Force India Preview Brazilian Grand Prfix 2013

January 2, 2014

 

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2013 Brazilian Grand Prix Preview

 Sahara Force India gets ready for the final round of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

 Vijay’s Vision

Dr Vijay Mallya looks ahead to the final race of the season.

 How is the mood in the team following a challenging weekend in Austin?

In the races leading up to Austin we had done very well with managing tyres and pulling off aggressive strategies. Last weekend, however, with the hard compound we weren’t able to manage the tyres in the same way and so our attempt with Paul did not pay off. As for Adrian, he was just unlucky, but accidents are part of the game and I am sure it will motivate him to finish the season well.

 The team is still in a strong position in the points race…

It was important that we secured such strong results in India and Abu Dhabi. As I said before Austin, it gave us some breathing space and we are still 24 points ahead of our nearest competitor. I think the odds are in our favour, but there’s no room for complacency: we need to make sure we get the job done in Interlagos.

 What are your thoughts ahead of the final race of the season in Brazil?

The weather forecast is for some rain and that would introduce an element of unpredictability. That was the case last year when Nico [Hulkenberg] was leading the race, so we have good memories of Interlagos. It’s a lovely track too and I’m looking forward to it. It’s the last race of a long season and the end of an era before the new rules come into force next season.

 Paul on Brazil

Paul Di Resta gets set for one of the most exciting races of the year.

 Paul, tell us how it feels to be a Formula One driver at the Brazilian Grand Prix?

It’s one of the most atmospheric weekends of the year. The fans are the loudest and very passionate about Formula One. There are drums playing in the grandstands and a party mood all the time. It’s great to see and it definitely gives you a buzz.

 Interlagos is one of the shorter laps of the season. Do you enjoy it?

Because it’s such a small track every hundredth and thousandth of a second becomes even more critical in qualifying. The lap has a very nice flow with a real variation of corners. There are fast sections, slow corners, elevation changes and off-camber parts of the lap. It may be small, but it has everything you need from a track.

 What are you hopes for the final weekend of the 2013 season?

In terms of points scored this has been my best season in Formula One, but it would be great to round off the year with a special result. The weather forecast looks uncertain and it’s a track which always generates an interesting Grand Prix. It’s the final race for the V8 engines so I really hope we can end the era on a positive note.

 Adrian on Brazil

Adrian Sutil looks ahead to the Brazilian Grand Prix.

 Adrian, all the drivers seem to enjoy visiting Interlagos. Are you the same?

Sao Paulo is the complete opposite of somewhere like Abu Dhabi, but the atmosphere in Brazil is always amazing. It’s one of the historic races and the track only has a few corners, but every year it produces an interesting race.

 Why do you think Interlagos always produces such good racing?

One of the reasons is because the main straight is so long. It’s quite easy to follow a car onto the straight and there’s a big chance for slip-streaming. It’s also a difficult circuit to drive despite its short length. It’s bumpy and quite low grip, which makes it hard to get the perfect lap.

 What are your hopes for this weekend?

I want to finish the season well and help the team retain its position in the Championship. I had an unlucky weekend in the United States and there is no better way to forget it than with a strong result. I believe the track will suit our car and, should this be a wet race, we could be in a good position for a high-points finish.


CATERHAM F1 TEAM STEERING SUPPORT TO THE PHILIPPINES

January 2, 2014

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CATERHAM F1 TEAM STEERING SUPPORT TO THE PHILIPPINES

Sao Paulo, Brazil – 21st November 2013

Caterham F1 Team is continuing its support of the people of the Philippines with a unique opportunity to win an actual 2013 Caterham F1 Team steering wheel as part of its fundraising campaign to help those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Continuing the #toPHwithlove campaign, which started in Austin with dedicated branding on the CT03 race cars, a dedicated fundraising page has been set up by the team at JustGiving, supporting GlobalGiving’s ongoing fundraising efforts. Everyone who makes a donation at http://caterh.am/JustGiving will be eligible for a random prize draw to win the Caterham F1 Team steering wheel used by Charles Pic in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The campaign will run from 1400 GMT on Thursday 21st November, before the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will continue until 1200 GMT on Monday 2nd December when the draw will be made by random selection from all those who donated funds to the campaign.

