Michael and Nico finished the German Grand Prix in seventh and tenth places respectively today. Michael set the team's second fastest lap in three races in 1:18.725. "We ran the race as well as we could today, in the knowledge that we would have to make three pit stops", explained Ross Brawn. "Some of our rivals on two-stop strategies faded towards the end but the drop-off was not sufficient for our drivers to be able to take advantage on fresher tyres."
Ross was full of praise for the excellent job done by the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS pit crew in the six stops for Michael and Nico. "We made the right decisions this afternoon but, after 67 laps, Michael found himself 29 seconds behind the winner," added Ross. "That shows we need to find more pace from the car."
"Of course it is not pleasant starting third and coming home seventh," conceded Norbert Haug after the tenth race of the season. "We were convinced that a three-stop strategy would be the fastest race for us, and we will evaluate whether a two-stop strategy could have brought us more. In any case, a podium was out of reach for us today and we certainly need further improvements.
Nico put in a great drive, gaining 11 places from 21st to 10th. Like in Silverstone, our best-placed car came home roughly 30 seconds behind the winner, so we are missing about half a second per lap. We are now looking forward to doing a better job next weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix."