The team return home from the United States Grand Prix with little reward for their efforts under sweltering conditions at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nico benefited from a good start and his ambitious one stop strategy enabled him...
The team return home from the United States Grand Prix with little reward for their efforts under sweltering conditions at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nico benefited from a good start and his ambitious one stop strategy enabled him to overtake several cars during the second round of pit stops.
Just four and a half laps before the finish line, and on his way to equal the best result of his career, Nico's FW29 suffered an oil leak and subsequent fire which inevitably brought about an abrupt end to his race. Despite a strong start in which he gained four positions on the first lap, Alex Wurz's race pace was hindered throughout by slower traffic which ultimately compromised his one stop strategy and left him in tenth place at the chequered flag.
"I made up a few positions at the start by overtaking several cars at the first corner. Our planned strategy was also good, so I was looking good for a positive race. Unfortunately, I ended up stuck behind Liuzzi, who was much slower than me, and that cost me too much time to finish in the points. I could not pass Tonio because I could not attack as my car was quite difficult to drive today with a lot of fuel onboard. I'm now looking forward to Magny- Cours."
"I was having a really solid race and was happy because I thought sixth place was in the bag. We were on a good strategy and the car was going well. We've shown that we've made some progress on performance and we would definitely have been in the points today. I can't be so angry because I drove really well. It will go my way another day, I'm sure of that. Sometimes things go wrong, that's just the way it is and I have to accept it.
Rod Nelson, Chief Operations Engineer:
"Today's result is obviously hugely disappointing for the team. Nico drove a storming race on a one stop strategy, which was the right thing to do. He had no tyre problems or any other issues. Unfortunately, he was held up quite badly by back-markers and we really struggled to get enough blue flags out for him in time."
"It looked like it was going to be an easy sixth place but then an oil leak struck in the last few laps. The cause of the leak is currently under investigation. Alex had a cracking start, but he was caught up behind Liuzzi with no way past."
"Both drivers gave great performances and today we were looking for two points-scoring finishes. It wasn't to be, though. We will now look into the failure on Nico's car and ensure it doesn't happen again and look ahead to the next race."
Alex Wurz: 10th
Chassis/engine: FW29-04 H135
Fastest lap: 1:14.486, 13th
Nico Rosberg: DNF
Chassis/engine: FW29-05 H146
Fastest lap: 1.14.066, 11th