Driver Quotes: German GP practice

19 JULY 2014

#1 Sebastian Vettel
“It was a bit tough today and the final run didn’t come together, but other than that it was good session. I felt happier in the car this afternoon that I did this morning, so that was good. We’re not sure what the weather will be like tomorrow; we will have a reasonable position to do well from.”

#3 Daniel Ricciardo
“It wasn’t too bad today, we would like to be further forward than fifth, but the lap I did was pretty good. I
made quite an improvement in Q3 from Q2 so I can’t really argue with the lap I did, but as a team we are still a
bit off. We know the Mercedes is strong, but the Williams was also continually showing their pace today and
the McLaren with Kevin was good, so we have to keep working but we did what we could. I think the race will
be close between the top eight tomorrow and it will be a battle for the final podium spot.
#44 Lewis Hamilton
“The car was feeling great today. I braked in the same place as I have been doing and I suddenly lost brake
pressure – it took me by surprise and the failure spun the car into the wall. It wasn’t a great feeling when that
happened, you just have to take your hands off the wheel and brace for the impact, but thankfully I’m okay.
My legs are a little bruised but I will be fine to race tomorrow; nothing is going to stop me getting in that car.
I’m devastated for the guys because they worked so hard during the evening and late last night – I even got
an email from my engineers at 01:00 and we were making changes to the set-up to get it just right, which
paid off because the balance felt fantastic out there. Then we didn’t even get to do five laps. I’m not sure
where we’ll start tomorrow in the race because that will depend on the damage to the car. But we’ll give it
everything, hope for a slice of luck and aim for a recovery like I made at Silverstone. It’s definitely going to be a
tough afternoon but I won’t be giving up. “

#6 Nico Rosberg
“That was a quite challenging Qualifying session. The option tyre lasts only for one quick lap and without FRIC
we had a lot do adjust the set-up. I had a difficult start because I didn’t really feel comfortable with the
balance in the braking zones but that gradually improved through the sessions. The quickest lap at the end
was really a good one. So I’m really happy to start from the top position here at our home Grand Prix. But I
can’t be too pleased about today because of the accident Lewis suffered, I’m glad he is fine. I would have
preferred to have the normal fight for the pole with him. But I’m sure he will fly through the field as our car is
still the quickest out there. So our German fans will see an exciting race tomorrow.”

#14 Fernando Alonso
“We can’t be happy with seventh, but it reflects the fact this weekend has been one of ups and downs. Apart
from the actual numbers in today’s qualifying, I did find I was more at ease in my F14 T and I think I got the
most out of it. I reckon in the race we will suffer more because of tyre degradation. With such high
temperatures, the rear tyres slide a lot and it will be really important to choose the right number of stops to
make. The forecast is unclear as to whether the rain will arrive during or after the race and so we have to be
clever at being ready to anticipate it if we want to be in the game. Here, as in Austria, Mercedes and Williams
seem out of reach, but we will do all we can to be at the front of the following group. I hope to see a bunched
up race, with a lot of overtaking, even though I’m not expecting too many surprises because the absence of
FRIC hasn’t produced any significant changes, nor closed the gaps much.”

#7 Kimi Raikkonen
“This weekend, a few technical problems meant I spent more time in the garage than usual, but already, as
from yesterday afternoon, my feeling with the car had improved. Today, in Q1 things went reasonably well,
but then in Q2, when I fitted the second set of new Supersofts, my car was sliding all over the place and I lost
the back end in turn 2. After that, it was impossible to put a good lap together. I’m not happy with my grid
position, but I hope things can go better in tomorrow’s race. It’s likely the weather could be different
tomorrow and the temperatures will be lower. We will try and make the most of any opportunity because we
want to have a nice race and bring home a good number of points.”

#8 Roman Grosjean
“We set ourselves the target of getting into Q2 and we achieved that, so that’s a very good job from the guys.
We’re still not quite where we’d like to be; it’s not ideal to be out of the top ten but the car doesn’t feel too
bad. We’ve just lost some downforce. The team were one of the first ones to use the interlinked suspension
system so removing it is a big change. For the race tomorrow, there’s a chance the weather might change –
everything can help so we’ll take the situation as it comes and make the most of it.”

