The groups mates couldn’t have had more contrasting afternoons. Contact, a number of spins and some off highway misdemeanours left Bottas asking how for much longer the race needed to run as he deliberate a swift exit from Istanbul after coming residence effectively outdoors the factors on benefit. However he caught round lengthy sufficient to congratulate his workforce mate on his world championship crown. Hamilton didn’t win the title by beating his workforce mate, he gained it in emphatic fashion by out-driving the remainder of the sphere. An important begin didn’t pay dividends however was adopted by beautiful tyre administration which left him second on the highway regardless of having been a full pit cease behind the leaders at one stage. He then pulled off a transfer on Perez on monitor to show his dominance earlier than driving away into the space to win not simply the race, however a record-equalling seventh world championship title.
Lewis Hamilton, 1st
“I do know typically we, or I say, it is past my wildest desires, however I believe my complete life I secretly have dreamt as excessive as this. But it surely all the time felt so farfetched. I bear in mind Michael successful these championships, and all of us drivers listed here are doing one of the best job we are able to, and simply to get one, two or three is so onerous to get. So, to get seven, is simply unimaginable. However once you work with such an incredible group of individuals, and also you talk, and belief each other and hear to at least one one other, there may be simply no finish to what we are able to do collectively, this workforce and I collectively. And I am so pleased with what we have completed. And them trusting me on the market in the present day like they did, that comes with expertise.
“This yr has been so powerful… I have not gone out, I have not gone for dinner, I’ve simply stayed in my bubble. Getting room service every single day, and not likely something thrilling and that is naturally as a result of I’ve obtained a championship to combat for. I believe this yr I’ve sacrificed greater than ever earlier than in my complete life. That is made it fairly tough.
“Making reminiscences like this, I need to wait till I will be round my household, be round all my buddies, as a result of I need to share it with them. I really feel so pleased with this race in the present day. I used to be fascinated with moments when it went mistaken earlier than, like China 2007 once I misplaced the championship on worn tyres within the pit lane. All these items I’ve realized alongside the best way, I used to be capable of apply in the present day, and that is why you noticed the end result and the hole you probably did in the present day.
“On the similar time, I really feel like I am solely simply getting began, it is actually bizarre. I really feel bodily in nice form, and mentally this yr has been the toughest yr for many individuals, for thousands and thousands of individuals. I do know issues all the time look nice on right here, on the massive stage, but it surely’s no totally different for us athletes. And it has been a problem I did not know how you can get by means of. However with the assistance of nice folks spherical me, with the assistance of my workforce, Crew LH, I managed to maintain my head above water and targeted. I am looking forward to a greater yr subsequent yr.
“And I would love to remain, I really feel like we have lots of work to do right here. I’m working to push to carry ourselves accountable as a sport, to understand we have to face and never ignore the human rights points which might be round within the international locations that we go to, and the way can we have interaction with these international locations, and the way can we empower them to essentially change, not 10 or 20 years from now, however now. And I need to assist Components One, I need to assist Mercedes in that journey to develop into extra sustainable. I hope to be part of that, at the least the preliminary part, for just a little bit longer.”
Valtteri Bottas, 14th
“That was an extended race. Such an extended day. From the primary lap onwards, every part went mistaken. I do not know who it was, however somebody was spinning in entrance of me within the first nook and I used to be avoiding, after which I spun as effectively. Then I had contact in Flip 9 after which the automobile wasn’t the identical anymore. I struggled to remain on monitor. I could not keep on monitor, the steering wheel was like this, and there was a bit lacking from the entrance wing. It was nearly surviving from then on, not good. Congratulations to Lewis as effectively. He deserves this title fully: he was the higher considered one of us this yr total and 7 titles is a really spectacular achievement in our sport.”
Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Administration of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG
“Large congratulations to Lewis on this seventh World Championship – what an unimaginable achievement! Lewis has been part of our Mercedes household for over 20 years now. He joined us as an unimaginable karting expertise; in the present day, he is the most effective drivers of all instances. Lewis retains bettering even when it’d appear to be there’s little left to good, and I am excited to see the place else his journey will take him. It is not simply Lewis’ growth on monitor that’s spectacular, but in addition his inspiring journey off monitor. Lewis has develop into a passionate advocate for extra range and inclusion. He has additionally taken tangible steps to help this vital trigger. As a workforce and as an organization we stand with him. We’re proud you are a part of our household, Lewis. Thanks for seven world championships powered by Mercedes!”
