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Pos Driver
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2 Nico Rosberg
3 Sergio Perez

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, FInida

Sunday 8th July 2012

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Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, FInida

Sun: McLaren, Williams, Sauber, FInida

There were points at Silverstone for both McLaren drivers and Williams' Bruno Senna...

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "It wasn't a great race for me - I just wish we could have done more for the fans today. We tried as hard as we could, but we simply didn't have the pace this afternoon. My tyres were still good at the end of my first stint, and I was able to hang on to Fernando [Alonso]. So it's hard to understand how we could be leading the race at one point and then fall back to eighth place, especially as our car doesn't feel bad overall. I raced my heart out and was flat-out right to the end. We're still in the hunt for the world championship - and, if we can find a bit of lap-time, we can stay in the hunt, too. I gave the fans a little donut on the slow-down lap - simply because I wanted to say thank-you to everyone who came out to watch us here today. I'd love to have done better in my home Grand Prix, but, regardless, the fans were fantastic throughout the weekend."

Jenson Button: "It was good to get a point in my Grand Prix, but of course that's not what we ought to be doing: we're a front-running team and we've got a bit of work to do to start running at the front again. I don't think we made any mistakes with our strategy today; we're just not quite quick enough at the moment, that's all. Most important of all, though, I'm a bit sorry for the Silverstone fans, because they've been truly amazing this weekend. Like them, we wanted a lot more from today's result. So we're sorry, guys; we weren't able to fight at the front today, but hopefully we'll be back there soon."

Williams:
Bruno Senna: "It was a good race for us today, despite starting from further back than we would have liked, and we gained a few positions on the first lap. We then had a tough race fighting against the Force India's and the Sauber's. I'm happy with the result though as things are looking up and if we can qualify a bit higher in the next race, we will be looking to push for more points in the future."

Pastor Maldonado: "Our race was compromised after the incident with Perez. I'm disappointed because the car was looking much more consistent after the pit stop and towards the end of the race. I hope to get my championship back on track in the next few races and put the team up at the top again."

Sauber:
Kamui Kobayashi: "First of all the accident at the pit stop was my fault and I want to apologise to the team. Of course I had to push hard for points, but without doubt I braked too late in the pit lane. The front wheels locked, I couldn't control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box. I am terribly sorry this happened, and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon. Up to this happening my race was good. I had improved from 17th on the grid to a top ten position, and was hoping for points."

Sergio Perez: "First of all the accident at the pit stop was my fault and I want to apologise to the team. Of course I had to push hard for points, but without doubt I braked too late in the pit lane. The front wheels locked, I couldn't control the car, and this is how I overshot the pit box. I am terribly sorry this happened, and I hope the three mechanics I hit get well soon. Up to this happening my race was good. I had improved from 17th on the grid to a top ten position, and was hoping for points."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "It was a tough race today, especially because my car was set up to favour wet conditions. That helped us yesterday, but hurt my top speed this afternoon. There were always cars around me in the race, especially in the final few laps when I had to defend from Bruno and Jenson, and I could not afford to make any mistakes. Unfortunately I locked up the rears going into turn three with two laps to go and that gave Bruno the chance to get ahead of me in the DRS zone. It's frustrating to lose points so close to the finish but my tyres were running out of performance and the car was not easy to drive in the final stint."

Paul di Resta: "I'm not really sure what happened. I just turned into turn four and there was no pressure in the right rear tyre so it was clearly punctured and coming off the rim. All I could do was bring the car back to the pits, but there was quite a lot of damage to the floor. I took some fresh tyres and went back out, but I was missing a lot of downforce and I went off the track at Becketts. So the team made the call to retire the car. I'm very disappointed because we took a gamble yesterday by running a dry set-up and the conditions today would have been ideal for us. On a positive note I want to say a big 'thank you' to the fans who have put up with the weather and shown amazing support all week."

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