Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021
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Sergio Pérez (Red Bull Racing)
Sieger
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.687
We love Baku! It feels amazing to get my first win with Red Bull. The Team did a tremendous job and I want to thank Mr Mateschitz for this great opportunity and giving me the seat. I feel very sorry for Max because he deserved the win and a 1-2 for the Team would’ve been very enjoyable. It was a crazy rollercoaster of a race, we were basically flat out from the very first lap and I had Lewis behind pushing me so I couldn’t breathe, it was very challenging but we kept our focus. Everything worked perfectly today apart from the restart at the end where I just had no grip. I thought I cannot lose this race two laps from the flag so I broke as late as I could into Turn 1 and then I saw Lewis locking up and go straight on into the run off. It just shows how on the limit we are, the speeds we are doing are tremendous and I am sorry for Lewis because it’s very painful when these things happen but we are all vulnerable to mistakes. We have to enjoy today, our pace was great and we have a very good race car. We are working flat out and giving our best every week, it’s only race six and there’s more to come from me, the relationship with Max and the Team is great and there’s still a long way to go in this championship.
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
2.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.890
I am over the moon and P2 means a great deal to all of us. We did not expect to be on the podium, but we made great progress through the weekend, and the car had strong race pace. Yesterday was challenging [due to the red flag in qualifying], but I was relaxed and confident going into the race. The key was being able to start with a free choice of tyres in P11. It meant we could use a new set of softs to make up two places at the start and then run longer to overcut Yuki [Tsunoda]. It gave us a platform for the second half of the race and put us in a position to take advantage. I felt good in the car, and combined with on-track events and strategy, we were able to get a really special result.
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
3.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.220
What an incredible weekend, topping FP3, then P4 in Qualifying and now a podium today – I’m so happy for the guys, it was a great result! What a way to do it as well, the last two laps were so intense with Charles and I really had to fight hard to get that podium. The entire race was really full-on, we managed to keep up with the guys ahead but from the middle of the race we had an engine issue and we started to lose some power in the straight, so I knew it was going to be hard until the end, but we managed to hold on to P4. After the restart I thought that Charles would pass me on the straight because we had lost performance, but I saw the podium ahead of me and I tried everything, I just wanted it so badly. It was hard but fair racing, just as we like it. The car was incredible all weekend, it felt really good, and it’s just a fantastic result for the whole team. I’m really pleased to reward them with a podium. Moving forward to France, we need to analyse what went well this weekend and see how we can use these learnings at the next race. It’s my home race so I really want to do well there but for now it’s time to celebrate – I’ve already had a Red Bull, but I think we’ll be having something else tonight too!
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
4.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.382
Before arriving in Baku, P4 was more or less where we could expect to finish the race. The first surprise of the weekend was our pole position. A second surprise was that some of our competitors in the midfield were extremely quick today.
Despite starting at the front, we knew we could well be overtaken by the cars of the two front running teams, which is what happened. After the first stop, I tried to do the best job possible. I had a lockup after the restart following the first safety car. Continuing with two flat spots was the most difficult part of the race. I really thought I wouldn’t make it to the end.
Then we had the red flag, and I thought about the podium. But unfortunately, we didn’t’ make it. Seb did an incredible job – congratulations to him. The same goes for Pierre, it was a hard fight with him at the end!
We will keep working and pushing in the right direction.
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
5.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.326

Happy with the end result today, fifth was the best we could do. It was a long race with it being difficult to overtake in the middle. There were a few crashes here and there that allowed us to gain a few places, and then two overtakes on the final restart was great. I think it was a good recovery from where we were at the beginning of the race after a pretty poor lap one, just because I got unlucky. A decent amount of points for us as a team. Onto the next one! 

Finally, I want to pass my condolences on to Mansour Ojjeh’s family. This result was for him today.

Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
6.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.624
I am happy for the team that we took some good points from this weekend, I felt we deserved it after a challenging weekend. The final laps were a lot of fun and we tried to attack and be aggressive to recover some places. The weekend was quite solid for us but we did lack a little bit of pace during the race. So we need to review that but I am happy with the day in the end and we’ll look to take this forward into France.
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
7.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.939
I’m a bit frustrated by the final result today, as I think the pace in the car has been strong this weekend. The start of the race was ok for me and until the red flag I think my performance was really good. Unfortunately, I dropped two positions during the last laps, I’m not sure I could have done anything differently but I’ll analyse everything tonight so I can understand this better moving forward. P7 still means important points for the team though. I want to say congratulations to Pierre for the podium today, the team really deserve it and it’s a great result.
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari)
8.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.700
Not the race I was hoping for today. I didn’t have the same feeling with the car that I had had all weekend. Every time I was on cold tyres – at both starts, at the restart and after the pit stop – I struggled a lot with front locking and with the brakes. That led to a costly mistake which compromised my whole race.
In the end, I managed to get back in the points but I’m not happy with the result. We need to understand the reasons behind those issues and try to improve for the upcoming races. We’ve got some time now to go to Maranello and work on it, so I’m sure we’ll come back stronger in France.
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren F1 Team)
9.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.713

There were moments today in the race where I was thinking ‘I hope it becomes a bit more exciting’ and suddenly it did!

We had some positive moments, but also a few difficult periods. I flat-spotted the Hard a bit, so that became tricky for the last few laps before the red flag, but not too bad beforehand. The last start, I felt like I got a good launch, and had a good run on the outside but there wasn’t really much room with a couple of cars on the inside. It just all bottlenecked into Turn Two and I felt a hit from behind. I couldn’t really do much, but we’ll keep working on our plan and keep moving forward. 

