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24.06.2012

Valencia, Sunday: Ross “Very proud of our drivers, everyone here and back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth”

At the end of an exciting European Grand Prix in Valencia, Michael finished in third place today, taking the 155th podium finish of his career, with team-mate Nico finishing in sixth place.

Starting from 12th, Michael fought through the field to claim his first podium since the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix.

Nico finished sixth, after converting a one-stop to two-stop strategy, and charging from P13 to P6 in the last 10 laps

Both drivers made two pit stops with Michael stopping on laps 19 and 41, and Nico on laps 20 and 46. Nico has scored 75 points in six races since his win and first points in China, the second highest total after Fernando Alonso (76).

Ross congratulated Michael and the team on a “fantastic and well-deserved podium finish. Michael demonstrated today that if we can give him the opportunities, he will get a great result. And well done to Nico as well. He was in quite a difficult position at one stage but came back and gave the team a really strong points score today.

The early part of the race was quite difficult for us, and our early strategy did not come together as the tyres behaved differently to our pre-race predictions. So we had to react, and we did so extremely well, leaving our stops as late as possible to give our guys fresh rubber at the end. It was such an exciting end to the race, and I am very proud of both of our drivers, everyone here in Valencia, and back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth today."

Norbert described Michael’s race as “marvellous with the right speed and the right strategy. Coming from 12th on the grid to third on the podium is a good achievement, which Michael truly deserves and he achieved that with a great drive.

Nico started sixth and lost five places during the first lap, which was a big handicap - so to climb back to sixth place was a good recovery. Since his win in China, Nico has scored one point less than Fernando Alonso, who brought home the most points in the last six races. As for the rumour spread by another team that Michael used his DRS flap where he should not have done, I can confirm that this was not the case, as our data proved and the stewards of the meeting confirmed.

I am really pleased for Michael and the team. We always believed in each other and today was the first of hopefully more podiums to follow."

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