Austrian GP: Thursday’s press convention


DRIVERS – Daniel RICCIARDO (Pink Bull Racing), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas), Sergey SIROTKIN (Williams).


Q: Daniel, it’s Pink Bull’s residence race and off the again of quite a lot of aggressive showings in current weeks from the staff are you anticipating one other robust efficiency right here?

Daniel RICCIARDO: Yep, yeah, I’m. I believe we’ve had good tempo… I believe this yr usually we’ve had good tempo on just about all layouts we’ve been too. I believe the races we’ve completed I believe fifth has been the worst on monitor end, so we’ve been there, if not on the rostrum, then near it. A couple of bits of harm final week I believe, which value us the prospect of a podium, or value us a podium I consider, however typically we’ve been robust. In ’16 Max acquired a podium right here, ’17 I did, so hopefully for the followers each of us can handle to get on there on Sunday.

Q: Now that’s this weekend however clearly an enormous story up to now this yr has been discuss your future and final week within the Friday press convention, Eric Boullier admitted that there had been some preliminary talks between you and McLaren. Simply how critical has the curiosity been from different groups in you, and does that delay you making a choice about your future or are you shut to creating one?

DR: In fact there was a bit curiosity. Personally, I wish to get one thing completed, ideally earlier than the summer time break. Extra from a private viewpoint. I wish to go on break with as clear thoughts, so it appears like a break. I believe it was a couple of years in the past after I was making the transition from Toro Rosso to Pink Bull, that each one occurred in the course of the break and it wasn’t a enjoyable August break for me, so simply from that I wish to get one thing completed. Clearly with Pink Bull they’ve dedicated to Honda, in order that they’ve form of acquired all of the playing cards on the desk, so I do know what I’m getting there, and issues are beginning to get to a degree the place I do know what’s what and hopefully I’ll have one thing quickly for everybody.

Q: Thanks. It will be unfair simply to ask Daniel that query, so Kevin, transferring on to you, how does your future look with Haas in the intervening time?

Kevin MAGNUSSEN: Yeah, no information. They’ve an choice on me and so I don’t assume there may be a lot likelihood of me going wherever else however we’ll simply take it because it comes, there’s no stress in the intervening time.

Q: Kimi, a query you get yearly, how does your future look proper now?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: Similar as at all times, yearly. We’ll see. 

Q: No information about your future then, however this yr you’ve seemed comfy on Sundays and it was your fourth podium of the season final weekend, however you’ve admitted that Saturday didn’t fairly go to plan. What have you ever and the staff acquired to do to ensure Saturdays run a bit extra easily?

KR: Simply do higher. Higher outcomes clearly and be extra additional up. Clearly that makes the Sundays lots simpler, particularly many of the races it has been very tough to overhaul. The final race was lots totally different on that aspect, so it was additionally extra enjoyable. I believe we’ve been fairly respectable throughout in qualifying, half from the final half, or the final runs, so simply have to tidy up a bit.

Q: Kevin, we’ll come again to you after the long run talks. You may have extra factors now than you had within the final two years mixed in Method 1. Haas has proven some actually spectacular tempo however not at all times taken all of the alternatives, so how excessive are you aiming this yr?

KM: That’s tough to say. On a very good weekend our automotive is nice sufficient for fourth finest staff and I believe what we’ve to do is eradicate these unhealthy weekends. When it’s good, it’s ok for fourth and yeah, Renault are fairly far forward within the factors, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a fairly lengthy season, however they appear to be very constant and maybe too constant for us this yr. However we’ll do our greatest. As we see in the intervening time, from fifth all the way down to eighth it’s not that unfold out, it’s very shut, so hopefully we are able to struggle for fifth.

Q: Thanks. Sergey, thanks for ready and welcome to the press convention. It’s your rookie season and it in all probability hasn’t gone fairly the way in which you envisaged initially of the yr. Have you ever been capable of get pleasure from the way in which this season has gone up to now?