#13 Pastor Maldonado
“We are still working on gaining back some of the performance we have lost from the changes to the
suspension. I think we can recover this pace, but it’s certainly affecting us. It’s a case of looking at every detail
of how the suspension works without being connected as it was before and how this affects the
aerodynamics. We’re working hard to put everything together and we should gain a few tenths that will put
us back into fighting position. The race tomorrow is long and could be very hard, but we’ll keep pushing as
always to get the best result we can.”

#22 Jenson Button
“This hasn’t been an easy weekend for me, which is a shame because I really like it around here. I’ve been
struggling with the car’s balance. “
“In qualifying, I encountered traffic [Grosjean] on my first run in Q2, and that cost me the opportunity to get
into Q3 – he wasn’t even on a new tyre when he was on that run, so it wasn’t going to be his quick lap. On my
final Q2 run, I had a very different balance and a lot of oversteer. I wasn’t quick enough. “
“Looking ahead to tomorrow: our long-run pace didn’t look too strong on Friday – we struggled in the hot
conditions, but I think we’ll hopefully be better if the predicted cooler conditions roll in for Sunday afternoon.”

#20 Kevin Magnussen
“This has been a good day for me. “
“I think we got everything out of the car in terms of set-up, and our strategy throughout qualifying was
perfect. Thanks to all the guys in the garage – they did a fantastic job. It was a great achievement to be able to
hold off the Red Bulls, and I feel that we’re not too far away from some of the really strong guys. “
“There’s no secret to our improvement: a lot of hard work has made the difference. We still don’t have the best
car, but it’s well-balanced and raceable, and I think we’re able to get the best out of it on a regular basis. “
“The car behaves quite differently with the new rear wing – again, thanks to all the men and women back at
the factory who did such a fantastic job to get it to the track so quickly. “
“Tomorrow could be a different story. The weather forecast says it’ll be cooler, and that there may be rain. We
might struggle more in the race than we have today, but fourth place isn’t a bad position from which to start.”

#27 Nico Hulkenberg
“I’m feeling fairly happy and satisfied with ninth place and it’s pretty much where we expected to be. This
weekend our pace over a single lap has not been the best, but making the top ten gives us a good track
position and the chance to make the most of our long-run pace, which has looked promising. I think
tomorrow will be a tricky race because of the heat and getting the tyre management right will be very
important. The hotter races have suited us so far this season so we expect that to be the same tomorrow.
Points with both cars has to be the goal.“

#11 Sergio Perez
“I am very happy we made it to Q3 because the crew did an amazing job to get the car ready after a small
issue in Q2. We couldn’t finish our first run on new option tyres, which made things difficult because you lose
all track references and the track was changing very quickly with the wind and high temperatures. So we only
had one shot to make the top ten and we made it with a great lap. I think ninth and tenth in Q3 is a fair result
for today, but I expect us to be stronger in the race tomorrow, especially if the weather stays dry. It will be a
race where you will have to manage your tyres very well and I’m feeling confident that we can come away
with a good result.”

#99 Adrian Sutil
“Unfortunately, the technology did not play into our hands and blew away a good result. In the morning I
could only run one lap during the third free practice session and, as a result, our preparation for qualifying was
not good enough. It is a pity, as Q3 would have been possible today. Due to the time lost in the morning we
could not expect more. However, we did our best during qualifying. We were also unlucky with the red flags,
as I was on a good lap.”

#21 Esteban Gutierrez
“We all did a great job today. We were working very hard in order to recover from the second practice session
yesterday that was not ideal. The team put every little detail together and it worked out pretty well. I think our
speed in Q1 was strong, although in Q2 I missed a few tenths which would have put us in a better position.
Considering the speed we were missing yesterday, we made quite a good step today. The race will be
interesting as it is challenging to keep the tyres alive. As everybody in our team is pushing very hard, it has to
be rewarded soon.”