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“At this time as soon as once more confirmed how Lewis is succesful to deal with a scenario that went towards him to start with, he was the one who saved it on the highway, sorted the tyres and let the race come to him. And that made the distinction in the present day, he was hungry as a lion. Driving a automobile on slicks on the finish, with the chance of rain, he simply introduced it residence for a 94th win in Components 1 and to take the seventh title – it is such a powerful achievement. This yr has been very particular as a result of it was so tough for everyone on the planet. I hope now we have been capable of deliver folks some pleasure, some leisure, and popping out on prime after a race like this feels unimaginable. Lewis, now we have such a robust relationship that has constructed up over our years collectively; the workforce is 100 per cent behind him, he’s 100 per cent behind the workforce, and this was a kind of days the place that belief actually shined, taking the win towards all odds. We merely must say congratulations to Lewis and to recognise the superb job he’s doing, setting new benchmarks on this sport. We can be flying residence collectively, so we must see how we rejoice – I am positive we are going to discover a manner!”
Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director
“We did not want a reminder as to why Lewis deserves to be a seven-time champion in the present day, however he gave us one anyway. He deserves each little bit of success that he has had, and it was a privilege to see him rejoice that championship on the highest step of the rostrum. The race itself was fairly unpredictable. We had been capable of make some modifications to the automobile with the principles round ‘change of weather conditions’ and for the primary time this weekend managed to get the tyres working. The opening laps had been clearly fairly difficult, and it was surprisingly onerous to get near anybody to go, particularly once we did not have DRS. Valtteri had a superb begin however spun attempting to keep away from a Renault at Flip 1 after which had contact later at flip 9 inflicting some harm that compromised his automobile for the race. Lewis additionally had a superb begin however ran a bit lengthy into Flip 9 and misplaced a pair locations which made his day harder as he spent a very long time caught behind Seb. The technique ended up being extra straight ahead than we would anticipated, the most important level of debate on the pit wall was how far we may go on a set of inters and we did not actually know the reply to that as we have gone that far earlier than. Lewis did an incredible job of taking care of the tyres and managed that stint effectively avoiding the necessity for an additional cease. We have nonetheless obtained three races to go and are wanting ahead to some heat climate within the Center East and hopefully ending this season with some sturdy outcomes.”
A race of two halves for Stroll, who noticed his hopes of a maiden victory evaporate because the monitor dried. He led from the beginning, constructed a snug lead by means of the primary pit stops and seemed to be heading in direction of that unimaginable win. However he began to undergo graining on his tyres, was pressured to pit for a second set and misplaced sufficient time on a number of gradual laps to lose monitor place. From there, still struggling with his tyres, he dropped again by means of the sphere on a day that had promised a lot. Perez, although, who had closed up behind his workforce mate, inherited the lead briefly, however quickly misplaced out to a charging Hamilton. Nonetheless, the Mexican drove his coronary heart out on growing older tyres – his speciality – and absorbed a lot stress throughout the race from quite a lot of characters regardless of having fogged up mirrors to return residence a brilliant second.
Sergio Perez, 2nd
“We’ve come near a podium a number of instances this yr, so it’s nice to benefit from the second now with the workforce. It was an thrilling race and a tough one all the best way to the top. I used to be attempting to take care of the tyres, push on the proper time to maintain the temperatures in the suitable window, and be taught the monitor all on the similar time. It’s an incredible end result and we known as it precisely proper. Once I crossed the road, I advised the workforce that I didn’t suppose the tyres may final one other lap! They had been vibrating like hell on the finish. It was about maintaining it on the monitor and making the suitable calls, which we did. The important thing was managing the intermediates at the start and finish of the second stint, it made an enormous distinction. Lewis was on one other stage in the present day and, as soon as he obtained by me, he managed the race. So, second was one of the best we may obtain and we did an incredible job to maintain the Crimson Bulls and Ferraris behind. I had no thought Max was chasing me with all of the spray and my mirrors being fogged up: I simply noticed him run huge after which disappear. There was additionally a loopy finish to the race with Charles! I made just a little mistake into Flip 9 and he obtained by me, however I used to be capable of in the reduction of in entrance at Flip 11 after which Seb obtained by means of too! We’re all delighted with in the present day’s end result and it was an incredible effort by the workforce. We’re going to get pleasure from it tonight!”
