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Suzuka, Sunday – Nico: At least we were able to salvage some points

Suzuka, Sunday – Nico: At least we were able to salvage some points

Nico finished a challenging race in Suzuka today in eighth position. He made his first pit stop on lap 12 and was subsequently given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release. “I made a good start today and was in a strong position until my first pit stop. Unfortunately we then had the incident as I left the pit box which ultimately cost me a top position,” explained Nico. “We will analyse internally with the team what went wrong but it was immediately clear that we would get a penalty.”

Nico served this on lap 16, suffering a time loss of around 20 seconds in the process. “After that, we switched to a three-stop strategy and that worked out as well as it could for us. I was able to do some good overtaking manoeuvres, although I wasn't happy with Perez as the rules are clear; you can defend once and close the door but you can't switch sides again,” he said. “Trying to overtake the Sauber at the end was very tough and while it's difficult to be satisfied with eighth place given our potential, at least we were able to salvage some points.”

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