Driver quotes: British GP




30 JUNE 2013

Infiniti Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber

“What a day! I don’t think any of us expected it to unfold like this. The start was pretty bad, we have to

look into that as we had had a good run of starts recently. Then I had contact with Grosjean and the

wing was damaged; the boys did a great job in the stop when they changed it, After that we got into the

race. I was praying for a safety car, but not for the reason they were coming, as you knew you could be

next. When you have something like that, it’s Russian Roulette; when you see that many tyre issues for

the fellow competitors then it’s never comforting. I made the most of those safety cars – and today the

strategy was one of the best we’ve done. I think it worked very, very well. I worked hard to manipulate

the pace when I had to and then it was Nico and I left at the end. It would have been nice to have had a

few more laps, but that’s how it was today. It was nearly a really special day, but it was still a nice day.”

Sebastian Vettel

“Obviously it’s quite disappointing to retire when we were only a few laps from the end. We had a

gearbox issue, I think fifth gear broke and damaged the rest of the gearbox as well, so it was not

possible to carry on. It’s a shame because we were in a good position and it’s a nice race to win here,

so yeah I guess we have to come back next year and try again. It’s good that it’s only a short time until

the next race.”

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso

“If I’d been told this morning that I would have ended up on the podium, I would not have believed it

possible. Yesterday in qualifying, we finished a long way down and our expectations for this race were

to aim for a fifth or sixth place, hoping to score as many points as possible. After some negative

experiences, today we can say we were lucky on a few occasions, beginning with Perez and then at

the first stop with a completely worn out tyre – fortunately at the last corner – and then with Vettel’s

retirement. At the end of a difficult weekend, it was unimaginable that we could make up so much

ground, but now we must try and improve, starting with the very next race in Germany. Only there will

we understand if we have indeed slipped backwards or if this weekend was a one-off. Up until the

Canadian Grand Prix we saw a Ferrari capable of fighting for the podium, but one that struggled a bit in

qualifying, before then having a great race pace, so now the aim is to get back to that situation. It’s

impossible to say what happened to the tyres and that’s something the experts will have to clear up”.

Felipe Massa

“I am very pleased with my race which this time was truly impeccable. After a fantastic start and a

perfect first lap, maybe one of the best of my career, I managed to drive an attacking first stint. On

lap 10, when I was right in the middle of the corner at Turn 5, my left rear tyre failed and I had to pit.

After this forced stop, I found myself last and from then on, I began a great charge up the order,

thanks to a lot of very nice passing moves. Without that tyre problem I could have made it to the

podium, because today I had a good feeling with the car and both myself and Fernando had shown

we could fight with those at the front. Now, our greatest concern revolves around safety, because

even if I can’t really tell what happened today, it’s unacceptable having to drive knowing you are not

safe. Even if, luckily, nothing serious happened, what we saw is very dangerous. I already had this

problem twice before in Bahrain and if something isn’t done about it as soon as possible, I am sure it

will happen again. In a few days we will be at the Nürburgring, a track I like a lot and where I hope to

have a car that is more competitive in qualifying, so that I can start further forward, which would allow

me to have another strong race”.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Jenson Button

“I started on the Prime tyre, but that quickly grained and gave me problems early on in the first stint. I

was happier on the Option. Our pace wasn’t too bad, but the last stint was particularly tough. After the

final Safety Car, there wasn’t a lot of tread left on my tyres, so getting them up to temperature was very

tricky – we struggle with that anyway. Into the closing laps, I was vulnerable. All the cars on fresher

tyres were fighting to get past, and as soon as I went offline to defend, it became even more difficult to

get temperature back into the tyre. For safety reasons, the reasons behind this weekend’s tyre failures

need to be addressed. It’s dangerous for the driver of the car, because he can lose control; but it’s also

dangerous for the driver of the car behind, because you can get hit by a belt of rubber. Hopefully, things

can be changed for the next race. Finally, I want to say a big ‘thank-you’ to all the fans who have

supported us this weekend. Every year, your support seems to grow bigger, and your passion for the

sport grows deeper – it has been an honour and a privilege to race in front of such an enthusiastic

bunch of people. Your support has truly made my weekend. So, thank you.”

Sergio Perez

“This was a big shame for the team – we needed this result. My race had been going well. I’d been

running inside the top 10 for most of the afternoon when my left-rear tyre suddenly exploded. I just felt

an explosion along the Hangar Straight – there was nothing I could really do about it. The tyres are a

big concern. Luckily nothing too serious happened to anyone, but we need to sit down together, get an

explanation and get something done. Overall, we made a solid improvement through the weekend. We

made some useful improvements and showed that our pace is a step forward. Those are all positives to

take away. We were just very unlucky today.”

