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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Button wins, De la Rosa second
What a messy race this was, but fun and exciting at the same time. There were a lot of accidents and even more spin outs, but 13 drivers did manage to finish. McLarens number one driver, Kimi Raikkonen, was not able to finish the race today, retiring in lap 26 while in second place following a collision with Vitantonio Liuzzi, which resulted in the Mercedes-Benz safety car being deployed. Pedro had an amazing race and a really nice fighting with Schumacher for second place. I am not really sure what Michael was thinking there when he cut the corner and didn't let Pedro pass. It was just a crazy day today with many surprises and twists. Here is what Kimi and Pedro had to say about the race.
Redro de la Rosa:
"I am extremely happy to score my first Formula 1 podium today, and it is great to score eight points for the team, who have all worked so hard for this. It was a very interesting race with the wet conditions, so I just tried to keep my head down, push all the way and stay out of trouble, as I knew if I got to the end we had the speed to be on the podium. The Michelin tyres worked really well today in all the conditions, especially the dry tyres at the end. We backed off a little in the middle section as we were very heavy on fuel and we wanted to conserve this and go as long as possible, but in the end the track conditions changed, and we pitted earlier to change the tyres. This really is a great feeling and it is down to all the team that we were able to achieve this today."

Kimi Raikkonen
"I could do nothing to avoid the collision with Liuzzi. He really slowed down on the racing line and there was just nowhere for me to go except into the back of him. The start of the race was really good for me with my first set of Michelin tyres working really well, but after the first stop I was really struggling with grip on the front, and as a result Fernando Alonso was able to build on his lead. It is never great to end a race like that especially when there was every opportunity to win it, but we just have to move forward, and I really appreciate the gesture of Liuzzi coming to apologise. Well done Pedro for a strong performance."

posted by Muamer Hodzic @ 8/06/2006 12:20:00 PM    
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