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2014 Final Point Standings
After Abu Dhabi
Championship Standings:
1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 161
7 Felipe Massa 134
8 Jenson Button 126
9 Nico Hulkenberg 96
10 Sergio Perez 59
11 Kevin Magnussen 55
12 Kimi Raikkonen 55
13 Jean-Eric Vergne 22
14 Romain Grosjean 8
15 Daniil Kvyat 8
16 Pastor Maldonado 2
17 Jules Bianchi 2
18 Adrian Sutil 0
19 Marcus Ericsson 0
20 Esteban Gutierrez 0
21 Max Chilton 0
22 Kamui Kobayashi 0
23 Will Stevens 0
24 Andre Lotterer 0

Constructors
1 Mercedes 701
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 405
3 Williams-Mercedes 320
4 Ferrari 216
5 McLaren-Mercedes 181
6 Force India-Mercedes 155
7 STR-Renault 30
8 Lotus-Renault 10
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins
1 Lewis Hamilton 11
2 Nico Rosberg 5
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3

Team Wins
1 Mercedes 16
2 Red Bull 3

Podiums
1 Lewis Hamilton 16
2 Nico Rosberg 15
3 Daniel Ricciardo 8
4 Valtteri Bottas 6
5 Sebastian Vettel 4
6 Felipe Massa 3
7 Fernando Alonso 2
8 Kevin Magnussen 1
9 Jenson Button 1
10 Sergio Perez 1

Team Podiums
1 Mercedes 31
2 Red Bull 12
3 Williams 9
4 McLaren 2
5 Ferrari 2
6 Force India 1

Pole Positions
1 Nico Rosberg 11
2 Lewis Hamilton 7
3 Felipe Massa 1

Team Pole Positions
1 Mercedes 18
2 Williams 1

Fastest Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton 7
2 Nico Rosberg 5
3 Sebastian Vettel 2
4 Kimi Raikkonen 1
5 Felipe Massa 1
6 Sergio Perez 1
7 Valtteri Bottas 1
8 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Team Fastest Laps
1 Mercedes 12
2 Williams 3
3 Red Bull 2
4 Ferrari 1
5 Force India 1

Laps completed
1 Jenson Button1120
2 Kevin Magnussen 1111
3 Valtteri Bottas 1110
4 Daniel Ricciardo 1095
5 Kimi Raikkonen 1076
6 Fernando Alonso 1066
7 Nico Rosberg 1062
8 Lewis Hamilton 1048
9 Nico Hulkenberg 1036
10 Jean-Eric Vergne 971
11 Sebastian Vettel 970
12 Felipe Massa 954
13 Romain Grosjean 953
14 Esteban Gutierrez 933
15 Daniil Kvyat 924
16 Sergio Perez 891
17 Adrian Sutil 857
18 Pastor Maldonado 847
19 Max Chilton 769
20 Jules Bianchi 754
21 Marcus Ericsson 714
22 Kamui Kobayashi 663
23 Will Stevens 54
24 Andre Lotterer 1
Vettel wins yet again, dominates European GP

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Sunday, June 26, 2011

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Sebastian Vettel shows them why he is No. 1 again Sunday
Defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel showed once again why he is the best driver in F1 today by leading the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia, Spain from start to finish in his Red Bull. 

10.8 seconds back Spaniard Fernando Alonso was 2nd for Ferrari to the delight of the Spanish crowd and Australian Mark Webber was 3rd in the second Red Bull. 

Lewis Hamilton was 4th for McLaren ahead of Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.

For Vettel it was his sixth win from eight races of the season so far, and the win is his 16th of his career. The race was the fourth in F1 history to not have any retirements.

Runaway championship leader Vettel added a further 17 points to his win tally.

The German's lead is now a whopping 77 points over his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, as the McLarens had a bad day in the Spanish port city.

Lewis Hamilton at least finished on Sunday, but he was off the podium, admitting afterwards that the British team has "taken a step back" in Spain.

"I think we're quite a bit down in downforce," said the McLaren driver, "and I think that in the next race we may really struggle again."

