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Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Sieger
Schnellste Runde: 1:18.750
Ich habe diese 92 Siege dem Team hier an der Rennstrecke sowie in den Werken für all ihre harte Arbeit zu verdanken. Sie treiben ständig Innovationen voran, gehen bis an die Grenzen und legen die Messlatte jedes Jahr immer höher. Es ist ein absolutes Privileg, mit diesem Team zu arbeiten und ich bin unheimlich dankbar für all diese Momente. Die Zuverlässigkeit war fantastisch, vielen Dank an das Mercedes Team, PETRONAS und alle unsere Partner, die uns immer weiter antreiben. Niemand ruht sich auf dem Erfolg aus, jeder gibt weiterhin alles. Das ist das beste Umfeld, das man sich wünschen kann: es inspiriert dich, diese Zusammenarbeit, das ist absolut einzigartig. Heute war es hart. Alles drehte sich um die Reifentemperaturen und das ist mir mit dem Setup gelungen, ich bin dem zuvorgekommen. Vor dem Rennen hieß es, dass es erst nach Rennende regnen würde, aber es gab ein paar Tropfen am Start und eingangs Kurve 7 hatte ich starkes Übersteuern und ich wusste nicht, wie es weitergehen würde. Deshalb habe ich stark zurückgesteckt. Ich hätte mich wohl gegen Valtteri verteidigen sollen, aber ich sagte zu mir selbst, dass ich später vorbeikommen würde und zum Glück ist mir das gelungen. Die Formel 1 ist ein körperlich wahnsinnig anstrengender Sport und ich hatte einen Krampf in meiner rechten Wade. Deswegen musste ich relativ oft auf der Geraden lupfen. Das war schmerzhaft, aber da musste ich durch, denn es ließ sich nicht ändern und ich konnte nicht die gesamte Runde über lupfen! In meinen kühnsten Träumen hätte ich mir nicht vorstellen können, dort zu sein, wo ich heute bin. Ich hatte keine Kristallkugel, als ich mich dazu entschlossen habe, zu diesem Team zu wechseln und mich diesen fantastischen Leuten anzuschließen. Ich kann aber versichern, dass ich jeden einzelnen Tag versuche, das Beste daraus zu machen. Wir ziehen bei allem, was wir machen, gemeinsam am selben Strang und deswegen haben wir diese Erfolge. Es ist großartig, dass heute mein Dad, meine Stiefmutter Linda und Roscoe hier sind. Ich fühle mich überglücklich und gesegnet. Es wird einige Zeit dauern, um alles zu verarbeiten. Ich habe bis zur Ziellinie alles gegeben und ich bin mental noch immer Rennmodus. Mir fehlen einfach die Worte.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
2.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.345
Die Startrunde war richtig gut. Es hat ein wenig genieselt und die Bedingungen waren dadurch schwierig. Deshalb waren die Autos mit den Soft-Reifen im Vorteil. Aber ich war froh, dass ich in Führung gehen konnte. Ich muss jedoch zugeben, dass mir danach die Pace gefehlt hat. Leider weiß ich noch nicht, woran das gelegen hat - ich hatte einfach keine Pace. Ich habe natürlich versucht, mich gegen Lewis zu verteidigen, als er näherkam, aber es gab nichts, was ich dagegen hätte unternehmen können. Wie gesagt, ich weiß nicht, wo meine Pace heute geblieben ist. Ich habe alles gegeben, aber es ging nicht schneller. Im späteren Rennverlauf hoffte ich darauf, meinen ersten Stint auszudehnen und am Ende auf die Soft-Reifen zu wechseln. Aber ich glaube nicht, dass das heute etwas am Endergebnis geändert hätte. Das war ein schwieriges Rennen für mich und ich werde hart mit dem Team daran arbeiten, um herauszufinden, woran das gelegen hat, und am kommenden in Imola gestärkt zurückkommen.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
3.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.854
“Overall I’m happy with third and I think it’s where we expected to be. I tried everything I could and the beginning was of course not so easy with a little bit of rain and low grip, which meant the tyre temperatures were very low for the first few laps. I had a little touch with Sergio but luckily I had no damage and then it started raining a little bit so I just tried to keep the car on the track and stay out of trouble. I don’t know how but the McLarens had a lot of grip on the opening lap so once the rain had passed I overtook them to get back into P3 and then focused on my own race. For some reason the soft tyre wasn’t working so well today but once we pitted and went onto the medium tyres we had good pace and it was quite ok. Of course by then already the gap to Mercedes was so big so we couldn’t really do anything but we can still be happy with another podium. I am not sure what the time of the pit stop was but it felt very fast today, so I think the mechanics all deserve a beer tonight for being the best in the paddock.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
4.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.408
“We had a strong race and we are seeing some progress, which is very encouraging for the whole team and for me personally. We worked very hard on our race pace and finally we have had a weekend with both a decent qualifying and a good race, so I am very pleased. The first stint was tricky. In the first few laps I had to keep focused as I was losing quite a lot of positions because we started on the Mediums. Lap after lap we got back to where we wanted to be and it was amazing. It’s good to see the progress the team is making race after race. If I look at my personal performance so far it has been a good season. I still have work to do, there are definitely a lot of things I still need to improve and I hope that looking back at this year I will remember it as a positive one.”
