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23.09.2012

Singapore, Sunday – Ross: “The car has improved however we are not quite where we want to be yet”

Nico finished the Singapore Grand Prix in fifth place this evening, making up five places on his starting position, whilst team-mate Michael retired from the race on lap 38. Nico followed a two-stop option/prime/prime strategy, stopping on laps 12 and 33.

Michael was following the same strategy until his retirement, and pitted on laps 11 and 33. Michael retired from the race following a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne at turn 14 on lap 38.

“That was a tough race and I am pleased that the team did a pretty good job this evening” said Ross. “Nico had a great race and our strategy worked well for him to gain five places on his starting position. There was evidently some damage to his car following contact on the first lap as the downforce levels looked lower than expected so it was an even better drive from him in the circumstances.

Michael’s race was also going well until the incident which caused his retirement. It was an unusual set of circumstances so we will have a careful look at the data and work out what could have happened. Thank you to the team for all of their hard work in very challenging conditions over this weekend. With the updates that we brought to this race, the car has improved, however we are not quite where we want to be yet.

Norbert felt “that was an exceptionally challenging race this evening. With regard to Nico, he and our team made the best of it. P5 is a respectable result, especially in view of the fact that Nico started five places further back on the grid. He crossed the finishing line ahead of a Red Bull, a Ferrari and both Lotus cars, all teams which are ahead of us in the championship.

This was made possible by having a sound strategy and by the first of the two safety car deployments when the team took the correct decision. Michael had the opportunity to claim the position behind Nico, but his accident put paid to that. The team is investigating to see whether there was a problem with his car."

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