To be able to win the wheel, anyone who donates needs to make sure they can be contacted after they have made their donation. When the donation is made, the contact preferences must be set to ‘allow your email address to be passed on to the fundraiser’, or Twitter handles can be left in donation messages, again enabling that person to be contacted if they are lucky enough to win.

In addition, help can also be given to the people in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan through our partners at AirAsia and their #toPHwithlove campaign. Find out more at: http://caterh.am/toPHwithlove

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. All details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once the donation is made, JustGiving will send the money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Support #toPHwithlove now – you know it makes sense.

Brazilian GP – Alonso: “I wish Felipe all the best”

January 2, 2014

Fernando Alonso

Brazilian GP – Alonso: “I wish Felipe all the best”

Interlagos, 21 November – At this time of the year, the media’s go-to opening question is to ask for a summary of the season coming to an end. At the Scuderia Ferrari hospitality area in the antique Sao Paulo paddock, Fernando Alonso duly obliged. “This season has been more or less good for us,” he began. “Obviously we start each year thinking of the world championship, so when you don’t get the title, it’s not been a good enough season.

We therefore need to do things better next year. However, I am very proud to have finished second this year, because last year, even if we came second in the Constructors, I was left with a strange taste in my mouth as we came so close to winning the Drivers’. This year’s second place feels better because we clearly didn’t have the second fastest car.

I think I realised we would not win the championship around Germany or Hungary as we were too far off Red Bull in terms of competitiveness and the Silverstone update didn’t work well enough. And in Germany and Hungary we were not competitive at all going into the summer break.”

The man from Oviedo didn’t have to think twice when asked for his best memory of 2013. “That was Barcelona: I won two Grands Prix this year, one in China, the other in Barcelona, in front of my home crowd and with all the support I had it was a fantastic event for me. That day has left me with the best memories.”

Fernando has never won here in Brazil, but this weekend’s venue has special significance for him. “Interlagos means a lot in my career in Formula 1,” he said. “I am used to feeling a little bit nervous each time I come here because, out of my 12 years in Formula 1, on four occasions I have fought for the world title here, which is something I had never expected.

This year is a bit strange coming here without the world championship on the table, but we still have some important targets especially in the Constructors’ but it’s not the same level of stress.” As for the unique weather that has often altered the outcome of this race, the Ferrari man was not too bothered by this threat. “It’s always a bit random here and you know the rain can come at any time, but we are so used to running in the wet in Interlagos that when it rains it feels half normal. It’s a bit strange in the dry let’s say!”

The Ferrari man was pleased to say his back problems are now over, following his Abu Dhabi incident. “My back now is okay and for the last two nights I think it’s been a hundred percent with no pain and I have been able to train in the gym and do some jogging also,” he revealed. “In Austin, I never thought of letting Pedro (de la Rosa) having the car. Once you have flown there and you are there, then you race! However, if there had only been one week between Abu Dhabi and Austin, I would have been unable to race.”

For Felipe Massa, this weekend is always special, but this time the Paulista’s home race also marks the end of his time at Ferrari and his relationship with Alonso. “We have enjoyed four years of a productive relationship for Ferrari,” said Fernando. “We have worked very closely together and also built a friendly relationship outside the track, partly because of the programmes the team organises, such as the training we did in Lanzarote, as well as the time we spent together in Madonna di Campiglio.

We’ve had a great time together. On the track, there have been some ups and downs, in Felipe’s case usually linked to what tyres we had, such as in 2011 when he struggled a bit more than me. But he has always been competitive and I hope that here he can do well in his home race in front of his home crowd. I am sure Ferrari, including myself, will give 120 percent for him to have a good weekend. I wish Felipe all the best for next year, even if I hope he won’t be too strong!”

McLaren Race Report U.S. Grand Prix 2013

January 2, 2014

2013 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX

 Circuit of the Americas, Sunday November 17

 “Formula 1 has now found its spiritual home in the USA”

 SERGIO PEREZ

MP4-28A-03

Started                   7th

Finished                 7th

Fastest lap             1m41.830s (+1.974s, 15th)

Pitstops                 One: lap 22 (3.17s) [Opt-Pri]

Points                     41 (12th)

 “To be honest, I was expecting to achieve a little bit more than seventh today.

