FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO HEINEKEN DE MÉXICO 2018
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
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Presseberichte vom Rennen
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Sieger
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.186
“Yesterday I was very frustrated and disappointed but today I am really happy, and Sunday is the best day to be happy. I didn’t sleep much last night and found today’s race build up a long one, but after the lights went out my feelings soon changed. Once ahead I could just settle in and concentrate on my own race, especially as Lewis looked to be struggling with grip. I made sure I matched his lap times to maintain the lead. We got the strategy spot on again, having another set of Supersofts meant I was able to manage the wear knowing I had a fresh set to go onto towards the end of the race. So when Seb pitted we did the same and were able to keep the gap. When I saw Daniel pull over I asked the Team if they should turn my engine down as I already had such an advantage, I wanted to be sure we made it to the chequered flag. It was such a shame as we were definitely on for at least a double podium, if not a one, two. The podium, like last year is amazing. To have the DJ and the crowd coming down from the stands is really cool, two years in a row makes it even better. Mexico always has so many passionate fans which makes me love coming back here every year. Also congratulations to Lewis on his fifth title, he has been the most consistently strong driver all year and deserves the championship, I’m sure it feels very special. Hopefully I can challenge him for it soon.”
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.522
“I’m glad that Kimi and I were on the podium today and also because the atmosphere here is always great, but obviously I am disappointed for the result of the drivers’ championship. At the beginning of the race I was looking after my tyres a little bit. Then, after passing Lewis, we thought about putting some pressure on Max, also trying something different in case they would start to struggle with their tyres towards the end, but he was too quick to catch. I want to congratulate him for this race and Lewis on winning the championship. This is not a very happy day for me, but one thing is being down and another is not being able to get back up, and I know that in two weeks I will be back up and try my best to finish the season well and fight for the Constructors’ championship.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari)
3.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.334
”Today I was pretty happy with the car. Obviously the result is not ideal but from where we started we did our maximum. We got two cars on the podium and some more points for the team. The first set of tyres was a bit tricky, for sure the second one was better, but that’s what we expected to be. In the first stint we tried to pass the Mercedes, but we did not manage and the tyres suffered from this attempt. Then we changed from two stops to a one-stop strategy, knowing it would be a long race; the tyres were actually really good in this phase. In the end we ran out a little bit with the left front, but it still worked pretty good. Hopefully we can close up in the Constructor Championship in the last two races. Congratulations to Lewis; he has done the best job of any of us this year and he deserved to win.”
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
4.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.728
Ehrlich gesagt, ist es sehr schwierig, in diesem Moment alles zu verarbeiten. Ich habe davon geträumt, aber ich hätte niemals gedacht, dass ich heute als fünfmaliger Weltmeister hier stehen würde. Ich habe nie gedacht, dass dies passieren würde und ich bin allen, die mir dabei geholfen haben, hierher zu gelangen, unheimlich dankbar. Ich möchte mich bei allen Fans dafür bedanken, dass sie den Großen Preis von Mexiko zu so einem fantastischen Erlebnis gemacht haben. Und ich möchte meinem Team ein Riesendankeschön aussprechen. Bono hat im Funk gesagt: Die Weltmeisterschaft wurde nicht hier gewonnen, sondern durch viel harte Arbeit über viele Rennen hinweg. Deshalb bin ich allen wahnsinnig dankbar für all die harte Arbeit Zuhause, PETRONAS, allen unseren Partnern und natürlich auch Mercedes. Ich bin seit ich 13 Jahre alt war bei Mercedes und es ist ein unglaubliches Gefühl, jetzt mit ihnen zu erreichen, was Fangio vor so vielen Jahren schon mit Mercedes geschafft hat. Das ist ein richtig unbeschreiblicher Moment. Das Rennen selbst war ziemlich schlimm. Ich hatte einen großartigen Start und arbeitete mich nach vorne, aber dann hatten wir mit den Reifen zu kämpfen - sowohl ich als auch Valtteri. Ich versuchte nur, dran zu bleiben und das Auto nach Hause zu bringen. Ehrlich gesagt, bin ich einfach nur dankbar. Meiner Familie Zuhause, die ich liebe, vielen Dank für die Unterstützung. Ohne all die harte Arbeit meines Dads und meiner Familie wäre ich heute nicht hier. Es war eine sehr bewegende Erfahrung!
