“Sometimes, it takes a difficult race to bring out the strengths of our people – and I'm pleased that, despite our drivers enduring a puncture and two nosebox changes this afternoon, we still managed to get both Jenson and Checo into the points,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh commented.
“That was achieved through a combination of great tactics – our strategists worked on the fly to ensure Jenson recovered superbly from an earlier-than-planned stop to replace a damaged front wing - well-executed teamwork, as our mechanics performed brilliantly under pressure to replace two broken front wings and a severely delaminated front tyre, and great driver focus, as Jenson drove a scarcely believable 33-lap stint on one set of tyres, effectively turning his race into a one-stopper. Checo, meanwhile, showed great racing spirit to take the battle to those around him after a delamination destroyed his right-front tyre and his front wing.
“To incorporate all those setbacks into a single afternoon, yet still run competitively, is a great bonus to the team. And while the final classification may only show we finished eighth and tenth, those bald facts cruelly fail to do justice to the way we overcame adversity on our way to those positions.”