Malaysian Race Quotes II

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Force India, Hispania, Lotus, Malaysia, Mercedes, Toro Rosso, Virgin Racing, Williams
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Trulli runs wide after exiting the pits

Mercedes GP
Michael Schumacher (9th)
“I had a straightforward race today which was even a bit exciting towards the end but really full of ups and downs before.

“We probably couldn’t have expected to take more than two points today and we certainly have to work on our race pace which is not yet where we want it to be.”

 
Nico Rosberg (12th)
” Our race pace was not good enough, and it was very difficult to push, so unfortunately we could not perform at the level that we wanted to here. Looking at my qualifying laps, we can take heart from a small step forward from Melbourne so we will keep the hard work up to make further improvements.”

Ross Brawn, Mercedes GP team principal
“The team and drivers did a great job today but obviously we are not fast enough at the moment. We will continue to work at it and I look forward to having a more competitive car and being able to mix it where we want to be.”

Force India
Paul di Resta (10th)

“I am quite happy I must say. The team did a good job with the strategy. I just could not hold off Michael at the end, he had fresher tyres and I also did not want to risk the championship point as well.

 I think the DRS showed some good racing today, so maybe we can be confident that in China our race pace may even be a little bit better.”

Dr Vijay Mallya, Force India chairman and team principal
“Paul did an excellent job coming home in the points once again, while I believe that Adrian would also have finished in the top ten had it not been for the early nose chang.

“I am very proud of what the team has achieved here in Sepang this weekend and hope that we can carry this momentum, and great team spirit, with us to the race in China next week.”

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi (13th)

“At my first pit stop I had the impression that the Pit Lane Speed Limiter had not been engaged. I immediately pressed it again, which deactivated it, so I speeded in the pit lane and picked up a ten second stop-go penalty, which I felt was a bit severe, as usually you get a drive-through penalty.”

Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal
“Fortunately, our closest competitors in the championship did not pick up that many points today, so we are still in reasonable shape in the constructors’ classification. However, the mid-field is very close at the moment, which means we have to do a better job, starting in Shanghai.”

Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen (15th)

“That was a pretty good race all round. I think we can be pleased that after a difficult Friday we showed the sort of performance that the winter tests had given us hope we could do so now it’s about continuing development of the car and keeping up the pressure on the guys ahead.”

Jarno Trulli (DNF)
“Unfortunately a clutch problem brought my race to an early end which is pretty bad luck as we were looking ok at our home Grand Prix.”

Tony Fernandes, Lotus team principal
” Heikki drove a fantastic race and it is exciting that he was really pushing the Toro Rossos in the final few laps – maybe with a couple more laps he would have passed one of them.

“Huge congratulations to the whole team and well done to everyone.”

Mike Gascoyne, Lotus chief technical officer
” This weekend has been by far our strongest race performance since we came back into Formula One, so it is good to be racing again.”

Virgin
Timo Glock (16th)

“I got a good start and got ahead of Trulli in the Lotus into turn one and everything was going well, but I was only able to defend the position for so long before he was able to get past.

“We are looking forward to what our development package can bring after China in time for Europe.”

Williams
Rubens Barrichello (DNF)

“A hydraulic problem forced us out of the race today. The team are still trying to identify exactly what the issue was.

“This wasn’t the start of the season I was hoping for and we need to improve. Right now we don’t have a reliable car and we’re playing catch up.”

Pastor Maldonado (DNF)
“We had a misfire problem on my car from the third lap. I tried to stay out, but we had to bring the car in. I am now looking ahead to China where I will be pushing to complete a full race distance and get a better result.”

HRT
Vitantonio Liuzzi (DNF)

“It’s a shame we didn’t finish by eight laps because our target was to reach the chequered flag. We had a small issue with the rear wing and were forced to stop.”

Colin Kolles, HRT team principal
“We stopped both cars just to be safe. Narain’s car had very high water temperatures so we advised him to stop. Tonio was close to the finish the race and felt an unstable rear.

“Overall it wasn’t a bad day considering this was our first proper race and our first chance to test the car in a race situation. Our lap times were not bad compared to the front runners, this shows there is some light at the end of the tunnel.”

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