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Spa, Sunday – Ross: “Both drivers delivered a fault-free performance”

Spa, Sunday – Ross: “Both drivers delivered a fault-free performance”

Lewis and Nico secured a strong team result this afternoon at the Belgian Grand Prix, taking third and fourth places respectively at Spa-Francorchamps.

Lewis' third-place finish promotes him to third place in the Drivers' Championship and was the team's seventh of the year.

Lewis ran a two-stop strategy, stopping on laps 11 and 26, running option/option/prime. Nico ran the same strategy, making his stops on laps 12 and 25, also running option/option/prime.

The team consolidated second place in the Constructors' Championship, scoring a total of 27 points.

For Ross, It is a measure of “how far we have come in the past 12 months that a race which would have been our result of the season last year now feels slightly average. However, we must keep things in perspective: this was a good team result, we scored a good haul of points for both championships, but we were on average half a second off the pace we needed to fight for the win at this track, especially when the tyres were new.

The performance of both cars was pretty respectable by the end of the race but we were not quick enough in the early stages. Both drivers delivered a fault-free performance and the team performed well at the pit stops, so we got the maximum out of the car this afternoon. It's a good foundation for the second half of our season and we now need to find a little more performance for the next races.”

“We expected the race would be tougher for us in dry conditions compared to the mixed wet-dry weather we experienced yesterday in qualifying” said Toto after the race. “Even so, we now have to analyse why we were lacking some performance relative to other teams when we debrief this evening and back at the factory next week. Third and fourth positions represent a very solid team result and good points for the Constructors' Championship, so we can be happy with what we achieved this weekend. And we will keep working hard back at base for the next races.”

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