Lance Stroll, ninth
“It’s actually onerous to know what occurred in the present day and we have to go away and determine it out. I made a superb begin from pole place and I used to be capable of construct up a lead of over 10 seconds within the first stint, which gave us an actual platform for the second stint to get an incredible end result. All through the race, I used to be combating graining on the intermediate tyre. The workforce made the suitable name to pit once we did as a result of the graining was extraordinarily tough and it didn’t appear like slick circumstances would ever arrive. However we then had vital graining on my second set of intermediates, and I couldn’t push to make up locations. In hindsight, possibly staying out would have allowed the tyre to scrub up, but it surely’s simple to say that now. Getting pole yesterday was an incredible achievement, however the factors are scored on Sunday. It was enjoyable to steer so many laps, however we didn’t lead sufficient! Whereas I’m annoyed in the present day, Checo’s scored precious factors and we’ll change focus to the ultimate few races.”
Otmar Szafnauer, Crew Principal & CEO
“A podium is a good end result for the workforce after a wonderful drive by Checo. We will be very pleased with the very fact we led a major quantity of the race in very tough circumstances with each automobiles. As we’ve come to count on with Checo, he managed the moist tyre very effectively early on and the workforce timed his change to intermediates completely. To handle the intermediate on a altering monitor floor for 48 laps was an enormous problem, however he managed it to safe P2. It’s a disgrace Lance didn’t get the end result he deserved. He dealt with the stress of beginning on pole place very effectively. He was flawless in the present day and carved out a lead of over 10 seconds, when his tyres labored as anticipated. It was powerful to guage the circumstances, however we made the suitable name to modify Lance to intermediates, slightly than look forward to slick circumstances that in the end by no means arrived. We have to look into why Lance struggled a lot with graining on the brand new intermediates as a result of that prevented him from becoming a member of Checo on the rostrum. Regardless, in the present day’s result’s a memorable one which has lifted the workforce again into P3 within the Constructors’ Championship, which is an actual increase going into the ultimate few races of the season.”
Regardless of very totally different races, the Ferrari boys managed to search out themselves squabbling over the identical piece of monitor on the very ultimate lap. Vettel had been in entrance for a lot of the race having made a brilliant start, whereas Leclerc gambled twice and was the primary to suit the inters, and the primary to swap to a second set. He careered again by means of the sphere and handed his workforce mate on benefit, however made a mistake when challenging Perez for P2 which enabled Vettel to brush previous for his first podium of the season.
Sebastian Vettel, third
“There are some races which might be particular, the place something can occur. I believe in the present day’s race confirmed that I’ve a particular relationship with Istanbul Park. One may say my Components 1 profession started right here and right here once more, in what has to this point positively been a tough season, I’ve managed to complete on the rostrum for the primary time.
“The primary lap was unimaginable. I obtained away effectively and with the heavy moist tyres, I had nice grip. Then, once we switched to the intermediates, I struggled a bit extra. I believe the very fact there was much less water on the monitor helped and so, within the closing phases I used to be actually fast. In the previous couple of laps I caught Charles and Perez who had been combating.
“Charles overtook the Racing Level, however locked up at Flip 12, so I went inside and I solely simply missed out on getting second place too. I’m sorry for him and I can perceive he’s very indignant about what occurred, as a result of in some ways, I see myself in him. However he’s so sturdy that very quickly, today can be fully unimportant in his thoughts. He drove an incredible race.”
Charles Leclerc, 4th
“I’m extraordinarily disenchanted with myself. I messed it up within the final nook and there’s not a lot else to say actually, as a result of ultimately it’s the end result that counts.
“My begin was unhealthy, from the soiled facet of the monitor, however then issues went higher and within the center a part of the race we had been extraordinarily fast and I did a superb job of catching up with the main group that had been a number of seconds in entrance, however then I threw every part within the bin on the finish.