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Räikkönen

“I tried to hold on at the end of the race, but with tyres that were maybe twenty laps older than the

others’ it was impossible to keep them behind. It’s a shame as the race went pretty well until then; we

had good pace and looked set for a pretty easy P2, but this is racing sometimes. It’s three races now

where we haven’t had the result we maybe expect, but hopefully if we can have a bit more luck and

also get rid of some of the mistakes we’ll be able to get back to the front.”

Romain Grosjean

“Towards the end of the race we lost quite a big part of the front wing meaning it became really difficult

to drive, so in the end it was best to retire because of safety considerations. We don’t know if it was

caused by some debris or something to do with the fact that it was a new part; we will be working to find

out the root of the problem. Before that my race wasn’t going quite to plan and we were suffering with

tyre performance. This was related to the front wing issue which started earlier in the race. The safety

cars didn’t really go our way either so it’s a race I’d rather forget. Let’s go to Germany and have a better


Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Nico Rosberg

“This is a great moment for me and our team to win in the home of motor racing at Silverstone. We

have such great momentum in our Silver Arrows team and I’m very proud to be part of it. This win is

for every single person who has been involved in building our car. It was a shame for Lewis today,

and I had also a problem with my tyre but I was lucky because of the Safety Car. It was so special to

win today, especially in front of fellow team members and their families as our factory is only ten

minutes away from the track. The race was really exciting. I had to manage the tyres really carefully,

I was told to avoid the kerbs. At the end, it was difficult to hold Mark and to look after my tyres but I

was able to keep the position, and take a great victory for us. Now we can look forward to another

home race next weekend at the Nürburgring.”

Lewis Hamilton

“Of course, I’m disappointed by today’s race and I would have loved to deliver the win this afternoon

for all the British fans here at Silverstone. The race started so well for us today; I felt comfortable out

in front and was managing my pace. The tyre problem was such a shame and from then, it was just a

case of giving it my all and battling as far up the field as possible. I had some good overtaking moves

and, given another lap, I might have got Fernando and ended up on the podium. Everything

considered, fourth place is pretty good after having been last on lap 10 and we’ll take that. It’s a great

result for the team today, big congratulations to Nico who came through a tricky situation to take the

win for us. We’ve now moved up to second place in the Constructors’ Championship which is a nice

reward for everyone at the factories just down the road from here.”

Sauber F1 Team

Nico Hülkenberg

“The race today was a lot of fun. I hade some good duels and was able to push to the limit. It was fun to

drive the car on such a high-speed track like Silverstone. At a point in the race, I lost the overview of

what was going on, with the two safety cars and lots of tyre debris on the track. I had a slow puncture

during my second stint, which is why we had to pit earlier. I think our speed was what we expected it to

be, and overall was better than in qualifying yesterday.”

Esteban Gutiérrez

“It was a crazy race, because a lot of things happened and I just tried to focus and make the best out of

the situation. I had to pit because of a problem with my front left tyre. This also damaged my front wing,

which forced me to pit again two laps later. This is something that needs to be looked into for safety

reasons and also to avoid having a race that is defined by the tyres. The car was still a bit tricky to drive

in the slow corners, but overall it was ok.”

Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team

Adrian Sutil

“The start of the race was looking very good because we were always planning a two-stop strategy and

I was up into fourth on lap one. It was a challenge to look after the tyres and keep them going, but the

main problem for me was the second safety car because the cars around me chose to pit. I stayed out

and was third at the restart, but the cars behind with fresh rubber had a big advantage and were able to

overtake me quite easily in the final few laps. It’s disappointing to slip back so close to the finish, but

seventh place gives us some good points so we can be happy with the result.”

Paul Di Resta

“That wasn’t the cleanest of races for me, but given everything that’s happened this weekend I think we

can feel satisfied with two points today. It was a bit of a scruffy race because I lost my front wing trying

to get ahead of Nico [Hulkenberg], so we chose to change it when the safety car came out, which

probably cost me a couple of positions. Towards the end of the race I had fresh tyres, and was closing

in on Ricciardo, but I ran out of laps and he was just out of reach. So a weekend of highs and lows, but

it’s definitely good to continue our points run and have another double points finish for the team.”

Williams F1 Team

Pastor Maldonado

“It was a difficult race but our pace was consistent. We weren’t quick enough but I was happy with

the balance of the car and we had no problems with our tyres. I am looking forward to continuing to

improve, particularly in qualifying. We were close to scoring our first point today, but before the

second restart I was on the inside when Hulkenberg went off the track and he made contact with me

when he rejoined, which cost me two positions.”

