Nico finished the Indian Grand Prix in 11th place today with team-mate Michael classified in P22.
Nico completed a one-stop strategy, running soft then hard tyres, and made his pit stop on lap 27. Michael suffered a first lap right-rear puncture after contact with another car at the first corner.
He made two stops on laps one and 33, starting the race on the hard tyre, then running two sets of soft tyres.
“For Ross, we are racing in a closely-matched field this season, where a few tenths of a second in lap time make a significant difference to your position. At the moment, we are on the wrong end of those precious tenths and that once again left us outside the points this afternoon.
Nico made his one-stop strategy work well, looking after his tyres so that he still had reasonable speed at the end of both stints, but otherwise he had a relatively quiet race.
As for Michael, the contact at the first corner made it an uphill battle for him from turn two onwards, and left him at the back of the field. However, by running two stints on the option tyre, he was able to show respectable speed at some points of the race.
We brought his car in before the end of the race as a precaution after we became aware of some gearbox concerns.”
“Michael suffered contact on the opening lap” said Norbert, “which caused a puncture and put him to the back of the field after his pit stop. He retired the car with a gearbox issue five laps before the finish. As for Nico, his car didn't have the speed to score points after starting from 10th position. We have a lot of work to do and everybody in the team is well aware of it.”