Sergey SIROTKIN: For certain, it didn’t actually go in a means all of us actually hoped within the winter. So, for certain in some phrases I might get pleasure from it a bit extra, a bit extra combating for the factors, combating for good outcomes, combating at the very least different vehicles on monitor, which sadly typically we’re not capable of do now. However, you recognize, it’s a distinct problem. The problem, how I have a look at that, is the work again on the manufacturing unit, the place I really feel like I can play my position. I can play my position in attempting to the united with the staff, be one in every of them, work with them, to recover from the tough moments and to get success after it. I nonetheless do get pleasure from this aspect of the story, however for certain it’s not likely how we got here into the winter assessments and the way we tried to strategy it. However we’re the place we at the moment are and I nonetheless attempt to get pleasure from simply the actual fact of being right here. I attempt to get pleasure from racing. I believe as quickly as you begin to assume an excessive amount of about the place you’re, how far you’re within the subject, that’s the purpose the place it turns into tough. Thus far now I simply attempt to give attention to one thing that I actually love to do and one thing the place I can play my position within the staff and assist them to recover from. It’s a distinct enjoyment nevertheless it’s nonetheless enjoyment.

Q:  You point out the work again on the manufacturing unit however proper now we’re in the midst of three consecutive races. Is that one thing that makes it laborious to see progress for Williams when it’s that relentless?

SS: Sure and no. Clearly this race goes to be a tricky one for us. You noticed that on the outcomes that the Williams wasn’t that robust already [here] final yr and I’d count on that it’s not going to a lot simpler for us than Paul Ricard final week. That’s in all probability just like the extra unfavorable bit however the good bit is that within the subsequent few weeks we’ve some good issues approaching the automotive, which we’ve been engaged on for fairly some time now. I don’t wish to be too optimistic however all of us have excessive hopes for these bits.


Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Kimi, I do know you get loads of questions on your future, however there was a hyperlink earlier within the week suggesting that McLaren is likely to be curious about your providers. I do know that some time in the past you steered that you’d be blissful to see out your profession with Ferrari or would you entertain the prospect of constant in F1 with one other staff?

KR: I don’t know actually. I stated, I believe it was 2007 already, that I’d end Ferrari and clearly sooner or later it didn’t seem like that and now it appears to be like like that once more. You by no means know what comes after and this and that, however we’ll see. As at all times a number of discuss and I’m not likely blissful to touch upon these. We’ll see sooner or later what occurs, together with me. Let’s wait and see.

Q: (Dan Knutson – Auto Motion and Speedsport) Kimi, in France, with Vettel on the again foot, you had been free to run your individual race. Was that extra enjoyable, to have the ability to race for your self and never must play a staff technique?

KR: I don’t… the way you tried to ask it’s in all probability a bit improper. I believe actually it involves how the circuit was and the way we might race towards one another and really overtake. Should you take a few current races, you haven’t been capable of overtake actually; all people has been just about following one another. I believe in that half, for no matter cause, we had been capable of race than say a few races earlier than. Clearly what occurred within the race, we had been racing two totally different between ourselves so it was all regular. I don’t assume that basically made it definitely totally different, him being in entrance of me or behind. I believe it was the case of really having the ability to overtake and race wheel to wheel with folks, that was essentially the most enjoyable for some time.

Q: (Péter Vámosi – Daniel, have you ever ever thought on a shoey with Prince Albert in Monaco, as a result of Christian Horner instructed you do that on the staff radio?

DR: Taking it again! It’s good recollections. I would begin celebrating once more really, it feels good. He was pushing for me to do one with Prince Albert, however the issue is that I dwell there, in Monaco, and I simply thought if he doesn’t prefer it then possibly I’d have some residential issues, so higher that I play the sport and be respectful.

Q: (Andrea Tajthi  – My query is for Kimi. Plainly your spouse means to begins to gather your podium caps. She already has a 3rd place and second place caps. Do you wish to additionally give right here a primary place cap additionally, within the close to future?

KR: Clearly, I’m blissful to offer it, if we get it, however the cap just isn’t the explanation to attempt to win or to not win. We hold attempting and hopefully we’ll get there.

Q: (Daniel Horvath – Query for Kevin. Kevin, we’re virtually midway by means of the season and it looks as if it’s your strongest yr up to now in Method One. How might you consider your season up to now?