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
5.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:18.741
Herzlichen Glückwunsch an Lewis! Er hatte erneut eine starke Saison, besonders in der zweiten Jahreshälfte. Er hat diesen Titel absolut verdient. Als ich keine Chance mehr hatte, selbst um den Titel zu kämpfen, habe ich versucht, ihm dabei zu helfen, Weltmeister zu werden. Aber ich freue mich schon darauf, im nächsten Jahr wieder mitzukämpfen. Ich freue mich wirklich sehr für Lewis, aber wir können mit dem heutigen Rennen nicht zufrieden sein. Es war sehr schwierig. Der Start war noch relativ gut, aber danach bekamen wir Schwierigkeiten mit den Reifen. Die Lebensdauer der Reifen war auf dieser Strecke sehr schwach. Ich musste am Ende drei Stopps einlegen, was zwei mehr waren, als wir vorhergesagt hatten. Ich Presse-Information 28. Oktober 2018 versuchte, auf die Reifen zu achten und stellte sicher, dass ich nicht rutschte. Aber sie haben einfach nachgelassen. Ich weiß noch nicht, warum wir auf allen drei Mischungen so starke Schwierigkeiten hatten. Das müssen wir uns jetzt ansehen und die Ursache dafür herausfinden. Ich glaube, die meisten Teams hatten ein bisschen Probleme damit, aber vielleicht nicht so sehr wie wir. Das müssen wir uns also ansehen. Aber noch einmal: Glückwunsch an Lewis. Jetzt müssen wir sicherstellen, dass wir weiter pushen, damit wir auch den Konstrukteurs-Titel gewinnen!
Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)
6.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.637
“We’ve had two very good weekends in a row with a lot of points. From my side, it was a very calm and solid race, albeit a little lonely to get ourselves through on a one-stop strategy. We had to manage the car and the tyres through the race and the whole team did a good job all weekend. It was a shame to lose Carlos, otherwise we could have had sixth and seventh again and another strong haul of points for the team. Nevertheless, we’ve extended our lead in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship, so that’s very positive.”
Charles Leclerc (Sauber F1 Team)
7.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:20.537
“Es war ein gutes Rennen und ich bin mit meinem Resultat, dem 7. Platz, zufrieden. Es ist mein zweitbestes Resultat bisher in der Formel 1. Es war eine Herausforderung, die Reifen zu managen, und das Rennen war in dieser Hinsicht recht fordernd. Es war eine gute Teamarbeit und wir haben gemeinsam genügend Punkte gesammelt, um eine Position in der Konstrukteurswertung zu gewinnen. Allgemein ein positives Resultat und ich hoffe, dass wir im nächsten Rennen in Brasilien ein ähnliches erzielen werden.”
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren F1 Team)
8.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.921
“I’m very satisfied with today. We put a lot of hard work and preparation into this weekend in terms of what strategy to choose, and we knew it was possible to score points here. I’m super happy to finish P8 and score some points. It’s important for us for the constructors’ championship and now we can go on to enjoy the last couple of races. “In practice we didn’t look super competitive and qualifying wasn’t the best result, but we were closer than usual, and we always know that when we get to the race there’s an improvement. I’m glad we saw that today. It was a great race. After lap one we were last and had a lot of work to do, so it was a strong recovery. I made some good overtakes on track which were very crucial and in the end making the tyres last to finish eighth is also a great result for myself. “It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but I was always there or thereabouts attacking at the right time when I had to, and managing the tyres at the same time. The crucial point was when we had to decide whether to go for one or two stops. The tyres were looking very tricky, but we managed to recover them little bit and that was the turning point.”
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber F1 Team)
9.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.440
“Es ist ein tolles Resultat für das Team, beide Autos in den Punkten zu haben. Unsere Arbeit hat uns erlaubt, eine Position in der Konstrukteurswertung zu gewinnen. Ich bin sehr stolz auf mein Rennen und denke, dass es eines meiner besten Leistungen in der Formel 1 war. Ich musste hartkämpfen, um meine Reifen gut zu managen, musste nach dem Boxenstopp einige Positionen gewinnen, und habe keine Fehler gemacht. Darum bin ich mit meinem Resultat zufrieden.”
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
10.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.755
"First of all, congratulations to Lewis for winning the Championship – another great achievement for him, and well done to Max! As for my race, it feels great to finish in the points. With the penalty, we started last on the grid in P20 so it was difficult to reach the top 10, but we managed to do it in the end; I'm really happy to get one point. It's good for everybody in the team, especially after a couple of tough races. I felt good with the car, I had some great battles and the strategy was the right one so I think we did everything we could. It wasn't an easy race; tyre management was a key factor today so you needed to be smart and push at the right time, staying focused and disciplined with your driving for the whole race to make these tyres last. We should be able start in our normal qualifying position in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, so we can fight hard and try to get our position back from Sauber."
Esteban Ocon (Force India)
11.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.629
“This has been probably the worst race of my whole Formula One career so far. Nothing went our way and it’s just been a terrible afternoon. I made a very good start, managed to pass the two Saubers on the run down to turn one, but that’s pretty much the only positive to take from today. I went alongside Carlos [Sainz] in turn three but I saw he was going to turn in. I braked to avoid a collision, but we still made contact and it broke my front wing. I had to pit at the end of the first lap and my race was effectively over. It’s a shame because we had a good strategy and a fast car, but today was not our day. Let’s just forget about this race and come back stronger in Brazil.”
