Marquardt: “That was the tough race we expected.”

BMW Motorsport’s ranks did not have it their way this afternoon, as Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt said that the Munich outfit was “obviously not satisfied” with just having Marco Wittmann and Joey Hand being the only two drivers in the top ten. 

“The weather made conditions very difficult, and the race was dominated by the tyre strategy. It all came down to switching from wets to slicks at just the right moment,” said the former Toyota F1 boss.

“Given the position we started from, we are not unhappy with the outcome of the race as far as the Drivers’ Championship is concerned. Marco Wittmann had a good race and managed to leave with a few more points to his name. Joey Hand also produced a great display to finish in the points.”

However, BMW is there to compete and to be at the front of the field, as Wittmann may be ahead in the drivers’ title standings, but the strides forward by the whole team needs to be on a positive front for the defence of their manufacturer’s title to be successful. Marquardt says that the focus now goes this way for the next round at Moscow: “However, we are pleased to have been able to limit the damage. We are looking ahead now, and expect to fare better in Moscow in two weeks.”