KM: Yeah, I believe it’s been a fairly good season up to now. The automotive is healthier this yr than final yr. I don’t assume… effectively, in Method One I haven’t had this good and aggressive a automotive since my first yr with McLaren. It’s actually good. It’s much more enjoyable going racing when you recognize you might have a automotive you recognize can struggle for factors and high fives on a very good day. So yeah, I’m having fun with it lots. I believe a part of the explanation… clearly, the automotive is healthier however that is my second yr with Haas as effectively, and it’s the primary time in my profession, my complete profession, even earlier than Method One which I’ve spent a second yr in the identical staff. It’s an enormous benefit understanding everybody, and extra so simply having that have collectively. So, y’know, each race if you go into the race making ready, you may look again at a race that you just did with the identical folks, and virtually the identical automotive. There’s a number of expertise there within the second yr that may be a large benefit as effectively.

Q: (David Croft – Sky Sports activities F1) Query for Kimi, actually easy one Kimi, have you ever or any of your representatives had a chat with anybody at McLaren concerning the potential for driving for them subsequent season, whether or not you’re or not.

KR: I spoke to them, for certain, however up to now lots clearly when I was there. Like I stated, I’ve zero curiosity to get entangled in all of the nonsense, for my part.

Has anybody had a chat concerning subsequent season?

KR: You wish to know, would you? You possibly can take it as you need. I don’t assume you anyhow ask our opinions about a number of stuff you guys write, so, it goes both means, you may put sure or no. You often write what you determine your self, whether or not it’s true or not!

Q: (Ian Parkes – New York Instances) Query for Kimi and Daniel. Given the place we’re at within the season in the intervening time, it’s already starting to seem like a two-horse race within the drivers’ title. Do you guys really feel that’s the case or do you are feeling you’ve nonetheless acquired a real shot at profitable this championship with the precise automotive, the precise circumstances.

DR: I really feel… I nonetheless really feel we’re in it, to be trustworthy. For certain, we’re nonetheless just a little bit a good distance from it, if you recognize what I imply, from a factors perspective. However I really feel we’re extra in it than we’ve been the final 4 years I’ve had with the staff. 4? 5? No matter! As I touched on earlier, we’re going to circuits that we didn’t assume we’d be on the rostrum, and we’re getting a podium, or having the tempo for it, so I do know we’re nonetheless going to must take a penalty within the subsequent few races, and we’re nonetheless on the again foot in some areas – however I really feel on efficiency alone, we’re nearer than we ever have been. That’s nonetheless giving me a little bit of hope and confidence. There’s nonetheless an extended solution to go. And clearly, the staff’s fairly aggressive with updates. So all we want is a pair extra to offer us an additional bit right here and there and we might in all probability begin to creep again inside it. Like at all times, you get one win and unexpectedly it’s ‘you’re again within the struggle, you’re again within the hunt’. If we acquired a win and the highest guys had a nasty weekend unexpectedly, we’re the discuss of the city once more.  I believe it’s nonetheless too early to rely us out.

Kimi, do you continue to really feel such as you’re within the title race this yr?

KR: Should you purely take the factors, for certain. Should you rely what number of factors there are left, for certain, sure – however clearly we’ve acquired, not the best issues taking place in a few races the place we didn’t end, in order that put us in just a little bit trickier place – however other than that, we’ve been fairly OK. So, we hold doing, and attempt to keep out of any points and to place issues stable, in addition to we are able to. It’s going to be a good distance nonetheless – however in fact with the 2 small points haven’t been very best nevertheless it’s not a catastrophe.

Q: (Zsolt Godina – Daniel, what do you consider Pink Bull’s partnership with Honda, and the way does it have an effect on your resolution concerning the long run?

DR: I believe briefly it in all probability gained’t impact what I select to do. I believe simply now, as I touched on now, it provides me a bit extra readability of the route the staff’s going. As I stated, they’ve just about acquired every little thing now specified by entrance of me and it’s actually as much as me to know, I assume, what I consider it. I see the professionals with the choice, clearly, the prospect to start out one thing new with Honda and yeah, so, I assume it’s now for me to consider. In a means, it’s a very good factor that they’ve decided. We’ll see. Hopefully in a couple of weeks.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Daniel, when you might decide your individual team-mate who could be very best for you?

DR: I do know the reply you need, proper? Kimi! Or Valtteri! Simply pay me the €200 later. Shall I reply it critically? I don’t know. No concept. However you may write that when you like. Promote extra papers in Finland!