Agreed teammate Jenson Button: "We need to get our heads down and come up with something -- particularly aerodynamically I think.  We need to take some risks."

There were two DRS overtaking zones this weekend and a big performance gap between the tire compounds, but most observers agreed that the European grand prix was - as per usual - fairly unspectacular.

"Maybe from the outside it looked like a boring race but I enjoyed it so much," said winner Vettel.

Added Jenson Button: "It wasn't the most exciting race, was it?"

Vettel said he had to push hard while staying on top of tire degradation to take victory at the European Grand Prix on Sunday.

"Maybe from the outside it looked like a boring race for me, but I enjoy it so much when it's between you and the car every single lap," he said. "Of course I had pressure from behind at various times because the strategy was a little bit different to Mark and Fernando so they were pitting at different times - sometimes earlier, sometimes later. Even though I had a gap before the stop, I came out of the garage and still they were quite close again. So I was pushing hard but judging the tires, trying to imagine what the end of the stint could be like and trying to foresee the strategy with every single lap between me and the car."

He said the car had improved again since the last grand prix as his Red Bull team continues to develop the RB7 to suit different challenges at different styles of circuits.

"For some reason I enjoy this track. Last year I had a very smooth weekend and again this year from the beginning to the end - it was fantastic, the team has done a phenomenal job improving the car," he said. "Even though we come here every year, thinking it might be tricky because this track is not made for us 100% with no real fast corners, still we managed to pull everything together and it was faultless this weekend. I'm very happy with result."

Results

POS

DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT LAPS TIME/RETIRE
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 57 1h39m36.169
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 57 +10.8
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 57 27.2
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 57 46.1
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 57 51.7
6. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 57 60.0
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 57 98.0
8. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 1 Lap
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 56 1 Lap
10. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault 56 1 Lap
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 56 1 Lap
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 56 1 Lap
13. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 1 Lap
14. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 56 1 Lap
15. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault 56 1 Lap
16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 56 1 Lap
17. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP 56 1 Lap
18. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 56 1 Lap
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 55 2 Laps
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 55 2 Laps
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 55 2 Laps
22. Jerome d'Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 55 2 Laps
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 54 3 Laps
24. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 54 3 Laps
FL Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 53 1:41.852

QUOTES

Red Bull-Renault

Sebastian Vettel (1st): "From the outside, I'm not sure if it seemed that much was happening in the race, but I enjoy it so much when it's between you and the car on every single lap. Of course, I had pressure from behind, especially as the strategy was a little bit different with Mark and Fernando - sometimes they were pitting earlier and sometimes later. I had a gap before the first pit-stop, but I came out very close to them, so again I had to push hard while judging the tires and trying to imagine what the end of the stint might be like. You are trying to foresee the strategy, so every single lap it's between you and the car. I enjoy this track a lot, last year I had a very smooth weekend here and again this year too. It's fantastic, the team has done a phenomenal job preparing the car. Even though we come here every year and think it may be tricky for us, as there are no real fast corners, we managed to come here and have a faultless weekend. I'm obviously very happy with the result."

Mark Webber (3rd): "I think we should have finished second today. It was a good race with Fernando, I think it was my best race of the year to be honest until the last pit stop. It was quite close with all three of us (Fernando, Mark and Seb), obviously we were trying to go as fast as possible and manage the tires at the same time. I was very happy with how the race was going until the last stop and it was my fault basically. I was worried about Fernando getting the undercut and it was not really known how the medium tire would behave on the out lap, but it was a risk I decided to take. I lost out to Fernando, he drove a good race. We had a gearbox problem at the end, so we backed right off, but we had a massive gap to McLaren, so we could cruise to the end and look after the gearbox."

