Formula1™ Spanish Grand Prix
May 14, 2012
For Nico, a technical issue with the car saw him drop back from fifth to seventh in the final laps. Describing the race as, “difficult,” he said: “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.”
Michael’s race meanwhile ended abruptly after a collision with Bruno Senna at the start of lap 13. Disappointed with the outcome, Michael said: “I think we could have achieved some nice points today.” He added: “It’s 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.”
Bob Bell, Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Technical Director, summarised the team’s performance saying: “The team did a good job on the stops and I believe we made the right tactical decisions to protect Nico’s position at critical moments of the race.” He concluded however: “The basic fact is that we needed more pace today, which is what we must bring over the coming races.”
Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, shared this sentiment admitting: “We have to raise our game in the next races and during the remainder of the season.”
So far the 2012 F1TM season has seen five different winners from five races, something that last occurred in 1983.
Attention now turns to the Monaco Grand Prix, taking place on 26–27 May.
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