“I’m sorry for the workforce, as we may have completed second in the present day. Then again, I’m happy for Seb as he has had a tough season to this point and fully deserves this primary podium.”
Mattia Binotto, Crew Principal
“After a really tough Saturday, it is nice to finish up because the workforce that scored essentially the most factors on Sunday. We knew that, in these circumstances the race would come to those that made the fewest errors. General, as a workforce, we did a superb job, significantly by way of technique. We made courageous selections on the proper time. It’s additionally value noting that we would have completed even higher, getting each drivers on the rostrum.
“In a single day, we labored very onerous on the monitor and again in Maranello to work out why we hadn’t obtained the tyres to work yesterday and in the present day, that collective effort paid off, as might be seen with each the wets and the intermediates.
“It’s significantly pleasing that Sebastian lastly obtained into the highest three. He drove a really sturdy race, particularly that unbelievable begin. Charles was very fast for lengthy components of the race. If it had not been for the beginning and that ultimate slip on the final lap, he would have completed second, however he nonetheless had an incredible race. We’ve made up a little bit of floor within the Constructors’ classification, however the hole to these forward of us continues to be vital. Right here in Istanbul, we confirmed that now we have been making progress since Monza and we need to proceed doing that within the ultimate three races of the yr in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
“Lastly, I want to congratulate Lewis for this very effectively deserved drivers’ title, which suggests he equals the quantity held by Michael Schumacher.”
A disappointing qualifying coupled with grid drops for each drivers meant McLaren may have misplaced out massively to their midfield rivals. However a brilliant start from Sainz coupled with a superb technique vaulted the Spaniard up the order and he discovered the tempo to hold forward of the charging Bulls in a spirited show. As for Norris, after the so-called ‘worst’ begin of his profession – mentioned in jest post-race – he too began to work his manner up the order and pulled out a few daring overtakes to climb as much as eighth and restrict the workforce’s losses within the constructors’.
Carlos Sainz, fifth
“Very, excellent day for us after a disappointing Saturday. We managed to place collectively a really sturdy race underneath tremendous difficult circumstances. I had an excellent begin, selecting up six locations, switching on the tyres and maintaining a stable tempo with each compounds. From there, I managed to tug off some good overtakes to complete P5. I positively price this race as one of many hardest I’ve completed in F1 to this point and I’m very completely satisfied to have recovered 10 positions in these circumstances. I am additionally completely satisfied for your complete workforce as a result of it seems to be like we saved a tricky weekend with each automobiles once more within the factors.
“Final however not least, massive congrats to Lewis on equalling such an unimaginable document – seven championships is a good achievement.”
Lando Norris, eighth
“That was a superb race – lots of enjoyable. My begin wasn’t nice, however I believe lots of people on the left-hand facet of the grid had unhealthy begins. Every part after that was good, it was simply very tough to overhaul. Usually it’s like that within the dry, however within the moist there was just one line you would use and it was nearly not possible to go. However, once we had been in clear air, we had actually good tempo on a regular basis. I believe we did one of the best job we may throughout the race – and I had the quickest lap, in order that confirmed the automobile was genuinely fast.
“Lastly, a large congratulations to Lewis on successful his seventh championship. It is a actually superb achievement.”
Andreas Seidl, Crew Principal
“What a restoration! Friday and Saturday had been each very tough days and delivered the worst beginning positions we’ve had this season to this point. Final evening it was vital to deal with the duty forward and preserve the idea that there could be alternatives to make a comeback in the present day. Huge thanks to each drivers and the workforce for a wonderful job in executing a clear race in extremely tough circumstances.
“We had a aggressive automobile in the present day, and good work from the workforce on the pit-wall, within the pit-box and again at Mission Management allowed the drivers to point out their qualities and ship a really sturdy end result. With three races to go, P5, P8 and Lando’s quickest lap of the race means we scored vital factors for the Constructors’ Championship.
“I’d additionally wish to congratulate Lewis on a seventh Drivers’ World Championship title. It’s an unimaginable achievement and all of us at McLaren are very proud that he began his profession with us.”
