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Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Sieger
Schnellste Runde: 1:07.475
“It was an incredible race and I’m so happy to take the Team’s second victory at our home Grand Prix. It was a shame at the start as I triggered anti-stall and dropped back to seventh. From there onwards the pace was really good, I stayed calm and kept pushing hard. The second stint was decisive for us as the car really came alive. Once I passed Valtteri I thought I could have a go for the win as our pace was so strong but you never know. I just kept pushing, drove flat out and didn’t give up. We passed Charles with a few laps to go so I’m extremely happy. The move was close racing and if you can’t make moves like that I think it is better to stay at home. I want to say a big thank you to everyone at Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, all weekend we have been working really well and the upgrades seem to have worked. Thank you to all the crew here, everyone at the factory and of course Honda, it’s not been easy for them over the past years but to win for them today is just incredible.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
2.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:07.994
“It was a positive weekend overall. Unfortunately, it did not end as we would have liked it to. My first stint was good and our pace was there. We pitted early to prevent losing our track position to Bottas. This made the second stint longer and more challenging than expected, as the rear tyres degraded quite a bit towards the end of the race. Second place is not what we wanted, but we gave it our all and made good a step forward this weekend. I am conviced that this will bring further progress for the next few races and allow us to achieve the success that we want.”
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
3.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.565
Ich glaube, dass wir heute das Beste aus dem Rennen herausgeholt haben. Wir hatten von Anfang an mit einem kniffligen Rennen gerechnet, aber schlussendlich war es noch schwieriger, als wir vorhergesagt hatten. Wir mussten viel „Lift and Coast“ fahren und konnten nicht alle Motor-Modi verwenden, um den Motor vor dem Überhitzen zu bewahren. Dadurch konnten wir das Rennen nicht richtig bestreiten und ich musste für den Großteil des Grand Prix auf die Temperaturen achten. Deshalb fiel mir sowohl das Verteidigen als auch das Angreifen sehr schwer. Aber es gibt auch Positives zu vermerken: Ich nehme von diesem Wochenende eine gute Punkteausbeute mit und ich glaube, dass es mit Blick auf die Rennpace keinen allzu großen Unterschied gegeben hat. Es war also nicht alles schlecht. Jetzt werden wir uns die Sache genau ansehen und hoffentlich in Silverstone gestärkt zurückschlagen.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
4.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:07.676
“I’m always positive and today the team gave me a great car to drive and I think this was a better weekend for us, maybe like in Canada a few weeks back. I’m disappointed about how things went for me yesterday but today’s race was fun for me from the cockpit and I enjoyed some good wheel to wheel battles, pushing throughout. I’m also disappointed for Charles as he did an excellent job and was very strong all weekend. All in all, I’m happy in one sense but unhappy in another, because we could have had both cars on the podium this weekend, one of them on the top step. As for the car, we know what’s needed: we need more downforce. We are strong at tracks like this and the one in Canada and we know what we have to do to improve the car, but it’s not easy and it can’t be done in just one day. I’d like to thank all the team in Maranello because all of them are very passionate about this and are working like mad to improve the car. This year’s Ferrari is definitely good enough to win races.”
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.050
Heute war nicht unbedingt der einfachste Tag für mich. Wir wussten bereits vor dem Rennen, dass wir hier möglicherweise Schwierigkeiten bekommen würden. Heute war es vor allem das Überhitzen, das uns ziemlich zusetzte. Ich glaube, dass wir eine gute Pace hatten und das Auto fühlte sich ebenfalls gut an. Aber aufgrund der Überhitzungsschwierigkeiten konnten wir einfach kein richtiges Rennen fahren. Damit hatte unser Auto an diesem Wochenende zu kämpfen und die anderen nicht so sehr. Entsprechend müssen wir das analysieren und versuchen, es zu lösen. Uns erwarten noch weitere heiße Rennen wie zum Beispiel in Budapest. Bis dahin müssen wir diese Probleme im Griff haben, ansonsten könnten uns ein paar schwierige Rennen ins Haus stehen. Ich habe mir leider auch den Frontflügel auf einem Kerb beschädigt. Deshalb mussten wir ihn wechseln, was mich zusätzlich Zeit gekostet hat. Es war einfach einer dieser Tage... aber am Ende konnte ich zumindest einige Punkte für Rang fünf mitnehmen.
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
6.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.699
“It was a fun race! A good start, managed to go forwards and battled the Mercedes and the Ferrari for a lap or so, but had to concede those positions and think of my own race. The Alfa got past me on the first lap, around the outside at Turn Four. Not much I could’ve done and dropped back to fourth and then fifth, then had Max behind me for a little bit, so I was in there. I saved my tyres for the first few laps, had it under control then pushed and did what I needed to do, pulled a gap, boxed, and managed the pace from then on. “I was on the Medium, so was a little bit unsure about what we could do, or what the tyres would do towards the end of the stint. Gasly was pushing me for the last few laps, but I was just doing what I had to do in terms of saving the tyres and not taking any risks – there was a lot more in it if I really needed to push. A massive thanks to the McLaren team at the circuit and back at the factory. Looking forward to my home race now!”