 “On the opening lap, I managed to push past Fernando [Alonso], and the car initially felt pretty strong. After that, however, between about lap 10 and lap 15, the tyre degradation started to kick in, and we struggled relative to the others around us. They seemed to be coping with the [tyre] deg[radation] a little bit better than we were.

 “But, more importantly, I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to all my Mexican and American fans for the support they’ve shown me all weekend.

 “They came here to watch me perform, and, while I would love with all my heart to have given them a better result than seventh, it was still amazing to have their support throughout what has been a difficult but very special weekend.”

 JENSON BUTTON

MP4-28A-02

Started                   15th

Finished                 10th

Fastest lap             1m41.285s (+1.429s, 12th)

Pitstops                 One: lap 20 (3.39s) [Opt-Pri]

Points                     61 (9th)

 “Even though I was only battling for a single world championship point, I still wanted to do the best job I could this afternoon.

 “As in all the past few races, I made contact with another car on the first lap – and that contact broke my left-hand front-wing endplate. It wasn’t quite as bad as in Abu Dhabi, but it still left me with quite a lot of understeer.

 “We considered changing the nose-box at the pit-stop, but, instead, the mechanics added some extra front wing, and that helped to re-balance the car. It still wasn’t ideal, because losing downforce at the front doesn’t affect only the front-end, it affects air-flow across the whole car as well.

 “Still, I enjoyed the race. The first 30 laps, during which I was stuck behind Felipe [Massa], were particularly tough, but I was able to make some good moves at the end, and that made our day a bit more interesting.

 “Now, I’m hoping for a trouble-free, exciting and prosperous final grand prix of the season in Brazil next weekend.”

 MARTIN WHITMARSH

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Both Checo and Jenson drove very well in trying circumstances here this afternoon, hampered in their efforts to make significant forward progress by a pit-stop strategy that didn’t quite work out for either of them and a circuit whose layout always makes overtaking extremely difficult.

 “We opted to put both our drivers on early one-stop strategies, in an attempt to allow them to ‘under-cut’ their nearest rivals, but, as I say, as things turned out we failed to gain any advantage by doing that.

 “That being the case, Checo drove a solid and controlled race to come home seventh, which was in fact the position from which he’d started the race, further underlining how difficult it was to overtake here today.

 “Jenson started from P15, owing to a troubled qualifying yesterday, but thereafter drove an excellent race, skillfully nursing a car whose left-hand front-wing endplate had been significantly damaged in a lap-one contact with another car. Despite the understeer handicap that that damage had caused, however, Jenson was able to record some impressive lap-times – and, driving with measured aggression all the while, climbed the leader-board to 10th place at the finish, expertly controlling his tyre wear, and taking a very hard-earned world championship point by pulling off a slick yet spectacular passing manoeuvre on Daniel [Ricciardo] on the race’s penultimate lap.

 “That move marked a fitting end to a frustrating weekend for Jenson, but I hope he’ll take some comfort from the knowledge that today he equalled our old friend David’s [Coulthard] all-time record of 246 grand prix starts by a British driver. He’ll establish a new benchmark of 247 grand prix starts by a British driver next weekend in Brazil.

 “Talking of Brazil, which will be the final grand prix of a gruelling 19-race schedule, we’ll now make our way to Sao Paulo as determined as ever to do our utmost to score as many world championship points as we possibly can and thereby consolidate our fifth-place position in the constructors’ world championship. No, finishing fifth isn’t what McLaren is all about, but I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to our mechanics in particular, who have worked very hard and extremely diligently to ensure that our reliability has been first-rate this season even though our relative competitiveness hasn’t.

 “Last but not least, once again I want to pay tribute to the Circuit of the Americas, and all who sail in her. Undoubtedly, Formula 1 has now found its spiritual home in the United States, and I think I speak for all at McLaren when I say that we love visiting Austin Texas and are already looking forward to coming back again next year, where we’ll be aiming to compete closer to the front of the field than we did here today.”

Force India Preview US Grand Prix 2013

January 1, 2014

 

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2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix Preview

 Sahara Force India gets ready for round 18 of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship.

 Vijay’s Vision

Dr Vijay Mallya looks back on a strong team performance in Abu Dhabi and ahead to Austin.