A case of what might need been on a day the place the Bulls at instances appeared comfortably the quickest automobile. A dreadful begin for Verstappen dropped him again however he quickly recovered and was difficult Perez onerous, earlier than he made a mistake and spun at high speed. Flat recognizing his tyres meant a pit cease for the Dutchman, which launched Albon to have a go. He obtained inside 4 seconds of the lead and simply because it appeared like a career-defining drive was at hand, the Thai driver additionally spun and pitted. That left each Bulls combating one another for place for the remainder of the race, and after one other spin for good measure, Verstappen ultimately got here residence simply in entrance of his workforce mate.
Max Verstappen, sixth
“At this time was only a very tough race to be sincere. The beginning was not nice and I dropped again to fourth with the dearth of grip on the soiled facet of the grid. I obtained again as much as third and tried to comply with Checo by means of the kink however washed out massively which put me onto the inexperienced on the exit kerb and I had a giant spin. I attempted to maintain it out of the wall however flat noticed my tyres and wanted to pit. With contemporary tyres after all you in a short time meet up with the fellows in entrance however then you’ll be able to’t go. There’s only one line round right here and already that line could be very slippery and also you simply should do the identical line because the individual forward which could be very irritating. Additionally, the truth that the monitor wasn’t actually drying meant we couldn’t change to slicks so we needed to keep on intermediates which simply get destroyed fairly rapidly. It was a sophisticated race with a combination of simply following the automobile forward, having no grip and attempting to outlive! It is not been an incredible day and I assume it was simply not meant to be.”
Alex Albon, seventh
“I’ve blended emotions as every part was going to plan and it appeared like we had been on for the win but it surely was a wierd race and ending seventh is unquestionably complicated. We’ve been so aggressive all weekend so in the present day is a tricky one to take. Each of us had poor begins however we picked our manner by means of the sphere and once we pitted for inters, we had unimaginable grip and we had been so fast. The tempo was actually sturdy however then we boxed for a second set of inters and we had no grip and no tempo so there’s a little bit of head scratching. It’s onerous to know however we’ll sit down and perceive it as these circumstances had been so uncommon. This weekend has been going very well, I’m pleased with the progress we’ve made and a few issues on my facet of the storage have positively helped so I can’t wait to get on the market in Bahrain and get going once more.”
Christian Horner, Crew Principal
“In circumstances that we felt sturdy in all weekend we fell brief in an extremely difficult race. Max and Alex each misplaced out after a really slippery getaway on excessive moist tyres, with each dropping again into the pack rising fourth and fifth on the finish of the primary lap. We had been capable of get the bounce on Seb after the primary pit cease, giving Max monitor place and enabling him to shut up and assault Sergio. Max struggled to make a transfer with out DRS at that stage of the race and obtained too near Sergio in his wake and had a spin. We had been then pressured to pit him for brand spanking new intermediate tyres placing him on the again foot and effectively down the order. Alex then took on the problem and was faster than the 2 Racing Factors forward earlier than additionally experiencing tyre points and a spin which noticed us pit him sooner than we’d have preferred and from there on each drivers had been effectively down the order. Sixth and seventh are disappointing positions to finish our three hundredth race at a weekend that held a lot promise however congratulations should go to Lewis for reaching his document equaling seventh world title in actually spectacular fashion on the market in the present day.”
Renault had a kind of days the place nothing fairly went proper. Ocon spun at first and was tagged first by his workforce mate after which by Bottas, leading to a puncture which dropped him to the again of the sphere. First rate tempo meant he recovered to eleventh however fell simply in need of the factors. Ricciardo was operating solidly for a lot of the afternoon however his tyres fell off the cliff and he misplaced lots of time in consequence. That coupled with a spin when difficult Norris meant the Aussie may solely deliver residence a solitary level in the present day.
Daniel Ricciardo, tenth
“We made an incredible begin in the present day, however I used to be squashed in between Lewis [Hamilton] and Esteban into Flip 1, so I had nowhere to go and I clipped my workforce mate which is the very last thing you need to do. We misplaced a few positions from the incident after which once we switched to the intermediate tyres and we simply couldn’t make them final. There have been moments throughout the race once I was advised I used to be one of many quickest on the market, then just some laps later my tyres had been fully gone so it was all a little bit of a lottery. Clearly, a giant congratulations to Lewis for wrapping up his seventh drivers’ championship and to do it in such a dominant trend in the present day could be very spectacular.”
