Austrian GP: Submit-qualifying press convention


DRIVERS: Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari).

Q: Sebastian it was a tricky first lap for you. You’re on the second row. How did it go for you?

Sebastian VETTEL: Yeah, as you stated, it’s not straightforward to place it collectively. I had a mistake on the primary lap. I do know I have to put a banker in to make protected that I qualify in a correct place, so I believe there was slightly bit left however arguably not sufficient to essentially pip Valtteri for pole, so nicely performed to him, I believe he put two excellent laps in. And yeah, I believe we now have an excellent probability from P3 tomorrow.

Q: Good luck buddy. Over to Lewis – that seemed like a little bit of a restoration job too. Flip 2 on the primary lap seemed like a little bit of a second after which a shocking second lap and it was actually tight with Valtteri. Good restoration, mate. 

Lewis HAMILTON: Yeah, not too unhealthy I’m pleased with it. Valtteri did a shocking lap on the primary run and I had a little bit of a mistake and that form of ended the run. However I’m actually pleased with the second and it is a nice consequence for the group and Valtteri deserved as we speak.

Q: Have an excellent one tomorrow, mate. And Valtteri, nicely performed, take heed to the followers right here, they’re fairly pumped up for you buddy. Your first lap was sensational, your second lap to search out one other tenth at that stage. You’ll be able to see what it means to those two guys. It was an unimaginable mixture of these two laps. I understand how exhausting that’s. Run us by way of your session buddy?

Valtteri BOTTAS: Yeah, the entire weekend we now have been making good progress with the set-up. We had the brand new bits this weekend for the automobile. There’s been some work to get the automobile nicely balanced with these and at last we did and the automobile felt so good. Within the final run I knew that there was a tenth or so I may enhance from the primary run and I managed to search out it. Apparently I wanted it!

Q: You checked out one with the automobile, there’s no query about it. For tomorrow’s race, I imply I don’t need a begin such as you did final yr – that seemed a bit difficult by way of virtually leaping the beginning. So that you’re on pole, you’ve obtained to get a gorgeous begin once more and attempt to management the grand prix from there I creativeness?

Valtteri BOTTAS: Yeah, you only a good clear begin, nothing superb, no have to be a hero in Flip 1, after which go for it. I can assure I’m extra hungry for the win than anybody on the grid, so I’m actually prepared for it.


Q: Valtteri, your first pole place of the season and also you pulled out an excellent first lap in Q3. How good was that to arrange your remaining try and safe pole?

VB: Yeah, thanks. For certain, right here it’s a brief circuit and that’s why we usually see fairly small gaps. It’s really not a simple circuit to get every thing proper, though there’s solely seven correct corners for us, however it’s fairly straightforward to make a mistake, so getting that first run, a pleasant lap on that one, it helps. I may form of construct on that for the second run and enhance on it.

Q: Congratulations. Lewis, you stated on the grid your self that you simply made a little bit of an error, I believe at Flip three in your first run in Q3, so how a lot margin did it’s important to depart in your second lap to get a time in?

LH: Nicely, firstly congratulations to Valtteri, he did a unbelievable job and in the end he deserved the pole as we speak. It had gone comparatively nicely by way of the weekend, the tempo was good, it was fairly good all through qualifying, it was clearly very shut between us all. Proper on the finish I believe I made a mistake on the primary run and once you don’t have your first lap as a banker, you are form of constructing from scratch for the second, so it at all times helps once you get an excellent first lap in as a result of then you’ll be able to attempt to enhance on it the following time. However the subsequent one was actually good and clearly it was fairly shut between us, which I’m glad about and it’s nonetheless a one-two for the group and much to play for tomorrow.

Q: Seb, we noticed yesterday two one-two outcomes for Mercedes in these observe classes however then you definitely had been quickest in FP3 and in Q2, so do you suppose the margin to the entrance two in qualifying as we speak is consultant of Ferrari’s tempo?

SV: I believe so. Nicely, I believe there was slightly bit extra in me, I imply I had a tricky begin in Q3 with an error, then it’s not that straightforward to get well as a result of I knew I have to put an excellent lap in, in any other case I’ll begin fairly far again. Yeah, I don’t suppose it was sufficient tempo in hand to be a risk as we speak. I believe we want to verify we enhance from the place we’re. It appears that evidently in quali not less than we’re slightly bit behind proper now. I believe the tracks we went to the final two weeks are fairly totally different, so we want to verify we maintain pushing. For tomorrow although, I imagine the automobile is stronger in relative tempo for the race, so it must be an in depth combat. We’re beginning once more on totally different tyre compounds, so let’s see what we will do.


Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Sebastian, throughout qualifying there was a small incident with Carlos Sainz Jr’s Renault. Might you simply discuss us by way of that out of your perspective please.

SV: yeah, I imply I handed him on my quick lap in Flip seven/eight after which I used to be trying down and in the principle straight I didn’t see him. I used to be turning into Flip One, making an attempt once more as a result of I used to be considering that he should be there someplace. I don’t know if he was pitting or beginning his lap – however because it turned out, clearly, he was making an attempt to go for a quick lap, I couldn’t see him. I wasn’t informed on the radio, so I can solely apologise to him. Clearly, there was no intention. I used to be trying down the straight after which I rotated, Flip One, I used to be performed with my lap and simply needed to verify – after which once I was trying, there was once more nothing to see after Flip One, which clearly, which was clear as a result of within the replay I noticed then that he was side-by-side. So, that’s it.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Congratulations Valtteri. Do you suppose you want the identical form of mega-start like final yr to win the race as nicely?

VB: I believe it’s a comparatively quick run into Flip One so I believe you want a standard begin. After all, you at all times attempt to get an excellent one – however I believe to really lose a place right here or to realize, there must be fairly an enormous distinction with the begins. So, I’m aiming for an excellent begin.

Q: (Christian Menath – Query for Seb. You talked about that it’s important to catch up now as a result of you’ve had two totally different tracks the place you’ve been behind in qualifying. Do you’ve an concept the place you lose the time? Is it cornering, lengthy corners, braking, wherever?

SV: I believe right here’s very shut anyway, so it’s not, y’know, that many corners. I believe from what you’ve seen, we’re shedding slightly bit in sector one, after which principally although in sector three, through which I believe Mercedes could be very aggressive, very fast within the second flip – which I at all times combine up. Lauda? Berger? Berger? Lauda? I don’t know – Flip Seven. After which up the straight, so they seem to have the ability to carry extra velocity by way of there after which up the hill. I believe that’s one in all our most important losses. I believe the final two corners are usually not too unhealthy however I believe it’s the very high-speed Seven and Flip 9, so the primary one, the second final nook. It’s shut. We’re not speaking about a lot however clearly sufficient to get forward.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Sebastian, do you imagine that Mercedes have made an excellent step ahead with the brand new spec of the automobile, and on a extra common circuit like Silverstone for instance, will we see this step ahead by Mercedes even higher? And can it imply that Ferrari should improve the event of their automobile from now?

SV: Nicely, clearly they’ve the precise numbers of what they anticipated and what was delivered. They clearly had some new elements right here once more, I believe, so for us it was largely the identical as final weekend however for certain, we’re having our personal schedule by way of new bits and I believe we’re pushing as exhausting as we will however as I stated, we additionally have to make it possible for what we deliver to the automobile is making it sooner so it’s a relentless problem. For now, I believe, the final two qualifying classes Mercedes appeared to have the sting slightly bit. It could actually flip round, the following two, who is aware of, so I believe we have to take a look at ourselves? There’s at all times one thing you’ll be able to be taught from different folks and what they placed on the automobile, however that’s not only for Mercedes, that’s for all of the groups. As I stated, for tomorrow I’m much less… not fearful anyhow, however much less of the opinion that we’re behind. I believe we’re extra of a match in race tempo, so let’s see what the day brings tomorrow.

Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Valtteri, you talked by way of the significance of the banker first lap however simply how good was the second lap for you and likewise how essential was it to bounce again as we speak like this after the most recent little bit of unhealthy luck final weekend?

VB: Yeah, I believe the primary lap was actually good however I believe there was a tiny little bit of observe enchancment for the second run. It’s at all times tough to say how a lot however I believe the second lap was similar to the primary one. I believe I improved one tenth or so however yeah, I had some good laps in qualifying three so actually loved it and the automobile actually allowed me to push. We’ve discovered an excellent steadiness with the automobile so loved it… and what was the second query?

Q: Concerning the unhealthy luck final week…

VB: Nicely yeah, for certain it’s good to have an excellent consequence however it’s solely qualifying, the race is tomorrow however for certain we have to get pleasure from as we speak slightly bit however it’s tomorrow what counts.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Lewis, how tough is it to begin on the entrance row when your teammate is in entrance of you?

LH: Clearly once you’re on the entrance row and also you’re by yourself and once you’re first you’ve obtained a transparent view however it’s no totally different to being third or fourth, it’s the identical.

Q: I believe a part of that query was regarding in comparison with perhaps a rival group’s driver alongside you on the entrance row in comparison with Valtteri?

LH: No totally different. There’s no distinction. Nonetheless racing.