Nico and Michael finished the United States Grand Prix in 13th and 16th places respectively today.
Nico followed a one-stop prime/option strategy in the race today, stopping on lap 34.
Michael’s race was converted from one to two stops when it became clear his first set of tyres were struggling. He stopped twice on laps 14 and 39, with a option/prime/prime strategy.
“After a good qualifying result, Michael’s first set of tyres performed very badly today and we decided to convert his strategy to a two-stop race” said Ross after the race. “Once we got onto another set, the lap times came back up to what we expected but having such a poor first stint made it very difficult for him.
Nico started a long way back and conserved his tyres well as we knew that we wanted to make a one-stop strategy work. He actually had a pretty good race with respectable lap times, and if we had managed to qualify better, he would have been in a reasonable place.
Whilst it is disappointing not to score any points, we have learnt a lot about the car and tyres this weekend which will be useful for the future.
Despite our result, this has been a great weekend for Formula One in the United States, and it was very pleasing to see so many fans here for the first race in Austin. Our thanks for the organisers for putting on such a good show.”
For Norbert, “Nico’s speed was not too bad but from 17th on the grid, he could not improve further. His one-stop strategy worked as planned which was not the case for Michael who, after a respectable place on the grid, did not have the speed in his car to defend his position after the start of the race.
The team brought him in early and switched to a two-stop strategy. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for winning the inaugural Grand Prix here at this great race track, after having won the last United States Grand Prix in 2007.
Thank you to the organisers for making this race happen here in Austin. We will come back stronger next year. Congratulations to Red Bull Racing for securing the Constructors’ World Championship today.”