All Messages 2016

11 05 2016 gp kanada samstag gp canada saturday 20160612 2090785675

After P3 I was thinking about pole position, I thought it was possible. The car felt great all day, I think we did a step forward overnight. The last lap in qualifying I was very happy, I knew that it will be very close, unfortunately not close enough, so I think it wasn't entirely perfect. I lost a bit of time maybe on the exit of Turn 10, I was maybe a bit too early on power, and that compromised the traction, which maybe caused me to lose some momentum onto the straight, I don't know how much, we'll find out later, but probably half a tenth or something, so it could have been better overall. I think we all have the feeling today that we can achieve something great. We missed it, but not by much, so I hope for tomorrow. We didn't have any problem, nothing near to the issues we had in the last two races, we've been focusing on that. I think that the people back home have done a good job, trying to assist us as much as possible when we are out on track, and I think today we could show the real performance of the car. Here anything is possible, it's a track where a lot of things can happen, tomorrow's weather forecast is also quite tricky, we'll see. It's such a great place to drive, the people wave at you on an out lap and just appreciate Formula 1 being here, so the plan for tomorrow is to enjoy and try to do well.

10 05 2016 gp kanada freitag gp canada friday 20160611 1239838931

The car felt ok today, but it was quite nervous, which is normal around this track with all the curbs and the bumps. But overall it was a good day, all the things we brought seem to work, even if I am not yet entirely happy. But then show me one driver that is entirely happy with the car on Friday...you always have the feeling you can improve.

29 05 2016 gp monaco sonntag gp monaco sunday 20160529 1902151306

It was a difficult race, I think I could have done better when I stopped and I came out behind Felipe. We made the right strategy call but then I should have found the way to get past, I think I lost the podium there. When I was behind him I was in the Intermediates tires, it was very slippery, very easy to get it wrong, but I feel I should have made it possible. Yesterday we didn't do a good job in not putting the car in the place where we belong, yet I think we were very quick this weekend, the pit-stops were fantastic, a great job from the guys. But the rest is up to me and I apologize because I couldn't get to the podium. I tried everything to close the gap to Perez, and I did come very close a couple of times, I was also lucky not to 'kiss' the wall at the end. Now it's over, so in the end we got good points and after 6 races there's a lot more to come.

28 05 2016 gp monaco samstag gp monaco saturday 20160528 1355290562

Of course I'm really disappointed, because what we did on the car from Thursday to today was really good and we had improved it a lot. This morning we had a very good start, I knew that there will be a lot more to come and I wasn't worried at all, but as the qualifying progressed it was just getting more difficult for us to extract the grip. When you don't have the grip here it's more penalizing than on another track, the car was starting to slide a lot and at this stage we don't understand why. While all the grid was going faster and faster, in the end we did the same fast laps we did at the beginning. I did what I could, but I was not as comfortable as I was in the morning. It's disappointing because I missed a good opportunity to start the race potentially from the front tomorrow. I was expecting more because the car gave me all reason to expect more but in a couple of hours we'll start to look forward, the race is tomorrow, we have a great car and a great pace.

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