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Sun: Merc, FIndia, Williams, STR

Sunday 9th September 2012

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Sun: Merc, FIndia, Williams, STR

Sun: Merc, FIndia, Williams, STR

A solid weekend for Mercedes with both drivers in the top ten while Williams were uneventful for a change...

Mercedes:
Michael Schumacher: "It was a fun race today - although I must admit that, following our performance on Friday, I had secretly hoped we would be able to move up the field. But we had a tricky first stint. After that, everything went really well, we were on the pace and I think we showed a clear upwards trend today. I kind of ran out of laps this afternoon and, if the race had been a bit longer, I'd have been able to battle even further forward. Overall, though, we got everything out of it today. Now we need to keep this trend going - and everybody in the team is working hard on it."

Nico Rosberg: "Seventh place is an improvement on my recent finishes so I'm satisfied with that today, although there may have been potential for more. I had no grip on my option tyres in the first stint, which were the same set that gave me problems in Q3. After the first stop, I had very good pace and was able to set a few fastest race laps and move up the field with some nice overtakes. It's nice to have had a better finish to a race weekend and I'm looking forward to more of the same in Singapore in a couple of weeks."

Force India:
Paul di Resta: "Coming into this weekend I probably would have settled for eighth place, but when you consider the pace we showed in qualifying yesterday, we certainly had high hopes for the race. I struggled at the start with the heavy fuel load and didn't really have the race pace on the medium tyres. Things improved after my stop when I was running the hard compound and our pace was much stronger towards the end of the race.

"But there was no way I could keep the Mercedes behind me and with their two-stop strategy they had a bit more speed than us. It's good to extend our lead over Williams with a few more points, but obviously Sauber look strong and outperformed a lot of people. We will take the positives from the weekend, analyse things and try and improve our race pace in time for Singapore."

Nico Hulkenberg: "It's always frustrating to start right at the back and I knew it was going to be difficult to come through the pack - even with a quick car. I had a few good fights in the race - so from that point of view it was fun, but I was struggling with my brakes from lap one with a long pedal and I lost more performance as the race went on. Towards the end it became a safety concern so we decided to retire the car. It's not been a particularly memorable weekend for me, but at least the team scored some points with the other car."

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "It was a tough race, especially starting from the back, but the car showed good pace and was consistent. We just missed out on the points but I was happy to have made up 11 places in the race. I'm looking forward to the next race now as I think the track will suit our car better, so we'll see."

Bruno Senna: " It was very tough to try to make the one-stop strategy work, but we did it and were also lucky with a few cars that were forced to retire. It was a great effort from the team today to make it into the points. Now we look forward to the next few races where we run higher downforce on the car which should suit us better. We will be aiming to build on today and bring home even more points."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It's been so hard to score points this year and that means it is incredibly disappointing not to get one today. I was tenth until the last corner on the very last lap. At that point, I accelerated to exit Parabolica and nothing happened. At the moment, I don't know the cause, but to miss out on a point by a few hundred metres is bitterly disappointing."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I was taken from the accident to the Medical Centre, but apart from a bit of pain in my back and my head, I am fine. I don't know why I crashed. All I can remember is that when I braked, I completely lost control of the back end of the car. I felt a big impact when the car landed after going up in the air. The kerb is high at that point and I count myself lucky that the car did not flip over."

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