Christian Horner, Sporting Director: "A fantastic team performance with first and third and a lot of points today. It was a tight race with Fernando all afternoon, both our drivers had good starts running one and two initially, then Fernando was able to use the DRS to get ahead of Mark. Mark managed to get back past him through pit stop strategy and then stay ahead, as it evolved into a three stop race. Unfortunately at the last round we just didn't have enough to stay ahead of him with Mark to get the one-two, but a one-three is still fantastic. Sebastian drove another immaculate race and has consolidated his lead in the Drivers' Championship. It was another great haul of points today for the team and it was great to have Mr. Mateschitz here to see the Red Bull cars both on the podium today."

Cyril Dumont, Renault: "First of all I would say that the rules have changed, but not the results, which is a really good thing for all the team. Everyone here at the circuit and everyone doing the pit stops did a really good job today. I would also like to congratulate and thank everyone working for Renault at the factory. It's another really great result for the team and we have more points than the others, but we have to keep working. We will see how we go in two weeks time, when there are again new rules."

McLaren-Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton (4th): "I got a poor start and lost out to both Ferraris. After that, it was a long race - the team asked me to stay out for as long as I could, and I was pushing all the way, but I struggled with oversteer and to be honest didn't feel totally comfortable with the tires. To be able to finish fourth is still a good result though - and 12 points is a decent haul after the last two races - so I can't really complain. However, in terms of performance, we weren't as quick today as we've been in the last three races. But I want to say a big thank-you to the team for some amazing pitstops today - we've really made some positive improvements in that area and it's really appreciated. So, thanks again, guys."

Jenson Button (6th): "I got a reasonable start, but the field bunched up into Turn Two and I was stuck on the outside, where I lost out to Nico [Rosberg]. I didn't have enough straight-line speed to be able to overtake him easily, but I braked really late and got him into Turn Two, which I don't think he was expecting. That was the highlight of the race for me. I had decent race pace after that, and I pushed the Option tires for as long as I could. Then halfway through the race I lost KERS Hybrid, which hurt me not only on corner exits but also under braking. So it wasn't a fun race, all told - but, given the way the car felt, it's a pleasant surprise to finish only eight seconds behind one of the Ferraris. Nevertheless, we've got a bit of work to do before Silverstone."

Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal: "Some you win, some you don't. Lewis and Jenson both lost positions at the start, while some of their rivals made excellent getaways. That left our drivers in pretty heavy traffic, and it's always difficult to look after your tires when you're following other cars at close quarters. Having said that, Lewis and Jenson both drove well this afternoon - Jenson hampered by a KERS Hybrid failure - and the result was a useful haul of 20 world championships points. Next, the Formula 1 circus travels to the UK for the Santander British Grand Prix, which is Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' home race. We had the fastest race car in Barcelona, Monte-Carlo and Montreal, but we didn't have the fastest race car here in Valencia today. However, you can take it as read that we'll be working flat-out over the next 10 days to do our utmost to ensure that we have as fast a race car as we possibly can for Silverstone."

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso (2nd): "I was determined to get on the podium. In my trophy collection, the only ones now missing are from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and, naturally, India. I hope I can complete the collection by the end of the year! I was really pleased to taste champagne again, especially in front of this lovely crowd in Valencia, an amazing city where there is a great passion for racing. This result means a lot to me. It's hard to see the grandstands when you are driving, but I could feel there was great enthusiasm when I passed Webber. This is a positive result for the whole team, as it confirms we are working in the right direction. Today, the first hundred meters were not that great but I knew that starting on the dirty side would cost me something: then I was lucky enough to find there was still a gap on the outside and I managed to make up one place on my grid position. It was important to shake off the McLarens immediately, as they were slower than us today, which meant we concentrated on Webber and reached our objective. Then, when I was sure he was behind me, we tried to think about Vettel: you never know what can happen in Formula 1. The strategy paid off and sticking mainly with the Softs was the right choice. The Red Bulls are still significantly superior, but it was equally significant to stay close and stop them getting a one-two. We must continue like this, race after race. We know that, at Silverstone, it will be very tough because it is one of the tracks which best suits their car."