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
5.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.551
“I really enjoyed this race! It was very entertaining inside the cockpit and I had a lot of fun with the close battles on track. I felt very good with the soft tyres, I was able to manage them well at the start of the race and when the others started to struggle, I could push to pass the Renaults, McLarens and a Racing Point in the end. For us, as a midfield team, it almost tastes like a small victory to finish P5 behind the top three teams, so I’m really pleased with this result. Especially after all the work the guys in the garage have done on Friday night to rebuild a completely new car for me, they put in a lot of effort and I’m really happy to give them this fifth place today.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
6.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.268
“Quite an interesting race for us. Obviously I was very happy with the start and the first laps in the rain and the mixed conditions, managing to get up to P1 and leading the race for a few laps. It was good fun and I always enjoy those tricky conditions. I knew as soon as the track dried that it was going to be impossible to maintain the lead, but until that moment I hope the fans at home enjoyed it as much as I did! “Unfortunately, in dry conditions we struggled with graining, which meant we went backwards through the field, and only towards the end we managed to recover some well-fought positions and finish in a good P6. It’s been a very tough race, but in the end, we scored good points which are important for the championship. “Congratulations to Lewis for that impressive record.”
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
7.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.802
“When you consider how the race started, P7 is a very good result and we can be proud of the recovery. The contact with Max [Verstappen] at the start was really unfortunate. The Mercedes at the front were struggling with the Mediums and Max was closing on them. I saw that Valtteri [Bottas] pushed Max wide and then he came back onto the track too aggressively causing a collision. It was then made worse by having a puncture and having to stop on the first lap. I had to drive to the pits with a big vibration too. We then ran a really strong stint on the mediums, which put us right back up towards the front, but the final stint on the soft tyres was tough. We probably lacked full knowledge of the soft – because the practice sessions were disrupted – and we weren’t able to protect against graining enough in the last stint, so [Pierre] Gasly and [Carlos] Sainz were able to get by at the end. Still, it’s some important points and we recovered well from being in last place after the first lap. I’m looking forward to racing at Imola next time out.”
Esteban Ocon (Renault F1 Team)
8.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.859
“That was a good race for me. It was very hard at the start being on the Mediums, but I kept calm and together with the team we managed it extremely well and made sure we remained competitive throughout. I completed 53 laps on them! They seemed to last a long time and my pace was strong even towards the end of the stint. It kept raining too in short spells, so we had to be mindful of that with the grip levels. In the end I think we did a good job to get both cars inside the top ten.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
9.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.906
“It was a crazy start to the race, and we did manage to make up some places on the first lap moving up to eighth. Once it settled, we struggled for grip on the Softs and so we pitted quite early. We had the Mediums on for a lengthy spell, so we had to spend a lot of the second stint managing the tyres. I never really had the tyres in the right window so I couldn’t push too hard. Eighth and ninth for the team isn’t a bad result so I think we’ll take that from this weekend.”
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
10.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.731
“I can’t be satisfied with any race where I only manage to take a single point. Unfortunately I didn’t make a good getaway, so instead of gaining places I lost one – and for us this season it is not so easy to overtake. When I had an empty track ahead of me the pace was quite good and this is what I will take away as the positive from here. With better qualifying we could have ended up with a more satisfying result.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
11.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.058
“We had a very good first couple of laps, I put myself in a good position and was able to pass a lot of cars, but it doesn’t really matter in the end as we got nothing out of it. We did what we could, but unfortunately there was nothing I could do to keep Vettel behind at the end. The race pace was not too bad but when you start where we started, it’s not easy to make up places. The car felt good, but we still miss a little bit to finish in the points at this moment. Hopefully we can keep moving forward for next week.”