Esteban Ocon, eleventh
“It was a tough race for us in the present day. I obtained hit twice at first and that ended our possibilities of scoring good factors. I used to be pleased with my begin and it was in all probability my greatest one of many yr. I used to be third or fourth at Flip 1 after which I used to be unfortunate to spin after Lewis [Hamilton] obtained near Daniel, who clipped my rear. I then obtained hit at Flip 9, which punctured my rear tyre and from there it was all the time going to be onerous to get better. We did our greatest and we transfer onto the following one. Congratulations to Lewis on the seventh world title.”
Marcin Budkowski, Govt Director
“At this time’s race end result could be very disappointing. It was unlucky that Daniel and Esteban touched at first. Daniel appeared aggressive within the first a part of the race, however his tempo considerably deteriorated after his second cease as he struggled together with his tyres. Esteban drove a stable race to complete eleventh and that was one of the best we may have hoped for after the primary lap incidents and the dearth of tempo with the Intermediate tyres. Huge congratulations to Lewis for his seventh title. We now flip our focus to the ultimate three races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi the place we count on to be aggressive on extra standard and grippy surfaces and intention to combat again for third place within the Championship.”
Gasly was demoted to the back of the grid after the workforce opted to work on his automobile in parc ferme circumstances together with his workforce mate beginning a few locations forward. Regardless of giving the 2 drivers totally different methods, on a monitor the place overtaking off the dry racing line was treacherous at greatest, neither may climb right through the sphere. That ended their points-scoring streak, with Hungary the final time neither driver may come residence within the prime 10.
Pierre Gasly, thirteenth
“The entire weekend was actually unhealthy for us. We had very poor efficiency on the moist tyres yesterday, and with in the present day being moist once more, we knew we had been going to wrestle massively. It’s a bit embarrassing as a result of if it was all wonderful within the dry throughout follow on Friday, it means we had been simply too gradual with the wets and intermediate tyres, we simply couldn’t change them on and struggled in FP3 and Quali. As well as, we took a penalty in the present day. We have to perceive what went mistaken and what didn’t work with a view to do higher, in case we discover ourselves in the identical circumstances. We have already got some solutions however nonetheless, we must always have completed a greater job and I’m disenchanted. Now it’s completed and we must always have a look at the following few races.”
Daniil Kvyat, twelfth
“It wasn’t a really eventful day. I simply drove my race and completed P12, there wasn’t a lot that we may have completed higher. I’m a bit annoyed as a result of there are not any factors for us in the present day, it’s not nice to combat the automobile all race and end with no reward. It was a really difficult race, fortunately I made little or no errors in the present day except for one spin, so it felt good as a driver to deliver the automobile residence in these circumstances, it’s good coaching for my focus! Usually talking, our tempo within the moist this weekend wasn’t good, and we struggled to get the automobile in the suitable window. We simply want to know what we did mistaken this weekend and be taught from it.”
Jonathan Eddolls, Chief Race Engineer
“It was a tough race for us, beginning with the penalty for Pierre. We had been disenchanted, however we’ll settle for it and transfer on. It was all the time going to be a tough day beginning to this point again on the grid. We realized a bit from our poor efficiency yesterday and tried to use these learnings to the operating of the automobile in the present day, I believe we improved, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to propel us up the grid and problem for factors. The circumstances had been fairly tough, and I believe it’s truthful to say the automobile didn’t have the tempo that we’d have anticipated it to have within the dry. There’s lots for us to be taught and we’ve gathered lots of information, so we have to analyse, be taught from it, and are available again stronger sooner or later if we face these circumstances once more.”
