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Valencia, Sunday: Michael, “The outcome of my race was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov.”

Valencia, Sunday: Michael, “The outcome of my race was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov.”

Michael had a more eventful race, after his afternoon was spoiled when, as he left the pits after his first stop, he slid into Petrov in turn one on lap 15. Michael finished the race in 17th position: “Not a very satisfying race for me today. The outcome was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov and lost the points I could perhaps have achieved.

Our race pace should have allowed me to finish more or less where I started, but that is only speculation after the incident. I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him. But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake. From then onwards, the race was done and I just had to drive the car over the finish line. We will now look ahead to Silverstone which is one of our home races.”

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