Michael finished the Korean Grand Prix in 13th place today whilst Nico was forced to retire on lap two after being hit by another car.
Michael completed a two-stop strategy of used option/new prime/new prime, stopping on laps 13 and 32. Nico's car was hit from behind by Kamui Kobayashi on lap one, under braking for turn three.
Nico was forced to retire the car because of the resulting damage on the second lap of the race.
“It was a difficult race for us today” said Ross. “Nico was hit by Kobayashi on the first lap for the second race in succession, and to lose him again through the error of another driver was extremely disappointing. Michael did all that he could today but we struggled to keep the tyres up to temperature.
There were parts of the race where the tyres were working properly and we were more competitive, but too many periods where we struggled.
We need to look at how we can improve that situation, and we will keep working hard to make progress at the final four races.”
Norbert commented on the fact that “Nico was once again the victim of a crash on lap one when a competitor drove into his car. This damaged the radiator which put an end to his race and, as in Japan, it was through no fault of his own. At no stage did Michael's car produce the grip we had anticipated.
We need to quickly put this race behind us but not before a thorough analysis, with an understanding of why we got it wrong today.”