F1: MAX VERSTAPPEN vince il GP di SPAGNA
It’s a very special feeling. Of course I didn’t expect to win; after the Mercedes pair crashed then you’re targeting a podium, but in the end to come out on top, it’s incredible. To hear the Dutch national anthem for the first time in Formula One, I have to think about my dad for sure and I heard he was crying, so yeah it’s unbelievable. He invested a lot of time in me and this achievement is also because of him. I wasn’t nervous during the race, I was just trying to focus and drive the best I could. We focused a lot on keeping the tyres alive because at my last stop I still had to do 32 laps until the end, but it worked out well! With five laps to the end I saw Kimi was dropping off a bit, he tried a few times and of course it kills your tyres and from there I just like ‘okay, focus on the tyres now and bring it home’. I will for sure remember this and at the moment it’s just a great feeling. It’s amazing, I have no words for it. It was very good company on the podium, I mean Kimi even raced against my dad, so it’s very funny! I was celebrating a lot on the in lap and I got a bit of cramp, but that’s part of it!
Mixed emotions today, for sure. Some of it was just bad luck today, I was leading and then went on a three stop strategy, which meant I had to try and pass three cars on track, which isn’t easy. Seb had already jumped us on the pit stop, which resulted in more overtakes to get back to the front. In hindsight, a three stop strategy was the wrong thing to do, but maybe during the race it seemed like the right thing to the team. I wasn’t content sitting in fourth so I tried to pass Vettel, I had a crack, but it didn’t work out. It really sucks to not even be on the podium and then the puncture at the end just rubs salt in the wound. It’s a big day for Max with his first race win, so congratulations to him. He got the job done, everyone questioned the decision during the week but he has proven today that he is a top class driver. It’s not hard for me to see Max on the podium, it’s just hard not to be there myself. Let’s move on to Monaco and hopefully we will both be on the podium next time.
Oggi c’era una grande occasione per vincere e ho cercato di attaccare per la vittoria, era quello in cui speravo. Ma dopo l’ultima sosta ho capito che il vantaggio di avere un set gomme più fresche di un paio di giri rispetto alle macchine davanti praticamente non esisteva più. Abbiamo sofferto con le mescole medie, con cui la Red Bull era invece molto forte, e questo è il motivo per cui Kimi non ha potuto attaccare. Andavamo invece molto bene con le Soft. Abbiamo puntato su due strategie diverse. Io ho optato per quella a tre soste, poi ho provato a scavalcare il leader e ci sono riuscito, ma alla fine sia io che Daniel siamo rimasti dietro ai piloti che facevano solo due soste. Non avevamo il passo giusto e dobbiamo capire perchè. Ma non c’è niente di sbagliato nella macchina, va bene e le novità che abbiamo portato sembrano funzionare. Faccio i miei complimenti a Verstappen. La prima vittoria è uno dei momenti più belli, qualcosa di veramente speciale. ‘Chapeau’, Max è riuscito a rimanere in testa anche se subiva la pressione di Kimi.
La partenza è andata male, ho fatto pattinare troppo le ruote quando ho rilasciato la frizione, sono riuscito a recuperare alcune posizioni nelle prime curve e poi ho raggiunto Max senza troppe difficoltà. La macchina si comportava bene e la velocità era buona, ma una volta che ti trovi ad inseguire un’altra vettura per molti giri questo non aiuta le gomme e mi mancava un po’ di grip e di carico aerodinamico. E’ stata dura rimanergli vicino, non ho mai veramente avuto una buona occasione per attaccarlo in uscita dall’ultima curva, perchè in quel punto era molto veloce. E’ un pò un peccato arrivare così vicino alla vittoria e poi non riuscirci, ma dopo un fine settimana difficile dobbiamo in qualche modo essere felici di questo risultato. Come squadra continueremo ad impegnarci al massimo per vincere e quando abbiamo un fine settimana difficile come questo dobbiamo restare in lotta e prendere comunque punti. Max ha meritato questa vittoria, e per me non è una sorpresa: già lo scorso anno aveva fatto un ottimo lavoro e ora, con una macchina migliore, è riuscito a vincere.
I had a decent start from pole but got slipstreamed on the way to the first corner and lost the lead. Coming out of turn three, I was catching Nico really quickly and went for the gap on the right – I had part of my car alongside but then had to take to the grass. The gap was there and, if you’re a #racing driver, you go for that gap. We saw what happened after that. I’m hurt and disappointed for the team most of all because we lost 43 points today. We’re all here working together towards the same result and the team give me the opportunity to race with the work they do. When I came to a stop in the gravel trap, all I could think about was how gutted I was for the team – that’s where I feel the pain. But we will move on together and come back stronger in Monaco.
I had a great start and I was ecstatic after passing Lewis around the outside of turn one. At that point, it was my race to win. I came out of turn three and realised I was down on power with the wrong mode selected due to the engine mode switch being in the incorrect position. Lewis was closing in, so I decided to make a clear move to the right hand side as soon as possible, to close the door and show him that wasn’t an option. I was very surprised that Lewis went for the inside anyway. The next thing I knew, we were in the gravel trap. I’m gutted, not just for myself but for the whole team, it’s the worst feeling as a driver.
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