Lewis Hamilton may have given the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix his all, but he was only rewarded with a seventh place finish. It was a difficult race for the Brit after losing out to Grosjean at the start and struggling to overtake traffic throughout the race.
The 28-year-old suffered a scare on the grid prior to the 55-lap race after both of his rear brakes needed replacing. He reported a “vibration” on the lap to the grid and it was a race against time for his mechanics to fix the problem. He didn’t experience any problems during the Grand Prix but is puzzled as to why he couldn’t match the pace of team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished in third place.
“That was a tough race this evening for me,” he said. “My race just didn’t quite come together and I’m not really sure why as I gave it my all out there. I had some problems with grip and, of course, it’s so difficult to overtake here when you are in traffic but we also need to figure out why I’m not getting the maximum performance from the car at the moment.”
Talking about the repairs made on the grid, he added: “The guys worked so hard this weekend to get my car repaired and ready for the race so it’s frustrating not to have delivered a better performance for them. A massive thank you to everyone for their efforts and it’s great that we have extended our lead for P2 in the Constructors’ Championship. All points count but Nico did a really good job today to maximise the potential of the car.”
Looking ahead to the final two rounds of the 2013 season in the USA and Brazil, he said: “Hopefully the last two races will be stronger for me and I look forward to that challenge.”
Nico Rosberg finished the race in third place to take his second consecutive podium finish. It was a crucial result for the team as they continue to extend their advantage over Ferrari and Lotus in the constructors’ standings.
Talking about his race, Rosberg said: “I had a great start to the race and was able to catch Mark off the line. I thought there might be a chance to get Seb but it wasn’t quite possible. I was able to push hard in the first stint on the option tyres but the second stint wasn’t quite as good as the car had a lot of oversteer on the primes and Mark was able to pass me.
“After the second stop, the set-up worked much better and we were able to set some really good lap times,” he added. “We didn’t quite manage to take the challenge to the Red Bulls today but we were closer at least to one of them and hopefully we can make it happen in the last two races. As a team, we scored some great points for the Constructors’ Championship this weekend and I’m very happy about that.”
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