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Monza, Sunday – Ross: “That was a frustrating race because we had a very quick car today”

Monza, Sunday – Ross: “That was a frustrating race because we had a very quick car today”

Nico and Lewis finished the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in sixth and ninth places today. Nico took P6 at the finish after running a one-stop strategy (option/prime), pitting on lap 26.

At that stop, the team delivered the race's fastest pit lane time of 24.079 seconds. Lewis suffered a slow right-front puncture on his first set of prime tyres that forced him to make an early stop on lap 13. This meant the team had to convert to a two-stop strategy and Lewis pitted again on lap 38, fitting options each time.

On the charging drive that followed, he set the fastest lap of the race in 1:25.849 on lap 51 on his way to P9. His afternoon was further complicated by a total radio failure that meant he relied on his pit board for communication. A tough afternoon saw the team drop to P3 in the Constructors' Championship, three points behind Ferrari.

For Ross, “in the end, that was a frustrating race because we had a very quick car today. We can never be certain what Vettel's ultimate pace could have been at the front of the field but we saw Fernando and Mark fighting hard for second place and our drivers were matching their pace all the time. Lewis' slow puncture in his first stint obviously compromised his strategy by forcing us to make two stops.

But he drove a fantastic fighting race, complicated by the radio failure, and got everything out of the car this afternoon to climb back to P9.

With Nico, we have the frustration that he found himself stuck behind a slower car in terms of lap time that was too quick at the critical parts of the lap to be able to overtake. It's a disappointing result and this weekend reminds us that we need to be on top of our game at all times if we want to maximise our potential. But this afternoon also suggested that we have a competitive car.”

“Our afternoon was compromised by our starting positions” said Toto, “which resulted from yesterday's problems, and further difficulties in the race. Nico found himself stuck behind the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg and although we were quicker over the lap, we didn't have the speed to make a pass when it counted. Lewis' slow puncture forced him to make an extra pit stop.

After that, he showed everybody just how quick the car was and that gave a glimpse of what might have been this afternoon. But we can't take comfort from what might have been. The result was P6 and P9, well beneath the standards we set ourselves. We now need to focus on delivering on the car's potential in the next races.”

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