 Dr Mallya, sum up the mood after two races with double points finishes…

I’m very pleased with the last couple of races. As in the first part of the season, we’ve recaptured our form and maximised car performance. We’ve managed the last two races very well and taken a different approach with the strategy. In Abu Dhabi we were the only team to achieve a one-stop race with both cars, which was a bold decision. We managed to pull off the perfect strategy and picked up the rewards.

 The team’s position in the championship is now looking much stronger…

We’re certainly in better shape, but will never take anything for granted. We’ve scored 15 points in two races and we now have some breathing space behind us. But we won’t change our approach heading to Austin. We will go there focussed on closing the gap to fifth place, which is just 18 points.

 What are your expectations for the United States Grand Prix?

I think everybody was impressed by our first visit to Austin last year. The race was a real success and it’s great to see the interest from such an important market. We were in the points last year and we go there determined to get some more this year.

 Paul on America

Paul Di Resta looks forward to visiting Austin.

 Paul, twelve points for you from the last two races – you must be a happy man…

These results are a massive boost for everyone at Sahara Force India. In Abu Dhabi we played the long game and the strategy was spot on. We focussed more on the race set-up rather than one-lap pace and that was the key to making the one-stop strategy work. We’ve also got the car into the window that gives more consistency and confidence. Everything came together and it was a great team performance.

 Looking ahead to Austin, are you excited to be going back to the United States? 

It’s great to have a race there, especially at such an impressive facility. I still remember the huge crowd that came to the race last year and the amazing atmosphere. The place was absolutely packed and the whole city was very enthusiastic about Formula One. We go there with high hopes and will try and build on the performance of Abu Dhabi.

 Which part of the track do you enjoy the most?

Sector one stands out for me. It’s very similar to the Maggots and Becketts sequence at Silverstone and the fast chicanes work the car and tyres really hard. It’s a very enjoyable part of the lap and those corners really show you the potential of a Formula One car. The rest of the lap is quite open with a great flow. A lot of the corners are off-camber, too, which adds another challenge.

 Adrian on America

Adrian Sutil prepares for his first experience of the Circuit of The Americas

 Adrian, how are you feeling after two races in the points?

It’s good to be scoring points again. It’s not been easy and we’ve taken some brave decisions with the strategy and that paid us back. But at the same time you always want to improve and there are still some areas with the car balance where we can make some gains. Hopefully we can make some progress so that I feel more comfortable in Austin.

 Will this be your first visit to Austin?

Yes, but I’ve spent time in America before. I’ve been to a few of the big cities: New York, Los Angeles and Miami, but never to Texas. I hear it’s a beautiful place with a lot happening so it sounds like a great location. I’ve heard lots of good things about the Circuit of The Americas, too.

 You’ve driven the track on a simulator. What did you think of the layout?

It’s a very unusual lap with a big variation of corners. The first sector is interesting with so many turns one after the other and it looks like there are some nice high-speed corners. The feedback I’ve heard is very positive and everyone says it’s smooth and enjoyable to drive. From what I’ve seen it appears to be one of the better new generation tracks so I’m looking forward to getting there and trying it for myself.

United States GP – Alonso Quickly on the Mend

January 1, 2014

Fernando Alonso

United States GP – Quickly on the mend

Austin, 14 November – This morning, Fernando Alonso underwent a medical examination, as requested by the FIA, following the accident in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, back on 3 November, to clear him to take part in this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, in Texas.

The Spaniard took a heavy blow to his back when he landed on a kerb while trying to pass Jean-Eric Vergne in the Toro Rosso. He suffered muscular pain as a result and was treated during the week since the last race. This morning at the circuit Medical Centre, Dr. Steve Olvey, along with FIA medical delegates, carried out a series of precautionary checks, which all proved positive, thus leaving Fernando able to race this weekend.

However, as he is not yet in perfect shape, the team decided he should have a further day’s rest today so as to help his recovery as much as possible. The Spaniard will be on track tomorrow, starting with the first free practice session.

