Mercedes’ Paddy Lowe: “It was a really well controlled race from Lewis”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Mercedes AMG Petronas - Paddy Lowe. Saturday 8th October 2016, F1 Japanese GP - Practice 3. Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan. Digital Ref : 1732LB2D2748

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe, hailed the United States Grand Prix result as a fantastic one, and believes through the superiority of Lewis Hamilton around Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the current world champions have begun to dominate at this track.

Lowe was also highly complementary of Hamilton’s performance this weekend, commenting that the Brit did exactly what he needed, to keep himself in the title race.

“It’s a terrific result at what’s becoming a really special race on the calendar and Lewis Hamilton is proving to be a popular winner here.

“It was a really well controlled race from Lewis, he didn’t put a single foot wrong and keeps the drivers’ championship battle alive going into the final three races.”

The 44-year-old cited the virtual safety car as the main protagonist in allowing them to get Rosberg back in front of Daniel Ricciardo, after the Red Bull Racing driver had craftily moved ahead of the German at Turn 1, but was disappointed that luck then put a stop to any tight racing between the pair on track, something he would have enjoyed watching.

“For Nico it was slightly more difficult, losing position to Daniel Riccardo at the start. We had strategic opportunities to move him back up to second but it was made a lot easier by the virtual safety car at a very convenient moment: good for us although it denied the fans an exciting battle.”

Kenyan born Lowe praised the efforts of the whole team in achieving the one-two result on Sunday, and is looking forward to more close racing when they arrive in Mexico this weekend.

“That’s another fantastic job from the team here in Austin and back in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart and we look forward to Mexico in just a few days, where yet more great racing is to be expected.”