British GP - Sunday quotes
While Vettel dominated the eighth round of the championship from pole position to take the British Grand Prix win, there were battles up and down the field with strategy and pit work critical in deciding the final outcome. From Vettelís joy to
Sebastien Bourdaisí frustrations with his on track rival, hereís what the 20 drivers have to say.
1 . S. Vettel - Red Bull Renault RB5
A completely dominant win after beating Barrichello to the first turn. His second victory of the season closes him to just two points behind the Brazilian.
ďThis is such a fantastic circuit. I think all the drivers enjoy it with its fast corners, itís a dream really Ė so to stay focused and keep your eyes open all the time during the race is not easy! The start was very important, then in the first stint I tried to pull away and make a gap, as I knew it would be crucial for the whole race. The car was fantastic, just unbelievable. I was able to push more and more and the tyres were very consistent. The second stint wasnít so easy; there were a lot of lapped cars that were battling with each other, so the team told me to be careful. From the last pit stop I was in clean air and from then on I was just counting down each lap. I had quite a big gap to Mark and was controlling the race from that point on. Everyone in the team has been working so hard, both in the factory and at the track. The way the team has brought the car to where it is now is fantastic Ė and weíve proven itís a step in the right direction, so Iím very pleased. I also want to thank Silverstone. I enjoyed this race so much Ė when I looked in the grandstands everyone was standing up and clapping and when I took the chequered flag the atmosphere was so great. This is what I was dreaming of when I watched British Grand Prix when I was younger when Mansell was driving. Itís almost unreal now to think that Iím here and Iíve made it. Iíve won this Grand Prix and Iím very happy.Ē
2 . M. Webber - Red Bull Renault RB5
Unable to get the jump on Barrichello at the start, ran third for the first stint before gaining the position. By then it was too late to challenge his team-mate for the win.
ďItís a great day for the team. Iím disappointed not to take the win, but I think I lost my chance for victory yesterday during qualifying. I should have been on the front row and, if so, I would have tried to make Sebastian work a bit harder in the first stint when I was behind Rubens. I saved a lot of fuel in the first stint, which meant we were able to jump Rubens at the first pit stop. I donít think I could have done much more today and congratulations to Sebastian, he did a good first stint, which is what laid the foundations for his win. And the team? Well, the guys have buried themselves recently with night shifts and the attention to detail that they go to is a credit to them. Theyíre being led very well and theyíre responding to that. Results help and itís an incredible injection for them to get the top result, a one-two on local turf. I enjoyed it today. Silverstone is an amazing track and itís incredible to go through that first sector, lap after lap. Itís a great place to drive a Formula One car and the British fans are always fantastic, so it was great today.Ē
3 . R. Barrichello - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001
The Brawn Mercedes was no match for Red Bull today but he hung on to take third position.
ďIím really proud of the third place that we achieved at Silverstone today. Itís been a tough weekend for the team and we knew that if the track temperatures didnít increase, then it would be incredibly difficult to beat the Red Bulls. The car has been well balanced and we certainly havenít lost performance since the last race, itís just that we have suffered badly in the cool conditions with our tyre temperatures. I had a good start to maintain second but Sebastian then disappeared in front of me and we knew that we were competing for third. Thereís been very little difference between the two tyre compounds this weekend but the softer tyre was definitely better in the race so it was tough for us to do the long middle stint on the harder tyre. Still to come away with third and the best position that the team could have achieved this weekend is very satisfying and Iím happy to have taken some points out of Jensonís lead.Ē
4 . F. Massa - Ferrari F60
Good use of strategy and great pit work vaulted Massa up to fourth from 11th on the grid.
ďI almost feel as though I won the race! To start eleventh and finish fourth is a really great result. We werenít expecting it and so we are doubly happy. We had a good strategy and I pushed to the maximum at the key moments. Today, the KERS was a great help, especially at the start, but the whole car was also working well. The team did a great job and the results speak for themselves. We have to continue down this route. It will be interesting to understand how the carís performance improved from one day to the next. Maybe it just needed those few extra degrees of track temperature to get the tyres working better.Ē
5 . N. Rosberg - Williams Toyota FW31
A solid race from Rosberg, but disappointed to lose out to Massa in the final round of stops.