Felipe Massa (5th): "It was a good race spent constantly fighting other drivers. I tried to get the most out of the Option tires because we reckoned that with the Prime, our pace was not at its best. It was a shame about the problem at my second pit stop, when I lost those four or five seconds which cost me the chance of fighting Hamilton for fourth place. I think that, from what have seen in performance terms, today we should have got both our cars ahead of the McLarens, and we only half succeeded in that. I got a very good start, passing Hamilton and Fernando. Then, I also tried to attack Webber, but he closed the door on me and we almost touched, so Fernando got the chance to go round the outside and pass me back. I had a few problems with my second set of soft tires, but with the next one, which was even more worn at the beginning, things went much better. In the end, even the Mediums were not so bad and I was able to do competitive times with them. Now we come to the Silverstone weekend. We will see if we will manage to confirm the progress that we have seen in the last three races. Also important will be what tire choice Pirelli makes: clearly if they go for the Medium/Hard combination, it will be more difficult for us."

Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal: "Our only target has to be the victory- we are Ferrari after all - but today, all things considered, we can be pleased with this result. It was an exciting and very evenly matched contest: Fernando and Felipe drove great races, fighting right to the end with their main rivals. The Spanish driver, in front of his home fans, managed to end up ahead of a Red Bull to secure a fantastic podium finish. The only negative point came at Felipe's second pit stop, which might well have cost him the chance of fighting right to the end with Hamilton for fourth place: but he too drove a strong race, especially from the start where he managed to make up two places and attack Webber. Now, we must continue to push on the development of the car in preparation for Silverstone, where we want to confirm the progress we have made at a circuit whose characteristics are less suited to the 150ยง Italia. There, we will also find out if the technical changes recommended by the FIA regarding the use of the exhausts, which are to be introduced at that race, will change anything or not: everyone will lose a bit in terms of performance, so it's a case of seeing who pays the highest price."

Pat Fry: "Overall, it was a good race for us. Going into it, the aim of our strategy was to reduce to a minimum the number of laps we would do on the Prime, both because we did not know what to expect from them and because, from the little we could tell this weekend, our performance was not up to that of our main rivals. On top of that there was the traffic to consider and the fact we were not so sure that the effect of the DRS would be enough to overtake cars that were significantly slower. That is why we did not try to chase after the others, always pitting early, thus lengthening the final stint on the softs which, even though they were very well worn, were faster than the first laps on the Medium. This decision paid off, allowing Fernando to get ahead of Webber to bring home a great second place. Felipe also drove a good race: it's a shame about the problem with his left rear wheel nut at his second stop, which cost him precious seconds. As for the rest, the mechanics did a very good job, with stop times that were more than respectable. We are still not a match for the best in terms of outright performance and we must work a lot to catch them, especially at tracks where aerodynamic efficiency makes the difference. We are closing the gap but we have to do even more and everyone at Maranello is absolutely determined to achieve that goal."

Mercedes GP

Nico Rosberg (7th): "I'm happy with my seventh place today as that is the maximum that we could have achieved and we got everything out of the car. It was great to overtake Jenson at the start, and we made the right strategy choice to go for three stops. The introduction of DRS was a positive for the race here in Valencia, and we saw some nice overtaking moves. Now we need to keep pushing for our two home races to close the gap to the fastest teams. I'm sure the whole team will work very hard before Silverstone, and I look forward to racing in front of so many people from the team and their families."

Michael Schumacher (17th): "Not a very satisfying race for me today. The outcome was decided after lap 15 when I slid into Petrov and lost the points I could perhaps have achieved. Our race pace should have allowed me to finish more or less where I started, but that is only speculation after the incident. I saw Petrov quite late, even though I was aware that he was coming, and tried to brake as late as possible and go round the corner with him. But when I wanted to draw back, I locked the front wheel and slipped into him, which was clearly my mistake. From then onwards, the race was done and I just had to drive the car over the finish line. We will now look ahead to Silverstone which is one of our home races."

Ross Brawn, Team Principal: "Nico achieved the current potential of the car today with another very solid, mistake-free drive. We couldn't have realistically expected any more and he scored valuable points. As for Michael, his collision was frustrating because he was running at a very similar level to Nico in the early stages and could also have finished close to him, in the points. After our concerns earlier in the weekend, the tires behaved well and we didn't experience any serious degradation problems, which represents a step forward for us compared to previous races. However, we set our targets very much higher than racing for seventh place: our work in the next weeks will focus on improving the car's performance in order to race with the teams ahead of us."

