Abu Dhabi quotes from top 3 F1 drivers

Abu Dhabi quotes from top 3 F1 drivers

27.11.2016: Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Sebastian Vettel Lewis ­ I am happy to win today

Lewis Hamilton
Nico Rosberg
Sebastian Vettel







Lewis ­ I am happy to win today


The team did a great job. My thoughts is that I did everything I could to win this race. We had lots of problems this year, but greatful for the success. It was a straight forward race.


I am happy with the win, It was an easy race for me in the end. Great job from the team. I am sorry I was loosing the world championship. I did what I could.



Nico had no issues. That’s why he is in this position right now. And I am looking forward to other battles There was never a free moment during this race. I have taken no chances at any moments. But I was never afraid to loose the race.There was never a moment I was afraid to loose the lead.



I was not so much under pressure. For me I am in a position where I lost a lot of points . I am out there fighting. We have now won the championship. It was down to me and Nico. We will discuss the strategy for the team. We won more than ever in the past as a team. We cannot ignore that. And it is a team effort that we will discuss after the race


At no point I had enough information from the teams about what I was supposed to do. I was trying to take care of my race and I did not know what was my lead ten seconds or what.


I don’t feel I was trying to put anyone in trouble today. I was pushing for the championship.






Nico Rosberg 2nd in the race and world champion ­




I dedicate my world champion win to my wife.



34 years ago, I am very happy to have done what  my Dad did 34 years ago. Congratulations to Lewis to be a great competitor. It was a difficult race end.



I am glad that my father and mother are joining me today. The battle with Max was unreal at the start and  the pressure from behind was really tough and difficult.



One race at the time...this year. Everything was so intensed. It was very tough during the last couple of laps.





Sebastian Vettel



I am third on the podium.  Amazing strategy. Congratulations to Nico Rosberg. I was trying not to get into the  picture. I was starting to be frustrated and I  could start with the tires. We worked so hard. We had so much criticism some times. Tough year and nice to finish on a high for the Ferrari fans.



It was a nice fight with Nico. Lewis has won. It is a great race toda. There was nothing I could do, I could not go quicker. I had to take care of the boys behind me and I was fighting with Kimi and Daniel Ricciardo.



I tried what I could, but it did not work.The end was not pleasant and to be honest it is a great result for Ferrari.



Last couple of laps were clear. Before it was difficult. Max was coming back for a fight and Kimi was there too. It was very tricky. When I was behind Kimi and Daniel I was trying to save my tires and it was clear to at the last laps were critical.



 I did not loose too much time. The question was how much I could hold. My tires got worst when I arrived with Max. Everyone was very quick in the straight. The second straight was very difficult. Nico defended well and I could not do anything different. It was critical as Max was coming back. There was a chance for me to win the race. But nevertheless I am happy.



Lewis was probably too close. Otherwise it may have been different. The way it was was not possible. My interest was to win the race, but It was not easy to make it happen.  My sole interest was to win the race, but I could not get passed.



We had a plan at the start, but you never know how the race unfolds. The plan is flexible. From where I was I was stuck and it was difficult to make progress. Difficult to get close and overtake. I was asking to do something, but by the time, the opportunity was closed and it was clear than then I would have Kimi and Max Verstappen.



I don’t think I could have done more. I was running out of tires. I have one comment to make you don’t win the championship by laps, but over a season. It is the way it goes. Sometimes you have better years and better races. Today is Nico’s day. He deserves the championship.

 

 

 

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