29 July


29 JULY 2018

DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 12th
ďWe had a pretty good car and I was able to make it to fourth having been at P16 at one point on the first lap, so in the end it was a good result for us. The start was pretty chaotic and I took a hit on my front left tyre which caused some vibrations and we lost a few positions there. Ocon then went really deep in Turn 6, cut the chicane and stayed in front of me for two laps. That was frustrating, especially at the beginning when everyone is so close, you lose a lot of ground. After this with the pace advantage we had we were able to get on and do some overtakes, and I had some fun with that and could get up the field. Before the incident at the end with Valtteri in Turn 1, I knew he had some damage, so I knew it should be relatively easy to pass him, but he obviously just went too deep into that turn. I couldnít see his car in my blind spot so I left room, and then I got the hit but fortunately I didnít spin. I thought it was likely he would get a penalty but I really wanted to pass him on track, which fortunately I could do on the last lap. I was happy today, happy to finish and get some points and have a race I feel I maximized.Ē

MAX VERSTAPPEN, Finish Position: DNF, Start Position: 7th
ďToday didnít go the way we planned. I felt good with the car and had a strong start but the race was then over within six laps. It is really frustrating after putting all the effort in and being in a promising position, but then having to stop due to reliability. As I was happy with the car I think we could have had a good battle with the front group, itís a shame to have missed out on that and some valuable points. Itís such a shame for not just myself and the team but also the fans that travel all the way here supporting me. Itís not fun to watch me complete a few laps and then retire. Iím not sure if this will mean engine penalties for Spa, we will look into it as a team and discuss the best way to come back strong after the summer break. I donít really feel like going away on holiday now as this isnít the way I wanted to finish the first part of the season. I would like to get back in the car to race again and finish on a strong result, unfortunately I canít.Ē

CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: ďA fantastic recovery by Daniel who actually completed the first lap down in P16. He made his way through the field with some decisive overtaking and had rapidly moved up to P5 by the halfway stage of the race. We then changed on to the Ultrasoft tyre for the final 26 laps and he started to catch the group consisting of Bottas and the two Ferraris ahead of him. After Valtteri and Sebastian had had contact ahead, the wounded Mercedes then hit Daniel when he was attempting to pass him at Turn 1 causing significant damage. However Daniel was able to keep going and then pass him for good on the last lap taking P4 at the flag. Max had a hugely frustrating day with an engine failure with only five laps gone. He had made a great start and we knew we had a competitive race car here and would have been in a fight for a podium having seen the pace that Daniel had today. Itís enormously frustrating and we just hope not to incur penalties at his home Grand Prix in Spa in a few weeksí time.Ē

posted at 19:35:00 on 07/29/18 by webmaster - Category: races