"I'm still crying"

“I’m still crying”

Find the reactions of the drivers after the British Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton ahead of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) – Winner

“I’m still crying. Since 2021, every day I get up to train, to fight, to program my mind to give the best, to achieve my goals. This is my last Grand Prix here with this team, and I love them so much. Everything we have achieved during all these years… This victory rewards Mercedes and this whole team. And of course all my fans, I saw you lap after lap. There is no better feeling than finishing first here. It’s hard not to win anymore but the most important thing is to keep fighting. There were days when I didn’t feel good enough anymore, but I had people around me to support me, encourage me and believe in me. I thank them all deeply.”

Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull
Racing) – 2eme

“We didn’t have enough pace at the beginning of the race when it mattered. It wasn’t looking good, I thought I was going to finish fifth or sixth. And then we made the right decisions at the right times, to go from slicks to intermediates, then from intermediates to slicks. That choice of hard tyres really helped me to get that second place. It could have been worse but we worked hard during that race.”

Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) –
3eme

“First of all I want to congratulate Lewis Hamilton, they did a great job, he deserves this victory. It was difficult and it was nice to fight against them. You are always on a tightrope in these conditions. A lot of good things happened but some things didn’t work out. As a team, we didn’t do everything we needed to but it’s still nice to be on the podium. I also blame myself for not making the best decisions. I wish everything had gone well but I will come back stronger.”

Oscar Piastri (AUS/McLaren) – 4th

“I would say the decision to do it was a joint one. I think to be honest, that decision in that race is probably the hardest decision you’ll ever make in motor racing. You’ve got two cars, first and second on the track, half a second apart with the rain falling. I don’t think it’s any harder than that. I definitely think we need to look at some things. I think two-stopping would have been the best decision, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. We just need to see if we had any information that told us that it would be a better choice. But obviously it’s a bit painful given the gap to Lewis Hamilton. As soon as I got past the pit entry I knew it was the wrong decision. The last two corners were very, very difficult and I could see on my dashboard that Lando was five seconds behind me when I stopped, so I knew I was in big trouble at that point.”

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) – 5eme

“Honestly, we weren’t that close to McLaren, they were faster. We managed to be in the fight thanks to good decisions and having the right tyres at the right time each time, we managed at least that. But whether it was very wet or very dry, we had no chance to fight them. But I’m at least happy that we were able to stay in the fight against them. In the end, coming out of this weekend where we had no pace and where the race was difficult with eleven points is a good thing for the team, because McLaren is coming back very strong, and if Mercedes had had two cars at the finish, they would have scored a lot of points.”

Charles Leclerc (MCO/Ferrari) –
14eme

“It was starting to rain, not enough to put those tyres on, but the message on the radio was that the rain was coming on the next lap, so we tried an aggressive strategy which didn’t work. We weren’t fast. It’s always special to win at home, well done to Lewis Hamilton, but it’s a really tough moment for the team. But I’m happy for him.”

Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine) – 16th

“I think this weekend was full of bad choices. We didn’t make any good decisions from the beginning. It was very complicated, there’s nothing to learn from it. We need to turn the page and think about the next race. I think the team needs the two-week break before the Hungarian Grand Prix. I’m fine, I’m ready to ride in any situation, even tomorrow if necessary. But honestly, it was complicated this weekend.”

Sergio Pérez (MEX/Red Bull
Racing) – 17eme

“It was a total disaster, we made a mistake with the first decision, thinking there would be more rain. And after stopping, I stayed on intermediates for six laps when it was totally dry, and I destroyed the tyres when the rain came. We were totally out of sync for six or seven laps, especially with the leaders. It ruined my race because in every stint, I was in the middle of the leaders, I was taking a lap, I was losing temperature in the tyres, this race was a nightmare. I am happy that there is a break, we will regroup with the team, and the objective is clear, we want to come back in shape. We had a very positive Friday and we want to move on to Hungary which will be very important.”

Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine) – Non-starter

“We suspect a problem with the gearbox that prevented us from starting. We need to analyze it a little more to understand exactly if it’s the same reason or not. The weekend was already compromised from the beginning with the battery and engine changes. A race is still a race and anything can happen when rain is forecast. It’s definitely a shame and I hope we can put that aside and get through the rest of the season without any problems.”

Sources: official interviews Formula 1, Canal+, Sky Sports

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