November 18th, 2012, AUSTIN, TEXAS (F1plus / Gustavo A Roche).- One of the good and exciting moments of the race was to watch both Williams pursuing Hulkenberg for at least 10 laps.
At the end none of its drivers: Pastor Maldonado nor Bruno Senna was able to overtake the German, but indeed it was fun to watch the fruitless effort.
The Brazilian probably waited too much and simply did not have enough to take care of business with the Force India man, which allowed Maldonado -who did not have a good start- to catch up with both.
What happened next was to be expected. The nature took its course and Maldonado could not wait anymore and made his move on the hill and narrowly passed his teammate for 9th place.
Then Pastor went after Hulkenberg who was holding them both, and for the last few laps the intention was there but not enough to overtake the feisty German.
The Venezuelan had kept his starting position, but at some point he was 14th.
“After today's race I'm happy for the team, for the Venezuelan fans and for myself. I hope that this will be one of the best racing venues for Formula One. On the first lap I ran wide which meant I had to fight for places throughout but I enjoyed it because it was a good race and we were competitive.
“At the beginning I lost many places but I managed to recover quite well. On the last lap I was fighting with Hulkenberg but there wasn't enough time to get the place. I am looking forward to the last round in Brazil and we are ready to fight again there.” Maldonado said.
Senna had one of those thrilling but stressful races. He was at all times either with someone in front of him or someone in the rearview mirror (Maldonado for example).
The Brazilian had to keep his cool and nerves calmed, he could have fight Maldonado at the overtaking moment, but he decided not too, and at the end the reward was a 10th place.
“Unfortunately starting on the dirty side of the grid hurt my race in the early stages as it was quite messy into the first corner. We had good pace though and were overtaking when we needed to. Unfortunately we came out of the pits behind Hulkenberg which was frustrating as he was just quick enough exiting Turn 11 each lap and we couldn’t overtake him which damaged my tyres allowing Pastor to catch us both.
“I knew Pastor would make a move and I wasn’t going to close the door as we needed the points for the team. Overall, it was a pretty difficult race but it was good to end with both cars in the points which is what we are aiming for.” Senna said.