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29.07.2012

Hungaroring, Sunday – Ross: “We are clearly not as competitive as we want to be – we need to find more performance”

Nico Rosberg finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in 10th place today, with Michael Schumacher retiring after 58 laps.

Nico made up three places on his grid position of 13th with an option/prime/prime strategy.

Michael started from the pit lane, picked up a drive-through penalty and was forced to stop again with a puncture. He followed an option/prime/prime strategy before the team retired his car after 58 laps

For Ross, “Nico did a good job today, and 10th place is about where the car was, if not a little better. He drove very well to make the tyres last which is a positive sign, and a good strategy saw him pick up places. Michael had a much more eventful race. He started from the pit lane, incurred a penalty and then had a puncture so it wasn't exactly an ideal start to the afternoon.

During that period, we lost all telemetry on his car, and subsequently had various problems during the race which we weren't entirely sure what they were, therefore we decided to retire the car. We are clearly not as competitive as we want to be and, whilst we got everything out of the car today, we need to find more performance and lap time.

“After a problematic qualifying where we did not make it into Q3 for the first time this season, we could not expect a good race result today” said Norbert after the race. “After his first stop on lap 15, Nico was already 26 seconds down to the leader, and he lost another 25 seconds during the following 52 laps.

About half a second a lap - a gap that we experienced already at the previous races in Silverstone and Hockenheim. So it is very clear that we have a lot of work ahead of us, and I am convinced that we will improve our performance during the remaining nine races.

After his start from the pit lane and his drive-through penalty, the team brought Michael in as a precaution with 11 laps to go. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on their 75th win with a Mercedes engine in the last 15 years."

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