Lance Stroll (Williams)
12.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.983
It was too bad we couldn't score points today. Maybe with a one-stop - I know Sergey managed a one stop - we would have been able to. But we were in a bit of a different position fighting on track in the first stint. The ultrasoft in the first stint went off very quickly, so we had to go to a two-stop strategy. Then we went really long on the supersoft, and we were just managing that.
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)
13.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.640
A very good team effort today. The way we managed the final stint doing 58 laps on the prime tyres was absolutely mega. With 10 laps to go I still had better tyres than the cars around me. I had a really good rhythm and a lot more pace than the cars ahead. I was side by side with Kevin (Magnussen) but when the Virtual Safety Car came it completely ruined my rhythm, which in turn, cooled down the tyres and reset things. During the restart I was struggling to warm up my prime tyres and it took me three laps to get them back into the window. I put a tough move on Kevin and had four laps to catch the cars ahead. In the final few laps I was able to catch the cars ahead of me, but the race was over. We did a really good job of managing the stint, but I’m disappointed I couldn’t be more aggressive in the fightback towards the end of the race. Overall, mixed feelings.
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)
14.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.438
"I had a good start. It was a little bit of a mess going into Turn 4, a car pulled in front just before braking, I locked the brakes and flat spotted the Supersofts. Unfortunately, we had to pit on lap one and after that I effectively did a one stop race from there. I think it was a solid race with really strong tyre management. I defended heavily against Ocon, so it's a shame I got a 5-second penalty when we made some contact. Without the damage and penalty from the contact I would have been P10, and without the flat spot on lap one we had the pace to be even further up. The pace this weekend is very encouraging but the final outcome a little disappointing."
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
15.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.874
“We had gotten ourselves into a good position, then we pitted around lap 40. When we got out onto the ultrasoft tire though, it just didn’t work at all. I mean, if we want great racing, we need tires. That just wasn’t possible today with these tires. It’s tough, but we move on.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
16.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:21.370
“It’s been a very tough day. We didn’t get what we were expecting on the ultrasofts. On the supersofts, we made it as good as we could for as long as we could. We got the maximum out of the tire life. Then on the ultrasofts, we were having problems we were just not expecting. There was a lot of rear degradation. I decided to pit again under the final VSC (Virtual Safety Car). It didn’t make a difference in finishing with Kevin. It was very close. Just a tough day.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:19.462
“I saw pass fail on my dash which I guess was some sort of hydraulic failure and I was forced to retire immediately. This sucks and it is at a point where I feel why should I even come on a Sunday. There hasn’t been a clean weekend for so long due to many different reasons and it’s breaking my heart. Deflated comes to mind but this feels deeper than that. I put it on pole but lost out at the start. It just doesn’t seem to happen for me on a Sunday, even if I have a good Saturday. I don’t want to end it like this and I know nobody is doing it deliberately but I just can’t seem to catch a break and a double podium for the Team today was exactly what we all wanted. I’m a very positive guy and I will probably still wake up tomorrow with some sort of positivity.”
Sergio Pérez (Force India)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:23.545
“It’s a big shame to retire from my home Grand Prix – especially when things were looking really good in the race. I think we had at least seventh place in our pocket and the great strategy that we started planning yesterday [in qualifying] was really paying off. Sometimes in racing you have these big disappointments when there is an issue with the car. Today it was the brakes that forced me to retire because suddenly the pedal went long and we had to park the car. Until then it had been a really exciting race for me – I had a great first lap, getting ahead of Fernando [Alonso], and then some good battles with the Saubers later in the race. I was controlling my race, looking after the tyres, and I thought we would pick up some good points. I feel sorry for the team and for the fans who have been incredible this week. They always make me feel very proud and today they gave me amazing support.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Renault F1 Team)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:22.386
“Today was a big shame. We were leading the midfield comfortably and in contention for some good points and then, without warning, the car shut down. It’s really frustrating after making such a good start on lap one, but that’s racing. We’ve not had too many reliability issues this season, but when I have, it’s been when I’ve been leading the midfield, so that’s a bit of bad luck and coincidental for it to happen again today. We’ll investigate the issue and move on. We’ll keep fighting, aim to score points at the last two rounds and look to secure fourth in the Constructors’ Championship. We deserved more, but at least Nico stayed in the points, so it’s not a bad result for the team. Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for his fifth title.”
Fernando Alonso (McLaren F1 Team)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:24.197
“I didn’t feel anything wrong with the car, but apparently some debris from [Esteban] Ocon’s car that was flying around hit our car in the wrong place and probably caused my DNF, which is one in a million case. “I’m sad now, because I wanted to stay in the race, but in a couple of hours’ time I’ll only have good memories of this Sunday, because it has been quite emotional with a lot of support from such great Mexican fans. “I’ve been unlucky today, and it’s okay as long as it’s not your mistake, in which case you take more time to get over it. These things happen, so let’s see if in the two last races we can have a bit more luck and see the chequered flag.”