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Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, STR

Sunday 28th July 2013

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Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, STR

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, STR

There were points in Hungary for both McLaren drivers while Pastor Maldonado finally netted Williams' first of the Championship...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "That was a fun race - although I seemed to be a target for other cars! Sebastian [Vettel] tried many times to get past me, and clipped my rear wheel into Turn Two - he may have damaged his wing, but I was lucky not to puncture. With Romain [Grosjean], I don't know what he thought - unless I took to the grass, it was inevitable we were going to touch! I don't think he was thinking at that point. I ran almost half the race on the Prime tyre, which was the longest of anybody; it's good to show we can do that. Our middle-stint pace on the Option was also very good, and I had a blinding first lap, jumping from 13th to eighth. We beat a Ferrari fair and square, and we'd also have beaten a Mercedes if Nico [Rosberg] hadn't stopped - we can take a lot of positives away from here. Seventh position might not look too exciting - particularly after we fought for fifth at the last race - but we've done a good job this weekend and taken a step forward - and that's a nice little boost to send everyone off into the summer break."

Sergio Perez: "We really needed the starting tyre in the best possible condition to make a two-stopper work properly. After qualifying yesterday, I think we were in a good position to score some good points, but we were affected by the run on the used Prime from qualifying. So, unfortunately, I think we lost out a little too much in the first stint; I struggled with the rear of the car, had to pit earlier than planned, and then ran into traffic and lost more time, so it's a bit of a shame. Still, it's a positive to get both cars into the points again. I think we can feel satisfied with the job we've done over the last couple of races - a result like this is encouraging for everybody in the team, and it's a nice present with which to send us into the August break."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "I had a really good start from P15 and made a few overtaking manoeuvres during the race which were on the limit, which is especially pleasing as at this track it is very hard to overtake. The car felt consistent, maybe not as fast in the second and third stints, but very consistent. I really want to keep scoring points now and be even stronger during the second part of the season."

Valtteri Bottas: "It's a shame to have my first retirement of the season as the goal was to finish every race, but there was nothing I could do today. We still need to investigate what happened but it felt like hydraulics as first I lost the power steering and then the engine. Today wasn't my best race but in general I feel I am improving all the time and looking forward to the second half of the season. Congratulations to Pastor and the team on claiming our first point, we now need to work hard to build on that when we return after the summer."

Sauber:
Nico Hulkenberg: "The race was all right up until the second pitstop. I had trouble shifting from first to second gear. There is only a certain window where you are able to do that, otherwise it won't shift. That didn't work, it got hectic and somehow I must have released the button too early. Without the drive through penalty we could have clinched one point. Overall, our pace was OK, but not good enough to get into the points easily. Now I'm looking forward to the three weeks off, to get some sun and relax at the beach."

Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a pity what happened. We were on a good strategy and everything was running as planned. Unfortunately, we had to retire due to a gearbox problem. This is not really the best way to finish a race, but we did everything we could during the weekend. We had an engine problem yesterday and now the gearbox during the race, so this is something we have to look at to avoid it happening again. It is frustrating, but we need to stay positive and look forward to the next events, because we can see our performance has improved. The car felt very good up until that point, and I want to thank the team for all the effort it put in. Now we have to solve the issues we had in order to have trouble-free weekends."

Toro Rosso:
Jean-Eric Vergne: "A difficult race after we saw yesterday, particularly with Daniel, that the car has a good pace, but in the race we struggled and we could not match our usual rivals. I did what I could after a bad start, which meant I had to fight to get back to where I was. Beating my team-mate? It means nothing, especially when we are outside the points. I'd rather finish behind him inside the points. The holiday starts soon, but my focus is still on racing and I will be doing a lot of training to be in good shape to have a strong second half of the season. We still have a week to go when, along with the engineers, there will be a lot of work for us to do."

Daniel Ricciardo: "Right from the start, it was clear we weren't really quick. I tried to hold position as long as I could but we were way too slow. I tried my best in terms of trying to maintain a good pace and look after the tyres, but today it was not enough to go looking for points. We got a bit more out of the car in qualifying yesterday, but it's hard to repeat that for seventy laps. We struggled at Nurburgring as well, so the heat has got something to do with it. We could not match our competitors today, just lacking speed when we have a heavy fuel load, which is the opposite of what we tended to see with last year's car."

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