FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019
Yas Marina Circuit
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Berichte
Ergebnisse
Presse
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Statistiken
Team Reaktionen
Sonntag
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Pressekonferenz
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Presseberichte vom Rennen
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Sieger
Schnellste Runde: 1:39.283
Was für ein Weg, um die Saison abzuschließen! Wir waren an diesem Wochenende als Team sehr stark und Valtteri hat heute ebenfalls eine großartige Leistung gezeigt. Ich bin allen für ihre harte Arbeit und ihren unermüdlichen Einsatz unheimlich dankbar. Wir setzen immer weiter neue Maßstäbe. Die Unterstützung war unglaublich, ich bin absolut überwältigt. Vielen Dank an jeden Einzelnen, der mich unterstützt hat, sowohl hier an der Strecke als auch Zuhause. Team LH ist so eine coole, positive Bewegung, die ich wirklich sehr zu schätzen weiß. In diesem Jahr sind wir als Team wahrscheinlich am meisten gewachsen. Deshalb hoffe ich, dass wir uns dadurch in einer guten Ausgangslage für die neuen Herausforderungen im nächsten Jahr befinden. Ich bin in diesem Jahr einige fantastische Rennen gegen Valtteri, Max und Charles gefahren und ich erwarte, dass es 2020 sogar noch härter wird. Diese Jungs werden ihr Bestes geben, um uns die Führung zu entreißen. Deshalb mache ich mir keine Illusionen, ich muss es in diesem Winter genauso machen, aber ich bin absolut davon überzeugt, dass ich es schaffen kann. Ich fühle mich frisch und bereit, um weiterzumachen und freue mich auf eine weitere Herausforderung im neuen Jahr.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
2.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:41.119
“Of course I’m very happy to finish the season with a podium and to be third in the championship ahead of both Ferraris is also a good achievement. On this track today Mercedes and Lewis were just a bit too quick but as a Team we had a good strategy, good pit stops and the car was working really well so second place is a good result on this track. The pace was good and overall we were quite a bit faster than the other guys which is a nice feeling. Looking back my highlight of the season was Austria. To take the first victory for Honda in the V6 era was very emotional and as a Team to win at our home track again in front of so many Dutch fans was a great feeling. It’s been a good season and the Team never stopped pushing. Honda also made some great improvements so we can be very happy with our first season together. As a Team we want to move forward next year and fight for the title. We need to push flat out to close the gap but looking at the last few races we have made a positive step. It’s a great ending and now we just want to focus ahead and be even more competitive in 2020.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
3.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:40.442
“I would never have imagined my first season with Ferrari like this. In terms of satisfaction, as a driver, it is great to have had the chance to end the year with a few poles and wins in the bag. On the other hand, you also always strive for more, and there is always something that you can do better. Overall, I think that it was a positive season for me. I learned a lot and am thankful to the whole team for all of their support and hard work. It was not an easy race today. Starting from P3, I knew that I would have to win to get back the third place in the Drivers’ championship, so I gave it my all. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out today. We will have to spend some time working on our race pace this winter. We have been very strong in qualifying this year, but have room for improvement in our long run performance. In any case, it’s nice to round off the season with a podium and have some time off now. I am sure that after just a few days, going back to racing will be all I can think about and I am already looking forward to being back in Melbourne.”