Q: (Peter Hlawiczka – To all 4 drivers. Third DRS has been added right here – do you assume it’ll enhance overtaking, and can it have an effect on your setups ultimately?

SS: I imply, in fact it’ll give an additional little bit of chance, at the very least to take care of the hole to the automotive forward a bit simpler, if we’re speaking for one, two three laps, or no matter. In different events, like in locations the place you in all probability wouldn’t be shut sufficient to do the transfer, like down into Flip Three, 4, no matter it’s now. It’ll in all probability, with the additional DRS, you get a chance to get inside an inexpensive distance to the automotive forward after which attempt a transfer. Once more, I didn’t race with F1 right here final yr so I don’t know precisely the way it was. I take no matter it will likely be?

Kevin, the midfield battle may be very tight. Do you assume an additional DRS zone goes to have an effect on that?

KM: Yeah, I believe it was already… it wasn’t the worst circuit for overtaking already, so I believe that complete… the longest straight on the monitor, which is already a fairly lengthy straight, with DRS might be going to be pretty simple to overhaul right here. We’ll see.

Kimi, your ideas on an additional DRS zone. As you stated in France, we had extra overtaking final week.

KR: Yeah, I imply half of the monitor is DRS, so it ought to make it fairly simple. I don’t know if it’s too simple or not. Clearly we wish overtaking however there should be a degree the place it’s kind-of synthetic overtaking. However let’s see.

Daniel, your ideas.

DR: Nothing far more to remark. I don’t see a unfavorable with it in the intervening time. It ought to be OK , except, as Kimi touched on, except it’s very easy. Then it would take a bit out of it. I believe, for now, I see it as a constructive. I don’t assume it’ll have an effect on the setup. I don’t assume so. Not a lot will change – in all probability simply extra overtakes in the course of the race.

Q: (Aldona Marciniak – Przeglad Sportowy) Sergey, you’re stepping out of the automotive for FP1 and final yr you had been the one who was stepping in for Friday, for Renault, so might you give me each views: on the one hand, what’s the strategy of the driving force who’s within the automotive solely on Fridays each few months; and the second, the one you might have proper now, how do you are feeling giving the automotive to Robert tomorrow?

SS: Yeah. Contemplating how it’s getting in, for certain it’s not simple if you don’t drive the automotive persistently; each time you bounce in, on the one aspect you recognize that the staff expects a very good job from you straightaway. Straightway there are some assessments to do, some developments happening and it’s essential carry out because the staff needs you to carry out, however on the similar time, as you’re not within the automotive that always it nonetheless wants a little bit of time to get in and discover a rhythm. Wanting again from the opposite perspective, clearly Robert will take over tomorrow. I’d say… speaking to him, I believe that’s precisely what he thinks about it and the way he appears to be like at that. Once more, it’s precisely the place I used to be in final yr so I completely understand how he feels there however once more, it’s nonetheless disadvantages and benefits so it relies on the way you have a look at it.

Q: A part of that was how a lot does it affect on the remainder of your weekend?

SS: For certain it’s by no means very best to lose monitor time, particularly for me in my first yr. Even like final yr, after I jumped in, despite the fact that it’s a brief monitor with not too many corners I believe all of us discovered it fairly tough, fairly tough to get the rhythm and to correctly perceive it so for certain it’s not very best however I’m on this place so I’ve to do the perfect from the place I’m.

Q: (Giovanni Messi – Information Method Uno) Kevin, you might have been operating an important season till now, particularly towards your teammate, Romain. How are you going to clarify to us this type of distinction throughout this yr and particularly when you assume you may proceed on this means?

KM: Yeah, as I stated earlier than, this yr we’ve acquired a very good automotive and particularly when it comes to consistency from race to race it’s not solely been good at one or two races this yr. Final yr our automotive was good right here at this race and it was good in Australia and it was OK in a couple of different races however then it was a really up and down and obscure. This yr we’ve acquired a automotive that may be a little bit simpler to work with, little bit simpler to get to that high degree and yeah, I believe that’s the form of consistency that we wanted and we’ve acquired that this yr. When it comes to Romain, I believe he’s had a fairly powerful yr up to now however he’s a really fast, clever driver so I’m certain he’s going to get again.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Daniel, we’ve been listening to regarding Max’s contract along with your staff; particularly the monetary aspect, we’ve by no means learn it, in all probability it should be true. Should you determine to go to Pink Bull, to remain there, will you request the identical distinctive circumstances the staff gives to Max within the final contract, contemplating that you’re extra environment friendly when it comes to outcomes final yr and even this yr?

