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Williams’ Sirotkin – Brazilian Grand Prix was difficult from the start

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Sergey Sirotkin - Wiliams Martini Racing - Brazil GP
Sergey Sirotkin had a poor Brazilian Grand Prix / Credit: Andy Hone / Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing‘s Sergey Sirotkin had a ‘difficult’ race in Brazil on Sunday, being considerably off the pace of their competitors.

“Straight away from the beginning, it was a very difficult race.  We were missing the pace of the cars around us.” said the Russian.

Sirotkin finished the race in sixteenth place, while his team-mate, the Canadian Lance Stroll, finished eighteenth.

“It was tricky during the first laps, I felt like I was dancing on ice, not just to fight but to keep the car on track,” said Sirotkin.

He said his plan to try and keep hold of the position the team had did not work, and they were unable to recover any positions for the rest of the race due to a lack of pace.

“I was trying to protect the positions and it ruined the rhythm, so it took a while to settle down.  We never really had the pace to recover so all race it was about survival.”

He added: “It was very difficult to manage and keep everything under control for such a long stint, so very disappointed after a tricky race.”

Sirotkin and the rest of the team will be hoping they can claw back some points in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi next weekend.

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