Spengler: “That was a tough race, in which we were also a bit lucky”


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It looked as though it would be a difficult race for Bruno Spengler after he qualified down in 17th place but the Canadian found himself on the third step of the podium at the end of the race.

“That was a tough race, in which we were also a bit lucky. But we had a great strategy. It was a fantastic performance from my team, taking the risk of stopping a second time in the safety car phase.”

Spengler was one of three drivers, the others being race winner Paul di Resta and second placed man Timo Glock, to have pitted during the safety car phase of the race.

“But it was necessary since I had stopped on the very first lap and it would have been very difficult to finish the race without stopping. A big thank you to the team for their courage and the good pit stops.

In the closing stages of the race Spengler came under pressure for his third place by Audi‘s Mike Rockenfeller who challenged the BMW driver across the line but his challenge was ultimately not enough.

“It was very difficult to defend against Mike Rockenfeller at the end. He put me under a lot of pressure, but I gave it my all to bring home the podium for the entire team.”

It was a quieter race for Spengler on Sunday as he came home in tenth place after starting down in 17th once again.