Formula 1: Black day for German pilots

Formula 1: Rosberg, Sutil & Co. in Australia
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Adrian Sutil

For Force India- Driver Adrian Sutil had already finished work in Melbourne after seven laps: 'After a few laps I had engine problems,' reported the Force India driver after the race. 'All of a sudden, the engine only ran on four cylinders and lost power.' Although the man from Starnberg started the pit, the team stopped trying to repair after a few minutes.

'That was a shame, of course, because we were on a good course to go way up the front. We missed a great opportunity in Australia to significantly increase our points account. Fortunately, at least my team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi was able to get three championship points. ' Sutil left the paddock before the end of the race to start his flight to Lankawi: 'I will relax there for three days and prepare for the heat race in Kuala Lumpur. We want to attack again there.'

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes GP driver Nico Rosberg finished 5th on race day in Melbourne. The Wiesbaden driver made up a position at the start in the first corner moved up from starting position 6 to 5. On lap 8 Rosberg switched from intermediate tires to the soft option tires. Because tire wear was critical, Rosberg had to pit for the second time on lap 33 to change tires.

Although Rosberg initially fell back to seventh place, he benefited towards the end of the race from the duel between the two-stopper Hamilton and Webber and the one-stopper Alonso. Hamilton and Webber touched each other, Rosberg slipped through and took fifth place. 'Fifth place is a good result after this turbulent race. I got off to a bad start on the wet track, my speed wasn't particularly good and I had some problems with the softer ones Tires that were particularly worn at the rear. So we decided to make a second pit stop and then try to attack the leading group with fresh tires. Despite the tire advantage, overtaking would not have been easy. Then the incident with Lewis and helped me Mark shortly before the end of the race - all in all a positive weekend. '

Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg's GP Australia ended after 2.5 kilometers. Then Kamui Kobayashi's clean struck like lightning in the Rhinelander's Williams. What looked like Pearl Harbor on the TV screen was from the HulkenbergsPerspective is much less exciting: 'It wasn't spectacular for me. The Sauber flew out of nowhere at 200 km /h. I was hit on the front wheel and the steering, and then I was lying in the gravel.'

Chief Technology Officer Sam Michael confirmed that the Williams took much less damage than Buemi's Toro Rosso. 'The steering and a couple of front suspension wishbones are broken.' The Australian ticks off Hulkenberg's involuntary crash as another lesson in the newcomer's learning process: 'If you start the race from 15th on the grid, you have to expect something like that.'

In retrospect, Hülkenberg will have been annoyed, because races with a failure rate of almost 50 percent are rare. A good opportunity to score points was given away. Despite the short drive, the first few kilometers were pretty hectic. 'Driving with the tires not yet properly warmed up on a wet track in the middle of the turmoil is really difficult.'

Timo Glock

The Australian GP was a personal record for Timo Glock. He has never driven 41 laps in a row with his Virgin racer. And then he fought with Michael Schumacher for two more rounds. 'He tried to slow me down, was a bit late, and I passed him again. Two laps later I had to let him through.'

After his start from the pit lane, which had become necessary because new tanks had been installed in the cars, Glock drove his own race. 'Maybe we switched to dry tires one lap too late, but otherwise it went pretty well. In the end I even caught up on Kovalainen. When we saw that we would be able to cover the distance on petrol, we were able to drive at full power again . '

The question naturally arises as to how it is possible that a VirginF1 could have crossed the finish line if the tank is supposedly too small. Glock admits: 'The rain at the beginning and the SafetyCar phase helped us with consumption.' A new defect in a long series of technical breakdowns ended the German's surprisingly long journey. 'Just before the pit entrance, the tie rod sheared off on the left at the back. Apparently a fastening screw had loosened beforehand.' Consolation for the fighter Glock: 'It was a significant increase compared to the last Grand Prix.'

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