x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Formula One notebook: After the Chinese Grand Prix

Fuel issues hurt Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez says sorry, Mike Gascoyne's glee and Paul di Resta satisfied.

Nico Rosberg

The Mercedes GP driver was left to lament what could have been after fuel consumption problems left him in fifth place in Shanghai yesterday.

The German led for a period of the race after making an early pit stop, but he dropped back in the final stages and was warned by his team on the pit radio about conserving fuel.

The German said: "Naturally I'm disappointed with the race today as we know that we didn't make the most of our opportunity out there. Leading the race for such a long time was a great feeling but we had issues with the fuel consumption which made it really difficult to fight for position."

Sergio Perez

The Mexican apologised to Adrian Sutil after the race for the collision that ruined both drivers' chances of scoring points in Shanghai.

The Sauber driver tried an ambitious pass at the first turn but misjudged the move and slithered into Sutil, breaking the Force India car's front wing. Perez received a drive-through penalty for his error and went on to finish in 17th place, one lap down.

He said: "I'm very sorry for the accident with Adrian [Sutil] - I am sorry for him and sorry for my team. At this time in the race I wanted to get the most out of my tyres, as I was under pressure from Vitaly [Petrov], so was quite aggressive. Unfortunately I lost the rear when I was already on the inside of Adrian."

Rubens Barrichello

The frustrated Brazilian believes Williams have a lot of work to do if they are to be competitive this season. Barrichello toiled to 13th place in Shanghai yesterday and believed that was all that the Cosworth powered car was capable of, regardless of which strategy the team had tried.

He said: "We opted for a two-stop strategy today, others did three, but I don't think that made a difference. The car isn't performing as well as it should. I am going to work hard to help the team improve it. I need this car to be performing better and I know we can make it happen."

Team Lotus

Mike Gascoyne, Team Lotus's chief technical officer, spoke of his joy after seeing the team enjoy their best showing since coming back into the series last season.

Heikki Kovalainen finished 16th, ahead of Sergio Perez's Sauber and Pastor Maldonado's Williams, with teammate Jarno Trulli finishing 19th. A happy Gascoyne said: "That was an absolutely fantastic race from both drivers and from the pit crew, who performed brilliantly under huge pressure. It is very satisfying to have beaten two other midfield teams on track on pace and strategy and to be able to show that we have bridged the gap to the established teams."

Paul di Resta

The Force India driver declared himself content with his Chinese Grand Prix weekend despite failing to follow up an impressive qualifying display with a points haul in yesterday's race. The Scottish driver finished 11th, having started eighth. He said: "It was always going to be quite a tough race, starting from where we were. We came very close to scoring points, but just missed out at the end when the tyres had gone."

Kamui Kobayashi

A second consecutive points finish for the Japanese driver was credited to a strong start. The Sauber driver finished in 10th place having started 13th, and he believed his good getaway was crucial to his result. "I had a really good start and was able to make up positions," he said. "This was obviously important after not qualifying as high up as I wanted to."