Franz Tost, Crew Principal
“To begin with, it was good to be again in Istanbul. The town, the place we had a tremendous advertising and marketing occasion at the start of the week, is gorgeous and the race monitor could be very good. Friday was fairly a profitable day, we had been aggressive throughout FP1 and FP2, ending each within the prime seven positions. Subsequently, we anticipated to point out a superb efficiency for the remainder of the weekend. Sadly, the climate modified on Saturday and have become moist. We had been completely misplaced, we couldn’t discover the correct setup, and in consequence, Pierre certified P15 and Daniil P17. This was after all very disappointing, because the automobile had completely no grip because of the mistaken setup. Following the fireplace on Pierre’s PU in Portimao, we determined that after he had not certified effectively in Qualifying, we’d change the Energy Unit to place us in a safer scenario for the remainder of the season. We determined to go for this feature yesterday night, so we utilized for a PU change to the FIA, which was accepted. Nonetheless, following some penalties, Pierre ended up in P13 so we needed to proceed with the outdated Energy Unit and never begin from the again of the grid. We knowledgeable the FIA, however ultimately, we had been penalized. We began from the again of the grid and we completed in twelfth and thirteenth place, which was very disappointing as a result of the automobile had way more potential.”
The workforce had been celebrating their five hundredth Grand Prix as a part of the Sauber household – however their day obtained off to a dreadful begin when Giovinazzi crashed on his way to the grid. With some help, the Italian was capable of limp to his beginning slot the place the workforce pulled off a last-minute repair to ensure he began the race – however he didn’t handle to complete it when gearbox gremlins noticed him park up trackside. As for Raikkonen, he went backwards at first and had loads of off-track moments as his return to Istanbul yielded a disappointing P15 end.
Kimi Raikkonen, fifteenth
“The race was removed from enjoyable, but it surely’s a bit what we anticipated as soon as we noticed the climate. We might have in all probability had a a lot better velocity in a full moist race, however the blended circumstances positively didn’t work in our favour. We struggled to make the tyres work, once they did they’d be good for ten laps after which fall off, so it was onerous to get into a superb rhythm. Not less than, we didn’t lose any factors within the championship to our rivals.”
Antonio Giovinazzi, DNF
“It’s been a difficult Sunday after yesterday’s sturdy qualifying outcomes. I misplaced the automobile on the best way to the grid, however fortunately I solely broken the entrance wing: the crew did an incredible job altering it and getting the automobile prepared for the beginning of the race. Sadly our race didn’t final lengthy: we had a gearbox problem and needed to retire the automobile. It was a day like this, the circumstances had been even trickier than yesterday and ultimately luck was not on our facet. I’m simply wanting ahead to the following race.”
Frédéric Vasseur, Crew Principal
“We weren’t capable of capitalise on the very sturdy efficiency we delivered in qualifying yesterday, once we had been among the many quickest on monitor. Our race was difficult, with tyres being very onerous to handle: we’d have in all probability been capable of maintain our personal on a moist monitor, however in progressively drying circumstances we did wrestle. In the long run, we misplaced Antonio because of a technical problem early within the race and Kimi completed fifteenth, which isn’t what we had hoped. As a optimistic, at the least, we didn’t lose any floor on our championship rivals and we’re one step nearer to confirming our eighth place within the standings, with three races left.”
Magnussen had an incredible begin and was operating within the factors however a botched pit cease price the Dane. He needed to pull over on the finish of the pit lane and though the workforce wheeled him again and obtained him going once more, he’d misplaced an excessive amount of time and wound up retiring. Grosjean didn’t fare a lot better in the present day. The Frenchman tangled with Latifi, spun throughout the grass and made a visit by means of the gravel being calling it a day in Istanbul.
Romain Grosjean, DNF
“It was a difficult race as suspected – it was very slippery. We struggled all weekend to generate tyre temperature. I didn’t really feel very comfy within the automobile, or at the least I couldn’t actually push the best way I needed. There have been instances within the race it was getting higher, different instances it wasn’t. Then Nicholas (Latifi) crashed into me which closely broken my flooring. We retired the automobile shortly after that. We had been struggling in these circumstances from the start, it was all the time going to be a tough race. If there have been blended circumstances possibly we may have completed one thing, however in a pure moist race it was tougher.”