Norbert Haug, Mercedes Motorsport Director: "Nico's seventh place is what we could realistically have hoped for today, finishing behind the three top teams with our current technical package, which is lacking performance. The team is working very hard to bring the planned updates for our cars in order to close the gap to the current top six runners. Michael had an unfortunate clash early in the race and the additional pit stop this required prevented him from scoring points."

Renault

Nick Heidfeld (10th): "What cost us a little bit today was our starts. I lost a position to Adrian (Sutil) and then had to fight hard not to lose more. I finished more or less where I had been for the majority of the race (behind Sutil). I managed to overtake him once but then he used DRS to get past me and unfortunately I was not able to attack any harder to get by him. It's still another point gained for the team, but I did not expect to finish behind one Force India and one Toro Rosso. Overall this weekend, we pushed hard but it just has not been possible to get the pace out of the car that we wanted at this track. We will remain optimistic, though because Silverstone is a track with a lot of high speed corners, and our car performs well in these conditions. We will also see how the new regulations affect our car, but I think it will have a positive impact for our team."

Vitaly Petrov (15th): "Of course I am disappointed with today's race. I was very surprised that the tires did not last very well for us, as some of our competitors were able to do a two-stop race whereas we needed three. We know that our car's pace was not fantastic here and the race has strongly highlighted that we have work to do because we should finishing easily in the top ten. The incident with Schumacher did not cause a puncture. He seemed to exit the pits very quickly and did not seem to be able to stop his car coming into the first corner. Luckily, I saw him in my mirror but there was still some contact. We need to sit down now and carefully analyze where and why we are losing pace so we can have a better race at Silverstone."

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: "Given where we qualified, we were looking for a lot more from today's race. P9 and P11 on the grid is enough to have a really competitive race well into the points. Unfortunately, that did not happen and we were not able to get both cars climbing back up the places enough after a poor start. That said, we did score another point through Nick which keeps us in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship and ahead of Mercedes GP. We will need to come away from this race understanding why we were not closing down on the cars ahead of us; we know our car is fast and it's important we look at why we struggled to unlock that pace today."

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer: "It was a poor race from both of our cars and we simply didn't have sufficient pace to do better. We suffered from enough tire degradation to necessitate a three-stop strategy and there was no way we could have done only two stops. The extra time in the pits meant we were beaten by a car which made two stops and clearly suffered from less tire degradation than we did. Nick lost out to Sutil at the second corner and was unable to recover the position. Vitaly lost four places due to an early upshift at the start and this was detrimental to the rest of his race. We have certainly been struggling on circuits with low speed corners, so we hope that the high speed turns of Silverstone will mark an upturn in performance."

Riccardo Penteado, Engine Support Leader: "A long and tough race for us here and I think everyone would have hoped for some more points considering the starting positions and the potential of the car so far this season. Temperatures were high, as expected, but didn't pose any issues for us. We were pretty aggressive on the fuel consumption rate at the end of the race as we tried to make up positions but unfortunately Nick wasn't able to catch Sutil for ninth. That point is important though as we stay ahead of Mercedes in the Constructors' Championship. We had a water leak with Vitaly towards the end but we managed to keep it under control and get to the end of the race. It's been a challenging weekend overall, with the maps between qualifying and the race having to remain the same for the first time. On this point we managed to do a good job to get maximum performance in the race without losing out in qualifying, which a great effort from the trackside and factory team."

Williams-Cosworth

Rubens Barrichello (12th): "We did not have the car underneath us today. I really pushed myself to the limit though and I'm happy with what I delivered. The team have worked hard to bring lots of upgrades to the car so I'm sorry that we didn't do better. I do think that we should be pleased that we beat some better cars today."

