F1: Le immagini più SPETTACOLARI del GP del CANADA
I don’t know what happened at the start. My practice start before the formation lap was perfect and I thought “this is going to be a breeze, getting off the line”. But when it came around for real it felt like I was going nowhere, so I need to figure out what happened there. I then got massive understeer into Turn One with cars attacking from all sides and had an unfortunate tap with Nico. After that it was just about trying to hunt down Sebastian. He was lightning on the first lap and we both had good pace from there. Other than one small lockup into Turn 10 I didn’t make any mistakes all race, so I was really happy with that. It was very much about managing tyres today and the team were spot on with the strategy call. I really enjoyed the race – everything went unbelievably smoothly. Every time Sebastian closed up I just had enough to keep the gap. I was just so in the groove. Over the last 10- 15 laps all I could think of was Muhammad Ali – float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – because it really felt like I was floating. For me, and everyone I’m sure, he was such an inspirational figure, so that one was for him. I won my first ever race here in 2007 and this feels just as great. It’s such a blessing. Thanks to everyone who came out today. We come here every year and have the best week.
Today’s race was really tough. Starting at the beginning, Lewis had a bad start, mine was decent and Sebastian got a super start. So, I was alongside Lewis and tried around the outside. I had to try the move or accept I’d be behind him. In Barcelona it worked but this time it didn’t. It was a hard maneuver from him but that’s #racing and I need to do a better job next time. I lost a lot of places going down the escape road and that cost me a shot at the race. From there I did my best to fight back and I there was a chance of a podium – but then I got the puncture and had to pit again – dammit! I was pushing hard after that to regain the positions but it was a massive mission managing the car with brake warnings coming on and running low on fuel. It was a good battle with Max – again, on the limit but good #racing. I tried everything to get past him and had a massive spin at the end. On that final lap I just about managed to drag it round for P5 ahead of Kimi, so a disappointing result as our car was awesome today but that’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve got two days at home now to get ready and go for it again in Baku.
Oggi abbiamo fatto una gara stupenda, mi sono goduto ogni giro: peccato solo che la coppa non sia grande come avrebbe dovuto essere. Non c’è alcun motivo di criticare la squadra per la strategia: quando ho cambiato le gomme per la prima volta pensavamo che sarebbe stata la tattica più veloce, quindi mi andava benissimo rientrare. Ovviamente ci aspettavamo che le gomme durassero un po’ meno, ma non è stato così. La buona notizia è che la macchina funziona e che un sabato ‘normale’ ci ha permesso di fare una gran gara. La mia partenza è stata perfetta, ho reagito bene al semaforo, non ho guardato gli altri concentrandomi su me stesso, e così sono riuscito a passare avanti e alla prima curva ero già primo. Ero davvero felice di essere in testa e poter spingere come volevo, e forse ho esagerato un pò all’ultima curva. Certo, sarei stato felice di poter guadagnare più di uno o due decimi al giro, magari tre, magari sette, ma penso che nel complesso sia stata una gran bella gara e non sia il caso di agitarsi troppo per le strategie. Dal mio punto di vista, so che abbiamo le persone migliori per le tattiche di gara. So anche che questa macchina è un passo avanti, che c’è del potenziale da tirar fuori e che ancora non siamo dove vorremmo essere. Penso anche che stiamo mettendo un’enorme pressione su noi stessi perchè vogliamo vincere. Siamo venuti qui come una squadra, abbiamo fatto del nostro meglio, questo weekend eravamo molto vicini e speriamo la settimana prossima di esserci.
Non è stato un weekend facile, abbiamo cercato di ricavarne il meglio, ma non possiamo assolutamente essere soddisfatti del risultato. La macchina andava bene in alcune parti della pista ma in altre, a causa delle basse temperature, ero in difficoltà con le gomme: quando ero libero di spingere andava tutto bene, ma poi quando dovevo rallentare per risparmiare carburante si raffreddavano ed era difficile farle funzionare. E’ andata così per la maggior parte della gara. Non so cosa aspettarmi dal prossimo fine settimana, ho visto il tracciato di Baku solo al simulatore, ma sono sicuro che sarà un circuito impegnativo. E’ sempre bello andare in un posto nuovo.
We did what we could today and that was a great job. We wanted to finish on the podium in front of the Williams but soon realised we were suffering with a bit too much tyre degradation. I think a little bit of rain could have helped us today. At the beginning I saved my tyres and fuel as I knew I could not stay with the front two. When Daniel got close behind I then decided it was time to push. I am very satisfied with my performance but also with the new power unit, you could see it was hard for the Mercedes to try and pass on the long straight so we are making good progress. The last ten laps I really enjoyed, I would actually say they were the hardest ten laps of my life. I was in fourth for a very long time so didn’t want to give up that position. It was a very hard battle at the end of the race, his [Rosberg] pace was very strong but we managed to keep ahead and then the last lap was pretty spectacular. After Monaco it’s nice to leave this race with a big smile on my face. Now looking ahead to Baku it’s a new experience for everyone so we have to wait and see how the grip levels are but today was definitely positive for us.
The start initially was okay, the Mercedes were really slow so there wasn’t really anywhere to go and then out of Turn 2 with Rosberg coming back on, I had to go on the inside, Max was on the outside and then I lost a position there. Then we were a bit quicker than Max on the first stint with the ultra softs and I said I could be quicker if I had clean air, but after my first pit stop I locked the softs and ruined that set of tyres. I came in again and had traffic to Kimi, we were able to stay with him but damaging the tyres too much to really make an impact and pass. I think we didn’t have the best race today, fortunately in seven days we’ll get another chance. We definitely need to make it a better Sunday in Baku. I’m always excited to go to a new track. It’s a street circuit as well so it should be fun.
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