Kevin Magnussen, DNF
“The race had been going very well. The tyres actually wore right down to the carcass, and once they obtained to that stage we had been actually sturdy. I believe we price ourselves some factors in the present day. I assume a tyre didn’t come on I assume on the pit cease. I needed to cease the automobile and get pulled again. I misplaced two laps and that was it actually. We had actually good velocity within the automobile, so as soon as once more it’s very unhappy that we’ve missed a factors alternative.”
Guenther Steiner, Crew Principal
“The race was getting into the suitable path, at the least for Kevin (Magnussen). We had been stable there within the prime 10, wanting fairly steady, after which we had a nasty pit cease once more. That took us out of the factors. From there on we simply couldn’t do lots. It was a really fascinating and thrilling race, however we weren’t a part of it to get factors. There’s no person else accountable however ourselves. We have to repair this going ahead.”
Williams known as each drivers again to the pits on their out-laps to swap them to the intermediate tyre, giving them a pit lane begin. However such had been the circumstances, Russell managed to crash on the pit lane entry and the workforce solely simply managed to repair his automobile so he may begin the race. The inters had been difficult at greatest within the earlier phases and regardless that it successfully saved them a pit cease, they weren’t capable of extract sufficient tempo to capitalise. Latifi wound up retiring after crashing with Grosjean, whereas Russell trailed residence final.
George Russell, sixteenth
“We made the choice to begin from the pit lane, which was all the time the intention. On the laps to grid I knocked the entrance wing off on the pit entry, however the guys did an incredible job to get the automobile mounted. The race itself was very difficult within the opening phases, however then we discovered ourselves in P11 and it was wanting actually promising, the automobile and tyres had been feeling good. From then, the tyres dropped off, so we boxed for one more set of intermediates which didn’t work. None of us had been capable of push the automobile to the restrict, slipping and sliding round. This weekend wasn’t lots of enjoyable which is a disgrace as it’s a unbelievable circuit and we didn’t get the chance to totally admire it. An enormous congratulations to Lewis, he retains on delivering and is setting the bar for all of us to chase.”
Nicholas Latifi, DNF
“We had some harm on the automobile after contact with Romain Grosjean, so we determined to retire. I used to be getting lapped, however my mirrors had been so soiled that I actually couldn’t see behind me. I knew I needed to transfer over but it surely was tough to guage the place they had been. There was no grip on the market and subsequently you’ll be able to’t generate tyre temperature, so with the harm on the automobile, there was no level staying out. There was no a part of the race that was pleasing for me and total, it was a weekend to neglect.”
Dave Robson, Head of Automobile Efficiency
“The weekend ended because it started with difficult circumstances all through. We selected to begin each automobiles from the storage on inters within the hope that we may make some early features with scorching tyres and avoiding the stint on excessive moist tyres. George made good preliminary progress and the plan was working effectively. Nonetheless, because the tyres started to put on, there was a tough part when used tyres had inadequate rubber left, however new tyres had been unsuitable for the drying circumstances. Nicholas was pressured to retire after a collision with the Haas broken his automobile. Sadly, the monitor by no means dried sufficient for slick tyres as this could have added one other dimension to an thrilling race and would have suited our technique.
“It has been a really tough weekend all through however the workforce in Turkey have acquitted themselves very effectively and now we have gained much more expertise of the Pirelli tyres, particularly the inters. Sadly, we simply didn’t have the tempo this weekend, however we stay up for pushing once more for the ultimate triple-header sequence in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.”
Mario Isola, Head of F1 and Automobile Racing
“Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton for an unimaginable seventh world title taken in actual fashion from sixth on the grid, the place managing his tyres brilliantly was paramount to make sure his place in historical past. He made only one cease and successfully turned his intermediate tyres into slicks by the top of the race, to extract the very most from them. From the start it was clear that this was going to be a really sophisticated race the place managing the beginning within the moist and subsequently coping with unsure circumstances on a drying monitor could be essential, and this proved to be precisely the case. Judging the crossover level was key, each from wets to inters after the beginning, after which – within the second half of the race – understanding whether or not or not the floor would offer sufficient grip to modify to slicks, or if the most suitable choice was one other set of intermediates for the second stint. Assessing the crossover level from wets to intermediate was comparatively easy utilizing the info from yesterday; nonetheless deciding what to do for the second cease was way more sophisticated in these very uncommon circumstances”.