"I am very pleased for the whole team, and for myself, that we had another good race. We still didnít get the result that we are capable of today, but Barrichello was slow in the middle stint and I was stuck behind him and that cost me the place to Massa. If that hadnít happened, we would have had a solid fourth place. I have to say a big well done to the team because everyone is doing a really great job and we are moving ahead in terms of development. We are consistent on every track so Iím looking forward to the races to come."
6 . J. Button - Brawn Mercedes BGP 001
Struggled with balance for much of the race and then chased Rosberg hard to the line. Solid championship lead still intact.
ďAll points are important at this stage of the season and to come away with three from this weekend is therefore okay but itís been a very frustrating home Grand Prix for us. I had a bad start as Trulli was slow off the line in front of me which left nowhere to go. I tried the inside and then the outside but everyone shot by me. From ninth place it was never going to be an easy race. I was stuck behind Trulli for the first stint which was really frustrating as the car felt good on the softer tyre and I was much quicker than him but couldnít overtake. We then had a long middle stint on the harder tyre and both Rubens and I struggled to get the tyres into their working range in the cool conditions with a heavy fuel load. On the softer rubber at the end of the race, I was able to close right up to Rosberg and Massa very easily so the pace of the car was actually pretty good but it is so difficult to overtake that I couldnít make any improvement on sixth position with only a few laps left. We need to understand why our car doesnít work so well at low temperatures and hope for warmer races to come.Ē
7 . J. Trulli - Toyota TF109
A disappointing race from fourth on the grid. Lost ground at the start and in the stops.
"It was a very hard race for me. I had a difficult start because the car didn't pull away as fast as normal, so I lost a couple of positions. I was trying to fight back all through the race but it was not easy and the car was sliding around quite a lot; maybe this was because of the aero set-up I chose yesterday. I expected the weather today to be a little warmer than it was and I was struggling a bit with my set-up, especially on long runs. Our strategy was okay but we expected more from this race so I am determined to make up for it in Germany."
8 . K. Raikkonen - Ferrari F60
Very aggressive off the line but also lost positions in the pits to take the final point.
ďI got a good start, but then I was unable to push as much as I could have done because I was always in traffic. Obviously, my grid position, given my fuel load, penalised me in terms of strategy. After the first run of pit stops, I found myself right behind Trulli and from then on, my race was pretty much over. I tried to pass him getting very close sometimes, but it wasnít really on as overtaking is still very difficult.
I ended up fighting with Glock but I could defend my position comfortably, both thanks to the KERS and to the fact that I actually had quite a good pace. Itís a shame, because given where I was at the end of the first lap, I could have got a better result. A single point is definitely nothing to get excited about, but itís better than nothing. The car wasnít bad today, much better than it had been in qualifying yesterday.Ē
9 . T. Glock - Toyota TF109
Starting eighth, Glock lost ground early on and could not battle his way into the points on this occasion.
"It's a pity to miss out on the points, especially as I was really quick out of traffic and at the end I was able to catch Kimi (Raikkonen) quite easily. The problem was at the first corner when I lost a few positions; that left me in traffic and compromised my race. Still, I didn't give up and I was fighting with (Giancarlo) Fisichella in the middle stint when there was a chance to get in the points. On the hard tyres at the end the car felt good and I very quickly caught Kimi but I had no chance to overtake. I tried into the final corner on the last lap but it didn't work out. Now I am looking to the next Grand Prix, which is a home race for me and the team. I hope it will be a bit warmer there which would suit our car more than the low temperatures today."
10 . G. Fisichella - Force India Mercedes VJM02
Driver of the day Vettel aside. Great race from Fisichella and unfortunate not to be in the points.
"A top ten finish was our target this weekend. We thought it would be difficult but actually today was a very good race for me and we achieved the maximum we could do. It was a fun race. I had a good start and then on the first lap I overtook many drivers and even on the second lap I overtook Kubica and the two Renaults, so I was very focussed at the beginning. It was very important with my strategy to do this as we didn't have such a great starting position because of the red flag yesterday in qualifying. Perhaps we could have scored points if we'd started higher as eighth was just in front of me and at the end I was quicker than Kimi and Timo. It's a great step forward and I'm really looking forward to the next races now. The team did a fantastic job so we need to continue this."
11 . K. Nakajima - Williams Toyota FW31
Aggressive fuel strategy did not pay off as he slipped out of the points during his two stops.
