Gilles Villeneuve Circuit
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Presseberichte vom Rennen
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Schnellste Runde: 1:14.813
Ich bin wirklich unheimlich dankbar. Nach dem Unfall am Freitag befand ich mich im Hintertreffen und dann hatte ich heute Vormittag auch noch ein Motorproblem. Die Jungs haben wahnsinnig hart gearbeitet und großartige Arbeit geleistet, um es zu beheben. Sie hatten es absolut verdient, dass das Auto starten konnte. Ich habe alles gegeben, um für sie das bestmögliche Ergebnis einzufahren. Auf dieser Strecke ist es nicht einfach, dem Vordermann zu folgen. Deshalb versuchte ich, Sebastian unter Druck zu setzen, um ihn vielleicht in einen Fehler zu treiben – und dann hat er einen gemacht. Trotzdem hätte ich gerne auf die richtige Art und Weise gewonnen und ihn auf der Strecke überholt. Ich habe bis zur Ziellinie gekämpft, aber meine Reifen waren verbraucht. Ferrari hat an diesem Wochenende fantastische Arbeit abgeliefert, sie waren auf den Geraden richtig schnell und Sebastian ist ein klasse Rennen gefahren. Ich musste mein Bestes geben, um mit ihm mitzuhalten. Es ist kein tolles Gefühl und schlussendlich ist es nicht die Art, wie ich Rennen gewinnen möchte. Aber ich habe mir heute die Seele aus dem Leib gefahren, um mein Team stolz zu machen und ich habe das Gefühl, dass mir das gelungen ist.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
Schnellste Runde: 1:14.875
“I think we had a great race and the stewards’ decision is too harsh. In turn 3, I lost control of my car and I had to run long onto the grass, rejoining at turn 4 ahead of Lewis. I couldn’t see where he was, as I was too busy trying to keep my car on track without crashing and I didn’t squeeze him on purpose. I think given the way things went this weekend and even though our rivals’ race pace was very strong, we deserved the win, and I get the impression that lots of the spectators here today at the circuit agree with me. It’s always nice to race in Canada, I feel a lot of support from the people and it would have been wonderful to have given all our fans the first big result of the season.”
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
Schnellste Runde: 1:14.356
“I am quite happy with my race today, despite it having been a rather lonely one for me. I think that we couldn’t have got a better result and our performance was strong from the first to the last lap. At the same time, it is a shame for the team to have lost the first win of the season. I look forward to the next race in France now. It is difficult to say where we will stand there, as the circuit here in Montreal suits our car very well, but we will work as hard as we can to continue improving and fighting for strong results.”
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
Schnellste Runde: 1:13.078
Ich habe gestern im Qualifying einen kostspieligen Fehler gemacht und mir dadurch das Rennen selbst erschwert. Ich hatte ziemlich zu kämpfen, um am Anfang den Red Bull und die Renaults zu überholen. Sobald ich auf das Fahrzeug vor mir aufgeschlossen hatte, waren der Motor und die Bremsen nahe an ihren Temperaturlimits dran. Deshalb musste ich viel „Lift and Coast“ fahren, wodurch es schwierig war, einen Angriff zu starten. Als ich sie endlich überholt hatte, hatte ich zu viel Zeit verloren, um in den Kampf um die Podestplätze einzugreifen. Sobald ich freie Fahrt hatte, war die Pace des Autos gut. Aus diesem Grund haben wir uns dazu entschieden, am Ende einen zusätzlichen Boxenstopp einzulegen und auf frischen Reifen um die schnellste Rennrunde zu kämpfen. Es ist schön, dafür einen Extrapunkt mitzunehmen, aber letztlich habe ich das Rennen gestern im Qualifying verloren. Ich glaube, dass wir in Frankreich erneut einen harten Kampf erwarten können. Die Strecke bietet ebenfalls lange Geraden, also wird Ferrari auch dort wieder schnell sein. Aber ich freue mich auf den Kampf.
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)
Schnellste Runde: 1:14.767
“It was a controlled drive today. We stayed out of trouble at the beginning of the race and there was not much more I could do in the closing stages. I did a very long first stint which worked quite well to clear the traffic and once we pitted I quickly cleared the Renault’s. From there I pulled away and was able to focus on my own race but we were not quick enough to catch the leaders. It was at least fun doing a bit of overtaking and we scored good points again but I think realistically fifth was where we expected to finish. It was not our weekend and I would of course like more but we have to work hard now to try and close the gap at the next race.”
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.075
“I did all I could out there and I’m happy with the end result. It’s the team’s first double points of the year and it’s a big one in sixth and seventh, and we can’t ask for anything more than that. There are definitely positive signs this weekend. We know the top teams are superior at this stage, but still, it was a lot of fun to battle Valtteri [Bottas] for a few laps out there. We’re realistic in our approach, but the team should be proud of this weekend. They have that drive and determination to push on now and that’s really encouraging.”
Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:15.995
“We can be pleased with that today as it’s a really good team result. I had strong pace throughout the race, kept the Softs in good shape, and then had fresher tyres at the end. I had to back off a little bit to stop the car overheating and from there we settled for a solid team result. We’re leaving here with a smile on our faces. The last three or four weekends have been compromised for various reasons and today we achieved the full potential of the car. It’s an excellent reward for the team’s hard work at both Enstone and Viry and now we have to aim to keep the momentum going.”
Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.157
“It was a pretty difficult day but the car actually felt quite good so it is disappointing to finish where we did. We expected to be stronger than this. We struggled with traffic and had to save the brakes, which compromised us a bit, and I of course wanted to finish better than this. We need to analyse everything and see what we can improve but I also need to work hard before the next race. I hope we can find more pace and come back stronger for my home race.”
Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.043
“The car performed so well today and it feels great to score points in Montreal. The lead up to the race wasn’t easy – losing the power unit yesterday and taking a performance hit by going back to the old engine – but we kept pushing, went out there and grabbed a couple of points. My start was strong, which moved me up a few positions and the key to our strategy was all about going long on the first stint with the hard tyre. By the time we switched to the medium, we were in good shape and I was able to chase down [Carlos] Sainz and make the move for ninth place. It was a really fun race: I put all my emotions on the table today and loved every minute of it. The team really deserved this: they’ve put in some long hours this week and it’s a boost for us all. It has been an awesome week with great support from the crowd. I’m going to remember this one for a while.”
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.198
“It was a cool race! I really didn’t want to finish P11, it would have sucked if we didn’t get any points today. It was a good fight with Carlos at the end, I like having battles with him on track as it’s always on the limit, and it was nice to get the overtake done. I think we got pretty much everything we could out of the car today, so I’m very happy with how the race went. Now we’ll continue to work hard to score more points in the next races.”
Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.471
“Disappointing end to the weekend. I was forced to pit very early on lap three because of a tear-off stuck in a brake duct. We had to pit immediately to remove it, since it caused excessive overheating, and to go onto the Hard tyres. We had good pace at times but 67 laps were just too many for the tyres, and not even the extra tyre management was enough to maintain the fight for points. We weren’t able to show our true pace today, which I think was a solid points finish had it not been for that early pit-stop".
Sergio Pérez (Racing Point)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.314
“Not such a good day for me - but a good day for the team, scoring two points with Lance. We knew that getting into the points was going to be tricky, so we went with different strategies to try to maximise the opportunities. As it turned out, Lance was on the better strategy - but you only know which was the best strategy after the race. The whole weekend wasn't great for me. The pace today was quite poor - but I was always stuck in traffic, so the temperatures were on the limit and we couldn't do much about that. In the first stint, I suffered with the high track temperature, but, more than that, I could only put pressure on Kvyat ahead for two laps before I had to look after the brakes, which made things even harder. As a team we minimised the damage of the weekend - and that's important at the tough races.”
Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.365
“Finishing in P13 is quite a disappointment, especially since we thought we had the speed to make up some places in the race. The pace wasn’t really there, easy as that. We need to find a solution because we appear to lose our competitiveness on Sunday and that is really hurting us.”
Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:16.245
“It was a long afternoon. Everything went south at the start; the guys take a lot of risks going three-wide. I just picked up all the damage. I was dead last, and after that we didn’t have much pace. A few laps were good, then others were very difficult. We need to analyse everything, get a better understanding of how to go fast in the race.”
Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo)
Schnellste Runde: 1:15.442
“Not an easy weekend, not an easy race, as we didn’t have the speed to fight for position. Some laps it felt better, then there were laps where we struggled to find grip. We have work to do and we also will get new parts and this should help us to get back into the fight for points.”
George Russell (Williams)
Schnellste Runde: 1:17.241
The car was feeling relatively nice to drive and we made the most of the package. We now need to bolt some downforce on it and hopefully we will find some laptime. Overall, I was pleased with my performance today and we made the most of the situation.
Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:17.309
“We have such a good car, and qualifying is brilliant, we can fight anyone in the midfield – and we’ve been on ‘best of the rest’ pole many times this year. So, it’s very hard to keep emotions under control in situations like today. There was nothing meant towards the team over the radio. They did an amazing job this weekend. I made a mistake in qualifying, and they’ve been able to build me a completely new car for the race today. We just have these tires that don’t work in the race for us. It’s hard to not be very disappointed, I know the whole team is. They deserve a lot better.”
Robert Kubica (Williams)
Schnellste Runde: 1:17.285
Unfortunately, there is no magic. Yesterday the handling was difficult, but today was harder. I had no grip with high fuel, hotter conditions and longer stints. Overall grip is missing, we know it’s like this, so we are not able to push.
Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)
Schnellste Runde: 1:17.151
“It was a tough race today, we had some front wing damage at the start which pretty much put an end to my race. Maybe I could have braked later in the corner and Perez could have gone on the inside, but it is what it is. After that to be honest, the pace wasn’t so strong, so we need to have a look at that. I’ve been struggling a bit on the long runs this weekend, so we have some work to do to understand why.”
Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)
Schnellste Runde: 1:18.023
“I had a problem with overheating at the back of the car which led to my retirement – I have no clue what happened and until the team have looked at it in detail we don’t know for sure. I didn’t hit a wall or anything so I’ve no idea. “It’s annoying because until then it had been a fun race, battling with Max in the opening laps. There was good potential to maybe get some points today so it’s especially frustrating. But these things happen, so it’s a case of now looking ahead to Paul Ricard.”