F1: RedBull REGALA Montecarlo a HAMILTON
Hamilton si aggiudica il GP di Montecarlo grazie al caos creato dai meccanici Red Bull durante la sosta di Ricciardo, dominatore della gara fino a quel momento.
Ecco com’è andata dalle parole dei protagonisti!
This might be the best place ever to have win number 44 – it’s been eight years since I won here! What a special day… truly one of the hardest races I can ever remember having. To stay in the zone, not make any mistakes and come out on top is just unbelievable. I walk along here every day and think about the greats who have won this race – the likes of Fangio, Moss, Hill and Senna – and it’s a truly amazing feeling to have my name added to that list again. It’s very unusual that I’m able to take any credit for a strategy decision – but when the team first asked me to box, I could see the track drying and my tyres still felt pretty good. So I told them all that and they said to stay out, which worked out great. I just carried on looking after the tyres – picking up the pace a bit when I saw what times #people were starting to do on the intermediates as it dried out. I was matching their times at that stage so I thought “I could actually hold onto this until it’s dry”. Staying in that window was really tricky, though, as the first two sectors were almost dry. When I came out on the slicks it was like driving on ice. It was tough knowing how hard to push and we came out very close together. If he hadn’t had a bad stop I wouldn’t have been ahead. But these things happen for a reason – and today the reason was that 44th win.
In racing you have good days and bad days. Today was a bad day for me. I didn’t have the pace to fight for the win and we need to understand why. It was possibly a brake issue – but I don’t know for sure yet. I didn’t feel like I could push to the limit at the beginning of the race on the wet tyres. It was a simple decision to accept the request from the team to let Lewis past – even if it hurt very much in that moment. I was very far off the pace and Lewis quite clearly had the speed to win for the team. We’ve always had that rule – if you’re ahead and the other guy has a chance to win, you give him that chance. From there it just didn’t go my way. I had a tricky pit stop and was held in the box because there was traffic in pit lane. So the cars were just streaming by and suddenly I was down to sixth. Once you’re behind in #monaco that’s it – you’re stuck. At the end, Nico [Hülkenberg] had a lot more rubber left on his Soft tyres and my UltraSofts were finished, so I lost temperature in the drizzle and lost grip, which let him past too. That kind of summed it up, really. I’m massively disappointed with today – I really wanted to win my home race again but it didn’t work out. It’s been tough and I’ll probably need a day to take it all in – but then I’ll shift my focus to Canada and a chance to come back stronger.
On the extremes in the beginning we were quick and I did everything I had to. I asked a couple of times how the people on inters were doing but they said that my pace was really good on the extremes so we stayed out and that was no problem. And then they said “box this lap”. We put the inters on and then we came out behind Lewis. Then when Lewis pitted we tried to pit the lap later to overcut him. It was all prepared and then I came into the pits and there were no tyres.
I actually hate being like this. I hate being miserable. I got a podium in Monaco. I should be extremely happy, grateful and thankful.I’ve been fast now for two races and that’s the positive, but again no win so I’m a little bit sick of being fast and not getting any real rewards. I don’t like being the sad story. To end it on a positive note, we are fast in all conditions, which is good.
Disappointed in myself and disappointed for the team, because they worked very hard to get the car ready and I didn’t give them the result they deserved today. We were in a good way, we were in the points and to start from the pit lane and end in the points would have been very good, but I learned from this and hopefully we can come back stronger in Canada.
It was pretty tricky especially in the beginning of the race it was a very slippery track. It got better and better, the track was drying, and I think from then on we had great pace and I was overtaking cars, charging through the field and everything felt well. Then we put the softs on and I locked up. Unfortunately I went a bit off-line and of course then you arrive in the wet area and I was a passenger from there on. That’s racing in the end, it can go up and down very quickly but you shouldn’t back off because of this you should keep positive, keep pushing. I learn a lot from those moments as well and I’m already focusing on Canada now and leaving Monaco behind.
E’ stata una gara difficile, penso che avrei potuto fare meglio quando mi sono fermato e sono uscito dietro Felipe. La strategia era giusta, ma avrei dovuto trovare il modo di superarlo. Credo di aver perso lì il podio. Quando ero dietro di lui avevo le gomme intermedie, la pista era molto scivolosa ed era facile sbagliare, ma sento che avrei dovuto trovare lo stesso il modo di farcela. Ieri non avevamo fatto un buon lavoro, finendo fuori dalle posizioni in cui dovremmo essere, tuttavia penso che in tutto il fine settimana siamo stati molto veloci. I pit-stop sono stati fantastici, i ragazzi hanno fatto un gran lavoro e mi scuso per non essere arrivato a podio. Ho provato di tutto per colmare il divario da Perez, di fatto ci sono andato vicino un paio di volte, ma alla fine sono stato anche fortunato a non ‘baciare’ il muro. Adesso bisogna voltare pagina, abbiamo ottenuto punti importanti e dopo sei gare c’è ancora tanto da raccogliere.
Oggi, con la pista bagnata, era molto difficile trovare aderenza, cercavo di andare forte ma ero troppo lento. A un certo punto, cercando di scalare la marcia, ho bloccato leggermente il posteriore, sono finito dritto e non sono riuscito a girare al tornantino. Purtroppo ho toccato il muro e danneggiato l’ala anteriore, che è rimasta incastrata sotto la macchina. Ho fatto fatica a spostarmi da lì ma alla fine sono riuscito a muovermi. Quando la squadra mi ha detto di parcheggiare la vettura ero a metà tunnel e non potevo fermarmi lì, così sono uscito a bassa velocità, e poi mi sono fermato. E’ stato un fine settimana difficile, concluso con un risultato negativo per me. Ora continueremo a lavorare per migliorare, sicuramente possiamo fare meglio alla prossima gara.
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