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing)
7.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.790
“It was a tough race and a difficult day. I didn’t have great pace on the soft tyre in the first stint and then I was stuck behind the cars in front. On the second stint, I pushed too hard at the beginning and destroyed the hard tyre after only a couple of laps which left me with massive blisters, so from there I was just slow and I didn’t have the pace to catch Lando. Overall, it’s nice to see the new upgrades are working with Max. He did a fantastic job so this is positive and we now look forward to Silverstone. On my side, I’m not very happy with my performance and I could have managed the race a lot better. I’m a really competitive guy and there is work to do. I haven’t found exactly what I want from the car so we will keep pushing, but it’s good to see the car is working and I think we have a good direction for the upcoming races. I have a lot to learn and take from having Max next to me. I want to deliver more and I know I can, so now we need to work.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
8.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.117
“What a race! I’m really, really happy with how we recovered from a tough weekend, and from P19 on the starting grid. Up until yesterday, I had this feeling of frustration due to the [PU] penalty, but this morning I turned all that frustration into motivation for the race. “I think we executed a very strong race today, with a long stint on the Medium tyre and then pitting for the Hard compound in the right moment. From that point onwards it was overtake after overtake, and I made my way into the points. The only setback of the day was that my front wing got damaged 10 laps from the end when I was starting to attack Gasly. With the pace I had, I think I could’ve taken P7, but I really had to drive the car carefully to avoid any mistakes and finally managed to stay ahead of Raikkonen. Very happy for everyone in the team. Great race, great comeback and congrats for another double points finish.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
9.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.126
“We can be satisfied with scoring points, it was a good result for the team. I had a good start and the first laps were pretty ok, but then it became a bit more difficult. I felt I lacked a bit of speed to challenge the cars around me and when I did have it, I had to be careful with the tyres. It was a balancing act, trying to keep the tyres alive long enough while still going fast enough. It was a bit of a shame but in the end we got a good result. We still have margin to improve. I feel we were a bit better yesterday, but our performance is improving.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
10.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.051
“I’m so happy to score my first point. It’s a great feeling and it’s a big weight off my shoulders. I think this is the maximum we could have done today so I’m really pleased to have two cars in the top ten. We had a really positive qualifying yesterday, but today’s race was very difficult. Perez was right behind me for most of the afternoon and the pressure was heavy, but I really wanted this point. I feel a lot of our work has been rewarded today, but we have to continue moving forward. Since France we have done a step in the right direction and we have to keep it up.”
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
11.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.061
“We gave it everything today, but points were just out of reach. My start was good, but I locked up into turn three trying to get ahead of Giovinazzi and that’s pretty much where I stayed for the rest of the race – trying to chase him down. There was not much difference between the soft and the medium tyres in the first part of the race and most of the cars ahead of us were able to run a very similar strategy. There were no real opportunities to do anything different. It’s always frustrating to finish in P11, but that’s the reality of our speed today.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
12.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.019
“It was a tough weekend, for sure. From lap one today it was tricky and I struggled for grip. We improved as the race progressed, managed a decent stint on the Softs at the end, but it was probably a bit too late. We need to figure out why this weekend was so tough. There’s stuff we can improve, but I won’t put it all down to the car. I’ll look at myself and see what I can do better as well. Something wasn’t right this weekend and Nico shared the same feelings too. We’ll do our best to figure it out and get on top of it.”
Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)
13.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.248
“We can’t be happy with this weekend. We had multiple issues on the car today and it made it hard work out there. We didn’t have a points worthy car today and we didn’t have the pace to get by anyone during the middle or latter stages. Over the years, Austria has proved to be quite a particular circuit and one we don’t tend to do so well at. We’ll use this week off, dive into the data, and see what’s going on to make some improvements ahead of Silverstone.”
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
14.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.288
“It was definitely not our race today. The first stint looked promising and I was in the hunt behind Hulkenberg and Perez, but then we had some power unit issues to manage for around ten laps, which I think cost us five or six seconds. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but we had an issue with the fuel flow meter, so we had to turn down the mode quite a bit, which cost us another place to Ricciardo. So overall a tough afternoon for sure, but our sights are set on Silverstone and looking forward to the team’s home race.”
Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)
15.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.946
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have the pace today, it was a tough first stint where we weren’t quick enough. We weren’t too bad in the second half of the race, but we lost too much time in the first stint. It’s a difficult one to swallow because our long runs were looking quite good on Friday, and that’s two races in a row where we’ve struggled with the balance of the car, so we need to figure out where we can improve.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
16.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.987
“It’s a tough one, it’s really hard to understand where the grip is going, and how we can make the car go faster. I had no grip on those first few laps, then just no pace in the race. It’s been a very difficult afternoon with no balance, I was fighting the car as hard as I could. We’re in a very difficult situation. We’ll work on it, we’ll find it, it may take some time. I’m sure our guys have got the resources to get on top of our issues. There’s obviously just something that we’re not doing quite right.”
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
17.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.498
“It wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable race of my life, although we saw it coming yesterday after Qualifying. I was carrying more downforce today, so I was a sitting duck in the race. It just wasn’t our day today, it was one of those weekends where we were far away from everything. We know we’re better than this, so we need to reset and move forward. We will put these two races behind us and try to extract everything out of the car in the next few races.”
George Russell (Williams)
18.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:09.926
I managed to fight the Toro Rosso’s and the Haas at the beginning, hold them up for a bit and I managed to hold off Magnussen in the closing stages. We’re still a long way off, but there’s a few positives in there. Those opening laps were good. I managed to take Robert and Daniil Kvyat at once, which was surprising and nice. I was pushing absolutely flat out every single lap, and I’m glad it was noticed. We need to be patient now and wait for some more downforce to come to the car.
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
19.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:08.903
“We didn’t have any pace today in the race after qualifying P5 yesterday. It’s disappointing after a very good day on Saturday. It’s strange, and very frustrating. Nothing was really working, it felt pretty hopeless. It’s really confusing.”
Robert Kubica (Williams)
20.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:10.964
It was a difficult race. The pace was not there. I gained a few positions on the opening lap, but then the handling was very bad. I tried to defend but it was so difficult to keep the cars behind. I am lacking overall grip and in these conditions when it is hot, when there is a lot of overheating and the tyres are suffering a lot, I am just sliding even more.