Austrian GP: Submit-race press convention


DRIVERS: Max VERSTAPPEN (Purple Bull Racing), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari).


(Performed by Mark Webber) 

Q: Max Verstappen, your fourth grand prix victory. It felt like your first win, with Kimi Räikkönen closing you down, most stress. A Purple Bull victory right here on the Purple Bull Ring. Huge quantities of Dutch followers, it should really feel wonderful?

Max VERSTAPPEN: Yeah, it was wonderful. It was very laborious to handle the tyres as nicely. We actually needed to take care of them, a little bit blistering, however we managed to hold on till the top. After all it’s wonderful to win right here with a Purple Bull on the Purple Bull Ring and likewise so many Dutch followers round right here. It’s unbelievable.

Q: So what does this imply for the long run, mate. You’ve acquired Silverstone across the nook, when it comes to it being a back-to-back, we’ve acquired this triple header, you’ve had this nice run of outcomes off the again of a tricky Monte Carlo, so now you’re on hearth buddy?

MV: Yeah, I wanted to meet up with the factors. At this time was positively an excellent day for me and I simply hope we are able to proceed like this.

Q: Nicely performed Max. Kimi, very strong second place there, buddy. It was a really fascinating grand prix with tyres, I feel there have been a couple of unknowns, lots of people weren’t certain what was taking place. Double Mercedes retirement which was very fascinating. Unbelievable begin – if it had been Barcelona or Monza you’d have led into Flip 1, proper?

Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN: Yeah, I needed to again off a little bit bit as a result of we had been squeezed collectively and my resolution was already gone there – I used to be scared that we hit. After that, a bit working broad and that and misplaced some locations. However the automotive got here good however we simply run out of the laps and I feel we took it simply too lengthy. It’s a disgrace. We had an important automotive as we speak and in some factors it was a little bit bit troublesome however I feel it was a great end result for the workforce.

Q: Nicely performed, Kimi. Sebastian, along with Max right here. He did a fairly good job didn’t he? 

Sebastian VETTEL: I instructed him, excellent race, very constant, no errors. We had been chasing him down on the finish however could not fairly make it.

Q: So inform us about your race Sebastian? It was a troublesome qualifying, after a great begin. Robust first nook, acquired pushed out and then you definately needed to come again from there. One level within the championship, a really fascinating day for the silver vehicles, so not a nasty day on the workplace for you?

SV: No. Clearly it could have been good to begin additional up. I attempted to get some again at the beginning, in Flip 1, nevertheless it didn’t fairly work. I used to be left with no place to go after which misplaced momentum. After which it was the identical factor a little bit bit in Flip three. I needed to struggle with the Renaults and the Haas at first of the race and I misplaced a little bit little bit of floor. Clearly we misplaced a little bit little bit of time on the cease. So for us it was just about harm limitation however I feel the tempo was excellent, the tyre administration was good, so a optimistic day, it may have been higher however a nicely deserved win for Max.

Press convention

Q: (Christian Menath – Query for Seb. I feel you mentioned on the pit radio, if you got here behind Lewis, after his cease, that they need to have knowledgeable you a bit earlier that he’s stopping since you had one thing in your pocket nonetheless. Are you able to describe the scenario?

SV: I used to be conscious that we had been combating him however I used to be of the opinion that we had been forward, and I didn’t count on it to be that shut and to be on the back-foot, so I feel, if I look again, and I used to be interested by it within the race as nicely, I used to be instructed sufficient. So, I can’t blame the workforce. Yeah. I assumed I used to be taking it a little bit bit simple at first as a result of I used to be in any case a bit additional again. There was no level. I didn’t perceive at first clearly the need to shut as quickly as attainable. So possibly it’s additionally a bit my fault. However I feel I had a little bit of tempo in hand – however, you already know, I seemed down, I noticed the pitboard as nicely and there was 55 laps from the time the VSC… nicely, it doesn’t actually come it, however was turned off… so yeah, I attempted to avoid wasting tyres and ensure we make it to the top, not understanding what occurs as a result of the primary stint was not simple – however yeah, I assumed we may have performed, I may have performed a bit higher with a bit extra info – however nothing dramatic. I feel total the tempo was actually good. I imply, I used to be clearly shedding loads with the pitstop, the double-stop that we did, which was the correct name – however I most likely needed to come again from the longest approach. I feel the pace was good so I’m pleased with the race however clearly it may have been higher as we speak. So I’m not totally pleased.

Q: (Daniel Horvath – Max, congratulations, you’ve acquired nearly 20,000 Dutch supporters right here in Austria. Do you could have any particular message to your followers who stayed within the Max Verstappen village in the course of the weekend?

MV: Sure, in fact…

SV: You’ve got a village right here?

MV: Yeah! On the opposite aspect…

SV: You should pay tax right here then…

MV: No, we skip that bit. Yeah, it’s nice to see. I imply in fact we’re not taking part in within the World Cup so it’s a bit simpler for them to return over right here, however usually, nice help. I imply the entire weekend. It was wonderful to see a lot orange. After which for those who win the race and see all of the followers lining up there. Yeah, it’s unbelievable. And that is in Austria, which remains to be 10, 11 hours away from Holland. So, yeah, wonderful that all of them came visiting right here.

Q: (Jaap de Groot – De Telegraaf) Max, earlier than the Max it seemed such as you needed to overtake loads of odds however in the course of the race, the benefits occurred and also you took them to the utmost. In keeping with that, do you are feeling that this was your excellent race. And in addition clarify the way you underwent the method I simply defined, getting all the benefits.

