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Abu Dhabi, Sunday – Ross: Nico drove a great race this afternoon

Abu Dhabi, Sunday – Ross: Nico drove a great race this afternoon

Nico finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in third place today with Lewis in seventh position.

"Nico drove a great race this afternoon. We don’t yet have the car to compete with Red Bull but he put in a superb performance with good tactics, the right strategy and great pit stops. Our crew has had a tough weekend here in Abu Dhabi and it’s to their great credit they performed so well today. It was a perfect race for Nico and delivered the maximum we could achieve today," said Ross. "Lewis got tangled up in other people’s races after his first stop and found it impossible to overtake in traffic.“

„This is a clear weakness of our package at the moment and he spent most of his race behind slower cars, unable to demonstrate his true speed,“ added Ross. „This is an issue where we need to get our thinking caps on in order to find a more effective compromise because there’s little point having a quick car if we can’t use that performance in the race. Even so, he still managed to collect valuable points with seventh place which further strengthened our championship position. We’ve had a good run in this sequence of races and we need to keep that going."

With both cars finishing in the Top Ten, Nico and Lewis have scored a further 21 points for the team in its campaign to secure the runner-up spot in the constructors' championship. MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now have 335 points on the board, a lead of eleven over third-placed Ferrari.

"A great race from Nico who drove a strong opening corner, made an important move on Webber and opened up the race from there. From that point, he was clever at managing his pace, the traffic and his tyres; the strategy worked out well and a second consecutive podium finish was a just reward," said Toto. "I have to apologise to Lewis because he had the pace to finish much higher up today but things just didn’t come together, not through any fault of his own. Overall, we can be pleased with the last two races: we have out-scored Ferrari by 21 points and Lotus by 14 points, which has put us back in the driving seat to finish P2. But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. The final two races will be just as hard fought and we will need to address some of our weaknesses if we want to cement second position in the Constructors’ standings."

The penultimate race of the season takes place on the weekend of 15th to 17th November at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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