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Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished the United States Grand Prix in 13th and 16th places respectively today. Nico followed a one-stop prime/option strategy in the race today, stopping on lap 34. It was meant to give him a chance to be competitive with a long first run, and kept him in the reckoning at the half-way stage, but his pit stop dropped him down the order, and the young German failed to find the pace necessary to carve his way through the field.
Michael's race was converted from one to two stops when it became clear his first set of tyres were struggling. The veteran superstar, in his penultimate race for Mercedes had a bruising first run, and was involved in a lot of battles up and down the order. However, after a good start to the weekend, the car just wasn't able to get enough out of the tyres and Schumacher was forced to settle for 16th place.
Nico Rosberg: It was a difficult weekend for us and unfortunately we weren't able to score any points today. However we have learned some important lessons for next year and that's what counts at the moment. I hope we can be more successful next year here in Austin as I have enjoyed our visit. The track, the people and the city are absolutely fantastic. So I look forward to coming back here in 2013 and we will work hard next weekend to finish the season on a positive note.
Michael Schumacher: I can't find any words other than ironic ones for the race today - there was a lot of action around me but unfortunately in the wrong direction. To say that the race was a real struggle would be an understatement. I couldn't get any grip from my first set of tyres, and there must have been some kind of damage for them to perform so badly. We had to change our strategy to two stops which then compromised our race even further. All in all, it was much worse than expected today, especially considering that things did not look that bad yesterday and Friday.
Ross Brawn: After a good qualifying result, Michael's first set of tyres performed very badly today and we decided to convert his strategy to a two-stop race. Once we got onto another set, the lap times came back up to what we expected but having such a poor first stint made it very difficult for him. Nico started a long way back and conserved his tyres well as we knew that we wanted to make a one-stop strategy work. He actually had a pretty good race with respectable lap times, and if we had managed to qualify better, he would have been in a reasonable place. Whilst it is disappointing not to score any points, we have learnt a lot about the car and tyres this weekend which will be useful for the future. Despite our result, this has been a great weekend for Formula One in the United States, and it was very pleasing to see so many fans here for the first race in Austin. Our thanks for the organisers for putting on such a good show.
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