Caterham Preview US Grand Prix 2013

January 1, 2014

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US GRAND PRIX PREVIEW 

Leafield Technical Centre, UK – 8th November 2013

General
Race Laps: 56
COTA is a Tilke-designed circuit, introduced in 2012
The circuit is characterised by a number of elevation changes (esp. T1 which is uphill and has a blind apex, and also the section from T3 to T9 which includes some adverse camber corners)
Front left tyre is prone to graining
Due to the low temperatures & track texture, tyre warm-up was an issue in 2012 on both compounds
In terms of average speed, Austin is very close to Barcelona with a good mix of high speed corners (all the way from T2 to T10) and a long back straight
S3 is a technical section with low & medium speed corners
Braking & high speed stability are important
Circuit was confirmed as medium-low in terms of brake demand in 2012
First gear not used on track

2012 Weather
Air/Track temp ( C): 19 / 28
Pitlane altitude (m): 152
ATM Press (HPA): 1010
Hum (%): 25
Wind (kph): N 1.4

2012 Timing
Qualifying
P1: VET (1:35.657 Q3)
P2: HAM (1:35.766 Q3)
P3:  WEB (1:35.174 Q3)
CF1T best: P21 PET (1:40.809 Q1)

Race
P1: HAM (1:39.709 L55)
P2: VET (1:39.347 L56)
P3: ALO (1:39.672 L56)
CF1T best: P17 PET (1:42.824 L55)

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: smooth
Overtaking chance: low – T1, T16
Kerbs: smooth
Ride height setting particularity: low ride height possible
Aero eff ratio: medium-low
Safety car history: 2012 – none
Track grip evo during w/e: very high
Aero settings: high
Brake wear severity: medium / low
Brake cooling necessity: low

Driver Quotes 

Alexander Rossi (driving FP1): “I very much look forward to the US Grand Prix week starting. This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own friends, family, supporters and fans. It means a lot to me that the team is giving me this opportunity, while trusting me with the responsibility and I want thank everyone who’s helped make this possible.

“It’s obviously going to be a very busy week, but I’m totally prepared for it all. I have a full plate of media appearances before we even get to the track, the FOTA Fan Forum event downtown on Wednesday evening, and then a karting event straight after that. I will have a good chance to meet fans and tell the local Austin media all about our sport, but then on Friday morning it’ll be time for the real work to begin on track.

“I’ve already driven COTA several times, including in a classic Grand Prix car, so I know the layout well, but driving a current-season F1 car is a bit different altogether and on Grand Prix weekend it’s a very important responsibility. With the amount of F1 testing I’ve already done over the last few years, I’m fully prepared to do the best job for the team in FP1. As it’s an official practice session it’s important that I help the team as much as possible to set the car up right for the rest of the weekend, while, for me, this is another chance to use the session to continue to learn, develop and progress towards the next step up to being the next full-time F1 race driver.”

Giedo van der Garde: “Austin was a fantastic experience last year and I think I speak for the whole paddock when I say everyone’s excited about getting back there. This year will be my first time driving the track, and as I’m sitting out FP1 it’ll be even more important we get maximum track time on Friday afternoon and for the rest of the weekend, but after the race I had in Abu Dhabi, I’m ready for anything.

“I really was pleased with how the Abu Dhabi race went. The car felt great all weekend and I could just push for the whole race without mashing up the tyres. That’s an amazing feeling in the car, when it all just clicks, even when you’re racing for the sort of positions we are right now, and it’s even better as I’d had a couple of tough weekends before that race and it was good to bounce back in such strong style.

“The focus in Austin will be the same as it has been all year. Keep ahead of the team we’re fighting with for tenth and keep our fingers crossed for a bit of luck. I think we’re due it – if luck was the reward for hard work and effort I’m sure the whole team would have had a load by now, but even without that, we just have to do the best job we can and grab anything that comes our way.”

Charles Pic: “After a tough race in Abu Dhabi it’ll be good to be back in the car again in Austin. We had a setup issue in Abu Dhabi that held us back all weekend but the guys in the factory have been looking into it in detail and it’ll be fixed for Austin so I’m sure we’ll come back fighting there.

“COTA is a great track to drive an F1 car around – it has huge elevation changes, some really technical sections and it’s and one of those very special Grands Prix where there’s an amazing atmosphere all weekend, on and off track. I think that last year, when we went for the first time, we all expected the organisers to put on a great event, it is America after all, but I don’t think anyone realised the whole city of Austin would embrace F1 like they did. I think this year it’ll be even bigger and better – I know all the boys in the garage are looking forward to it as one of the great races of the year, and when you find a race like that, it’s very special.