Pastor Maldonado (18th): "We had a slow start so I lost positions off the line. I then couldn't make the Prime tire work for me in the first stint so I had to come in early to change them. The early stop forced us onto a three stop strategy. It was too difficult to make it work from where we were in the field though and I couldn't recover. We'll now move on to Silverstone where I will keep fighting to get some points."

Sam Michael, Technical Director: "We needed a little more performance to get into the points today. Toro Rosso's two stop and Sauber's one stop strategies allowed them to jump ahead of us. Rubens drove a consistent race, racing hard with the cars around him. We had a poor start on Pastor's car and then unusually low tire pressures on his first set of Prime tires, but his pace improved considerably on the next set. We have a lot of work to do between now and Silverstone to allow for the rule changes in respect to the exhaust."

Force India-Mercedes

Adrian Sutil (9th): "To finish ninth feels great and I'm pleased that we've managed to get the maximum from the car through the whole weekend. I made a good start: jumping ahead of Heidfeld and was then able to keep up with Schumacher in the first stint. I pushed hard but there was no opportunity to get by him. In the middle of the race I had some clear track, good race pace and we were up to P8. After the final stop, I came out behind Alguersuari, who was doing a two-stop race. I tried all I could to overtake him, but the DRS zone did not make overtaking very easy and I had to settle for P9. The car felt really nice to drive today and I'm really happy for the whole team with this result."

Paul di Resta (14th): "I'm not sure that we got the strategy quite right today. There were a couple of laps in the first stint where my tires had gone off and we didn't stop early enough. We made up for that during the second stop, when I jumped Heidfeld and Barrichello, but I lost out again at my final stop. It's tough when the tires go off because it costs you around two and a half seconds per lap, which is a lot when the fight in the middle of the pack is so close. Even without those issues it would have been tough to score points today because overtaking was more difficult that I thought it would be, even with the DRS zone. So it hasn't been the best of weekends, but I'll put that behind me and look forward to my home race at Silverstone."

Dr. Vijay Mallya, Team Principal: "The two points scored by Adrian are a welcome reward after a very strong weekend for us. The car has worked well from the start of practice and Adrian has not put a foot wrong. The only frustration is that we were unable to contain the Toro Rosso of Alguersuari, who managed to jump ahead of Adrian with a two-stop strategy. Paul once again delivered a fighting drive, but was unlucky with the way the strategy unfolded. It was a reminder that even stopping one lap too late can be very costly in terms of track position. So we leave Valencia pleased to be back in the points and determined to carry our good form into Silverstone, a local circuit for our factory and a race that everybody enjoys."

Sauber-Ferrari

Sergio Perez (11th): "In the beginning I had a very difficult time with the harder tires, but also with the softer ones I had a lack of grip and later in the race I lost a lot of time due to blue flags. It was not an easy Grand Prix for a comeback and I'm happy I was able to race again. I gave a hundred percent, but I'm afraid this was the maximum we could get today. However, we will analyze how we can improve for the future, and I'm sure Silverstone will be better."

Kamui Kobayashi (16th): "It was a very tough race for me. I struggled all the time and never had the performance to fight. It was difficult to manage the tires. I tried to take care of them as well as possible, but they were gone pretty quickly. Then, at those times when I wanted to push, I got stuck in traffic. We have some work to do, this is for sure."

Peter Sauber, Team Principal: "Up to this race we were able to manage tires better in the race than others, however, today, this wasn't the case. During the whole weekend we were not strong enough as a team, but we know we can do better."

James Key, Technical Director: "We are disappointed to finish outside the top ten for the first time this year. We took a gamble with both cars with the strategy to try and make something out of our compromised grid positions. Sergio did an excellent job to do a one stop race, which for here was always going to be pretty tough. He made his way to P11 in the end and wasn't too far from the cars ahead in the points. He got quite badly held up by blue flags, and lost quite a bit of lap time there. That happened just before the last stops, and it dropped him back a bit, so we couldn't make it there at the end. However, it was a good effort from him to hang on to the tires. Kamui started on the soft tires, then went on the medium in the middle stint, and tried to use the new soft tires in the end as a two stopper. That didn't quite work out. The medium tires were too slow, but we didn't want to run too long on the soft in the end. In hindsight maybe a three stop strategy would have been better. It was always going to be difficult to get a car in the points from where we started, because overtaking is still difficult here. We now have to go to Silverstone, a very different track from the last three, and make sure that we can improve."

