Austrian Grand Prix – Race Recap (Driver and Team Interviews)

Austrian Grand Prix – Race Recap (Driver and Team Interviews)

Another race weekend has gone by and today it was the Austrian Grand Prix.

The race started with plenty of action, seeing a bit of a mess occur down towards the first corner and our excitement was captured yet again towards the end of the race – in the last few laps.

In this post you can see a little roundup of the race along with driver and team interviews following the race.

Mercedes – Austrian Grand Prix

Valtteri Bottas – 1st 

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Valtteri Bottas – “The champagne tasted good! The first win was obviously special but this is only my second win so it’s a great feeling to get it.”

“It has been my best weekend yet with the pole and the win – I hope we can continue from here.”

‘The start was absolutely perfect, definitely my best start ever. You can see how close it was with Sebastian at the end, so today I needed it. The car was so good this weekend so I knew we could do it.”

“I got a massive blister on the rear-left in the second stint after just five laps – that made the car tricky to drive. I was losing more and more performance but it wasn’t my first time having to keep Sebastian behind me.”

“I kept my focus and managed to finish the race without any mistakes although it would have been tricky to keep Sebastian behind me for much longer so it was good to see the chequered flag.”

“I’m still in the title fight and I’m only going to get better – we’re growing all the time.”

Lewis Hamilton – 4th 

Lewis Hamilton – “It’s been a difficult weekend but I can take heart that I limited the damage to Sebastian in the points and that I went forward through the field.”

“The car was great today, I could push the entire race on the tyres and I gave it absolutely everything out there. I really don’t think there was much left in the car at the end of the race but I was probably a bit too kind in my fight with Daniel – leaving him too much space. I won’t be doing that again.”

“We’ve slipped further behind Sebastian again but there’s still a long way to go. I’ll keep battling – I’ll never give up. Valtteri did a great job all weekend and thoroughly deserves the win. He’s just 15 points behind me now and he’s very much in this title fight.”

“I’m really looking forward to Silverstone – I’ve got a few days to put this weekend behind me.”

“I can’t wait to see the home crowd again and start with a clean slate – I hope I can use Silverstone as a springboard for the second half of my season.”

 

 

Red Bull – Austrian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo – 3rd

Daniel Ricciardo – “I do love a fight and Lewis came out of nowhere in the last few laps. It felt like the gap was stable and then within a handful of laps, he was catching me pretty rapidly.”

“I then had two laps to go and had to defend which made it a pretty exciting race for me. To have good speed around here in dry conditions was a pleasant surprise for us. I had Seb in front of me pretty much for the whole race and I know that his long runs on Friday looked a lot quicker than ours so we didn’t really expect to have a similar race pace to him or Mercedes today.”

“Just to hold Lewis off, have a fight and defend is cool. Another podium is pretty sweet – I enjoyed it up there.”

“Silverstone is going to be great with these 2017 cars so I’m looking forward to that and I’m sure we’ll have a lot of poms out there next weekend.”

Max Verstappen – DNF 

Max Verstappen – “We had a clutch issue at the start of the race. I could feel on the formation lap that it wasn’t great and then at the start it failed which triggered the anti-stall as I tried to launch.”

“I pulled away after losing many positions and tried to stay out of trouble in to turn one but I got hit on the rear tyre.”

“Because of the hit, the clutch over engaged, braking the bearing in the clutch and meaning that I had no drive. The boys are all working very hard and there is no blame on anyone, we’ve just had a lot of bad luck recently and I have to try and stay positive.”

“It’s definitely not nice at the moment and I’m very disappointed once again but it’s very important to keep pushing everyone forward as there is still many races to go.”

“We have to hope that the next race will be better – I feel disappointed for all the Dutch fans who travelled a long way – I wanted to out a show on for them but I could not even complete one corner today.”

“We will of course try and do better at Silverstone.”

 

 

Ferrari – Austrian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel – 2nd 

Sebastian Vettel – “Today I struggled a lot in the first stint with the first set of tyres – the ultrasofts. I think they were just getting too hot.”

“Then, the clouds came in and the balance of the car improved – that’s why I think we were starting to get quicker. It was a shame that we didn’t win because we were very close. We learnt more about the car in these days and there are many positive aspects regarding this race.”

“At the beginning of the race, I was not quick enough – the pace was there but the balance wasn’t. I like this place which has a lot of history and it’s a place where I drove a racing car for the first time back in 2003.”

“It’s a long time ago, but I still have beautiful memories. I’m already looking forward to going to Silverstone.”

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th 

Kimi Raikkonen – “In the first part of the race, we had some difficulties with the balance of the car. I struggled a little bit with the first set of tyres at the beginning but then it started getting better and better.”

“The second set was fine, at the beginning of the last stint, the car started to feel very good and we had good speed but at that point, we were too far behind to try and recover.”

“As the tyres were getting older, we obviously started to go slower but we were still doing good lap times and the balance was improving.”

“Overall, it was not a very easy weekend.”

 

 

Maurizio Arrivabene – Team Principal

“It was a very close race which one again showed that Ferrari is on the pace. Sebastian was able to fight for the win right to the very last corner, having produced a great drive.”

“It was a shame for Kimi, who already on the opening lap, ran wide at turn 3 while fighting with Ricciardo. If not for that, with the car he had today – he too could have had a good race.”

“The next race is at Silverstone and in just a few days. As usual, we will be working flat out to prepare for it.”

McLaren – Austrian Grand Prix 

Fernando Alonso – DNF

Fernando Alonso – “We had a good start again, I was able to benefit from Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen’s poor getaway so I was already up to 10th when we arrived at the first corner. But, the guys behind me arrived too quickly and didn’t brake enough so they destroyed my race.”

“I was hoping for a good race but we were just unlucky – things were out of my hands and I was just a passenger.”

“We know that it’s always tricky to start from the middle of the pack but it’s just not necessary to gain an extra metre at the first corner – sometimes, the guys behind risk things a bit too much.”

 

 

 

Stoffel Vandoorne – 12th

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Stoffel Vandoorne – “I’m actually a little bit disappointed with 12th – if you look at the pace we had throughout the race. I think points just might have been possible today and that’s very encouraging.”

“Our weekend has generally been quite positive – we had no problems, our pace has been reasonable and I felt very comfortable with the car. Unfortunately, I was stuck behind some cars and it was impossible to overtake – but that’s how it is for us at the moment.”

“I got a penalty but we had to try something, I don’t think I really lost a lot in terms of the overall result. It’s just a shame that we didn’t score any points today – but our pace has been positive for the whole team.”

Here are some photos from the paddock this weekend.

There’s lots more coming soon!

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂

xx

Images – Kym Illman
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1 Comment

  1. Barry
    6th August 2017 / 12:10 pm

    This was a great Grand Prix

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