven seconds. My second set of tyres weren’t performing as well as the first and about halfway through the planned second stint I was given the command to change positions with my teammate. That set of mediums had started to go off but with the possibility of more rain coming we had to stay out. We were still pulling away from Bianchi which meant we were covering his plan, but it was a struggle to keep up the pace we needed on those tyres as they were pretty much gone by lap 42. The second stop was on lap 47 when we went onto the primes. I came out ahead of Bianchi again but had to serve a drive through a few laps later which put me about 15 seconds behind him. I was pushing really hard and closed the gap a lot, down to seven seconds by lap 65 but that was as close as I could get. It’s obviously not how I wanted the season to end, but I think, overall, I’ve learnt a lot. There have been quite a few highs and a few lows but this is a great team, a good group of people who work so hard and are determined to succeed, just like me.” Max chilTon “It was hard finding our way today having only driven in the wet all weekend. We had just the sighting laps to the grid to make a few changes in order to try to optimise the dry balance as best we could. The middle part of the race was quite nail-biting with the constant threat of rain, but I knew that all I had to do was keep going and be ready for any scenario, especially with the weather. In the last stint I struggled with a vibration on front left tyre, which was really costing me time and that is why we pitted for an unscheduled third stop. I would like to thank the whole team for a brilliant season, with particular credit to my car crew. I am really proud of my record- breaking 19 finishes in 19 races and this is the result of a fantastic team effort.” The GPWeeK driver of the day award goes to... MARK WeBBeR After 215 grands prix, Mark Webber bid farewell to his Formula One career with a strong drive to second place, securing a podium finish at one of the F1 calendar’s most emotive circuits. signs of that emotion were etched on the Red Bull driver’s face as he lapped Interlagos for the last time in an F1 car, removing his helmet as he soaked up the roars of the crowd, blinking back tears. After nine wins and 1,047.5 career points, it was a fitting farewell to the sport for the popular Australian. 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> BRAZIL