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

Jaime Alguersuari (8th): "I am very happy with this result, especially after I only qualified in eighteenth place. It definitely paid off to concentrate on race set-up. This was a fantastic race and I want to thank my mechanics who worked so hard after the problems we had with my car on Friday during Free Practice. So this result is a reward I am happy to give them. Even though I still struggle to get the best out of the tires in qualifying, I feel I now have a much better understanding of how to use them in the race and that's definitely the best way round as the points are only given out after the race! We were able to run at a consistent pace all afternoon, which was the key to this result and it's the first time this season that I have had this feeling from the car and I am happy about that. Apart from working well with the tires, I think the updates the team brought here were also a contributing factor, as they worked well and that partly explains why my pace was really good."

Sebastien Buemi (13th): "First of all, congratulations to Jaime who drove a very good race to bring home some valuable points for the team. I had a very good start, passing quite a few people and running at a strong pace in the early stages. However, as soon as I had degradation from my tires, my lap times slowed and I was no longer able to pass other cars. Now, immediately after the race, I'm not sure why I was not quick enough, as after the first stint I could no longer match my team-mate's times, so we will have to look at the data. So, I am a bit disappointed, but we can sort it out and be ready to try again at Silverstone in two weeks time."

Franz Tost, Team Principal: "I think in future we should sit out qualifying and just save the tires for the race! But seriously, today the team did a fantastic job opting for a two-stop strategy for Alguersuari, making him the only points finisher to do this. Jaime demonstrated he can deliver a strong race drive, getting a good start and then running at a fast pace from the early stages onwards. Particularly impressive was the way he defended his position in the final laps. It was another fantastic performance just two weeks after he also finished eighth in Canada. In general, his performance curve is going upwards so we can expect more races like this from him in the future. As for Buemi, he was on a different strategy, based on three stops. Unfortunately, he was unable to get the most out of his short stints, even though he was doing similar lap times to Alguersuari in the early stages. In terms of the championship, the team has done a good job as we finished ahead of our closest rivals, Force India and Sauber, closing the gap very slightly to the Swiss team. I must also congratulate everyone who has worked so hard back in Faenza and Bicester, because we had many new parts on the car this weekend and this package definitely worked well, which means we can look forward to this busy period of another three races in four weeks with optimism."

Lotus-Renault

Heikki Kovalainen (19th): "For me that was a very good race. I'm happy that we seem to have regained the early season form after Monaco and Canada where I wasn't really feeling too comfortable in the car. Today the conditions were pretty hot out there but I felt good all afternoon - I've prepared myself physically for this sort of heat so it wasn't hard at all to push right to the end. I didn't have any issues and after we went to the three stop strategy I was able to keep up a good pace after each stop. We know where we have to improve the car to keep taking the fight to the teams ahead, and that will come in time, but this is a long-term plan and we are definitely on the right course. "

Jarno Trulli (20th): "That was a good race for me. We tried a couple of different strategies to cover all our options and even though my second set was gone by the end I definitely enjoyed myself out there. This was always going to be a track where we knew we would have to keep pushing to get anything out of it, but it's satisfying for the team to get both cars to the end and be well clear of the cars behind us."

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: "A pretty good day for us. I am happy both cars finished but as we are steadily increasing our competitiveness it would have been good to have finished a bit higher. It is obviously a big challenge for us to find the 0.5 seconds that will propel us towards the midfield teams, but we have the right elements in place to help us do that. We will find more downforce and we will continue to grow, both in experience and in pace, and that is why I see days like today as another step in the right direction."

