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

Sun: Red Bull, Merc, McLaren, FIndia

Sunday 13th May 2012

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Sun: Red Bull, Merc, McLaren, FIndia

Sun: Red Bull, Merc, McLaren, FIndia

It was a frustrating Spanish Grand Prix for Red Bull and McLaren as finished well behind the pacesetters.

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "It was difficult race and a hard day in the office. I'm not entirely happy, we could have finished maybe one position higher up, but we had a good recovery in the end. We were definitely stronger towards the end of the race and it was good fun, but when it's up and down and up and down, it's quite difficult. I don't know what the problem was when we had to change the nose of the car; I wasn't sure if I had damage or something stuck at the front - maybe a piece of rubber or something. I tried another lap, but it wasn't the right thing to do, so we decided to come in and change the nose to make sure. It lost us some time, but it was the right thing, as I was told there was some damage to the front left of the wing."

Mark Webber: "It was an interesting race and a difficult first lap. I don't know where I got damage to my front wing, but I had to pit for a new nose. I lost a lot of time with that - and on the few laps before when it started playing up. We had to pit and when you're out of position here it's tough - you have to look after your tyres and when you catch people your tyres get killed, so it's chicken and egg. If you push past them, you have to pit earlier and commit to another stop. It was a mystery with the pace; I was stuck behind Force India, you see the McLarens weren't doing so much and Seb was just chipping away."

Mercedes:
Nico Rosberg: "That was a difficult day for us and a very strange race. We didn't manage to find the right tyre management so I lost two positions towards the end of the race on my last stint which was 26 very long laps. The one positive thing is that I was able to defend my position against Lewis and keep seventh place, rather than eighth. Once again today we saw a surprising and well deserved win which is good for Formula One. Congratulations to Pastor and Frank at my old team Williams! Now I'm looking forward to my home race in Monaco in two weeks with some updates on the car."

Michael Schumacher: "Obviously I am not happy with the outcome of the race as I think we could have achieved some nice points today. But then this is sometimes what you have to go through in racing. It is not easy to see from the TV replays but what happened from my viewpoint was that he went to the right to defend the inside line, and then suddenly, shortly before the braking point, went to the left. When you are so tight together in the braking zone, you have no other choice than to try to react and avoid hitting but it was too late. It is a shame, as I said, but then what I will do now is to look ahead to the next race and try to attack there."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "I'm proud of my performance today, and proud of the team too. They did a great job: a real improvement with the pitstops, following our difficulties in that area recently. All in all, then, I think today's result was the best we could do. I was the only driver to attempt a two-stop strategy, and I'm glad I was able to made it work. People often say that I have an aggressive driving style, but my final stint on the Prime tyre was 31 laps, so I reckon I proved today that I can make tyres last. It was a huge challenge to come through the field from the back, but I never gave up for a single second, right up to the finish line. Before the race I said I'd race my heart out, and that's exactly what I did. For me, that's what racing is all about. Today was all about damage limitation. But, now, looking at the bigger picture, I can't really complain because, despite the setbacks I've had this season, I'm still only eight points behind the leader of the drivers' world championship. The team has been working extremely hard, and our car is quick. So, when things go right, I think we'll be in a great position - and it'll come to us before too long. Finally, big congratulations to Pastor [Maldonado] and everyone at Williams - it's a fantastic result for them and this is a great day for him personally."

Jenson Button: "Congratulations to Pastor! His was a great drive and I'm sure it will instil a lot of confidence in him and the Williams team. The Formula 1 form-book is very mixed-up at the moment, which is unusual, but that's the way it appears to be going this season. As for us, well, a lot of my afternoon was spent stuck in traffic, and I had a Sauber breathing down my neck for most of the race. All in all, we weren't quite quick enough today - but that's something I need to solve myself. I need to find a set-up that suits me better as I feel like I have pretty poor grip at the moment. Having said that, I'm already looking forward to Monaco and a much better weekend there. It's a circuit I love and hopefully a place where we can achieve a good result."

Force India:
Nico Hulkenberg: "A lot of hard work went into today's race so it's nice to get the reward of one point. It was a very tough race physically and there was never a moment to relax because I had Mark [Webber] filling my mirrors for the second half of the race. It was a great battle, with a lot of pressure, but fortunately I was able to keep him behind, which was not easy with the DRS on the main straight. Considering where I started it's good to score a point and I don't think we could have got much more from the race. The team did an excellent job with the pit stops and the strategy, and I'm pleased with what we achieved today."

Paul di Resta: "I'm disappointed not to have been further up in the battle for points because my race was looking promising to begin with. But as things unfolded I lost track position so I think we need to analyse why our performance on the hard tyres did not meet our expectations and exactly why we lost out. My main battle in the second half of the race was with the Toro Rossos, but they were on the soft tyres when I was on the hards and it was impossible to keep them behind me. I think it's just one of those races that didn't work out for me for whatever reason so we'll take it on the chin and look to come back stronger in Monaco."

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