DR: Obrigado. Obrigado. Means thanks. I assume, to be trustworthy, what I… I respect what you’re saying. I assume what I selected to barter is confidential, I assume. One factor I’ll say is that this yr, clearly since I’ve been with the staff, however this yr the outcomes have confirmed and having a few wins and once more Monaco makes me smile after I simply say that nevertheless it was an enormous achievement for me, particularly after what occurred a few years in the past. There’s been some necessary containers which I really feel I’ve ticked this yr which clearly will help me out in discussions and transferring ahead with my profession so yeah, however I assume monetary stuff, I’ll hold behind the closed doorways. However yeah, I’m proud of the place I’m at and with what I really feel I can convey to the desk.

Q: (Louis Dekker – NOS) Daniel, I do know your staff likes Budapest, Singapore however might you say the Pink Bull Ring suits your automotive or is it only a circuit just like the others, tough, too many straights?

DR: I believe, from my little little bit of understanding about aerodynamics, I believe the additional DRS zone will take just a little little bit of that – I assume, clearly – the drag away however I believe that form of minimises the deficit in some methods so I believe I’m proper in saying that that in all probability doesn’t damage us an excessive amount of. After which clearly the second, third sector is extra corners than power-related. I believe the final couple of years we’ve had a fairly good automotive right here and I believe this yr ought to be no totally different, probably even higher, let’s see. Yeah, on paper it’s in all probability nonetheless not so good as a Budapest or a Singapore for us however a win? Who is aware of however at the very least aiming for a podium ought to be considerably lifelike.

Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Kevin, you’ve talked about the improved automotive that you just’ve acquired for this yr. You’ve seen, first hand, the sources that the likes of McLaren and Renault have gotten obtainable so if you evaluate that to your staff, how proud does that make you of the job that your guys have completed, and does it make you a bit stunned to see that McLaren, if something, is slipping again this season?

KM: It makes me proud, for certain. It’s a formidable factor for such a small staff to be competing towards the likes of Renault and McLaren, beating Williams and even Power India is kind of a bit greater than us. So yeah, it’s one thing to be pleased with and it’s a very good job from the little staff that we’re in. I’d say I’m fairly stunned, as effectively, particularly with McLaren. I believe after I was there it was very clear that it’s an important staff, a really large staff and yeah, stunning staff after I was there. I’ve misplaced contact with them, I don’t discuss to them anymore, I don’t know the issues they’re dealing with in the intervening time nevertheless it’s a disgrace, for certain. I’m blissful for us that we are able to compete with them and beat them at occasions however for certain, it’s not the place they belong.

Q: (Louis Dekker – NOS) Do you assume this yr this lap might be completed in 59.9s?

Q: Daniel, you’re smiling, have you ever gone beneath 60s within the simulator?

DR: No, that appears optimistic. What was pole final yr, 1m 02s was it? Perhaps if we had a hyper (comfortable tyre), possibly however no, the DRS will clearly give us a bit however I believe to get greater than 2s on such a brief lap already, that appears cool however a bit optimistic. Yeah.

KR: I don’t know. I assume all people appears to be like however is it going to occur? I don’t know. For certain Daniel stated the DRS will provide you with free lap time. I don’t know but. We’ll see.

Q: Sergey, have you ever had time to do that monitor within the simulator and get a lap time?

SS: I don’t assume we’ll be capable of do it beneath six anyway nevertheless it’s good to goal for, for certain.

KM: I don’t assume so.

Q: (Luke Smith – Crash.web) Kimi, Daniel stated he would really like his future sewn up by the summer time break. Do you might have a deadline in your thoughts, when you recognize what you’ll be doing in 2019?

KR: No, I believe I’ve been there so many occasions so… For certain, earlier than subsequent yr I’ll know. It’s a fairly regular state of affairs on my aspect.