Sun: Williams, Sauber, FIndia, STR

Sunday 04-November-2012 15:00

There were points in Abu Dhabi for Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi, Paul di Resta and Daniel Ricciardo...

Pastor Maldonado: " We missed the opportunity to finish on the podium today after we lost the use of KERS following the first safety car period. For sure there was more in the car. The pace was good and at the beginning I was closing the gap to Kimi but we still collected some good points today and it was a great race. I feel very motivated within the team. We now need to keep the car at the top and I am looking forward to the last two races."

Bruno Senna: "It was a very tough weekend but it had a sweet taste in the end. I had a good start getting myself into a good position for Turn 1 but then a few cars tangled ahead and hit me. I had to start from zero again but I kept my cool. There was a lot going on but we had good pace when we needed it and scored some solid points for the team. It is what we are here for and we never give up. There is a good energy and feeling now going into the final two races in Austin and Brazil."

Kamui Kobayashi: "It was a very tough race and I am really happy I was able to get those eight points for the team. To fight for fifth place in the constructors' championship in the remaining two races will be very exciting. Unfortunately today I could not use the full performance of the car. There was a problem with downshifting, which meant I could not recharge the KERS properly and didn't have full boost. Otherwise my race went well. I had a good start, while the team did a great job in terms of timing, strategy and the pitstop."

Sergio Perez: "We were looking really good in the race, and I had the feeling even a podium would have been possible. But then after my pitstop I got stuck behind Romain Grosjean and Paul di Resta, and could not get by them because I didn't have enough straightline speed. I had to risk a lot to get by, but then unfortunately collided with the Lotus and my race was over. It is a real shame because our race pace was very good."

Force India:Paul di Resta: "Quite a hectic race for me but I'm happy to come away with some points considering the way the race unfolded. I'm not sure what happened going into turn one because I had a great launch and moved ahead of Nico, but on the exit of the corner I realised immediately that I had a puncture. That cost me a lot of ground, but the first safety car brought me back into play. We were going to try and run to the finish without stopping again and I was up to fifth place, but when the safety car came out for a second time the team called me in for fresh tyres. In the final stages our pace was strong and I moved ahead of the Toro Rossos, but I just could not get ahead of Senna. He was in the DRS zone of Massa and I just could not make the move so I had to settle for ninth."

Nico Hulkenberg: "I made quite a bad start and had a poor run going into the first corner. Then I just got sandwiched by the cars around me go. I think there was my team-mate, a Sauber and a Williams around me, and there was not enough space. I tried to back out of it, but it was too late. There was contact between the cars and that was my race over."

Toro Rosso:
Daniel Ricciardo: "I got a good start, although I had to avoid an accident shortly after. My initial pace was quite good and I could stay with Schumacher who was on the Prime, while like most people I was on the Option, but I could not get close enough to pass him. Then, in my second stint, on the Prime, I don't feel we got up to speed quickly enough and I was struggling a bit with braking. When the second Safety Car came out, we pitted again, which was a good call - originally we had considered a one stop - took on new Options and the fresher tyre meant I had a better pace towards the end. I'm pretty happy with tenth as I was not expecting points after the early part of the race, but I never gave up and kept fighting to the end. In the final laps, Schumacher was closing in on me again, but I managed to hold him off. Vettel behind me during the Safety Car? I looked in my mirrors and saw him go through one of the polystyrene boards, but I have no idea what happened."

Jean-Eric Vergne: "I started the race from one place behind my team-mate on the grid and finished two behind him. I am disappointed with the way this Grand Prix panned out for me. I got a good start and with some help from others having problems, I went up five places from seventeenth when the lights went out to twelfth at the end of the opening lap. The call from the pit wall to make my first tyre change earlier than planned when the first Safety Car came out was the right one. However, the second Safety Car did not play in my favour so that at the end, Daniel on fresher tyres was able to run at a faster pace. It's good for the team that he got another point at the end of what has been a tough weekend for us."

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