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The reactions of the drivers at the end of the race

ByRoborto Sykes

Nov 1, 2020

Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) – Winner

“It was a very tiring race on a demanding circuit where it is difficult to overtake. We shifted the strategy a bit and it worked well. There, I see my team and I think of her, I dedicate this victory to her. I think of all the members of this team, including in the factories in England, who are the shadow heroes of this adventure. No team had ever done it before: seven times world champion, it’s incredible… We’re going to celebrate! “

Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) – 2nd

“I think the damage I suffered on my flat bottom at the start of the race greatly impacted my race pace today (Sunday). There was debris at turn 7 in the first few laps and I couldn’t avoid it. It made my race difficult, my car was really not easy to drive after that, I was wasting a lot of time. In absolute terms, this second place is therefore not a bad result. I will try to catch up at the next Grand Prix. “

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) – 3rd

“I was able to take fourth place at the start and I really thought I couldn’t do better. I don’t know what happened to Max Verstappen, but we did well to prioritize the position on the track over the performance of the tires at the end of the race. Sergio Pérez was quick and had delayed his pit stop, fortunately they decided to stop during the last intervention of the safety car. The last laps were hot but I wanted this podium, not to put a second tattoo on Cyril Abiteboul but to drink the champagne in my shoe, which I had forgotten to do at the Nürburgring. “

Daniil Kvyat (RUS / AlphaTauri) – 4th

“It was a good race, fun. The car was amazing and I really enjoyed it. The revival after the safety car proved to be crucial and I was able to overtake a few cars on this lap. Unfortunately, Daniel Ricciardo managed to warm up his tires so, even though I pushed very hard until the finish to try to overtake him, I let the last step of the podium slip away. It’s a shame, but I’m still very satisfied with my driving and happy with the work of the team. We were able to regain some points from Ferrari in the constructors’ standings so I hope we can fight against them until the end of the season. “

Charles Leclerc (MCO / Ferrari) – 5th

“Honestly, I’m happy. It is a result that we did not expect, especially after a difficult first stint with the soft tires. I still think we could perhaps have done better on the choice of tires for the second stint. I saw Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) arrive, and as we were fighting for big points, I didn’t insist. But bravo to him, he made a very nice overtaking. “

Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas) – 14th

“It has been a long afternoon. We tried everything and attacked hard but we lacked pace and top speed, so we had no opportunities to seize. I thought we had a chance after the safety car intervened but we were losing way too much in a straight line, I really struggled with that. It’s an interesting track, we had fun. Now it’s time for the next Grand Prix. “

Esteban Ocon (FRA / Renault) – Withdrawal

“We first had a clutch problem and we also think the transmission broke. It’s a difficult weekend, with a succession of bad luck. We will have to bounce back. But it’s great for the team with the podium for Daniel Ricciardo. It’s great that we can have such results. This proves the progress of the team, which has been gaining momentum for a while. I’m very happy for him, but I would like it to turn in my favor too. “

Pierre Gasly (FRA / AlphaTauri) – Withdrawal

“I’m very sad to have to give up, we had a water pressure leak on the car. They tried to fix it on the grid but it didn’t work so we had to give up. The start had been a bit hot. I got off to a good start compared to the pilots around me. I arrived on Lewis Hamilton with more speed, it was hot, I had to ease off to avoid catching him, so I lost a place on Daniel Ricciardo. It’s a shame, I was performing well, I was faster than Daniel and I think we could have gone looking for him, and finally finished on the podium when we saw what happened afterwards. It hurts because we were good this weekend. “

Sources: F1 official interviews, Canal +, Scuderia AlphaTauri official website, Haas F1 Team official website