As the race went on, Ferrari kept Alonso out while Vettel and Hamilton pitted for a third set of wheels. Hamilton managed to overtake Vettel and then a fading Alonso. With four laps to go, Renault’s Grosjean, Sauber’s Perez and Vettel all managed to overtake Alonso. Perez stood out as the star of the race, starting 15th, he opted for a one stop strategy and finished the race in 3rd place barely 5sec behind Hamilton.
Mercedes AMG GP had an average day. At the beginning of the race Rosberg fell victim to the DRS and was passed by Felipe Massa and Paul Di Resta. During the middle of the race, Rosberg picked up pace and was setting blistering times lap after lap, but in the end he could only manage a 6th place finish.
This year hasn’t been kind to Schumacher. He was forced by the race officials to retire after his rear DRS wing malfunctioned and was left permanently open. This is his forth retirement so far this season. His pit crew tried to fix the issued with brute force, but were unsuccessful and his race was over.
It could have gone better this weekend, and we just need a little bit more performance to be competing at the front. However we are making good progress and increasing our understanding of the tyres all the time.”
At first, I didn’t know exactly what the problem was; I overshot the corner, ran through the grass and asked myself what was going on. Then the team told me about the problem and I saw it in the mirrors.
Of course it’s disappointing for all of us but it’s not a question of pointing fingers; stuff like this happens. I know the team are doing their best and that it probably hits them even harder than me. We’ll be back on the attack in Valencia.”
Michael was caught in a train of cars in the lower half of the top ten, and although we tried something different by stopping early in order to get him into clean air, it didn't quite work for us. He then suffered a hydraulic issue which left his DRS jammed open and it was not possible to fix it in race conditions.
I can only apologise to Michael for a further technical failure. As for Nico, his race was running to plan and he was gaining on the leaders when he ran across Massa, who was running out of tyres and defending vigorously before his final stop.
This cost Nico both track position and time that proved crucial in the closing laps. Ultimately, that's part of racing, but the real lesson from today is that achieving our potential in qualifying, and running clean races, is vital for strong results.”
We got the tyre management right here, as in Monaco, and we are working hard to push this process further forward. After seven races, Nico is 21 points behind the championship leader - he has scored on average just three points fewer than leader Lewis Hamilton, which is not too big a gap.
Michael was running well after his early stop until he was forced to retire with his rear wing flap stuck open. It’s clear to everybody in the team that we must achieve the same levels of reliability on his car as we have with Nico, who has completed every racing lap so far this season.
Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on their victory today - it was the 300th race for McLaren and Mercedes, a milestone which adds extra significance to Lewis’ appearance on the top step of the podium.”
FULL RACE RESULTS
After 70 of 70 laps
|1||Great Britain||L Hamilton||McLaren|
|4||Germany||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|7||Australia||M Webber||Red Bull|
|11||Great Britain||P Di Resta||Force India|
|12||Germany||N Hulkenberg||Force India|
|14||Australia||D Ricciardo||Toro Rosso|
|15||France||J Vergne||Toro Rosso|
|16||Great Britain||J Button||McLaren|
|19||Russian Federation||V Petrov||Caterham|
|21||Germany||T Glock (ret.)||Marussia|
|22||Germany||M Schumacher (ret.)||Mercedes|
|23||Spain||P de la Rosa (ret.)||HRT|
|24||India||N Karthikeyan (ret.)||HRT|