"That result was not ideal for me. There werenít any particular reasons for it. I was pleased with my start and I thought it was going to be a good race for me, but I was held up by the car in front before my first stop and then it was difficult to keep up with the cars ahead of me for the rest of the race."
12 . N. Piquet - Renault R29
Used a one-stop strategy to finish in 12th position ahead of team-mate Alonso today.
ďThe overall result is disappointing today, but I think I had a solid race. Itís clear that we must continue to work hard and hopefully introduce some new upgrades in time for the next race in a few weeksí time. I know that I can be competitive if the car is good, however itís down to me to improve my performance in qualifying.Ē
13 . R. Kubica - BMW Sauber F1.09
Raced hard but for little in the poor BMW Sauber F1.09.
"This was a very difficult race for me. Starting from P12 it was clear under normal circumstances we couldnít achieve much, therefore we decided to take a risk and start the race with a high fuel load and on the prime tyres. But it didnít pay off, because I had big problems heating up the tyres at the start, and I lost ground. We have to accept that 13th is just what was possible today."
14 . F. Alonso - Renault R29
A slow start and then embroiled in a battle with Heidfeld and later Hamilton. Not a good race result.
"Our chance to score points today was over at the start as we lost two positions and I was stuck behind Heidfeld who was heavy on fuel, which cost us a lot of time. Although I had some good fights around the track, Iím obviously frustrated with the poor result and itís clear we need to improve on all fronts before Germany.Ē
15 . N. Heidfeld - BMW Sauber F1.09
Held off Alonso in the early stages with a damaged front wing and refused to pit when asked. 15th is the result.
"Iíd say given our poor qualifying results the race result was what we expected. There wasnít much we could come away with. At the start I risked a lot when I went for a rather small gap. I damaged my front wing but I was happy it wasnít worse than that. Of course it significantly affected the aerodynamics, but we decided to wait until the scheduled pit stop so not to lose even more time. For the second stint I had to use the harder tyre compound, but the softer ones were clearly the better ones.Ē
16 . L. Hamilton - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24
An aggressive race with some good battling but the McLaren is way off the pace at Silverstone.
ďI gave it my all today. Despite fighting for the lower positions, I was absolutely on the limit for the whole race. We knew it would be difficult, and I enjoyed my battle with Fernando, but we didnít have the pace today to get into the points. The best thing about this weekend has been the fans: they really gave me some consolation by cheering me on throughout the race. I would love to have given them a result to make them happy and my country proud, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us before that will be realistic.Ē
17 . A. Sutil - Force India Mercedes VJM02
Started from the pit lane in the spare Force India. Held off Buemi for 17th.
"We rebuilt the spare car after the crash yesterday caused too much damage to my race car, but then we had a problem on the formation lap with the fuel pressure. We could fix it and at least start but it was really disappointing today. We missed a big opportunity to qualify well because of the crash and the race was not spectacular as a result. I was really just driving around without much chance of overtaking anyone so it was a little boring, but it's another finish at least. Let's move onto Germany where I hope I can really take advantage of the new parts we had this weekend."
18 . S. Buemi - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4
A tough end to a tough weekend as Buemi finished last in the Toro Rosso.
ďIt was a very tough race and we struggled to be on the pace and now we must try and work out why, as we have been quicker than this earlier in the weekend. On worn tyres especially, the car was very difficult to drive. Nurburgring will be another difficult weekend, but we are due to get some updates for Hungary, which will allow us to be more competitive and perform much better.Ē
19 . S. Bourdais - Toro Rosso Ferrari STR4
Struck the weaving Heikki Kovalainen and was forced to retire with front end damage.
ďRegarding my collision with Kovalainen, he changed line twice. At the exit to Stowe, I was on the normal line and he went to the inside, I moved to the outside, then he moved over so I moved across to the other side and he changed again. He braked early, because heíd only just left the pits on full tanks and cold tyres. I was trying to out-brake him, but he should not have changed line like that. It was frustrating and then at the end I lost water pressure and had to stop in the garage.Ē
20 . H. Kovalainen - McLaren Mercedes MP4-24
Dropped to the tail of the field at the start and later was overly defensive in his battle with Bourdais and was forced to retire.
ďOf course, itís disappointing not to finish the teamís home race. Until my retirement, the car had been working fine and the strategy was working for me too: we were on target. Then Bourdais just ran into the back of me and damaged the left-rear corner. I had to stop because the damage had made the car undriveable: we decided to retire for safety reasons.Ē