#25 Jean-Eric Vergne
“It was really tight today as we can see reading the times and one tenth has been enough to make it or not
into Q3. Overall I think it was a good qualifying. I put on used tyres for the first run of Q2, while the others in
front of me used a new set and this made the difference. Also considering the weather forecast, which
announces possibilities of rain tomorrow and cooler temperatures, to have new tyres available for the race
puts me in a favourable condition to achieve a good result tomorrow, even starting from P13.”

#26 Daniil Kvyat
“I’m happy with how my Qualifying went today, even though conditions were quite particular and tricky. We
had to stay alert and look after all the different factors carefully, including taking care of the tyres. The team
did a great job in adjusting to the conditions out there and we managed to do a solid job, also considering
where we qualified compared to some of our usual competitors. So I think we can be satisfied with today’s P8
result and definitely aim high in tomorrow’s race.”

#19 Felipe Massa
“It was a very positive qualifying for us. I didn’t get the perfect lap, but we are second and third, so there are
no complaints. The race will be difficult so today was more important than usual and so I am delighted with
the result. Hopefully we can continue this forward and have a positive day tomorrow as well.“

#77 Valtteri Bottas
“The car was feeling great today and it is ready for the race, so as a team we are pleased with the result. The
last lap I had was almost perfect so I can’t fault the session. The Mercedes are still a bit quicker than us, but we
are going to work hard tomorrow to get in front but it will be difficult. The aim tomorrow is to keep ahead of
the Ferraris and Red Bulls and hopefully the cooler temperatures predicted will play into our hands. “

#17 Jules Bianchi
“I think we did a good job today, so I’m pretty happy. On my second quick lap I made a small mistake and
maybe lost a tenth or so, but otherwise I think we pushed the car to the maximum. I’m ahead of who I
needed to be and close to Sutil, so I think we can enjoy a really good race from here. This weather has been
quite challenging, but tomorrow it could be for a different reason.”

#4 Max Chilton
“I’m pleased with the job I did in qualifying. It wasn’t the result we wanted but considering I went into
qualifying having only run the prime tyre this morning, it’s perhaps not as bad as it could have been. We had
an electronics glitch in FP3 which cost me half of the session, so the recovery is not bad at all, even though
it’s a little frustrating as there was so much more in the car. I’m sure that we can improve in the race
tomorrow, but of course we have to see what the weather will bring.”

#9 Kamui Kobayashi
“At the start of FP3 I had quite a lot of understeer but we improved that for the second run, and then again for
the final performance run. However, I still didn’t have as much confidence in the car as I’d had at the start of
FP2 so there was definitely a bit more to come for quali.
“The track temps had gone up quite a bit by the start of quali but we stuck to the plan which was two runs on
supersofts. The first run was ok but I knew I could push a little harder so when the session was halted after
Lewis’ crash we adapted the strategy and went for one flying lap, again on the supersofts. I think I got as
much as I could out of the car – the balance did go to oversteer in the final sector and by the end of the lap
the tyre deg had kicked in and I was struggling with the rear so I couldn’t find any more time.
“So now it’s all about Sunday. The weather could be a bit different to the weekend so far and hopefully it will
be another crazy race! That would give us a chance, but whatever happens we’ll keep pushing and aim to
come away from Germany with a good race behind us.”

#10 Marcus Ericsson
“FP3 was a bit confusing for me. I couldn’t really find a balance I was happy with in any of the runs and then
we had a hydraulics issue with about 15 minutes left of the session so I didn’t have a chance to do a
performance run. Unfortunately that problem, confirmed by Renault Sport F1 as a hydraulic leak from the
throttle, meant I couldn’t run in qualifying which is obviously disappointing. The guys in the garage worked
absolutely flat out to try and fix it, something that’s hard anyway but in the heat here in Germany even harder,
but they just couldn’t make it.
“Even with the problem today I think we’ll be ok tomorrow and I still think it could an improvement on the last
few Grands Prix for us. Overall the car has felt better here and if we can have a clean race I want to make it the
first of what I hope is better races for the whole team.”

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