Lewis Hamilton, la catastrophe

Lewis Hamilton, la catastrophe

Find the reactions of the drivers at the end of the Australian Grand Prix, won by Carlos Sainz Jr ahead of Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris. A race also marked by the retirement of Max Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) – Winner

“It was a very good race for me, everything went well. It was a little hard at times physically but I was able to manage my effort, my pace, my tires. I am very proud, very happy to do this double for the team. Life is crazy sometimes, between what happened at the beginning of the year, my first points in Bahrain, the appendicitis operation in Jeddah and this victory here, it’s really a roller coaster for me at the moment. moment. I recommend all pilots to have their appendicitis removed! At the start of the race, I saw that I could follow Max (Verstappen) on the first lap without DRS, then at turn 3 he made a mistake which allowed me to get closer and then pass him, before he starts to suffer with his brakes. Too bad, I think it would have been a good fight between the two of us. But I’ll take this victory, he’s won enough. »

Ferrari Charles Leclerc (MCO/Ferrari) – 2eme

“It’s great for the team, it’s our first double since Bahrain 2022 so it’s great to be able to do it. Carlos (Sainz) had an incredible weekend, for my part I suffered with the tires on the second stint. But I did what I could. Carlos did a better job than me, he clearly deserves his victory. I’m very happy for him and for the team, because we took big points. We wanted to maximize our points opportunities this weekend and we couldn’t do better. »

McLaren Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren) – 3rd

“It’s a great day for us. I am very happy and proud for the team, because this result places us third in the Championship. We missed the opportunity to overtake Charles (Leclerc) because I think our pace was a little better than his. Our pace was probably enough for second place but Ferrari and Carlos (Sainz) did a great job and were fast all weekend. I felt good, I managed to manage my tires well today (Sunday) and it was quite unexpected to finish on the podium, so I’m very happy. This circuit suits us a little better, but we still have a step to go to catch up with Ferrari and Red Bull, maybe even two. »

Alpine Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpine) – 13th

“The penalty is my fault but I will discuss it with the stewards because the situation is not clear to me regarding this exit from the pit lane. But it’s anecdotal in my race. We have to improve, we are still far from the performance we need to get the points. I hope the new parts will bring us closer to the cars in front. We know what to focus on, we try to do the best we can with what we have and that’s what we did today (Sunday). What we are missing is very clear, there is no specific element, we must improve on everything. The whole team is working on it, a plan has been put in place but we have to be realistic: it takes time. We must not hide it, but I have confidence in the team to make the right choices. »

Alpine Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine) – 16th

“A tear-off (protection for helmet visors) got stuck in one of my brakes, which started to catch fire so I had to stop in the pits to fix it. It’s frustrating because I was in front of Magnussen, I was fighting with Albon, we were in the fight for the last points. I’m disappointed, it’s really bad luck. There will be new features on the car in Japan, as expected. We will have to see how much this brings us in performance. »

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) – Abandon

“This is the worst start to a season I have ever had. It’s worse than 2009. (…) The pace was correct. It wasn’t anything amazing but I was coming back, I was slightly faster than the cars in front of me. And then the engine gave out. (…) What I know is that we will bounce back, we will eventually get there. We just have to keep trying. It’s easy to get caught up in the present moment and focus on just one thing. But we need to focus on the bigger picture. We must also realize that we cannot control everything. It’s not having control that frustrates you. I’m not happy, but that won’t stop me from having a great day tomorrow. »

Red Bull Racing Max Verstappen (PBS/Red Bull Racing) – Abandon

“My rear brake started to lock up as soon as the start was given. The temperatures kept rising and it caught fire. I felt it start to deteriorate as soon as I braked because I was sliding from behind. I felt there was something strange and when I got closer to Carlos (Sainz) I had problems again and the car completely got away from me. »

Sources : Canal+, L’Equipe, Motorsport

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