Mike Gascoyne, Technical Director: "A very solid race from both drivers. We had considered two stops on both cars but when we saw higher degradation levels on Heikki's car we put him onto three and kept Jarno on two to give both of them a chance to fight. Jarno nearly passed Heikki in the final stops but Heikki's fresh rubber gave him the chance to edge ahead and the key goal today was to make sure they both finished, so I am pleased we achieved that. This has not been our most competitive type of track but despite that we finished well and that sets us up nicely for Silverstone."

Thierry Salvi, Renault: "Engine-wise that was a good race. Valencia is a track that is hard on both engine temperatures and fuel consumption and we managed both elements well on both cars. The maps we used gave the drivers the right options today which helped when we split the strategies as we did not suffer any drop in performance as a result of the switch."

HRT-Cosworth

Vitantonio Liuzzi (23rd): "It was a really difficult race for us because we were struggling with the rear tires. We knew since Friday that it would be difficult because we were overheating the rear and this was wearing the tires out even more and that is why we were forced to do a three stop strategy and, unfortunately, were unable to cope with the Virgins. In the first two stints we were fighting with them but then, because we stopped one more time than them, we were struggling to fight with them. We need to fight hard if we want to keep up with the pace of our competitors, we need to improve and work hard day and night. It's a shame because we were in front of our crowd, they have been fantastic with us but we need to push for the rest of the season. The weekend was really tough but beautiful because Valencia has been a fantastic city that has welcomed us really well. We had a beautiful week, it's a shame because we wanted to achieve a better result but now we are fighting for the future."

Narain Karthikeyan (24th): "As expected, the car was quite difficult to drive in the race because of the heat; the rear tires were degrading a lot and we had the same braking problems as the whole weekend. At the beginning I was trying to keep with the pack, with Liuzzi and D'Ambrosio, but after seven laps I locked the front and after that I had a lonely race. I finished the race but there aren't many positives I can take away from it. Obviously our performance wasn't the best but the local support has been great and we were hoping for more here."

Colin Kolles, Team Principal: "We struggled the whole weekend with the tires, especially on the rear end of the car. We had to go for a three stop strategy since the wear of the tires was too high; our main competitors were on two stops. The pace overall was good but due to the additional stop we could not gain positions. We have to work hard, especially in improving the aero and the rear end of the car, in order to reach our targets for the championship."

Virgin-Cosworth

Timo Glock (21st): "Quite a positive weekend for us I think. Everything ran smoothly and I had no real problems during the three days. In the race itself I had a very good opening lap and I overtook both the Lotus cars and a Toro Rosso, although he got right back past me straight away. Once the DRS was enabled I couldn't keep Heikki and Jarno behind me and after that I just ran my own race. I was quite comfortable being able to run at a good pace although at the end we had a bit of a fuel pick-up problem and I had to save fuel. But in general I'm very happy with the weekend and I've retained my lap record here. It's a bit of a shame to have a good race and still finish 21st where you started, but with nobody having technical issues or first lap incidents, that's all you can do."

Jerome d'Ambrosio (22nd): "I'm obviously much happier with today's race than with yesterday's qualifying result. Even though I lost quite a lot of time in the first stint when I was held up by Liuzzi, I had a good second stint and all this is great experience for me. The main thing for me right now is to improve on my Saturday performance, but overall I'm happy with my weekend and to have finished another race."

John Booth, Team Principal: "Overall a pleasing result with both cars taking the flag and Jerome improving from his qualifying position yesterday by overtaking Liuzzi on track. This means that the cars finished in the correct pace order compared to our direct rivals. Looking on the positive side, we seem to have moved closer towards our nearest competitor ahead of us on the grid, however with such strong reliability throughout the field it's a little disappointing to end up 21st and 22nd. We got the strategy about right, although perhaps we should have stopped Jerome slightly earlier in the first stint as he was just falling into the second stage of tire degradation but unfortunately we were already stopping Timo on that lap. Towards the end of the race with Timo we spotted an issue with fuel dropouts in turn 1, which meant he was having to back off. We now head back to the factory for a longer than usual period, ahead of our home race at Silverstone. We are all very excited about working in the new pits and we're hoping to keep up our current momentum for the next few races."

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