Alexander Albon (Red Bull Racing)
12.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.890
“It was a tough race and we struggled for grip right from the beginning. I think the car was fast but we couldn’t show our true pace whilst we were stuck in traffic. I didn’t get off the line very well and for the first three laps we struggled with tyre temperatures, so we kept locking up the fronts. Once the tyres were hot, the car was good but recently we’ve been struggling to switch the tyres on and that just sent us backwards into traffic. Once you get caught in a DRS train it makes it very hard to overtake. We tried to react by doing something different with a two stop strategy but looking back maybe that wasn’t the best thing to do. Now we will look at what we can learn from today’s race and this weekend as a whole and make sure we put in a good performance in Imola.”
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
13.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.360
“I had a really good start with Carlos. We risked a lot on the first lap and it paid off. We were first and fourth and it was looking really good, but then we started to suffer with graining on the Softs. “Then I just got unlucky with Stroll – I’m not sure what he was thinking – and that caused us front wing damage. I had to box, have a front wing change and it put me a lot further down the order. So, a tough race that didn’t go our way, but we made a good start, had good pace and we were quicker than our close rivals before the incident. We’ll keep pushing and go again in Imola next week. “Finally, congratulations to Lewis on achieving a record 92 wins, it’s a great achievement.”
George Russell (Williams)
14.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.882
It was a good race, the car felt great and the pace was strong. I had some massive moments behind Ocon when I was trying to overtake him and Alex (Albon), and another behind Giovinazzi later in the race. It is a shame that every time we have a good result there is not a chaotic race in front of us, and today again there was only one retirement. Points will come, but there are plenty of positives to take away from today, the car was feeling fast and I had some good battles out there.
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
15.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.893
“It felt like a very long race, made even harder by not having a working radio after lap one. I had no communication with the team and in the end it was just a matter of making it to the flag, which we did. The wind didn’t make things easy, the gusts made the car inconsistent from corner to corner and it was difficult to get into a rhythm. Hopefully we can have a better weekend in Imola, I think the potential is there and the track should suit us a little better.
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
16.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.460
“We started on the hard tires to make sure we were the last car to box. We were going for luck, hoping for rain, a safety car, red flag or virtual safety car – something like that. We needed that in the window where I was running long compared to the others. It was a long shot, but we knew we didn’t have a chance of points with a normal race. We went for it. That said, I still beat some people with the conventional strategies. It was the best we could do I think.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
17.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.664
“The first few laps of the race were quite slippery and fun. I managed to work my way through and put in a few overtaking moves. Sadly, the pace just wasn’t there though. We were really struggling on the straights so I couldn’t overtake anyone. We did the best we could and we extracted the maximum from the car – that’s all we can hope for.”
Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
18.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.859
It was a tricky race out there today. There was a little bit of rain throughout, the wind was quite gusty, and for our car specifically we really struggle in those conditions. At the beginning of the race we seemed more on pace with our direct competitors, but then it just slipped away lap by lap. After a tough result, you just want to get straight back on track to try and put it right, so hopefully we can improve things for Imola.
Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
19.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.449
“It was a bad race, there wasn’t much to do after the first lap as I was already in a bad position. It was quite difficult, something felt wrong with the tyres, like they weren’t heated enough, and I just struggled for grip for the first few laps. The wind didn’t make the situation any easier but it’s normal, these conditions are always very tricky. Sometimes you have good races and sometimes you have bad ones, and today was a bad one for me. We have to analyse it and see what happened on those first few laps with the tyre temperatures and come back stronger next week.”
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.694
“It’s a real shame to have retired from the race because our pace was strong and we made progress in the first stint to have a real shot at good points today. It was an awkward coming together with Lando [Norris]. I was waiting to see if he would go left or right, but he stayed towards the middle of the track at Turn 1. That meant I had a split-second to decide what to do and I chose the outside and went over the kerb a little. When I turned in, I felt I was ahead, but there wasn’t space for two cars. After the collision, the car was damaged and it wasn’t possible to continue, so we had to retire. Putting aside the result, I really enjoyed the circuit and I would love to see it on the Formula 1 calendar in the future. Today was one of those days to forget, so my focus is now entirely on Imola and turning the corner there.”