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22.04.2012

Bahrain, Sunday – Ross: “A tough but ultimately rewarding race”

Nico and Michael both scored points in the Bahrain Grand Prix today as the pair finished the 57-lap race in fifth and tenth places respectively.

Nico had a hard-fought race, running in P9 through the opening stint, then gaining places as the race unfolded. He completed three stops on laps 8, 22 and 36 running an option/option/prime/prime tyre strategy

Starting from P22, Michael climbed 12 positions through the field over the course of the race to finish in P10. Michael made three stops on laps 9, 23 and 37, also running an option/option/prime/prime strategy.

The team averaged 22.216 seconds in the pit lane over six pit stops, with Michael the day’s fastest three-stopper.

For Ross, “that was a tough but ultimately rewarding race today. Nico didn’t get the best of starts and lost some positions which made the early part of the race difficult, but he had a very good drive to fight his way back up to fifth place. Michael did well to recover a point in 10th place, considering that he started at the back of the grid in 22nd.

We saw again today that if you get the car right on the day, it makes a great deal of difference, with Red Bull and Lotus clearly getting their cars in better shape than we did. We will learn more lessons from today, however we made the best of what we had so I’m reasonably happy. Now we can look forward to some time back at the factory to improve the car before the next race.”

Norbert said that “having started fifth, Nico was running in ninth by the end of lap one. More than to recover to fifth place was not possible afterwards. Following Nico's victory in China, we handled the tyres quite well on this track in hotter temperatures, and we showed that we have a good base to work from.

Michael came home in 10th place after starting in 22nd, which is a good result considering the extremely high level of competition this year. We are now looking forward to the next race in Barcelona where MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS will, like most of the teams, introduce upgrades which will be evaluated during the Mugello test.”

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