Lewis came seventh in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit. Lewis lost time behind the Sauber of Gutierrez in his second stint of the race. In spite of a clear performance advantage, he did not have the car performance at the right point of the lap to overtake.
"That was a tough race this evening for me. My race just didn’t quite come together and I’m not really sure why as I gave it my all out there. I had some problems with grip and, of course, it’s so difficult to overtake here when you are in traffic but we also need to figure out why I’m not getting the maximum performance from the car at the moment," said Lewis.
"The guys worked so hard this weekend to get my car repaired and ready for the race so it’s frustrating not to have delivered a better performance for them. A massive thank you to everyone for their efforts and it’s great that we have extended our lead for P2 in the Constructors’ Championship," added Lewis. "All points count but Nico did a really good job today to maximise the potential of the car. Hopefully the last two races will be stronger for me and I look forward to that challenge."