Lewis and Nico finished the United States Grand Prix in fourth and ninth places respectively today.
„That was a pretty good race this afternoon with the car we had today. It was very definitely a managed race rather than one where the drivers could push flat out. Lewis made a fantastic start but it then became clear that trying to hold Webber behind would not help us in our quest to run a one-stop strategy, which was essential. The car was not bad and both drivers had a pretty good balance, given the extreme difference in conditions to yesterday,“ said Ross. „Both Lewis and Nico did a perfect job managing the tyres in the race and their sets of primes were close to the end of their life when they crossed the line, which is exactly as it should be. They put in very, very controlled drives today which allowed us to consolidate our second position in the Constructors’ Championship. Now it’s time to head for Sao Paulo to finish the job.“
Nico and Lewis secured 14 points in Austin, with the team now on 348 points and still in second place in the Constructors’ Championship in the run-up to the finale in Brazil.
„As a single race result, fourth and ninth positions are not what we aim for as a team but in the context of yesterday’s qualifying result and of the battle for second place in the Constructors’ Championship, we did a solid job. It was a race that needed management and both drivers and the pit wall managed it well today. Lewis opened up his race with a fantastic start and first corner, then drove in a very precise and controlled way, managing the gap to cars behind without abusing his tyres,“ said Toto. „Nico didn’t have many opportunities to move forward given the optimum strategy was a one-stopper and there were no retirements ahead of him. But he took every opportunity that came his way and gained three places. We scored an important 14 points for the Constructors’ battle and will now focus on cementing that position in Brazil.“
The finale to the 2013 Formula One season takes place next week with the Brazilian Grand Prix in Interlagos.