I also just want to pay tribute to Mansour and send my condolences to Kathy and his entire family. He made a massive contribution to both McLaren and the entire sport, and he will be greatly missed.

Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing)
10.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.601
Not a lot happened in my race until the last two laps, so it’s good to bring home a point. Overtaking proved surprisingly difficult, we were able to catch up with the cars ahead of us relatively easily but we couldn’t make the move. The restart after the red flag was quite hectic, we could have been better but it could have also gone badly wrong so we’ll take the point. I don’t think we could have done more, in the end.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
12.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.665

Wie schon das gesamte Wochenende über fehlte mir auch heute im Rennen die Pace. Es ist schwer zu sagen, woran das gelegen hat. Ein großes Problem ist das Aufwärmen der Reifen, besonders an den Vorderreifen. Auf den harten Reifen hat es beinahe zehn Runden gedauert, bis sie auf Temperatur waren und beim Neustart waren wir mit den kalten Reifen im Nachteil. Ich habe alles versucht, aber an diesem Wochenende hat irgendetwas mit meinem Auto nicht gestimmt. Jetzt müssen wir hart arbeiten, um herauszufinden, was der Grund dafür gewesen ist und schnell nach vorne schauen.

Mick Schumacher (Haas F1 Team)
13.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:47.624
I think it was difficult for everyone. Tire degradation seemed higher out there than we expected. We came in for an extra pit stop to go on the C5 and it felt good but then the session was red flagged. It was definitely not easy but we were close to the points and these are the kind of races that we have to use to our advantage and stay in the race. We managed to do that, we were fighting and you see a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Nikita Mazepin (Haas F1 Team)
14.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:47.747
Well, the race itself was not bad. It was a bit annoying those as certain things made us fall backwards – but pace was there. We were experimenting with something as I had to manage the brakes from the beginning because they were overheating. I had to change my brake bias, and because of the change I was prone to locking. I almost drove into a wall which cost me a lot of time. The race was stop-start and then it came to life again. The main thing is I’m just a little bit upset about losing my position to my teammate on the main straight. It is what it is, but I think our finishing position is a nice number for the team, but obviously some unexpected situations happened with the other drivers which enabled us to get that position. Overall, it’s quite positive.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
15.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.769

Heute war kein guter Tag und keine schöne Erfahrung, das tut mir für das Team unheimlich leid. Wir haben großartige Arbeit abgeliefert, um in die Position zu kommen, in der wir uns heute befunden haben. Am Freitag lagen wir noch außerhalb der Top-10 und bis heute haben wir uns zurückgekämpft, das lag alles nur an der harten Arbeit der Männer und Frauen in diesem Team. Als Checo mir nach dem Neustart näherkam, drehte ich am Lenkrad, berührte dabei einen Schalter, der die Bremsbalance verstellt, und das hat meinen Verbremser ausgelöst.

Das ist einer der härtesten Momente, die ich seit einiger Zeit durchgemacht habe. Für einen Augenblick hatten wir alle Punkte und im nächsten keine mehr. Jetzt müssen wir uns sammeln und danach zurückschlagen.

George Russell (Williams)
17.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:45.959
Unfortunately, we had a problem with the gearbox which forced me to retire before the race restart. I was just coming to the line and then I had no power, which is especially frustrating after so much anticipation building up before those final two laps. It wasn’t meant to be, and that’s racing sometimes. We’ll go away and analyse what happened.

I was having a good race before that, the car felt fast and I had a lot of confidence in it so there are definitely positives to take away from the weekend.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
18.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.481
To retire from the lead of the race so close to the finish is pretty frustrating. I didn’t feel anything strange with the car and then suddenly the left rear went and I was in the wall quite hard. It’s not a nice place to crash and we don’t know the exact cause yet, I’m sure it will be fully investigated. Up until that point it was a great day, the car felt perfect and I was comfortable in the lead so it felt like it would be an easy 1-2 but there are no guarantees in this sport. Of course I am frustrated from my side not to win but I was very happy to see Checo up there. He did everything that the Team could have wanted today. He had a great start and then we both got past Lewis in the pits. I heard he had to defend for most of the race, so if I couldn’t win, I’m glad he could. He’s a great guy and a great teammate so it was good to see him smiling on the podium and having his first win for Red Bull. It’s a shame that we missed out on the opportunity to make the gap bigger to Lewis today in the championship as we know when we get back to the normal tracks Mercedes will be very strong again but it just goes to show anything can happen and it’s still a good result for the Team!
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:46.207
I am frustrated not to finish the race, but I am OK. We were on course to score good points by running much longer before the pit stops and overcutting a lot of cars. That proved it was the right call to start on the hard tyres because we had good pace throughout the first stint and the race was coming to us. I am not sure what happened to cause me to spin on the straight because there was no sign of any issues, so we need to investigate. It has been a challenging weekend for me, but there are positives to take, especially our race pace, and, of course, the podium for Sebastian. Huge congratulations to the whole team.
Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:50.850
I didn’t seem to catch a break here, it’s very tricky obviously and we had a pressure loss and had to retire the car very early on. We had a good start and I was in front of both McLarens and fighting with those around us. I was doing my race and it was going well and the pace was there for the top ten, which Fernando showed in the end. It was not our weekend, that’s clear, but we will turn the page and look forward to the next one, the French Grand Prix. It’s going to be an awesome one for me, I can’t wait to race there again.