F1 Podium driver quotes from Chinese GP race today

F1 Podium driver quotes from Chinese GP race today

20.04.2014: Lewis Hamilton I am delighted to be winning today. The fans have been fantastic




Lewis Hamilton ­



I am delighted to be winning today. The fans have been fantastic. In fact I was racing myself. I had a bit off track but basically the left front was graining and I recovered I am so happy for the team to be 1-2 The team is doing a great job. We are pushing.


They keep working hard. I keep working hard as all are working hard. We made a lot of changes with the engineers. We did not test. We just guessed. I could not ask for more. I looked up expecting to do another lap and I kept going. I kept going ...


Every year I felt that my fan base is growing here. I never believed that all my fans would be wearing my cap and my fans get to the hotel. They support me every morning and every evening. One of my fans gave me a dishtool photo frame. It touched my heart very much



Nico Rosberg ­



I am the champion leader and I want to keep it that way. I am in the lead. I am second and on the podium despite no telemetry in my car. I am pleased with second and full attack in Barcelona.


I just had no telemetry on the car. Just nothing, Then later I had a bad start with  a close contact with valtteri Bottas. Great that my car has been able to hold together and that I am scoring again great points. It is a pleasure to drive this quick car by Mercedes and it increases the enjoyment level even further .


Set-up wise it was a good team effort. The tires everything worked well. Not perfect but everything worked well. We have the best car. That makes it the most enjoyable and we do not play “catch”. My telemetry failed and the team had nothing to see and I had to do everything and telling them what I was doing.


Using too much fuel or not too much and so on...It was a hard job talking to the pits. I do not have a problem with reporting once in a while to the team. I just had a hard time reporting to the team in turn 1.


We hope to keep the gap or extend the gap in Barcelona. Barcelona is a chance to extend the advantage to other teams.



Fernando Alonso ­ 3rd.


I am very satisfied to finish this good weekend on the podium. It was a difficult start of the season with lack of performance in the first races. We had changeable weather conditions and difficult race. The car worked well on this unique track. We managed well to get the podium. It is extra motivation for the team to keep improving. 


The race on the podium is a nice surprise and makes up for Australia and Malaysia at the start of the season. I am third in the driver’s championship behind the two Mercedes. It is a great success. I had a big contact with Felipe Massa. The car felt ok and we managed to finish the race and next one will be a clean start. It was a hard fight between Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo all race long. Just a lot of fights to make this race interesting.


The week-end ends up on a fine tuned note. It is just perfect. Let’s see in Barcelona what I will do and where the car will be able to finish. My feeling was quite ok I have to remain calm. We make a step forward. It was  a hard race. But we cannot promise hundred per cent result. Ferrari needs global improvement but there are priorities.


We need to get close to Mercedes and we need to work really hard. That is nothing special we can do. There is a long way to go. The gap is big and it will be tough. There is a number of reason why the car is fast. We had an extremely good week-end. Today we have seven seconds behind Nico and we are on the podium.


Hopefully I can keep going like this. We will not give up.
 


- FIA - photo Mercedes

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