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GP Week : Issue 205
lewis was looking good, on the make-up for saturday’s gaffe, closing in on Nico slowly ... then it became simple as Rosberg’s car ground to a halt. Is this a momentum change – or just the odds evening themselves out? For Lewis, Sunday was redemption for Saturday’s faux-pas: “Yesterday was a real kick in the balls. I really had to pick up, pull upmysocksandgetonitifIwant to win this world championship, and I can’t have situations like yesterday. The last t wo races I’ve easily had the pace to be pole position and I’ve not put it there. I’ve put it much further back, made it much harder for myself but now I’m going to try to rectify that for the future. “It’s been very, ver y difficult. I was speaking last night, just comparing it to how difficult it is psychologically – it’s got to be something similar to the tennis players when they’re two sets down. It’s so hard to get your mind in gear, to get yourself back and not lose points from then on. "And so the pressure is high but I really feel that now we’re back, kind of close and, with the pace that I had today, I really feel that I can ... just got to refocus for the nex t part of the season.” “I felt I earned it today. From the start some good manoeuvres and I really felt that I had the pace on Nico, I really was hunting him down like never before. I really was happy with the balance that I managed to get, even though I didn’t do the long run in P2.” For his part Nico was pretty philosophical: “I had a small issue in the installation lap but the car felt great in the beginning. By lap 20, though, the gearbox started to become a serious problem and from then it got worse. “I tried to get it into some safety set tings, let Lewis through and just keep going until the end of the race. But there was nothing wecoulddosoIhadtostopthe car. All I can do is accept that these things happen and work with the team to find out what went wrong.” Team boss Toto Wolff: “Lewis drove a faultless race today. It was shaping up to be a big battle until Nico started to suf fer the gearbox problems. But what I want to praise most of all is Lewis' approach today. He had a bad qualifying session but he arrived at the circuit this morning in such a positive frame of mind and determined to per form – and he did that for his home fans. It was a great performance that showed his mental strength. “N ico was doing a great job leading the race today and handled his retirement like the professional he is: he understands that this is part of motor racing and that we still have a long way to go this year.” Momentum swing – or just redemption? 29 GPWEEK.com // 29 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> SILVERSTONE PARTNERS: