Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock finished the Japanese Grand Prix 13th and 15th with the race start being the first time either of them had got a dry lap at the Suzuka track this year, and for Timo it was his first ever drive in the dry at the...
Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock finished the Japanese Grand Prix 13th and 15th with the race start being the first time either of them had got a dry lap at the Suzuka track this year, and for Timo it was his first ever drive in the dry at the Japanese circuit.
"I got a good start and gained a position or two. For the first part of the race I had quite a loose rear and we made some adjustments at the first pit stop, which certainly helped. I had one or two small electronic issues, maybe something on the gearbox as on one of the pit stops I couldn't get into neutral. Also at one point suddenly the pit lane speed limiter was on while I was on the circuit and I lost a couple of seconds there. Otherwise, I think in the circumstances, given that we did not have a lot of time to practice here, I'm happy with our starting set-up and what we achieved in the race."
"My start and first couple of laps were not too bad but overall it was difficult today. The car set-up was not that good and I had everything: oversteering, understeering, changes in the pit stops didn't seem to help much and the car didn't feel easy to drive. I had big problems and couldn't find a rhythm. Added to that I had gear problems and a crash with Kimi Raikkonen that I didn't see coming all in all it was a bad race for me."
James Robinson, Head of race and test engineering:
"It was a hard race and we had a number of technical problems. We had to limit Timo's performance because of an engine problem, which was unfortunate, and although Nick had a good hard race, from where we qualified it was tough to make any impression. It was a challenging day for Timo but given his first lap around here in the dry was lap one of the race today, we feel he came through okay. We are all looking forward now to the last race in Brazil."
Nick Heidfeld: 13th
Timo Glock: 15th