Valtteri Bottas

“It wasn’t an easy race for me because the car was quite difficult to handle. We didn’t have the best

set-up for qualifying and the race, and we also lost some time in the pit stops, so we need to improve

in all areas moving forward. Points were certainly possible today but unfortunately we just missed


Scuderia Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo

“That was a chaotic race, but for most of it I was in a reasonably strong position. I didn’t get the best of

starts, but managed to make up for that, however I then lost a bit of time at both pit stops. Towards the

end of the race, I had a very good pace but I think we might have done better with a different strategy

when the last Safety Car came out as prior to that I could match the Force India and the Ferraris. At the

end we were on used tyres and those who changed for a third time were able to pass me. Eighth is a

good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity to score more points, because today we were quicker

than the Ferraris so to finish behind them, particularly Massa who had a tyre problem, is a bit

disappointing. I don’t know what was happening with the tyres, as I kept seeing people going off the

track and there was debris everywhere. It was a little bit dangerous and we need to look into it. For my

part, I just had normal degradation.”

Jean-Éric Vergne

“I got a bad start and that’s something we must look at carefully, as it compromised our performance.

But it would not have made a big difference today, because of the problem I had when my tyre failed. I

don’t know what happened, I did not feel any warning signs and it just let go under braking. I did

manage to come back to the pits, fit new tyres and go out again, but the team immediately told me I

had quite significant damage to the car, which in any case I could feel. The car was very difficult to drive

from then on and in the end, the team took the decision to retire me, as there was no sense in carrying

on. I did not feel in danger, but it’s just a shame that this sort of problem can waste a whole weekend’s

work for the team. I am very upset about it and something needs to be done about it soon. So, from a

results point of view, this is a race to forget, but I believe we showed the car was very quick and we can

be in the fight in the coming races.”

Caterham F1 Team

Charles Pic

“I think that was a pretty good race, I’m pleased with how it went. We were managing the tyre deg for

most of the afternoon but just before the last safety car came out I was ahead of Bottas and looking

at an exciting last few laps. We finally ended up 15th which is not too bad, and we were comfortably

ahead of our nearest competitors so it’s a reasonably positive result, despite losing a lot of the gains

we’d made when the second safety car came out. For me this has been a good weekend, one where

we’ve started to get a bit back to the performance levels we saw in Bahrain and Spain. The pitstops

were good, we ran to a strategy that gave me a chance to fight the Williams cars until the flag and we

have a lot more information about the updates we brought here, both from today and the aero work

we did yesterday. Overall this puts us in a much better position than we were in when we left Canada

so now we’ll go straight to Germany and aim to continue this upward curve there.”

Giedo van der Garde

“That was a bit of a frustrating afternoon to be honest, but there wasn’t much more I could do. We

started the race running with a strategy we’d begun yesterday in FP3 and in quali which was all

about managing the tyre deg as long as possible so we could take advantage of anything that

happened ahead. The plan was running ok and we were on target for managing the deg levels but

then the first safety car came out and as we’d already boxed we effectively lost track time to

everyone who hadn’t stopped. With the position we were in then in the race there wasn’t a lot more

we could do so we continued with the plan and it was working ok for the last stint, but then we had

the second safety car straight after I’d stopped again so it was back to where we’d been at the start.

As we only had a few laps left and I was on new mediums I was able to push to the flag and had a

good battle with Chilton right until we crossed the line, practically together. I did pass him with a

couple of laps left, but it was very tight on track and I had to give the place back which is obviously a

shame, but we had a clean fight and without the safety cars I think I’d have been clear of him. Even

though we went into this weekend knowing we had a fight on our hands I think we’ve made a bit of

progress, getting us nearer to where we want to be relative to our nearest rivals. Next it’s Germany

on a track I like racing on and, coming straight after Silverstone, we can keep pushing on. That’s

what this season’s all about, keep learning, keep fighting and never give up.”

Marussia F1 Team

Jules Bianchi

“Generally a difficult race, which began with quite a bad start. After that I just had to follow Charles, but

it was a fight to stay with him as the Caterham was a bit stronger today. We decided to pit early but

then the first safety car period followed and so that didn’t work out for us. For the rest of the race it was

the same story until the last safety car, which could have been another opportunity to get past, but

although the gap was narrow we were unable to get by. It has not been a straightforward weekend and

we have just a couple of days to get to grips with that before we head to Germany, where we hope for

better things.”

Max Chilton

“Today has been a day that I will never forget. I was really psyched on the grid and got a great start,

which helped. I got past Jules and Pic at the start, they passed again and then I took back position and

we had a really close tussle for the first few laps. They just had a little bit better pace for a few laps and

I dropped behind Van Der Garde. I got passed him again right towards the end and we would have

been fine but then the safety car came out and he had just pitted, so that worked out really well for him.

He had the final 10 laps on new tyres and I was on old tyres, so we had a great fight, but I managed to

keep him behind me at the end. All in all, an eventful weekend with so many experiences to take away

with me.”

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