MV: Yeah, so I feel it was a bit surprising, particularly after our Friday tempo and within the lengthy runs. I feel within the first stint we may truly sustain fairly nicely – after which yeah, I simply tried to do my very own race. I noticed Valtteri disappearing with an issue, after which I feel we made the correct name when the digital security automotive got here out, that we pitted. The workforce, once more, nice name on that, after which yeah, nearly I used to be within the lead, and I simply tried to do my very own tempo. Initially from behind there was no stress. I feel I may construct up a niche, and yeah, at one level, when Lewis pitted and Kimi began to place Daniel beneath stress, and he began to wrestle along with his tyres, after which as soon as I feel Kimi was in second, and I attempted to handle the hole – however at one level, yeah, I may see my tyres additionally opening up a bit on the rears and the fronts, so, yeah, I simply needed to drive across the subject and fortuitously I may handle it till the top of the race.

Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Max and Kimi; though the race was 71 laps lengthy, it was successfully determined by the transfer at flip seven on a frenetic opening lap. Can I simply get your respective ideas on the transfer – we don’t usually see overtaking there? It seemed like a little bit little bit of wheel-banging as nicely.

KR: I feel there was loads taking place on the primary lap. I feel a little bit bit sideways into… or misplaced the road a little bit bit into six after which Max… clearly we had been fairly shut to one another, I feel the automotive in entrance of me, the Mercedes, disturbed a bit… just like the downforce after which clearly it acquired the run and I attempted to hold on on the skin however I acquired a little bit bit sideways as a result of I assume we touched a little bit bit and misplaced a spot however I feel we acquired one of the best out of it and never taking every out and nonetheless combating in that form of nook that’s quick pace and never very simple to remain subsequent to one another if you strive. That’s what occurs generally. Not very best for me nevertheless it was nonetheless honest sufficient.

MV: Yeah, it was laborious racing however good racing. I feel Kimi is skilled sufficient to deal with the scenario nicely. We had a little bit contact however I feel it’s additionally good for the game.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat) Kimi, it appears to me that this one race each week actually fits you wonderful. Are you able to enhance as a lot as you probably did from France to Silverstone in a single week additionally?

KR: I don’t know. Clearly Silverstone is loads completely different circuit, structure and I feel for those who purely take it it wouldn’t most likely be one of the best place final 12 months so possibly there for us however I feel I’m trying ahead and I feel we now have sure issues that we try and possibly will assist there. Clearly it relies upon loads on the situations there however I feel the final two weekends have been fairly related so I’ll hold pushing and making an attempt and attempt to do higher on a regular basis and clearly attempt to do higher than as we speak within the subsequent races however there may very well be a barely higher finish end result however I feel as a workforce we acquired strong factors and we go to the subsequent race.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – Max, you had the primary six races of this season very troublesome after which from Canada it began to vary…

MV: No, Barcelona already.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – … so inform us about the way it works inside you, coming from one excessive to the opposite one, what you might be residing now?

MV: I feel it’s simply racing, you already know? Generally you could have troublesome moments and then you definately attempt to work laborious and you retain working laborious even when it’s troublesome and also you overcome the scenario. Yeah, it’s so simple as that. It’s racing.

Q: (Peter Vamosi – Sebastian, you’re the solely driver on the web who has not a social media account, Twitter, Fb, no matter. Even Kimi has Instagram now this 12 months and he’s doing very nicely. Why are you not current on the web?

SV: I reasonably spend my time on one thing helpful. It’s a disgrace that I misplaced Kimi. It was good to be alongside. I don’t know what occurred. I don’t blame anyone, individuals are free to do what they need. It’s simply not my factor, I don’t have the necessity to share. If there’s anyone who has a query, clearly ask however I don’t discover nice motivation in telling folks the place I am going, what I do. I discover it’s fairly boring so yeah, it’s not my factor. 

Q: (Rik Spekenbrink – AD Sportwereld) Max, may you hear the Dutch followers on the ultimate lap and secondly, how would you price this win among the many others?

MV: No, I couldn’t hear them, I feel I used to be…

SV: Say sure.

MV: Nah. You all the time must be sincere.

SV: You must say sure although.

MV: No. OK, Sebastian says sure.

SV: I heard them!

MV: However I may see some orange smoke, I may see them cheering so I feel that’s adequate. Particular second. And I feel this was one of many nicest victories however I hold saying that so I feel in the meanwhile they’re all good. However possibly hopefully, at one level, you simply say yeah, it’s simply one other one. However in the meanwhile I’m actually pleased with it.

Q: (Scott Mitchell – Autosport) Max, we heard how emotional your celebrations had been with the workforce over the radio after the race. Are you able to simply clarify if you thought that it was truly attainable so that you can win the race, if you felt beneath management, and the way a lot does this win imply to you?

MV: Yeah, it was troublesome to inform as a result of Kimi was catching, Sebastian was catching and you weren’t certain possibly they’d one other half a second in them on the finish of the race, so it was simply troublesome to say. I feel with three or 4 laps to go I used to be extra snug and it was not going to occur however nonetheless, possibly from one to the opposite lap my blister opens up much more and then you definately’re actually in hassle. Most likely three laps. My fourth victory, I feel it’s a great one, very surprising one so I feel they’re all the time good.