Horner: Understanding Verstappen
“His frustration is completely understandable,” says the Red Bull team boss and explains: “It was a very, very disappointing result not to finish the race.” Even he couldn’t tell what exactly the problem was.
“But I don’t think it had anything to do with the engine. It could have been the petrol, but we need the car back,” he explained. In any case, Ferrari was “in a class of its own” today.
Regarding his own problems, he says: “I’d rather fix a fast car than build a reliable and fast one. Because the speed of the RB18 is currently significantly better than the reliability.
First “Grand Slam” for Leclerc
The Monegasque secured his first ‘Grand Slam’ today, meaning fastest lap, pole and victory, in which he led every lap of the race. No Ferrari driver has achieved this since Alonso in Singapore in 2010!
“Of course, I did a good job all weekend. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the car. We were extremely strong this weekend, especially in terms of race pace,” he said. he.
“We managed the tires extremely well from the first to the last lap. I’m just very happy,” said Leclerc.
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Verstappen: “Frustrating and unacceptable”
“Another bad Sunday”, says the Dutchman on “Sky” and clarifies: “Such things should not happen if you want to fight for the world title.” But we still don’t know exactly what broke.
“We have to recover the car to start the investigation”, explains Verstappen, who specifies: “I don’t want to think about the world championship at the moment. It’s more important to finish the races.”
“I didn’t really have the pace, I managed my tires and tried to go all the way. I couldn’t fight Charles,” he admits, adding: “But we didn’t. didn’t even finish the race.”
“It’s quite frustrating and unacceptable,” he says.
Sainz takes responsibility for his mistakes
The Spaniard’s steering wheel had to be replaced shortly before the start. Because it was set incorrectly, the start went wrong. “And then I really wanted to go up front and I made a mistake in the race,” he admits.
The problems he had earlier in the weekend would have put him “under pressure” and put him in this position. But he is not looking for an excuse. “I shouldn’t have pushed so hard. I should have been patient,” he says.
Russell: The podium was a little lucky
“Of course we were lucky today,” said the Mercedes driver. On the one hand, he took advantage of Verstappen’s failure in Melbourne, on the other hand of the safety car, which put him ahead of Hamilton, among others. But he is happy to take it with him.
Just be on the spot and use the mistakes of the competition. He did it today. “We have to keep fighting. We were far behind our opponents this weekend. But now we are on the podium,” he rejoiced.
It will still take “time” before we can fight at the front. But he is convinced that one day it will be possible. And until then, just keep using other people’s mistakes.
First point for Williams
Congratulations also to Williams: Albon obtained 10th place and therefore the first point in the championship this year! Aston Martin is now the only team without a point after three races. Stroll finished 12th, one position ahead of Schumacher.