Michael and Nico finished the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix in 10th and 13th places respectively today.
Starting from third, Michael’s car was touched on the first lap leading to a spin which dropped him to 16th at the end of lap one. The rain falling prior to the race increased in intensity from lap four and led to a red flag on lap nine and a 51 minute delay
After the restart, both Michael and Nico struggled to get the best from their tyres and were not able to fight for positions. Michael stopped on laps 5, 14 and 39, with an intermediate/wet/intermediate/prime tyre usage, Nico stopped on laps 5, 13, 26 and 39, with an intermediate/wet/intermediate/intermediate/prime tyre usage.
For Ross, “It’s a very disappointing end to what had been such a positive weekend here in Malaysia. Clearly we have a conundrum with this car that we have to unravel. After such an encouraging qualifying session, and indeed the fuel runs that we did on Friday, we struggled to get the tyres to work properly in the race today.
There were little windows when we seemed to get them working and other times where we fell out of them completely.
I don’t believe that we are abusing the tyres, just not using them properly, and it’s a problem that we have to solve if we are going to move forward with the car. It is especially disappointing after the potential we have shown, however I am confident that we have enough strength and the right people to unravel the problem. We will be getting our heads down back at the factory next week and doing just that.”
“From P3 Michael did not have the best start but was still in a top five slot when he was spun around during the first lap and passed the start and finish line in P16” said Norbert.
“After the restart, things did not go any better and we never really could cope with the wet conditions and the drying out track on which nobody has had the opportunity to test before the race. Other teams could obviously handle these mixed conditions better and all credit to them.
Both Ferrari and Sauber did a great job today so congratulations to those teams, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez. We obviously did not have the set-up to make the best out of these tricky conditions today.
We brought Nico in and put him on slicks which was a calculated risk that finally did not pay off. Our car has got speed and we will continue to work hard to generate this speed in the race as well as in qualifying.”