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
4.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:39.715
Das war ein schöner Saisonabschluss. Es war ein gutes Rennen und ich hatte viel Spaß dabei, die anderen Fahrer zu überholen. Ich glaube nicht, dass ich heute noch mehr aus dem Auto hätte herausholen können. Am Ende war es sehr eng, aber es hat nicht ganz gereicht, um Charles im Kampf um das Podium zu überholen. Zu Beginn hatte ich ein wenig Pech, weil der Einsatz von DRS für eine Weile nicht erlaubt war. Das hat meine Aufholjagd durch das Feld erschwert. Aber ich konnte dennoch einige Plätze gutmachen und meinen Stint auf den Medium-Reifen ausdehnen. Dadurch befand ich mich insgesamt in einer guten Position. 2019 war meine bislang beste Saison und ich befinde mich im Vergleich zum Vorjahr in einer viel besseren Situation. Jetzt freue ich mich darauf, 2020 erneut anzugreifen.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
5.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:40.128
“At the start I didn’t have anywhere to go and then, the fact the DRS didn’t work didn’t help, because that was when I had an advantage with the tyres over Max (Verstappen), which then faded later on in the stint. After the first pitstop I wasn’t very competitive and so we pitted again. In that moment we lost two places and I was only able to recover one of them, because today Mercedes was simply too fast. All in all we didn’t have the year that we were hoping for. The reasons are clear and lessons have been learned so now we just have to take them on board. I think as a team we must grow, but I have to say that this year has not been ideal from my side, even if I don’t think it was as bad as it looks. There were many small things that contributed to what maybe didn’t look like a great picture in the end. I know I can do better, that is for sure the target for next year, to make a step forward. Hopefully we will have a strong package with which we are able to fight with our rivals. Now I will focus on the test and then I will be happy to get some rest”.
Alexander Albon (Red Bull Racing)
6.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:42.219
“The race didn’t turn out quite how we wanted but we will have a look at it. We pitted early to try and undercut Seb but it didn’t work and then we got stuck behind a train of traffic without DRS. That made for a long second stint and the tyres just didn’t last until the end and Seb cleared a lot of cars quicker than we probably expected. It’s one of those things but looking back over the season I can be happy. I know there’s some work to do and areas I have to improve but it’s my rookie year so that’s always going to be the case. I feel like the racing has been good, the pace still needs work, but that will come with experience. We’re testing next week so we’ll continue the hard work and come back stronger next year. It’s nice to spend the winter knowing where I’ll be racing next year so I can focus on the job in hand. I’m really enjoying working with the Team so I can’t wait for 2020.”
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
7.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:42.639
“The first part of my race was a bit messy. I got a big hit from Gasly into Turn 1, which meant that I lost a position to Magnussen. Because the DRS wasn’t enabled at the start, we lost a bit of time behind him, but I managed to overtake even without DRS. After a long first stint, we had to push hard to catch up to the midfield group. We had a very strong end to the race and my final lap overtake on Norris in Turn 11 was one of the best of my career. The six points we scored means that I have finished inside the top 10 in the Drivers’ Championship and I’m pleased we could do that. I cannot wait to start next season already.”
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
8.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.026
“Pretty much a good race having made a decent start. I struggled a bit and made a mistake at the end of my Soft stint, then had a big lock-up, so had to box earlier than we wanted to. But in general I felt like I did a good job with my tyre management. “Good battling, good overtakes when I needed to do them. The only other mistake I made in the whole race was being overtaken at the end by Perez. In fairness, he did me fair and square but I’m gutted because that was a crucial overtake. “It’s been a long season and overall I’m happy. We made some really good improvements and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. As a team, we’ve done an excellent job and I’m already really look forward to next season. Thanks to the entire team for making my rookie F1 season so cool!”
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
9.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:42.222
“Today was a nice way to finish the season. That first stint on the Base tyre was probably the best stint of my life, I pushed like there was no tomorrow! Every lap I was quicker than the cars around me and I had a great feeling with the car. It worked out exactly as we had planned it, our strategy was fantastic and we had a good setup for the race. Maybe we sacrificed Qualifying a bit yesterday but we managed to put everything together today. I felt I left something on the table in the last couple of races, so I wanted to close the season with a really good race, to finish the year the way I did is a great feeling.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
10.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:41.294
“Very happy! The target this weekend was to finish P6 in the Drivers’ Championship and we made it happen! It wasn’t an easy race, with a lot of traffic in all the stints and having to start with the Soft [compound]. We went for the two stops knowing it was going to put me in a delicate position to make it to the top 10, but also knowing it was my only chance. “I managed to catch Hulkenberg right at the end and pulled off an overtake, on the last lap, that I will not forget! I’m very happy with my season and extremely grateful to every single member of the team. Thank you!”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
11.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:41.190
“It was quite a standard race for me today. We struggled a little on the hard tyre after the first stop, which was a shame, and at the end I tried to make up the ground on the faster tyre, but we just ran out of time. Although, looking at the bigger picture for us, it was a positive that we managed to secure fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, which was our goal coming into the weekend. We’re optimistic heading into the off-season and looking ahead for next season.”
Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)
12.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.274
“We threw everything at it today and it was a shame not to score any points. The one-stop strategy was hard to pull off and my tyres were degrading too much at the end. Still, we had positive race pace and were very much in the fight until the end. It was a worthy final race for me with the team. I crossed the line with good feelings. It’s been three good years with them and we’ve grown very close like a family. I’m grateful and thankful towards them for all the highs and lows we’ve had together and I wish them every success for the future.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
13.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.142
“We did all we could today, so we can keep our head high. Our race pace was better than what we showed in the rest of the weekend and we were in the middle of a few interesting battles. We fought for the points and thought we could get them, but in the end we fell a bit short. Now we’ll have a day off, then some testing and the season will finally be over. We learnt a lot from this one and we can use it to improve for next year. It’s impossible to guess where we will be, but we want to come back stronger. We made some steps forward this season but we want more.”
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
14.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.790
“I made a really good start again, my first lap was good. Unfortunately, from there we didn’t really have the pace that everyone else had, and I lost those places eventually. We fought as hard as we could. I’m happy with how the team’s been performing, in races like this it’s very tough, mentally, to stay on it, and keep extracting things from it when things have been bad. Everyone’s on it though, everyone’s looking for that last bit just in case something crazy happens like a safety car at the right time or something like that. We always give ourselves the best chance for that. That’s been the trend all year – the team’s really kept on it even though it’s been very tough. I think we’re all happy to get out of this year and completely shift our focus to 2020. Hopefully it’s a much better year.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
15.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.666
“It was a tough race. I think Friday afternoon’s crash with Bottas compromised a lot for today’s race, we just had the one floor of that package and that’s what we practiced with. We had to change the specification and revert to another one, which we knew, but it was always going to be tough from there, we only had FP2 as a representative session. I think from my side, I need to work on my starts in the races. It’s been a big weakness of mine this year. If we qualify well next year I want to make sure I have good starts. We worked as well as we could in the race, and the guys on the team did a good job again – we just didn’t have the pace. Hopefully next year is a much better story.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
16.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.256
“We fought to have a good result today but we didn’t manage to finish the season with a point. We tried a different strategy as we had to take our chances, starting from the back, although this gamble didn’t pay off. It’s been a season in which I learnt a lot of lessons: it will all help me when I get back to the start line in Melbourne. I am happy of the way I improved during the year, both in qualifying and the race, and I am looking forward to taking the next step forward. We will work hard this winter, understand where we can improve and do our best to have an even better season in 2020.”
George Russell (Williams)
17.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.074
It was quite a fun but tough race, and the pace was relatively good. I didn’t make a strong start and a few people overtook me. After the pitstop the pace was strong for us, and I was pleased with the last half of the race.
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
18.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:42.414
“I was really looking forward to the battle today. As Daniil was able to show, we had the pace and it could have been an exciting end to the season. Unfortunately, my race was over on the first lap when I got hit from behind and pushed into the car in front and my front wing broke. After the pit stop to replace it, I was one lap down and it is frustrating when you’re out there without being able to fight anyone, just hoping for a safety car. It’s a shame to end the last race of the season like this.”
Robert Kubica (Williams)
19.Platz
Schnellste Runde: 1:44.500
It has been a difficult year and today it wasn’t easy, but at least we had some battles. On lap one with George we touched at turn five and then later on with Giovinazzi, we touched quite heavily. I damaged the right-hand side of the floor quite a lot, so the last 35 laps were very difficult. It has not been an easy season, but at least we tried to give it our everything and didn’t give up.
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
Ausgefallen
Schnellste Runde: 1:43.326
“I had contact on the first lap with Gasly and had to pit because of the damage to my front wing. After that, we were out of position, running down the order, and it was really hard to get back into contention. We explored the strategy options and I stopped twice, but when you lose so much time early on by changing the front wing, it’s difficult to recover. Unfortunately, we had a brake issue so we have to see what went wrong because I was struggling to stop the car. That’s why we retired. All in all, just a disappointing race.”