Quotes winner, 2nd and third on the podium from Spa-Francorchamps

Quotes winner, 2nd and third on the podium from Spa-Francorchamps

27.08.2017: BELGIAN GRAND-PRIX 2017 Sunday, August 2017 Hamilton The support was amazing. I did it. Fantastic. "A big thank

BELGIAN GRAND-PRIX 2017
Sunday, August 2017




Hamilton


 The support was amazing. I did it. Fantastic. "A big thank you to everyone for the support, it's made a huge difference.

Sebastian put up a great fight - but this is what I said I'd do and I did it thanks to my boys. Dreams do come through. I felt like Nascar when the safety car is there for no reason. There were no debris. The Ferrari had a good race pace and was strong today.



We had a good tow on the straight. The tire temperature at the restart was very difficult to keep. The front tires were not what they should have been. Potentially it was a good thing for me. Vettel was very consistent. It was fun to be racing in front of Sebastien at his best. We were battling every single lap. Ultimately they had a good pace.



I was in control most of the race indeed. It was a fantastic fight today. There was not a point when I was comfortable. I had to push all the time. It was a sprint race all the time. I was not comfortable at any time of the race.



 A good start going to the next race. I imagine it will be very close in the next race. Singapore will be different. Otherwise, I could not have won the GP without my team. Everyone worked so hard and that was such a great feeling. They are great.



 It was a late decision to have the safety car. I came into the pitlane with Sebastien on my tail and I was able to get back ahead of Sebastien. I was struggling with the temperature behind the safety car. I knew it would be a problem. I was struggling with the front end of the car. Sebastian was in a much more comfortable situation.



We ran twice in Q2 and used the spare that Sebastien did not use. It worked out ok and we had to put on fresh tires. It was the right decision at the end of the day. In the future we should take a different decision. It is hard to keep the temperature. It was what it was. I was able to defend properly."




Sebastian Vettel


 "Good fun and intense. I was waiting for a mistake from Hamilton. But he did not. At the restart I was too close. In the end it was too close. We have done good steps forwards and I am looking for a good home race.



"The restart I was too close, I had to pull out too early and then it was a drag race. But compared to Silverstone, the pace was much better. I had a good chance at the restart, but I could not take it.


I was very close on this track. Obviously I knew that we had a tight advantage for the restart. Existing turn one was not that hard to follow so close. I was too close. If I have to do it again I may try something different. I felt how strong everyone was. I did not want to be too far either. Hamilton had a strong power.



Good fun in the car. I was waiting for him to make an error and he wwas waiting for me to make an error.  We had a very good race pace. We stayed close and the car was very good. We did not change too much compared to Silverstone but we improved the pace.



It is a big step after Silverstone. I am very happy and we are on the right track.  In the end, I am still seven points ahead of Lewis to get to my home Grand Prix next week in Italy.


We had the safety car and we had the same pace more or less. The gap to the car behind was 5 or six seconds. We had better pace than the rest. It would not have made a difference for us. It is normal for a race to look at what we could have done better. But there is not much in fact we could have done differently "





Daniel Ricciardo



"What a race. Max dropped out early so firstly thanks - I know it's pretty much full of Dutchies here so thanks for hanging around, we all appreciate it. I knew it was all about the restart...A risky selection of tires, it ended well. It is always a difficult one here. We find some space on Sunday. I am really happy to have another podium.



We could see blistering in the tires at the start. Struggling to keep a good rhythm and the right pace was the challenge. Then we had this safety car. It opened an opportunity for me. If we were to have a podium, it happened because of the re-start. "


Ferrari has a better straight line speed than us. I saw Valterri covering the inside. I could only focus on Valterri. You get to a point you cant really see.


I knew I had done it and it felt good. I am happy to be back up here.


I certainly do a lot of things with my driving style. I do a lot to my car. I talk to my car during the race. I massage my car. Max is more aggressive even if he is not over-raving either. His fans stay for the rest of the race and they are a good crowd with no aggression.


I am always there when I need to be. I am a good fighter. I feel like when I was younger. Often I left with many questions on the table. I wanted to make a point and coming into a top team...I did not want to have the race replaying in my head. It is something I have in me I enjoy the Sunday. This is what I love. It is easy to capitalize when I have a good time."


- Agnes Carlier, photo Getty Images

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