“It’s also the home race for a couple of our main partners, Dell and GE, so we’ll have a lot of guests in over the whole weekend. That’s one of the challenges of being an F1 driver, being able to focus on the main goal despite everything else going on around you – I’ve always been good at that so, no matter how much off track work we have to do, I’ll be ready to seize any opportunities that come our way on race day.”

Abu Dhabi GP – Fry: A good pace

January 1, 2014

Pat Fry

Abu Dhabi GP – Fry: A good pace

“Today’s race was intense and action packed and our drivers were in the thick of it right to the end, despite the fact that the top places were out of our reach. Initially, we had thought of running just a one stop race, but when we realised that that the wear rate of the Mediums in the second stint would not have allowed us to go all the way to the end, while doing competitive times, backed up by our simulation systems, we told Fernando and Felipe to go flat out, as they would need to make a second stop.

With Fernando, we managed to get to lap 44 which meant he was able to run the Softs to the end of the race. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do the same with Felipe and with him we chose not to risk it, keeping him on the Mediums. It was a real shame. The two F138s proved they had a good pace, definitely better in the lower temperatures and both drivers were involved in close fights and made spectacular passing moves. In the last two races, we must improve, especially in qualifying, because only by starting further forward can we put ourselves in a position to fight for second place in the Constructors’ Championship”.

Abu Dhabi GP – Massa: Competitive from start to finish

January 1, 2014

Felipe Massa

Abu Dhabi GP – Massa: Competitive from start to finish

“Today I was competitive from start to finish and pulled off a lot of passing moves with a car that handled well. It was a great race. Our strategy was based on a single stop, but when we realised that the pace was too quick for the rear tyres and the wear was greater than expected, we decided to make a second stop so as not to take any risks.

Fitting the Mediums rather than the Softs was not the best decision, because the softer compound was quicker by at least a second per lap: I’d managed to do 19 laps on them in the first stint and it would not have been a problem to do the same in the final part of the race.It’s a real shame, because we could have finished at least fifth, but even if this is not the result we deserved, I am still pleased with my performance.

Now we head for Texas and Brazil, two tracks that on paper should suit our car better and where I hope I can continue to be competitive”.

Red Bull Race Report Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2013

January 1, 2014

 Sunday 3 November 2013
ABU DHABI GP – RACE


INFINITI RED BULL RACING CLAIMS A ONE TWO FINISH AND IT’S 100th PODIUM

 Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER, Start Position: 2nd
“I think today was incredible; the pace we had was scary at some stages, I felt very, very good on the soft tyres and was able to pull out a good gap in the first couple of laps. I think it’s difficult, being an active member of the team, to put things like today into perspective. When I think of the times we’ve experienced over the last few years, it’s incredible to have a strong group of people together that believes so much in what they do. To be part of that is great and makes me proud. The car was so enjoyable on every single lap. There are not that many races when you are in complete control of the car – so it’s special. I didn’t get the maximum out of myself yesterday, but we made up for it today.”

Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 2nd, Start Position: 1st
“Seb was on another planet today and was very, very strong in the first stint. He was super quick and his tyres didn’t wear out, which is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the opposition, me included. Nico had a very good start on both Sebastian and I, but fortunately it wasn’t a long run to the first corner. We got under way from there and I attacked Nico on the first lap, but then we had to look after the tyres, so we waited and then on lap eight or nine we were in trouble with the rears. I made a good move on Nico to get back into position. It would have been good to win, but we got second and I’ll go to Austin and try and do better.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “An incredible team performance today. A truly dominant display from Sebastian, who once again astounded us with the levels of performance that he’s reached this year, backed up with an extremely strong drive by Mark to achieve our third one-two finish of the season. At no point did Sebastian look under threat and Mark, having dropped behind Nico at the start, made a strong move on him to get himself back into second position. From there it was a matter of controlling the race to the chequered flag. Getting this result at such a prestigious venue continues the enjoyment of this season and, with two races to go, we’ll be pushing just as hard to try and repeat what has been a perfect performance.”

THIERRY SALVI, Renault: “What an amazing weekend, with both drivers out in front in qualifying and the race. That was a driving demonstration from Seb, while Mark was able to get out of the traffic after a difficult start and secure a great 1-2. It’s a fantastic result for Renault as well on such a demanding track, particularly after the difficulties we experienced at the last race with Mark. We’re happy to give him the weapons he needs to fight in the race – and help us enjoy the end of the season!”

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