Abu Dhabi

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

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Marussia, Lotus

Sunday 25th May 2014

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Sun: McLaren, Williams, Marussia, Lotus

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Marussia, Lotus

There were points in the Monaco Grand Prix for Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Jules Bianchi, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen...

McLaren:
Jenson Button: "This was a typical Monaco Grand Prix - it was messy out there; people were making mistakes; there were cars all over the place; you had to stay focused; keep up with the pack, and look after the tyres, using them when necessary. For the entirety of my final stint, I looked after my tyres and dropped back into the clear air behind Kevin. Then it was just about pacing myself to the end. I couldn't quite get past Nico [Hulkenberg] at the end - he was struggling with his tyres, but whenever I pushed, I struggled as well, so I couldn't make it stick. In the closing laps, we had a good little battle, but it's so tough when you're shoved up behind another car. It's difficult enough as it is, but when you can't really see anything because there's a car in front, it's even more difficult. This wasn't a bad result for us - I just wish I could have picked off Nico at the end. It's just a pity that Kevin's late-race problem meant we couldn't get more points for both cars at the finish."

Kevin Magnussen: "Despite a lot of things going against us today - the long hold due to traffic at my pitstop, the unsafe release in front of me in the pitlane, and the engine issue - I can draw a lot from the fact that our car felt really good. That's a real positive: it might be hard to see from the outside, but things are moving forward within the team. There were lots of little issues - Jean-Eric's team probably didn't calculate his release properly - it's never the driver's fault - it's just one of those things that happens. And it was a pity I didn't get to finish the battle with Nico [Hulkenberg]; I'd been saving my tyres in the expectation that Nico would struggle, but then I had a problem with my power-unit, which dropped me back. I'm still not really sure what happened with my car at the end of the race. And I didn't see what happened with Kimi - I went to the inside to block his entry into the hairpin, but he chose to make a move anyway. It's hard to overtake here, but he tried and it didn't work. That's racing."

Williams:
Felipe Massa: "I am very happy with seventh after starting 16th on the grid. I took some risks when I changed strategy at the safety car and had to make my tyres last, which they did. I made the most of the opportunities I had with other cars making mistakes or retiring. Many things could have happened so I am pleased they worked out for the best. A tough weekend turned into a positive one."

Valtteri Bottas: "We had an issue with the power unit which is frustrating. There are some investigations to do to find out exactly what happened. After the start I was quickly in the points so it could have been a good weekend. Felipe finished seventh so the team can walk away with something. We now look towards Canada where we hope to be strong due to the nature of the track."

Marussia:
Jules Bianchi: "Wow. What a race and what a result for the whole Team. I am just incredibly happy, but first of all I have to pay credit to everyone at the Marussia F1 Team for making this possible. Nobody knows just how much work and determination goes into our races, so today I am thrilled that I have helped them to achieve their long-held target of our first points. To achieve them together makes me very proud. My thanks to everyone here in Monaco, the rest of the Team in Banbury and also to our powertrain partners, Scuderia Ferrari, because together we have all made great progress, particularly since the Barcelona Test. This gave us the confidence to push and we certainly did that here this weekend. It was not an easy race; there were some enjoyable highs along the way, but also a couple of concerning moments too. What matters at the end is that we got there and we can savour the highlights for a long time to come. I would also like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy, who support me every step of my career."

Max Chilton: "I am very proud to be a part of something so special today. For a small team to have such a result is a huge boost for the future. Obviously, I have mixed emotions, as everything that could have gone wrong for me today did. But that is racing and I know I will have my chance one day to get some points for the Team. Well done to everyone and now I am really motivated heading into Montreal."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "It's good to finish the race here for the first time in my career and it's good to get some points too. It started as a pretty bad Sunday for us with a puncture for me on the first lap after Adrian [Sutil] drove into me. We swapped to the soft tyres but it was impossible to overtake on these so we came back in for the super softs. The safety car timing didn't help us as we'd just gone out on the new tyres, but that's Monaco. You can have thousands of misfortunes in the race, but still be in the points at the end!"

Pastor Maldonado: "A fuel pump issue ended the race early. The engine switched off after 30 seconds. When we did out laps to the grid the car and the power unit were working well. We need to work to find out what the problem was. It is disappointing and I was expecting a solid race, we had a good strategy in place, I love this circuit where I have been competitive in the past. We have already worked hard on performance and reliability but today it was not to be. This afternoon we're not happy but we are keeping focused on improving."

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