Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sun: Williams, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Sunday 24th July 2011

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Sun: Williams, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Sun: Williams, Lotus, Virgin, Hispania

Williams did not have a great German GP and found themselves lapping at the back of the pack with Lotus, Virgin and Hispania...

Williams:
Pastor Maldonado: "It was a really tough race today. We were quite competitive in the second stint on a new set of Option tyres but then when we went onto the Prime tyres for the last stint we were losing time. Our pace wasn't as good and we lost a few places. We tried hard, but it wasn't to be today."

Rubens Barrichello: "We were doing quite well after making a good start and were looking comfortable for a two-stop strategy but then the team came on the radio and called me in with an oil leak. I wanted to continue but the team said there was no way and that was the right decision. It was slippery out there at the start but the main issue was the cold weather making it difficult to get the temperature into the tyres."

Team Lotus:
Heikki Kovalainen: "I think that was a pretty good race. For me everything was working well in the car but honestly it was a bit lonely out there! We're not quite with the guys ahead, and we're well clear of the teams behind, so I wanted to make sure I could push as hard as possible over the full race distance, not make any mistakes and get the car home in one piece. We are progressing in the right direction, and it will take time to be able to really fight with the guys in front, but we'll get there."

Karun Chandhok: "That's a full race distance completed and an awful lot of learning under my belt. Honestly, that probably wasn't the race I wanted -I had a couple of high speed spins and I think I need more time to get used to the tyres. When they start to go off there's very little give compared to last year's rubber, but that's all part of the learning process and I'm glad I got the car home and did the best job I could."

Virgin:
Timo Glock: "After a positive start to the day with the announcement about my future with the team, it was quite a difficult race today. I struggled with the braking system from the middle of the race onwards and I wasn't able to push late on in the race, so we have to look into the problem. Otherwise thanks to the team for a good weekend at my home Grand Prix. A shame it was so cold for everyone but we head to Hungary now for better weather and I hope we can have another good result there."

Jerome D'Ambrosio: "I'm happy about the weekend. I feel like I'm back on the right track and although there's definitely more improvements I can make, particularly in qualifying, I'm going in the right direction. The last few weekends have been a bit tough and this is the one I'll be focusing on. I'd like to keep this momentum in Hungary before the break and stay as close as possible to Timo."

Hispania:
Daniel Ricciardo: "It was good to finish. I think we've made a good step from Silverstone but there's still quite a long way to go. It's quite a steep learning curve but I think I've climbed a little bit of that this week. If I can keep this way then I'm sure that in a few races time the progress will be more obvious by, hopefully, finishing a few positions further up. If I can make the same step from Silverstone for Hungary then it's going to look more promising. I'm quite happy with the progress."

Tonio Liuzzi: "It was a shame because, even though the penalisation for the gearbox meant we had to start from P23, we had a strong start where we passed a few cars on the first lap and had good pace. A few laps into the race we started to suffer some problems with the brake balance and we lost quite a bit of pace. After the pit stop, with the tyre change, we recovered our strong pace until an unfortunate electronic issue forced us to retire. Overall, there's been an improvement from Silverstone but we need to push harder and cannot relax for the next race. Luckily, the Hungarian GP is around the corner and we have to look ahead. It will be a difficult one because the track doesn't suit our car much but we will fight as usual."

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